Juan Pablo Daza is a Colombian documentary filmmaker, journalist and photographer based in Edinburgh, Scotland, focusing on telling visual stories on social issues. Juan Pablo has directed two short documentaries (VICTORIA - 2019, Coexist - 2016) and participated as a cinematographer, producer and editor in several projects. He is currently developing his feature documentary debut. Co-founder and Creative Director of the Scottish-based production studio, Kingfisher Docs.
Juan Pablo has experience in visual journalism covering issues such as the internal armed conflict in Colombia, Human Rights, Climate Change and Conservation, and wider work in field producing with rural communities. Worked as a filmmaker for the Museum of the National Centre for Historical Memory (CNMH). Has worked for Semana magazine in Colombia with the project Rutas del Conflicto/VerdadAbierta.com and different projects with NGOs such as Fondo Acción, WWF and Conservation International in environmental issues.
FILMOGRAPHY
- ISA'S INDEPENDENCE (2021). BBC Scotland Documentary. Assistant Editor. Directed by Inma de Reyes and Nelisa Alcalde. Produced by Scottish Documentary Institute.
- LONG LIVE LIVI (2020). Documentary for BBC Scotland. 2nd Camera. Directed by Ling Lee and Parisa Urquhart. Produced by Scottish Documentary Institute.
- VICTORIA (2019). Documentary. Director and Editor. Exec. Producer Noe Mendelle and Emma Davie. World Premiere at BOGOSHORTS Film Festival, 2020.
- COEXISTIR (2016). Documentary. Director and Editor. WINNER of  Best National Short Documentary Film at the Bogota International Human Rights Film Festival in 2017.
WORK EXPERIENCE
- Creative Director and Co-founder. Kingfisher Docs (2020 - ). 
- Videography and Production coordinator. Central Church Edinburgh (2020 - ).
- Photographer/Videographer. Edinburgh University Students' Association, (2019- 2021).
- Film Producer. Museum of Historical Memory of Colombia, CNMH (2017-2018).
- Videographer. Communications Area, NGO Fondo Acción (2016-2017).
- Investigative journalist and videographer. Rutas del Conflicto/Semana/VerdadAbierta.com (2013, 2015).
EDUCATION
- MFA in Film Directing from The University of Edinburgh (2018 - July 2020), UK. 
Awarded masters’ degree with Distinction. Awarded a Scholarship by Colfuturo + Proimágenes Colombia.
Ministry of Culture of Colombia grant recipient, 2019.
- BSc in Journalism and Public Opinion from Universidad del Rosario (2011-2016), Bogotá, Colombia. 
50% scholarship for the whole length of the degree. Awarded Distinction for meritorious Thesis.
LANGUAGES
- Spanish (Native speaker)
- English (C1 - TOEFL)
- Portuguese (B2 - Celpe Bras)
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