Qinti Anima (Juan Cortés) was born in Copiapó Valley in the Atacama desert, the north of Chile. He attended university at Valparaíso studying cinema and making a couple of first successful short Films: “Elena” (2008) & “Paula” (2009). They showed a remarkable sense of social responsibility and a unique narrative ability. In 2010 he filmed a guerrilla feature film called “Valparadaise” and after that he travelled for a year around New Zealand appreciating the culture, film industry and he managed to work in the editing of his first film with the support of the film school of Victoria University. He and his team experienced a great public victory with “Valparadaise” in 2012, screening in the historical Cine Arte of Viña del Mar. For the first time in their life they received an ovation and a great appreciation from their community. It is a unique slacker comedy portrait of young actors/filmmakers living in the cultural port of Valparaiso, this creation inspire a new generation of emerging young artist in Chile. The film was also awarded in SANFIC the most important Chilean film festival. He traveled in Australia participating in a tour with the musicians Oscar Jimenez & Manu Chao.
In 2014 he published his first book “To Accept The Vision of Our Cinema” granted by the Chilean National Art Council. In 2016 he started developing his first episodic series “Taller de Video” a comedy about a group of adolescents that attend a video workshop that a bohemian actress is force to give as a community service. This series has been granted by the Chilean National TV Council and it is the biggest regional project founded by this entity and the first episodic series filmed in Valparaíso, Chile.
Same as many poets and chilean artist, Juan finds his inspiration in traveling and returning to the vibran port of Valparaíso. Diversity, social responsibility, consciousness, veganism and the science of well being are his majors motivation behind his work same as sharing the cultural richness that South America has to offer to the world.