Arauco Hernández Holz
Mayor in Media Studies; he spent a semester at the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO) in Guadalajara, Mexico, and he also studied in the Visual Arts Center in that city.
He also assisted to the Cinematography workshops at the Film School in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba.
Back in Uruguay, he taught filmmaking workshops and worked in advertising as a cameraman and cinematographer.
In 2002, he directed the short film "Perro Perdido" (16’, 16mm B&W) that won the "Innovation Award" in Clermont-Ferrand, France, the oldest and most prestigious short film festival in the world. "Perro Perdido” also got the prize Casa de América "Best New Director" at Huesca International Film Festival, in Spain.
That year he received the Fulbright Scholarship to continue his education in the States. In April 2003, Columbia University awarded him with the Dean’s scholarship, -the most important grant provided by that institution. In Columbia he switch masters from Directing to Screenwriting.
During his years in New York he worked as Director of Photography in Film and Advertising till he returned to Uruguay in the late 2006.
Since then, he has worked as Director of Photography in over a dozen feature films: Gigant (Adrian Biniez), Hiroshima (Paul Stoll), La Vida Útil (Federico Veiroj) El Lugar del Hijo (Manuel Nieto), El Apóstata (Federico Veiroj), among others.
He’s been awarded two times as “Best Cinematography on a Uruguayan film” by the Uruguay Critic’s Association; he’s been nominated to the Condor Awards "Best Cinematography in a Latin American film" by Argentina’s Critic Association for his work in "Giant" and he has won the “Coral Prize Best Cinematography" for his work on "El Lugar del Hijo" in La Havana International Film Festival, Cuba.
He has also directed the short films, “Manwoman" (8min, Color), “Fitness by Michael” (12min, Color); the documentary “Rumor” (54min. Color) and the feature film “Los Enemigos del Dolor” (80min. Color), premiered in competition at Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland.