Paco Plaza

Paco Plaza (born 8 February 1973) is a Spanish film director[1] best known for writing and directing REC and REC 2 with Jaume Balagueró.[2] He then went on to direct the REC parallel sequel REC 3: Genesis by himself while Jaume Balagueró directed the follow-up, REC 4: Apocalypse.[3]

Paco Plaza
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At the 2009 Venice Film Festival
Born (1973-02-08) 8 February 1973 (age 48)
Alma materCEU Cardinal Herrera University
OccupationFilm director and screenwriter


Plaza has a Bachelor's Degree in Audiovisual Communication from CEU San Pablo University/ University of Valencia and a diploma in Film Direction from the School of Cinematography and Audiovisual of the Community of Madrid (ECAM). He speaks Spanish, English and French.

Although he is best known as a director, he is also a screenwriter, producer, editor and even was a costume designer on one occasion for Tropismos (1995), his first short film and with which he made his debut as a director.

Paco is known in Spanish cinema for the creation of the trilogy REC (2007). A year after the release of the first film, American director John Erick Dowdle made an adaptation of the Paco Plaza film, under the name of Quarantine (2008). The trilogy REC has accumulated a total of 26 awards and 17 nominations in numerous film festivals.



Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Producer Writer Actor
1995 Tropismos Yes Yes Yes Short film
1997 Tarzán en el Café Lisboa Yes Yes Yes Short film
1999 Abuelitos Yes Short film
2001 Puzzles Yes Short film
2002 El segundo nombre Yes Yes
2004 Romasanta Yes
2007 REC Yes Yes
2009 Spanish Movie Yes
REC 2 Yes Yes Yes
Lo siento, te quiero Yes Short film
2010 Luna de miele, Luna di sangue VII Yes Yes Short film
2012 REC 3: Genesis Yes Yes
2013 Habitantes Yes Short film
2014 Ultravioleta Yes Short film
Requirements To Be A Normal Person Executive
2016 Herederos de la bestia Yes
2017 Veronica Yes Yes
2019 Quien a hierro mata Yes IMDb


Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Producer Writer Actor
2002 Cuéntame cómo pasó Yes Episode: "Una larga espera"
OT: La película Yes Yes Documentary
2005 Cuento de Navidad Yes Yes TV movie
2016 El Ministerio del Tiempo Yes Episode: "Tiempo de magia"


  1. ^ "Up Town - Where players win". Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  2. ^ "A Look Through the Lens of 'REC 2' With Paco Plaza - Bloody Disgusting". Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]

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