Juan de las Brujas / Juan of the Witches – Short Doc

JUAN OF THE WITCHES honors 82-year-old Juan Medellín’s legacy as a founding company member of Mexico’s prestigious Ballet Folklórico. An intimate portrait of a life richly lived and a testament to the power and the force of art, the film uses colorful hand-drawn animation to illustrate cherished memories from Medellin’s childhood and intro to dance to his heyday with the Ballet from the 1960s to 1970s. 

  • Director Andrew Houchens
  • Producer Marina Fernandez Ferri
  • Cinematography Elías Martín del Campo
  • Animation May Kindred-Boothby
  • Music Alec Dempster, Oscar Goldman, Alantl Molina
  • Sound Omar Juárez Espino
  • Editor Carlos Rojas Felice 
  • Subject Juan Medellín
  • Country USA/Mexico
  • Film page facebook.com/juandelasbrujasfilm


– Guadalajara International Film Festival 2019 – Ibero-American Competition (México)
– Montclair Film Festival 2019 – Short Documentary Competition (USA))
– Guanajuato International Film Festival 2019 – Official Selection (México)
– GAZE: LGBT Film Festival 2019 – Official Selection Men Short’s (Ireland)
– ShortsMexico 2019 – Mexican Documentary Competition (México)
– Festival de Cine de Madrid FCM-PNR– Audience Award prize for Best International Short (Spain)
– San Francisco Latino Film Festival 2019 – El/Ella/They Queer Shorts (USA)
– Ville Film Fest 2019 – All Ages Shorts (USA)
– New Fest New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival 2019 – Official Selection (USA)
– Festival Mix Brasil 2019 –Mix Brasil Shorts Life Is Performance section (Brasil)
– Dance Camera West Festival 2020 – Official Selection (USA)
– Chicago Latino Film Festival 2020 – Official Selection in Competition (USA)