Paula Ortiz is a film director and screenwriter with a Doctorate in Art History. She graduated in Hispanic Philology from the University of Zaragoza in 2002 and completed a Master’s in Screenwriting for Film and Television at UAB in 2003. She also received training in film direction at the Graduate Department of Film and TV at the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 2006 and 2007. Additionally, she pursued master’s studies in screenwriting and literary theory at UCLA in 2008 and 2009, which is a prominent center for film education in Los Angeles.
In March 2012, she released her first feature film, De tu ventana a la mía, starring Maribel Verdú, which received numerous national and international awards and achieved commercial success. In December 2015, she premiered La novia, a loose adaptation of Federico García Lorca’s play “Bodas de Sangre.” The film premiered at the 63rd edition of the San Sebastián Film Festival and received unanimous acclaim from critics. It was also widely nominated and awarded at the 2016 Goya Awards, Feroz Awards, CEC Awards, Paramount Channel Awards, among others, winning awards for Best Direction, Best Film, and Best Adapted Screenplay, among others. Both films, highly successful in the Spanish box office, were distributed internationally in more than 20 countries.
She has also directed series such as En Casa (2020) for HBO and an episode of Historias para no dormir (2020) for Prime Video.
In 2021, she filmed Across the River and into the Trees, an adaptation of the novel by Ernest Hemingway, with Liev Schreiber as the main protagonist. The film, a major international production shot in Venice, was released in cinemas in that year.
In 2022, she completed the filming of her next project in Spain, Teresa, based on the dramatic work “La lengua en pedazos” by Juan Mayorga (National Literature Prize), starring Blanca Portillo and Asier Etxeandia. In 2023, she directed the feature film Hildegart, an original production for Prime Video with Najwa Nimri in the lead role.