Sebastian Mantilla is a Spanish-Ecuadorian (1979) filmmaker raised in Stockolm, Berlin, Bucarest and Brussels. Son of opera singer Lourdes Alvarez, he completes his musical studies at the Académie de Musique d’Uccle in Brussels and his film studies at the IDEC-Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.
His first hybrid genre project was Looking for Marton which premiered in late 2003 at L´Alternativa – Barcelona Independent Flm Festival. This lead him to shoot Con Diva, the story of a homosexual muslim, his first super16mm live-action short film selected at Cannes’s Critic’s Week and Sundance Film Festival. Subsequent to producing, writing and directing several other short films in 35mm including White with Cary Fukunaga (Bond 25) as DoP and Ana Asensio (Most Beautiful Island) in the main role, Barcelona FIlm Project with Diogo Costa Amarante (Golden Bear in Berlin with Small Town) he films The Captain, using super8mm family archives to build a tender story about the birth of his brother, La Guagua which streamed on Youtube´s YourFilmFestival, and Chunchi, shot in the Ecuadorian Andes. In 2008 he films the independent feature Next To Babilonia in Ouarzazate, Morocco. The film screened at Cartagena FF in Colombia and received the award for Best Director at The European Independent Film Festival 2009 in Paris and Best Picture at Madrid Int. Film Festival. In 2018, he travels to Xochimilco in Mexico City to shoot the indie commercial film Island of the Dolls with Isela Vega (Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia by Sam Peckinpah) in the main cast.
Desatado is his latest project.