Mercedes Ortega

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Mercedes Ortega has been involved in many successful audiovisual projects for the last 16 years, both as an actress and as a tv presenter.
Due to her media experience as well as her deep concerns about the social issues regarding the female Spanish-speaking communities, she decided to go on the adventure of directing her first independent documentary film "Cautivas" ("Captives"), filmed in its entirety inside of a women's prison located in Mexico. This work made her win the "Best Canary Doc Feature" Award at the International Film Festival MiradasDoc 2011, as well as the "Best Work by a Woman" Award at the Bilbao International Unseen Film Festival 2013 (Festival Internacional Cine Invisible). Mercedes was also recognized by the local Administration with a Prize for her fight against domestic violence.
Her second doc feature "Cautivadas" ("Captivated") has been subsidised by the Canary Islands Goverment during its development stage, and shot on locations at Mexico, Guatemala and Spain. The project was also selected for the Co-production Pitch which took place during last International Film Festival MiradasDoc 2012, winning the post-production prize. "Cautivadas" has been coproduced by TVE, the Spanish Public Broadcaster. Until now, it has competed in the Official Selection of DocsDF 2013 (Mexico) for the Best Mexican Feature, and has been exhibited in the Closing Gala of MiradasDoc 2013 (Spain).
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