ASENSIO HAS AN EXTENSIVE CAREER IN THE CINEMA SECTOR. ADDITIONNALLY, HE HAS PRACTICED A VARIETY OF ADVENTURE SPORTS SUCH AS CLIMBING, DIVING OR PARAGLIDING
The Pirineos Mountain Film Festival has presented David Asensio as its new director. The Mexican filmmaker based in Huesca is taking the lead of the film event in its first competitive edition. Asensio takes over from Estela Rasal, who was recently appointed as the director of the Huesca International Film Festival. Both events are promoted by the Huesca International Film Festival Foundation and form a powerful cultural showcase for Huesca and its province both nationally and internationally. “It is a challenge that fills me with hope: although it is an emerging project, it is supported by a very solid and experienced team and institutional endorsement. Huesca is mountain, Huesca is cinema, and the Pirineos Mountain Film Festival comes to support both flagships through a multidisciplinary proposal that aims to consolidate its prestige” says the new head.
The festival focused on the best mountain, adventure, and nature cinema, will celebrate its first competitive edition in Huesca from February 20 to 26. The event maintains its provincial character with Jaca, Barbastro, Boltaña, Benasque and the capital itself as main venues and where the traveling exhibition will begin. The “Huesca: The Magic of Congresses” network, made up of all the congress centres of Alto Aragón, is the logistical and backbone support of the event.
The Pirineos Mountain Film Festival will also hold a national tour that, after visiting the entire province, will travel to other locations in Spain. The PMFF Tour will be made up of a selection of the works in competition in a session that will combine “impressive visual power, cinematographic quality, content and message of the story, and originality” as Asensio points out.
A MEXICAN WITH ROOTS FROM HUESCA
David Asensio has a degree in Communication Sciences and Techniques specializing in Cinema from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City (1993), a university where he taught for 10 years. Along with Sebastián Vauneville and TuHuesca, he set up the Huesca Film Office (HuFO) which brought many filmings to the province. He currently works as a director of photography collaborating on a large number of fiction, advertising, and documentary projects; he manages his own production company, coordinates the production department of the UNED in Barbastro and is part of the Huesca International Film Festival selection committee team.
Since childhood, Asensio has been linked to outdoor sports, he has practiced scuba diving, mountain biking, paragliding and, above all, climbing and mountaineering; a passion in which his father initiated him. At the age of eight, he reached the height of 5,000 meters for the first time (in the Valley of Mexico). Then, together with a group of friends he founded a climbing club. His relationship with Huesca (his grandmother was from Apiés) made him discover some of the most important peaks of Alto Aragón such as Aneto, Monte Perdido, Tebarray, Balaitús, Cotiella and Collarada; but he is also a great lover of the Sierra de Guara where he frequently practices canyoning.