Francisco Plaza Trinidad (born 8 February 1973), simply known as Paco Plaza, is a Spanish filmmaker known for his works in the horror genre.[1] He is the co-creator of the REC zombie film franchise.[1][2]

Paco Plaza
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Francisco Plaza Trinidad

(1973-02-08) 8 February 1973 (age 49)
Valencia, Spain
Alma materCEU Cardinal Herrera University


Francisco Plaza Trinidad was born on 8 February 1973 in Valencia.[3][4] Plaza has a degree in Audiovisual Communication from CEU Cardinal Herrera University and a diploma in Film Direction from the 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 and abroad 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 Director Writer Notes
2002 El segundo nombre Yes Yes
OT: La película Yes No Documentary
Co-directed with Jaume Balaguero
2004 Romasanta (Romasanta: The Werewolf Hunt) Yes No
2007 REC Yes Yes Co-directed with Jaume Balaguero
2009 REC 2 Yes Yes
2012 REC 3: Genesis Yes Yes
2017 Verónica (Veronica) Yes Yes Also associate producer
2019 Quien a hierro mata (Eye for an Eye) Yes No IMDb
2021 La abuela (The Grandmother) Yes No
TBA Hermana Muerte (Sister Death) Yes No [5]

As actorEdit

Year Title Role
1996 Adosados Marido
2009 REC 2 Zombie
Spanish Movie Municipal
2020 La Suite Nupcial Cameo Camarero

Producer onlyEdit

Year Title Notes
2014 REC 4: Apocalypse Creative producer
2015 Requirements to Be a Normal Person Producer and executive producer

Short FilmEdit

Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1995 Tropismos Yes Yes Yes Also editor and costume designer
1997 Tarzán en el Café Lisboa Yes Yes Yes Also editor
1999 Abuelitos Yes No No
2001 Puzzles Yes No No
2007 Sr. Rosso No No Yes
2009 Lo siento, te quiero No No Yes
2010 Luna de miele, Luna di sangue VII Yes Yes No
2013 Habitantes No No Yes
2014 Ultravioleta Yes Yes No Advertising short
Also additional still photographer
2020 D.E.V.:Disfrute en Vida Yes No No Advertising short
Co-directed with Daniel Sánchez Arévalo


Year Title Director Writer Notes
2005 Cuento de Navidad Yes No TV movie
2016 El Ministerio del Tiempo Yes No Episode: "Tiempo de magia"
2021 Historias para no dormir Yes Yes Episode: "Freddy"[6]

As actorEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1990 La Forja de un Rebelde Extra TV Series
1 episode
Eva y Adan: Agencia Matrimonial Policia
2002 Cuentame Policía Gris


  1. ^ a b Crucchiola, Jordan (8 March 2018). "This Is the Scariest Part of Netflix's Veronica".
  2. ^ "A Look Through the Lens of 'REC 2' With Paco Plaza - Bloody Disgusting". Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  3. ^ Abelenda, Ana (6 February 2022). "Paco Plaza, director de «La abuela»: «Visité muchos geriátricos en Galicia, eso me sensibilizó»". La Voz de Galicia.
  4. ^ "Paco Plaza, director de [REC]3, es el nuevo presentador de 'Hoy Programa'". RTVE. 30 March 2012.
  5. ^ Silvestre, Juan (28 March 2022). "'Hermana Muerte': Paco Plaza arranca el rodaje de 'Hermana Muerte' para Netflix". Fotogramas.
  6. ^ Pérez, Cristina M. (24 September 2021). "'Historias para no dormir' presenta tráiler y detalles antes de su estreno en Amazon". Vandal. El Español.

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