Nicolás López (director)

Nicolás Javier López Fernández (born March 16, 1983) is a Chilean film director, producer and screenwriter. He is known for hit comedies such as Promedio Rojo (2004), the Qué pena trilogy (2010-2012), and the Paz Bascuñán vehicles Sin filtro (2016) and No estoy loca (2018).

Nicolás López
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Nicolás López in 2015
Nicolás Javier López Fernández

March 16, 1983
OccupationFilm director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Film editor
Years activeSince 1996

Life and workEdit

López became interested in filmmaking at a young age. After reading Robert Rodriguez's Rebel Without a Crew (1995) and watching Kevin Smith's Clerks (1994), he began experimenting with his family's video camera. By the age of 12, he was already writing a column for El Mercurio, one of the most prestigious and conservative right-wing Chilean newspapers. His column, "Memorias de un Pingüino" ("Memories of a Penguin"), ran from 1997 to 1999 and described the life of a student, commonly known as a "penguin" in Chile because of the typical black and white uniform. The comments he made in the column led to him being expelled from school. At the age of 14, after his expulsion, he began a new column called "López" with a more mature style.[1]

At the age of 15, López made his debut at the Valdivia Film Festival[2] with the short film Pajero (“wanker”), which tells the story of a teenager constantly interrupted during masturbation. The next year he filmed Superhéroes, the story of a teenager who tries to convince people that he is a superhero, and in 2000 he filmed Florofilia, a love story between a man and a plant. He became partner and co-founder of, a website about cinema, television, books, comics and video games that focused on young audiences. He then founded the first independent film festival in Santiago, the "Sobras Independent Film Festival", as well as Producciones, a film production company. As associate producer, López took charge of the marketing of Jorge Olguín's horror movie Ángel Negro in 2000, and the adult animation Cesante (“unemployed”), which he co-wrote. He also ran the marketing for other Chilean films such as Olguín's Sangre Eterna (2002) and Orlando Lübbert's Taxi para tres (2001). He co-directed many music videos, and won an MTV Latin Music Award in 2002 for "Mujer Robusta" by Sinergia. He co-wrote the 2003 edition of the MTV Latin Music Award and, also in 2003, he directed, co-wrote and acted in an absurd comedy series for the same network, called Piloto MTV, along with Eduardo Bertrán.

At the age of 20, López directed his first feature film, Promedio Rojo (2004), an absurdist romantic comedy about teenage nerds, in which the main character slips in and out of reality, with the ‘unreal’ scenes animated. He won the special jury prize at the Viña del Mar International Film Festival, and featured in the Mar del Plata International Film Festival and LA Film Fest. Although the film was criticized in his native country, it caught the attention of international directors and other industry personalities including Salma Hayek, Alfonso Cuaron, Alejandro González Iñárritu and Guillermo del Toro.[3] In 2005, and with a bigger budget, López began working on Santos,[4] a film about a failed comic artist. Released in 2008, the film was poorly received by critics and did not fulfill its financial expectations. In 2010, after the failure of Santos, López wrote and directed his highest-grossing film yet, Qué pena tu vida, spawning two sequels and building a cast of regular actors such as Ariel Levy, Paz Bascuñán, Lorenza Izzo, Andrea Velasco, Ignacia Allamand, Nicolás Martínez, Ramón Llao and Alison Mandel.

In 2012, López partnered with the American director Eli Roth to release Aftershock, a Chilean-American disaster movie loosely inspired by events that took place during the 2010 Chile earthquake. It was López's first English-language film and was produced for his company Sobras, by Roth, Miguel Asensio and Brian Oliver. The movie debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival.[5] Following the box-office underperformance of Aftershock, The Green Inferno (2013) and Knock, Knock (2015), López put his "Chilewood" ambitions with Roth on hold and returned to bawdy comedy, scoring huge hits with Sin filtro (2016), Hazlo como hombre (2017) and No estoy loca (2018).

On 30 June 2018, eight Chilean actresses and models accused López of sexual harassment and workplace bullying.[6] The following day Netflix announced it was putting its deal with Sobras "under review" and López himself posted a video online stating he was resigning from Sobras and that he would defend himself against the allegations: "I don’t understand what is happening nor the break in my years-long relationships of trust and affection. If I sometimes have been misunderstood, I apologize. But I’m not a stalker nor an abuser."[7]

López, Roth and Levy


Sitges - Catalan International Film Festival
  • Nominated, Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film in Silver, Official Fantàstic Panorama Selection, Mis peores amigos: Promedio Rojo, El regreso (2013)
  • Nominated, Maria, Best Motion Picture, Aftershock (2012)
Tokyo International Film Festival
  • Nominated, Tokyo Grand Prix, Promedio Rojo (2004)
Viña del Mar International Film Festival
  • Won, Special Jury Award, Promedio Rojo (2004)



  • Pajero (1998), short film
  • Superhéroes (1999), short film
  • Florofilia (2000), short film
  • Promedio Rojo (2004), feature film
  • Super Niño Bully (2007), short film
  • Santos (2008), feature film
  • Fuck My Life (2010), feature film
  • Qué pena tu boda (2011), feature film
  • Qué pena tu familia (2012), feature film
  • Aftershock (2012), feature film
  • Mis peores amigos: Promedio Rojo, El regreso (2013), feature film
  • Sin filtro (2016), feature film
  • Hazlo como hombre (2017), feature film
  • No estoy loca (2018), feature film


  • Pajero (1999)
  • Superhéroes (1999), with Esteban Rojas
  • Florofiia (1999), with Esteban Rojas, Alfredo Sepulveda and Francisco Ortega
  • MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamérica 2003 (2003)
  • Promedio Rojo (2004)
  • Piloto MTV (2004), with Eduardo Bertrán
  • Super Niño Bully (2007), with Fabrizio Copano
  • Fuck My Life (2010), with Guillermo Amoedo
  • Qué pena tu boda (2011), with Amoedo
  • Qué pena tu familia (2012), with Amoedo
  • Fuerzas Especiales (2014)
  • Knock, Knock (2015), with Roth and Amoedo
  • Hazlo como hombre (2017), with Amoedo
  • No estoy loca (2018), with Amoedo


  • Pajero (1999), producer
  • Superhéroes (1999), producer
  • Florofilia (2000)
  • Ángel Negro (2000), associate producer
  • Promedio Rojo (2004), executive producer
  • Normal con alas (2007), producer
  • Santos (2008), co-producer
  • The Green Inferno (2013), producer
  • Knock, Knock (2014), producer
  • The Stranger (2014), executive producer / producer
  • Fuerzas Especiales (2014), executive producer
  • Fuerzas Especiales 2: Cabos sueltos (2015), executive producer
  • Sin filtro (2016), executive producer


  • Piloto MTV (2004), five first episodes
  • Promedio Rojo (2004), cameo appearance
  • Se arrienda (2005), cameo appearance
  • Santos (2008), montage cameo
  • El brindis (2008), cameo appearance
  • Solos (2008), doctor

Music videosEdit

  • Mujer robusta - Sinergia, with Eduardo Bertrán (2002)
  • Concurso - Sinergia, with Eduardo Bertrán (2002)
  • Chilerobot - Sinergia, with Eduardo Bertrán (2003)
  • Te quiero ver muerta - Tiro Al Aire, with Eduardo Bertrán
  • Traigo el aguante - Santo Barrio, with Eduardo Bertrán (2002)
  • Toma lo que quieras - Claudio Quiñones, with Eduardo Bertrán

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "El Mercurio, y que le acarrea la expulsión de su colegio por sus fuertes críticas al sistema educativo. Insiste con una nueva sección, “López”, donde muestra una pluma más madura. "Nicolás López- Cinechile Nicolás López datasheet, Cinechile, Enciclopedia del Cine Chileno / Santiago, Chile retrieved on January 18, 2015
  2. ^ PANIKO interview Cristóbal Bley, retrieved on February 26, 2015
  3. ^ Young director has Hayek in his corner July 02, 2007 Lorenza Munoz Times Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times Articles - Copyright 2015 Los Angeles Times retrieved on January 19, 2015
  4. ^ Santos (2008) IMDB IMDB 1990 - 2015, retrieved on January 19, 2015
  5. ^ Movie Review: Fate Is Cruel and So Is Aftershock 2010 - 2015, New York Media LLC. All Rights Reserved. Vulture - Bilge Ebiri, retrieved on January 15, 2015
  6. ^ El Mercurio. "Revista Sábado | Página 10 | sábado, 30 de junio de 2018". Retrieved 2018-06-30.
  7. ^ De La Fuente, Anna Marie. "Netflix to Review Nicolas Lopez Deal Amid Harassment Allegations". Retrieved 2018-07-01.

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