Discipline: Film/Video – screenplay

Marite Ugas

Discipline: Film/Video – screenplay
Region: Lima, PERU
MacDowell Fellowships: 2016

Marite Ugas was born in Lima, Peru, and is a film director, writer, editor, and producer. After earning a degree in communications from the University of Lima, she joined the first generation of Film School EICTV in Cuba. She founded Sudaca Films in Caracas in the early 1990s, where she directed, wrote, edited, and produced several short films and documentaries. Her first feature film, At Midnight and a Half (1999, co-directed with Mariana Rondón) was released at the Tokyo Film Festival and was shown in more than 40 international festivals, receiving several Opera Prima Awards. During 2003 she wrote and directed seven telefilms for POSTDATA, shot in Buenos Aires for the Mexican company HydraFilms, and released on HBO Latino.

Her second feature, The Kid Who Lies, premiered at Berlinale-Generation 2011 and received 10 international awards. (US premiere, MOMA, NY). As producer, her most recent release is Pelo Malo, which won the Golden Seashell in San Sebastian in 2013, among other 40 awards. It has been released theatrically worldwide, with excellent reviews (US premiere, Tribeca, NY).

She is now developing her new directorial project, Contactado (Contactee), to be shot in 2017. The project is supported by IBERMEDIA & Peruvian Film Institute, DAFO. She was in residence at MacDowell in spring of 2016, where she wrote the final draft of Contactado with filmmaking partner Mariana Rondón.



Marite Ugas worked in the Adams studio.

Given to the MacDowell Association by Margaret Adams of Chicago, the half-timbered, stuccoed Adams Studio was designed by MacDowell Fellow and architect F. Tolles Chamberlin ca. 1914. Chamberlin was primarily a painter, but also provided designs for the Lodge and an early renovation of the main hall. The studio’s structural integrity was restored during a thorough renovation in…

Learn more