Teo Belton (1991, Zapopán, Mexico) is a French and Mexican film director and screenwriter based in Peru.
Belton embraces dreams, reality, and fiction and exposes the most intimate landscapes of nature—inspired by Colombian magical realism. In 2016 he directed the short film “Somnotoscopio,” where he tells the story of a 19th century inventor who created a cinematograph capable of filming dreams. The film received acclaim at national festivals, and was awarded by DAFO of the Peruvian Ministry of Culture. That same year, he participated in the SONY Short Fest contest organized by the University of Lima and SONY, creating the short film “KA,” which was awarded first place. As part of the award, Belton and his team went to Las Vegas to exhibit the project at the prestigious NAB SHOW.
His latest short film, “Sheut,” made in 2017, had 18 official national and international selections, and also won 18 international awards in different categories.
In 2021, he is directing “Uroboros,” which deals with a story of mourning, with surreal and science fiction overtones. He was recently awarded a National Geographic grant to film in Peru and, at the same time, a documentary project focused on the Peruvian Amazon with the support of the Pulitzer Center Rainforest Journalism Fund.
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