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Daniel Garcés Najar

Daniel is the CEO of Sonata Films. Master of Music with emphasis on Sound Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, with a long and well-known trajectory as Sound designer and Sound Director for film and TV audiovisual productions.

In addition to his professional activity, Daniel “El Gato” has over ten years of teaching experience in public and private educational institutions. His pedagogic work has positioned him as a pioneer in sound design teaching and training, which has allowed him to share his knowledge in countless academic scenarios, such as workshops, graduate programs, symposia, festivals, congresses and master classes related to sound art nationwide.


At present, Daniel “El Gato” Garcés has over 50 credits in Cuban, Spanish, American, Estonian, Mexican, Panamanian, Peruvian and Venezuelan film productions. This experience has allowed him to work on all the pre-production, production and post-production processes involved in the sound design art. His work has contributed to the international awards won by many of these productions.




The following section mentions some highlighted projects:

Pariente (2016). Winning feature film of 9 Macondo Awards of the Colombian Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences including winner of the MACONDO A BETTER SOUND – VI EDITION, (2017).Santa and Andrés (2016). Winning Cuban film, among other awards, from the Best Film Award and Best Screenplay at the 2017 Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG 32).Isolated (2015). Best documentary exhibition award winner at the BAM 2015. Best documentary award winner at the Colombian Film Festival, New York, USA, 2016. Infierno o Paraíso (2014). This documentary won the Best Debut film award at the VII Latin American and Caribbean Film Festival of Margarita, Venezuela, and Best documentary award at the Colombian Film Festival, New York, USA, 2015. Arrepentidos (2014). A FOX Network Group series, award winner for best Non–English primetime program at the 2015 Emmy awards. Nacimiento (2013). Feature Film. Tridens award winner for Best Film and FIPRESCI award at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival PÖFF19 in Estonia, 2015. La eterna noche de las doce lunas (2013). Best Documentary award winner at the India Catalina Awards and the Cartagena International Film Festival (FICCI) in 2013. Best Documentary award winner at the Toulouse Latin American Film Festival 2013 (France), Best Sound award winner at the Costa Rica International Film Festival 2013 and Best Soundtrack award winner at the TRIESTE Film Festival 2014 (Italy). Undertow (2010). This feature film won the People’s choice award at the Latin American Film Festival of Montreal, Canada in 2010, the World Cinema Audience Award: Dramatic at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and the Audience Award at the 2010 Miami International Film Festival. Un tigre de papel (2007). Best Latin American Documentary Award winner by Telesur Network at the EDOC (Encounters of the Other Cinema) Documentary Festival in Ecuador. Second place winner for Best Documentary at the Lima Film Festival, and Special Jury Mention at the 2008 Miami International Film Festival. OD, El camino (2003). Best Short Film and Best Director awards winner at the First El Espejo Short Film Festival in Bogota, Colombia. Special mention at the IX Santa Fe de Antioquia Film Festival and the Bogota Film Festival. Grand Prize winner at the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival 2004 in Germany. Golden Statuette winner for Best Experimental Film at the Tehran International Short Film Festival.


Some latest productions on which he has worked are: “The Seed of Silence” (2016), “Pickpockets” (2017), “The Extraordinary Journey of Celeste Garcia” (2017), “Diciembres” (2018), “La Fortaleza” (2018), y “La Frontera” (2019),

Daniel “El Gato” Garcés’ full filmography can be found at the following link: