Gabriela Calvache

Early Life and Education

Born in 1977 in Ambato, Ecuador, Gabriela Calvache’s journey into the realms of cinema and literature was influenced early on by her father, Germán Calvache, a notable figure in the world of film. Gabriela’s childhood exposure to the cinematic arts deeply ingrained in her a passion for storytelling and social commentary. Her formal education began with a degree in Journalism from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, followed by advanced studies in Fiction Screenwriting at ESCAC in Spain, and further training in acting and directing techniques in Madrid, reflecting her comprehensive grasp on the cinematic arts.

Cinematic Debut and Directorial Ventures

Gabriela’s professional debut came in 2002 as the producer of “Alegría de una vez,” marking the start of an illustrious career in the film industry. By 2006, she had ventured into writing and directing, bringing to life thought-provoking short films like “En Espera” and “Hay cosas que no se dicen.” Her works, often centered around social issues, resonate with audiences both in Ecuador and internationally. Notably, her feature film “La Mala Noche” earned critical acclaim, sweeping awards at major festivals, and becoming the Ecuadorian entry for prestigious awards like the Oscars and Goya Awards in 2020.

Mastering the Art of Screenwriting

Gabriela Calvache’s acclaim as a writer is firmly rooted in her exceptional talent for screenwriting. Her ability to craft compelling narratives for the screen has positioned her as a celebrated figure in the cinematic world. Each of her screenplays is a testament to her skill in constructing intricate plots, developing multi-dimensional characters, and embedding profound social commentary within the fabric of her narratives.

Her success as a screenwriter is evident in the critical reception of her films, particularly “La Mala Noche,” which not only received accolades for its cinematic execution but also for its tightly woven script. Gabriela’s scripts go beyond mere storytelling; they are powerful conduits for social awareness, stirring audiences and critics alike with their authenticity and depth.

Global Recognition and Acclaim

Gabriela’s prowess as a screenwriter has garnered international acclaim, as seen with her film “La Mala Noche.” This masterpiece was not just a cinematic experience but a cultural phenomenon in 2020 when it was selected as the Ecuadorian entry for the prestigious Oscars and Goya Awards. The film’s journey through these globally esteemed awards underscores Gabriela’s status not just as a national treasure in Ecuadorian cinema but also as a globally recognized storyteller. Her narratives resonate with audiences across the world, solidifying her place as a screenwriter of exceptional talent and universal appeal.


“La Mala Noche” (The Longest Night)

  • 2019: Best International Film at the NY Latino Film Festival HBO (Won)
  • Best Emerging Filmmaker at the Minneapolis Saint Paul International Film Festival (Honorable Mention)
  • Audience Award at the Latin American Film Festival of Quito (Won)
  • Audience Award at the Kunturñawi Film Festival (Won)
  • Best Debut Film at the International Film Festival of Guayaquil (Won)
  • 2020: Represented Ecuador at the Oscars and Goya Awards (Nominated)
  • Postulated for the Independent Spirits Awards of American Independent Film at the SXSW Festival (Nominated)

“En espera” (On Hold)

  • 2011: Premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) and won awards at festivals in Japan, France, Chile, Ecuador, Argentina, and Brazil.

“Labranza Oculta”

  • Screen debut in Catalunya TV, Spain, and showcased in various documentary film festivals specializing in architecture.

“Hay cosas que no se dicen” (Things You Never Say)

  • Premiered at the Mar del Plata Film Festival and selected for festivals in Guadalajara (Mexico), Cinema Jove (Spain), São Paulo (Brazil), among others.
  • Exhibited in the Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC, USA (2007).

“Impulso” (Impulse)

  • 2009: Gran Premio Flechazo (Love at First Sight) award at the Toulouse Latin America Film Festival (Won)

“Asier y yo” (Asier and I)

  • 2013: Irizar Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival (Won)

“Después de la neblina” (When Clouds Clear)

  • Social Justice Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (Won)

El Comité” (The Committee)

  • 2006: George de Beauregard award at FIDMarseille (Won)

“Con mi corazón en Yambo” (With My Heart in Yambo)

  • Premiered at International Film Festival Amsterdam IDFA 2010.

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