Born in 1964, in Madrid. He founded the advertising agency Línea Films in 1986 after graduating from the Complutense, and in 1992 started up Películas Pendelton which focuses on film projects.
His first short films Aquel ritmillo (1995) and El secdleto de la tlompeta (1995) won everything there is to win in Spain, including the Goya Award. He received the same award in 1998 with his feature debut The Miracle of P. Tinto in the special effects category. His next film, Mortadelo & Filemon: The Big Adventure (2003), was awarded five Goyas.
For the short film Binta and the Great Idea (2004), which he made in Senegal with the cooperation of UNICEF, he won 88 awards and was nominated for an Oscar in 2007. In 2006 he published the story “Three Days in the Valley” and produced the first film effort of his brother, Guillermo, a successful publisher, called Candida. —KVIFF