Born in Zaragoza (Spain), Sadie Duarte is an award-winning filmmaker, writer/screenwriter and producer who holds a B.A. in English Studies at UNED, an M.A. in Textual and Cultural Studies in English Language (British & Hollywood Cinema) at University of Zaragoza and an MA in Film Direction and Production of TV Shows (University San Jorge). She has three novels for young adults published: Alas Para Soñar (Certeza, 2001), Souls of Fire (Libros Certeza, 2013) and Recordando Bethlem (Certeza, 2016). Sadie Duarte has received eleven literary & academic awards and also works as a teacher of English & a translator. In fact, she translated into Spanish Ia Uaro’s book Sydney’s Song (La Canción de Sydney) and wrote the English subtitles for director Jorge Aparicio’s short film Cuatro Veintes (Four by Twenty) and El Morico.
DMUS is the first short musical film that Sadie Duarte wrote, directed and produced with two teams working together in Spain and USA. It’s an international project to promote artists from different countries, actors & musicians which has already got many official selections, 13 awards for Best Indie Filmmaker (Sadie Duarte) and Best Score (Jesús Calderón) at Top Shorts in Los Angeles, Best Musical at Oniros Film Awards (Italy), Best Score (Jesús Calderón) at Festigious (Los Angeles), Best Supporting Actress (Tiffany Daniels) and Best Original Score (Jesus Calderón) at Melbourne City International Film Awards, Best Ensemble (Honorable Mention) at Los Angeles Film Awards, Best Ensemble at the Actors Awards, Best Supporting Actress – Bahia Gold at the Actors Awards, Best Woman Filmmaker at Barcelona Planet Film Festival, Best Woman Filmmaker at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival (Los Angeles, USA), Best Music at AltFF in Toronto (Canada) – it includes music by multi award-winning composer Jesus Calderón -, Best Woman Director at the European Cinematography Awards (Warsaw, Poland)). DMUS is the first Spanish musical film shot in English language which made it onto IMDb.
In 2016, Sadie also wrote, directed and produced the melodrama Quizás un Día (Maybe Someday – in Spanish language with English subtitles) which recently got four official selections (September 2017) , won the Giulio Penzo Award at MedFF in Sicily (Italy) in January 2018, won Best Actress – Amelia Rius at Barcelona Planet Film Festival (Spain) in January 2018. Sadie directed the music video So Far by British singer Daniel Angelus too.
In May 2017, Sadie wrote, directed and produced the comedy film Blown Away (Enchufados) which has just started touring the festival circuit and stars Spanish celebrities Paco Arévalo and Secun de la Rosa. Blown Away has got the following awards: Best Comedy at AltFF in Toronto (Canada), Best Duo – Paco Arévalo and Secun de la Rosa at the Actors Awards in Los Angeles (USA), Honorable Mention for Best Ensemble at the New York Film Awards, Best Comedy and Best Supporting Actor – Roberto Millán at Festigious (Los Angeles), Best Supporting Actor – Pablo Escamilla at the Creation International Film Festival in Ottawa (Canada), Best Ensemble at Top Shorts (Los Angeles).
She has other projects in the pipeline like a new short film to be shot in early 2018 and a full-feature movie based on her novel Recordando Bethlem (Remembering Bethlehem).
In her spare time, Sadie Duarte works as a freelance journalist, writing reviews and articles and helping artists to promote their works in magazines like Punk Globe (Los Ángeles, USA).