Educated in Environmental Studies and Audiovisual Communication, Juan Palacios (b. 1986, Basque Country, Spain) is a filmmaker based in Amsterdam. He works with experimental video, observational documentary, and visual-diary film essays. With a particular predilection for the boundaries between human culture and nature, mysticism and materialism, he mostly employs imagery from a factual world without an apparent mise en scène to create an alternative universe.
He produced, wrote, filmed, directed and edited several films that have been shown in festivals around the globe. His first feature documentary film, PEDALÓ, won the Irizar Basque Film Award at San Sebastian International Film Festival, 2016 and The Best Feature Documentary Award at Bushwick Film Festival in New York in 2017. His second feature film, MESETA (INLAND), it's a sensorial trip through the empty landscape of Spain. It had its world premiere at CPH:DOX 2019 where it was awarded with a special mention.
In 2018 he began the Master Artistic Research in and through Cinema at the Netherlands Film Academy.