María Ripoll is the highest-grossing director of Spanish cinema, with an international career and 12 feature films to her credit. She studied at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. She directed Twice upon a yesterday in London and won Best Screenplay at the Montreal International Film Festival, the Audience Award at Sitges International Film Festival and Seattle Film Festival. In addition, she was nominated for Best New Director at Goya Awards. With Tortilla Soup, filmed in LA, she achieved box office success in the USA and earned 9 nominations for the ALMA Awards. She returned to Spain to direct Utopia and Your life in 65 minutes (LA Film Festival, Stockholm Film Festival). In 2021, she produced and directed Cromosoma cinco for TVE. Between Bombay and Barcelona, she directed Traces of sandalwood, which won Best Film at the Gaudí Awards and the Audience Award in Montreal. In 2015 and 2016, she released IT’S Now or never and Don’t Blame It On Your Karma!, both great box office hits and screened at the Miami International Film Festival. In 2019, she directed Live twice, Love once with great success on Netflix. She directed War of likes in Mexico for Sony Pictures and Amazon Prime. She directed the tv series A private affair with Jean Reno and Aura Garrido, released in 2022. In that same year, We won’t kill each other with guns premieres at the Málaga Film Festival.
In 2023, she announced alongside Sony Pictures and El Estudio the creation of The Love Collection, a new label of romantic comedies written and directed by women. Ripoll