Rubén Navarro (Málaga, Spain, 08/21/1982) is an award winning Film Director based in Los Angeles. His short film “Of Hearts and Castles” has been awarded 9 times in 57 official selections around the world, including Oscar Qualifying Palm Springs Shortfest or Outfest LGBTQ Los Angeles. He is also a highly experienced editor, he edited the show “East of La Brea” (premiered at SXSW) and an episode of "Acapulco" (AppleTV), and he is currently editing a Spanish feature film "Marco Polo". He has also worked in post-production for companies such as Netflix or FOX and is a 2018 Film Independent Project Involve Fellow. He is currently developing the feature film based on his short film “Of Hearts and Castles”. “Masaru” (2022) and "i am" (2022) are his fourth and fifth short films as a director, after “Of Hearts and Castles” (2020), “In Tune With You” (2012) and “Monsters of the Night” (2015).



- Rosario Valpuesta Award for Best Short Film
Seville European Film Festival (Spain) [2020]

- Nominated for Best Fiction Short Film
ASECAN Awards del Cine Andaluz (Spain) [2021]

- Best LGBTQ Film
Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival (United States) [2021]

- Audience award
Festival de Málaga. Cine en Español (Spain) [2021]

- Audience award
Visioni Corte International Short Film Festival (Italy) [2021]

- Best International Short Film
FICVI - Festival Internacional de Curtmetratges de Vila-seca (Spain) [2021]

- Best LGBTQ Short Film and Best Romance Short Film

Skiptown Playhouse International Film Festival (United States) [2021]

Best International Short Film
Rainbow Umbrella Film Festival (United Kingdom) [2022]


- Best Editing "Monsters of the Night", and nominated Best Director, Best Film, Best Non-Spanish Film
European Film Festival Villamayor (Villamayor de Santiago, Spain)

- Best Short Film
Amposta Fantastic Gore Festival (Amposta, Spain)

- Audience Award
El Cuervo Film Festival (Navarra, Spain)

- Film Financial Award
Malaga Film Festival (Malaga, Spain)


- Best Social Film "In Tune With You"
KO&Digital Festival Internacional de Cine Solidario (Barcelona, Spain)

- Best Film about Equality 
XIV Concurso de Cortometrajes para Jovenes Realizadores “Ciudad de Castellon” (Castellon Spain)