Emerging Artist Grant


Wb Illich Castillo

Laura Huertas Millán (b.1983) is a French-Colombian filmmaker and artist who currently lives and works in France.


In 2017 she completed a practice-based PhD at PSL University (SACRe program) on “ethnographic fictions”, a dual concept at the core of her film practice since 2009, and for which she also was affiliated to the Sensory Ethnography Lab (2014) and the Film Study Center (2014-2017) at Harvard University.


Her formally adventurous films fuse genres, proposing embodied cinematic experiences both contemplative and reflexive, where political history, ecology and the intimate spheres entwine.


Laura Huertas Millán considers the filming of her works as moments of collective hypnosis, during which the bodies synchronize and access a subtle but evident state of altered perception. It is in this sense that fiction operates, allowing re-weaving social, political, affective and emotional bonds.


Her works have been internationally screened in art and cinema venues such as the Centre Pompidou, Musée du Jeu de Paume, the Guggenheim Museum (NY), The Film Society of Lincoln Center, TIFF´s Lightbox, Palais de Tokyo, Les Laboratoires d´Aubervilliers, Museo de Arte de Medellin (MAMM Colombia) and Instituto de Visión, among others.


Her films have been exhibited in film festivals including Toronto (Wavelenghts), FIDMarseille (Special Jury mention of the French competition, 2016), Doclisboa (Honourable mention of the international competition), Torino, FICUNAM, Curtas Vila do Conde, Videobrasil (Resartis Prize, 2013), Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento (Special mention, Norberto Griffa Award), Fronteira Film Festival (Best short film prize)and Bogota´s Documentary Film Festival (MIDBO, Best film of the national competition prize).


 Photo courtesy of the artist


A Look Inside:


Bogota, Colombia. March the 10th, 1983.




PhD, ENS rue d’Ulm, Beaux-Arts de Paris (SACRe Program), France (2017); Researcher. Sensory ethnography lab, Harvard University, USA (2014); Summa Cum Laude - Master in cinema and contemporary art y arte, Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing. France (2012); Summa Cum Laude- MFA Beaux-Arts de Paris, France (2009).




Hauts-de-Seine Prize, Salon de Montrouge, Montrouge, France (2017); Best short film, Fronteira Film Festival, Goiânia, Brazil (2017); Honorable mention, Grand Prix international competition, Doclisboa, Portugal (2016); Honorable mention, Grand Prix French competition, FIDMarseille, France (2016); Production grant, Film Study Center, Harvard University, US (2016); Post-production grant, cinéma 93-CNC, France (2016); Research Grant, PSL, Paris Sciences et Lettres University, France (2015); Production Grant, Film Study Center, Harvard University, US (2015); Honourable mention, Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2014).


 Selected Exhibitions 



(Title TBD), Centro de Arte de Malakoff. Paris, France (2018); “Retrospectiva Laura Huertas Millán”, Cinémathèque de Toronto. Canada (2017); “Sol Negro”, Saison Vidéo, FRAC Nord-Pas-de-Calais. Dunkirk, France (2017); “Disappearing operations”, Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Cinéma Le Méliès, ENSBA. Paris, France; “Screening: Laura Huertas Millán”, Pitzer College. Claremont, USA (2016); “Apocalípticos e integrados”, Metales pesados. Santiago de Chile, Chile (2015).




“Medellin, une histoire colombienne”, Musée des Abattoirs. Toulouse, France (2017); “Prospectif cinema”, Centre Pompidou. Paris, France (2017); “Meeting points”, La Loge. Bruxelles, Belgium (2016); “Debatable Screenings”, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, USA (2016); “Futures Ruins. Cultures of Landscape”, Pleasure Dome. Toronto, Canada (2015); “Corpus. Corpos. Corpses”, Universidad NYU. New York, USA (2015).