Elías was a documentary filmmaker that fantasized with making a heist film. Flako was the most wanted bank robber in the hard times of the Spanish Crisis. Flako was in jail. Elías was in the street. Some films must be prepared in the distance…
León Siminiani majored in Spanish Literature and Film Direction at Columbia University, New York. Some of his most notable fiction film work includes Dos más (2001) (Best Drama at the 2002 EMMY Awards for Passionate about the possibilities of the audiovisual, he investigated different formats and genres. Students and Audience Award (Versión Española), Archipiélago (2003) (Jury Award, Best Screenplay and Audience Award at the Columbia University Film Festival 2003) and finalist in the Sundance Channel’s 2004 Latino Film¬makers Showcase, and Ludoterapia (2007), Best Short film at Europa Cinema 2007.
His most notable non-fiction film work includes the series of mini-documentaries Key Concepts from a Modern World, the first four installments of which; La oficina (1998), El permiso (2001), Digital (2003) and El tránsito (2009) have won more than 100 international awards. In addition, Siminiani has explored hybrid formats with pieces as Zoom (2005) or the series Límites (2009) which won, among others, the First Award of the Alcala de Henares Film Festival (Alcine 09), and the First Award of the Ibero-American Short films competition Versión Española (TVE).
In 2011 he released a new fiction Short film titled El Premio, whose proposal of fiction around a real event, was recently nominated for the 2012 Goya Awards for Best Fiction Short film.
Produced by Avalon P.C., Pantalla Partida and himself, Mapa is his first feature film where he continues investigating the fertile border where fiction and non-fiction meet.