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Daniel Chávez Ontiveros

Daniel Chávez Ontiveros

Documentary Film and Video


Daniel Chávez Ontiveros was born and raised in Mexico City. He studied Media & Communication Science at the Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM-CCM), where he discovered his passion for audiovisual storytelling. Later on, he was accepted at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematograficos (CUEC-UNAM), where he studied a very intensive program in Filmmaking. During these years he participated in the making of diverse fiction and documentary films developing skills on direction, cinematography, edition, writing, sound design, and film production. He has directed several short films that have been screened in diverse cultural venues around Mexico. In addition, two of his short films, Toucan (2013) and Milo's animals(2014), have won prizes at the ‘Hazlo en Cortometraje Film Festival’, a festival that promotes environmental sustainability and ecological culture.

In 2013, he started his own audiovisual company, named Think Films, which is primarily dedicated in making documentaries for non-profit organizations such as Oxfam, Save the Children, and Marie Stopes. These documentaries are focused on topics such as worldwide migration, protection of human rights, and wilderness preservation.

El Cisne 

hd video
JUNE, 2016
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After a long period of absence, Sthefany decides to go back home in Mexico to confront her parents about her gender identity.

Still life 

hd video
JUNE, 2015
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An audiovisual essay that explores the influence and the dominance that humans impose upon nature.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

SF DocFest, 2016

I am Ayotzinapa (Yo soy Ayotzinapa) 

HD video
Co-directed by Kadri Koop
MARCH, 2015
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Three Latin American artists collaborate on an exhibition to raise awareness of 43 missing Mexican students.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Oakland International Film Festival, Oakland, CA, 2017
Mira III - Festival de cine Latinoamericano Independiente, Germany, 2016
Monterrey International Film Festival, Mexico, 2016
Mexican Embassy in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, 2016
Festival de la Memoria, Documental Iberoamericano, Mexico, 2016
Artes Visuales Guanajuato, Escuela de Cine, Mexico, 2016
Centro Cultural José Martí, Mexico, 2016
Centro Académico Cultural Unam Campus Juriquilla, Mexico, 2016
Casa del Lago Juan José Arreola, Mexico, 2016
Cinematógrafo del Chopo, Mexico, 2016
Facultad de Estudios Superiores acatlán, Mexico, 2016
Facultad de Estudios Superiores Cuautitlán Campo Cuatro, Mexico, 2016
Cinemateca Luis Buñuel (Casa de la Cultura), Mexico, 2016
Universidad de Guadalajara. Centro Universitario de Arte, Arquitectura y Diseño Cuaad. video sala "David Lapine" del Departamento de Imagen y Sonido dis, Mexico, 2016
Facultad de Artes y Diseño. fad. Alfabeto Abierto, Mexico, 2016
Universidad Autónoma de Campeche, Mexico, 2016
Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico, 2016
Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales, Mexico, 2016
Original Narrative Student Short Film Festival, Dubai, 2016
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Missoula, 2016
Filmmakers to School Program at Big Sky, Missoula, 2016
Kinoki Film Festival, Mexico, 2016
Cinequest, San Jose, 2016
Morelia Film Festival (FICM), Mexico, 2015
Big Latino Film Festival, Los Angeles, 2015
University of New Hapshire College of Arts community screening, 2015
Middlebury College Spanish School film series, 2015
Onecinema, San Francisco, 2015

The Atlantic Editor's Pick Series, 2015


Born Fighter 

16mm black and white film
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The portrait of Johnnie Gray’s boxing gym, a temporary haven for kids and young people who are at-risk of the dangers and temptations of the streets.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Honorable Mention–Short short, Windrider International Student Film Festival (WISFF), 2016
SF DocFest, 2016
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2016
Stranger Stories: Documentaries by Stanford Students, Cantor Arts Center, 2015



June 11, 2016

Free and open to the public.

Cubberley Auditorium
June 11, 2015

free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium
March 17, 2015

free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium
December 9, 2014

Free and open to the public.

Annenberg Auditorium

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