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DANCE FOR THE APOCALYPSE - Drama - Uruguay - 2020

Audience Award - Short Film Competition - José Ignacio Int. Film Festival 2021 (Uruguay)

Horacio Reyes Páez is a Uruguayan film director based in Vienna, Austria.


As an independent director Reyes Páez has also taken on a range of artistic roles such as script writing, cinematography, producing and music composition in his films.


"His work is an harmonious amalgamation of process and practice. Seeking out moments of visual poetry, Paez's imagery is an example of his personal curiosities influencing his aesthetic direction.⁠ For this Uruguayan director, striving to connect the physical with something more pensive and spiritual is a process that underpins his work.


Capturing moments that seem frozen in time, he invites the viewer to take a moment's pause." ⁠


Gestalten Magazine / Berlin, Febraury 2020.

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THE CYCLE OF LIFE - Austria - 2023 - Documentary

Direction, Writing & Cinematography: Horacio Reyes Páez

(Not yet released)



Uruguay - 2020 - Stills / Instalation

Photography: Horacio Reyes Páez

Published on IGNANT, Berlin, Minus32 Australia, DoKa Amsterdam.

"Reyes Páez accomplishes all his works with unique style & storytelling. With his solid compositions, intriguing details, and cinematic angles, Páez gives the opportunity to reveal a beauty that often goes unnoticed.


There is a fascinating eeriness and dream-like quality to his work. Both his images and film showcase a world thrown into a quiet chaos which despite its future being messy and uncertain, evokes feelings of serenity and purity. For Páez, his lens becomes an important emotional bridge to the past, and between him and the viewers.


Devid Gualandris, for IGNANT.

Berlin, October 2020.

PILLOW - Uruguay / Austria - 2021 - Docufiction

Direction, Screenplay, Cinematography: Horacio Reyes Páez

Winner: Best Short Film - José Ignacio Int. Film Festival 2022



Horacio Reyes Páez was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in November, 1987.

Coming from a family of Uruguayan artists he started his work as a filmmaker and photographer when he got his first analogue and videotape cameras at age 16.


Apart from visual storytelling, Páez's strong potential with music was shown when he started playing his first Bach preludes on classical guitar at the age of ten, passion that led him to become a classical music performer and composer.


He concluded his studies as a film director in 2012 at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires.

Parallel to this, his musical career led him to settle in Vienna, Austria, and was invited to study classical guitar with consecrated guitar maestro, Alvaro Pierri (MDW).


Reyes Paez now works as a director, cinematographer and photographer, writer and producer based in the city of Vienna.


Reyes Páez has participated at the 2021 74th Festival de Cannes - Short Film Corner with his award winning film "Dance for The Apocalypse" (Audience Award, José Ignacio International Film Festival 2021). Also created independent films like "El Efecto del Amor", 2013, Best Experimental Film, Rojas Fest Bs.As, Argentina - "From Blanes To Klimt", 2016, VIFF Vienna Official Selection - "A PRAYER", 2020, Jury Award, Piriápolis IFF, Uruguay ). He has recently won the Jury Award at the José Ignacio International Film Festival, and participated with his film in the 75th Festival de Cannes's Short Film Corner.

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A SON PORTRAYS HIS FATHER - Uruguay - 2022 - Documentary

Direction, Screenplay, Cinematography: Horacio Reyes Páez

Official Selection - ATLANTIDOC 2022 - Uruguay

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DANCE FOR THE APOCALYPSE - Uruguay - 2020 - Short film - Drama

Direction, Screenplay, Cinematography & Original Music: Horacio Reyes Páez

Winner - Audience Award - José Ignacio Int. Film Festival 2021.

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