Alfredo De Villa

Alfredo De Villa is a Mexican director.[1] He is best known for directing award winning films such as Adrift in Manhattan,[2] which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007, and Washington Heights,[3] which won a special mention for directing and acting at the Tribeca Film Festival.[4]

Alfredo De Villa
De Villa, July 2011
Puebla, Mexico
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, US
Alma materUniversity of Miami (BA) Columbia University (MFA)
Years active1996–present

Early life

De Villa was born in Puebla, Mexico. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Miami and his Master of Fine Arts from the film division of Columbia University, with an emphasis in directing.[5]


De Villa's two short films, Joe’s Egg and Neto’s Run were both awarded the Best Latino Director Award from the Directors Guild of America in 1995 and 1999, he is the only filmmaker to be awarded this honor twice.[6] De Villa has gone on to direct many acclaimed feature films.

Personal life

De Villa currently resides in Los Angeles, California.[6]



Awards and nominations

Sundance Film Festival

  • Nominated, Grand Jury Prize: Adrift in Manhattan (2007)

San Diego Film Festival

  • Winner, Best Director: Adrift in Manhattan (2007)

Indianapolis International Film Festival

  • Winner, Best Narrative Feature: Adrift in Manhattan (2007)

Gotham Awards

  • Nominated, Open Palm Award: Washington Heights (2003)

Austin Film Festival

  • Winner, Best Feature Film Washington Heights (2002)

Los Angeles Film Festival

  • Winner, Audience Award, Best Feature Film Washington Heights (2002)

Tribeca Film Festival

  • Winner, Special Mention for Washington Heights (2002)


  1. "Home". La Banda Films. Retrieved Feb 16, 2019.
  2. "Adrift in Manhattan (2007) - Movie". Retrieved Feb 16, 2019.
  3. Holden, Stephen (May 9, 2003). "FILM IN REVIEW; 'Washington Heights'". Retrieved Feb 16, 2019 via
  4. "". Retrieved Feb 16, 2019.
  5. "Alfredo De Villa - Filmbug". Retrieved Feb 16, 2019.
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