Audience Award Best Short – NUEVO RICO
Directed by Kristian Mercado Figueroa
NUEVO RICO is a bold venture in creating Latinx-Futurism. The narrative aims to put a spotlight on contemporary issues facing Puerto Rico, exploring the future of its culture, the effects of commercialization and its current colonial status.
Kristian Mercado Figueroa’s work includes PA’LANTE (SXSW Jury Award 2019), MARIPOSA, BLACK PUMAS and content for Billie Eilish, Awkwafina, Eric Andre, De La Soul, MF DOOM, Planned Parenthood, Bad Bunny, Adult Swim, and Hannibal Buress. Mercado’s distinct voice addresses issues of identity, family, and systemic oppression across race and class.
Country: United States, Puerto Rico
Premiere: New York
Director: Kristian Mercado Figueroa
Screenwriter: Kristian Mercado Figueroa, Juan J. Arroyo
Producer: Debora Perez, Kate Chamuris, Angel Manuel Soto
Executive Producer: Jackie Cruz, Maitreya Yasuda, Mike Anderson, Jeff Hood, Kristian Mercado
Cast: Barbie: Jackie Cruz; Vico: Antonio Vizcarrondo
Editor: Raymo Ventura
Animator: Deux Wave, MEMOMA Estudio, Fustic. Studio, Animation Studio TunjaYork
Production Design: Angélica Agélviz
Sound Design: Josh Madoff
Music: RaiNao Feat. Fernando Ramos, PutaSanta