Elio

Elio Bern (Elio Bernardo-Ruiz) is a writer and awarded filmmaker born in Havana, Cuba. He has taken part in noteworthy productions throughout Cuba, Germany, Mexico and the United States. In 1991, Elio migrated to Mexico where he developed his career in the advertising industry and at artistic educational institutions. In Mexico City, he was a screenwriting professor for five years in Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica also known as C.C.C.; and the Cuauhtémoc University in Puebla, central Mexico. In 1995, he received a grant from Berlin-Brandenburg Film Board, Germany; and in 1997, he received another grant from the Mexican Institute of Cinematography (IMCINE), both for researching and writing. His main interest is to explore stories of self-made heroes, especially, although not only, of those of diverse heritage. He had lived in the United States since the end of 2005. He believes in the right of the so-called minorities to convey its own narrative as the only way to overcome prejudices.

 
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AWARDS, GRANTS & RECOGNITION

 

2015- Merida and Yucatan International Film Festival: two prizes for the development of "El Paraíso del Diablo" or  "The Devil's Paradise" project, Merida. Mexico.

 

1997 - Grant from Mexican Institute of Cinematography - Mexico City, Mexico.

 

1995- Story selected for de collection “Ancestral House: the Black short story in the Americas and Europe”., WestView Press- Chicago, IL., U.S.A.

 

1995 - Grant from Berlin-Brandenburg Film Board  - Berlin, Germany.

 

1990 - 'Pitirre" Award for the documentary "Quién Baila Aquí" (Those who dance here) - San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 

1990 - "Coral" Award for the documentary "Quién Baila Aquí" (Those who dance here) – Havana, Cuba.

 

1990 - "Caracol" Award for the documentary "Quién Baila Aquí" (Those who dance here) – Havana, Cuba.

 

1989 - "Coral" Award for the documentary series "Los que llegaron después" (Those who arrived afterward)- Havana, Cuba.

 

1989 - "Caracol" Award for the documentary series "Los que llegaron después" (Those who arrived afterward)- Havana, Cuba.

 

1989 - "UPEC" (Television journalism) Award for the documentary series "Los que llegaron después" (Those who arrived afterward)- Havana, Cuba.

 

1988 - Honorable Mention from UNEAC (Cuban Union of Writers and Artists) the treatment "The Black Paganini"- Havana, Cuba.

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