At present day, there are Salvadorans who have opened a space for Salvadoran film nationally and internationally  through their productions, putting the name of El Salvador on the big screen.

Patricia Chica




Was born in El Salvador, she is a film and television director who works on personal projects in collaboration with several producers in Montreal, Toronto and New York. She has directed more than 50 hours of programming in the last 10 years for clients such as MTV USA, Oxygen, Bravo!, Showcase, National Geographic, just to mention some names. At the same time, she has also won more than 50 international awards and her work has been presented in more than 300 film festivals. You can mention a couple of projects like Day Before Yesterday (2010, winner of more than 10 awards), The Promise (2000, winner of 10 awards), and more such as:  Ceramic Tango (2013), Serpent's Lullaby (2014), A Tricky Treat (2015) ), Crimson Dance (2016) and Morning After (2017). She is currently working at Montreal Girls (2019)

Although Patricia Chica has developed her career outside of the country, she dreams of making a production in El Salvador and boosting the Salvadoran film industry. "In the future I want to transform and contribute to the Salvadoran film industry through a film production and show that we have talent within the country," said the Salvadoran filmmaker.

Arturo Menéndez




He is the writer and director of the Salvadoran films: Cinema Libertad (2009), Malacrianza (2014) and La Palabra de Pablo (2018),  being this last 2 the most important of his career so far. Menéndez was attracted to filmmaking from an early age, which led him to study a Film Technician in New York followed by  a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Madrid. Malacrianza has been presented at international festivals such as the AFI Silver Theater, in Washington, the International Film Festival of Havana, Cuba and the International Film Festival of Panama. With the support of the production companies Itaca Films Independent (Mexico) and Sivela Pictures (Canada), became the first Salvadoran film to receive international dissemination. Until now, most of the films that have transcended the country have been documentaries and short films. On the other hand, La Palabra de Pablo has been shown at festivals in the United States and Austria, attracting the attention of important investors until it became the first Central American film to be acquired by Sony Pictures and broadcast on HBO.

Álvaro Martínez




La Rebúsqueda (2014) is a Salvadoran feature film by Álvaro Martínez Clak Films, which was successful at the Salvadoran box office. Clak Films is a film company, founded by Cristina Meléndez, who produced, between 2012 and 2013, a comedy series for television entitled Los Torres, as well as a short and a feature film: Entre ángeles y demonios, y Contrastes. These projects helped to gain some international prestige and thus launch their most ambitious project which was La Rebusqueda, a comedy with Salvadoran cast that was released in Cancun and Playa el Carmen (Mexico), Washington, Maryland and Virginia (United States). "With La Rebusqueda we spent more than a month and a half in the cinema and it has been the biggest production I've done and which has given me international recognition in El Salvador, we need more productions like that", Álvaro Martínez mentioned.

Javier Kafie




A Salvadoran who studied Literature and Art at the East Central University of Oklahoma (United States), finishing his degrees in Germany. In 2011, he returned to El Salvador to film his first audiovisual project entitled Perkín, this short film lasts about seven minutes and exposes several stories of people who lived in the country during the Salvadoran civil war. Later, he launched his emblematic project Cuatro Puntos Cardinales, a film that portrays four moving stories from the north, south, east and west of El Salvador. This motion picture has been presented at the Ibero American Film Festival in Lebanon; in the IV Central American Film Festival, in Spain; at the 2017 Latin American Film Festival, in Australia; at the First Latin American Film Festival, in Canada; among many others. In addition, the Central American Film Festival in Los Angeles awarded him a recognition for making a contribution to Central American cinematography. " Cuatro Puntos Cardinales shows a diversity of national pride and with which I have received different recognitions being the first Salvadoran film that has been shown in Vietnam ", Javier Kafie said.

Lily Marroquin Scheib




This Salvadoran filmmaker was born in Santa Ana and studied journalism at the University of El Salvador and stood out as a television presenter. Since 2014, she lives in Los Angeles where she made her master's degree in film which opened the doors to the world of cinema. Her facet as a filmmaker is inspired by surrealist directors; she has collaborated with Arturo Menéndez in the film Malacrianza and one of her most emblematic productions is The Last Supper.

"El Salvador is beautiful, there is a lot of talent to promote and I would like to contribute to my country through filmmaking so that they know the greatness of our people, the amazing landscapes, our gastronomy and focusing on highlighting the positive things", Lily Marroquin.

Juan Carlos Bojorquez




He is a Salvadoran living in Los Angeles and studied film in Puerto Rico, scriptwriter and producer of Him, Her and I, and soon the movie Locura starring Damián Alcázar. He is the co-founder of the Central American International Film Festival. The love of showing Salvadoran stories on the big screen has led Juan Carlos to collaborate and support productions in El Salvador that have become an attempt to make national cinema. One of Bojorquez's dreams is to strengthen the Salvadoran film industry, that the country has a law to support cinema and to open film and acting schools to have better quality in national productions. He is currently working with different Salvadorans who have triumphed in the world of film industry as actors, directors, producers to make efforts and make a production that exceeds the expectations that so far tend the Salvadoran films.

"We are working with some Salvadorans who have triumphed in the world of cinema, a project with high expectations because of the passion and the pride of being Salvadoran has led me to work on a script that can be converted in one of the best and emblematic films that El Salvador has ever produced ", Juan Carlos Bojorquez declared.

El Salvador has always had talent in film production; however, there have been few Salvadorans who have excelled in this area in which needs to be unified and strengthened by becoming a place where different motion pictures are produced and  injects the consumption of local cinema into the Salvadoran population. Filmmaking, like Salvadoran coffee, is a diamond that must be polished so that it becomes an opportunity for El Salvador to be projected worldwide and can be an attraction for national and international investment where tourism and national pride are promoted.