Felipe Martinez Carbonell is an Argentine filmmaker, born on October 21, 1990 in Rosario, Santa Fe. He lived in Rosario until 2014, a city which is considered a benchmark of Argentine and Latin American art and culture. There, in the classrooms of the EPCTV (Rosario Provincial Film and TV School), he studied film and television production and, at just 20 years old, laid the foundations for Hemisferio Films, a film and content production studio that he now directs. He currently resides in Los Angeles, a city in which he expanded his academic career through a Graduate Certificate Program in Film Production at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles).
The grandson of an art collector and cultural philanthropist, Felipe grew up in an environment that celebrated expression and creativity. He chose the fantasy genre as an expressive field, which highlights its enormous metaphorical capacity and the possibility of social criticism that it allows. Thus, his films handle restlessness and suspense, without forgetting the anchorage with complex realities which are, many times, more disturbing than fantasy.
In 2013, shortly after entering the EPCTV of Rosario (Argentina) at the age of 18, Felipe began working on his own projects and shaping his production company, Hemisferio Films. His first short film, “Llantos” (“Tears” in English), was selected by FEISAL (Federation of Image and Sound Schools of Latin America) to be screened within the framework of the First Latin American Young Film Festival.
In 2014, already settled in Los Angeles, he had the opportunity to produce content for Defiant Pictures. This circumstance opened the doors to an experience of immense value for a young man in training. He began working with world-renowned figures: Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Lange, Demi Moore, Hillary Duff, among others.
In 2016, at the age of twenty-three, he received from the jury of the Rosario Latin American Video and Audiovisual Arts Film Festival the award for “Best Short Film” for his second film, “Momento” (“Moment” in English). The short film was acclaimed for its innovative approach to the fantasy genre, its narrative achievements, and its original, episodic structure.
As he continued to advance in his film career, Felipe enjoyed the opportunity to direct, produce, write, and edit various advertising campaigns. In the United States, he worked for the advertising agency Acento Advertising and for healthcare system Banner Health. In Argentina, he has written and made comprehensive content, commercials and institutional videos for individuals and companies, among which are: Tarjeta Naranja (credit card company), Ticket (clothing brand) and ARICANA (binational language teaching center). Felipe is continuing to develop this line of work through Hemisferio Films.
Concerned with achieving the right balance of entertainment and quality of content in his works, Felipe defines himself as “passionate about audiovisual storytelling, guided by the challenge of creating, through it, an emotionally powerful experience”.