No Ficción is a Mexico City-based independent media company founded in 2017 by Daniela Alatorre, Elena Fortes, with the support of Cinépolis. The company is devoted to experimenting with storytelling and the boundaries of non-fiction in order to create unique viewer experiences and construct different narratives. No Ficción also acts as a platform for discovering and supporting new talent, bringing projects to life, and providing mentorship and resources in order to help a diversity of storytellers enter the global arena. At the heart of No Ficción lies a strong commitment to the evolving life cycle of every film, well beyond its release, as well as a firm belief in the power of the moving image to transform realities and engage diverse audiences.
No Ficción has participated in more than 16 productions with a wide diversity of Mexican and international filmmakers—both emerging and well established. Our movies have been selected and screened internationally at renowned film festivals as Sundance, Berlinale, San Sebastián, CPH:DOX, IFDA, Morelia Film Festival and Ambulante, to name a few. We have also received a variety of acknowledgements and awards including a Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution at Berlinale, seven Mexican Academy Awards, the Jury prizes at Sundance Film Festival for Best Cinematography and Best directing in US Documentary category.
Daniela is a Mexican producer and filmmaker with nineteen years of experience in documentary filmmaking and programming. She worked as producer and programmer at the Morelia Film Festival for over ten years and has been part of the board of trustees of the Ambulante Film festival and the Flaherty Film Seminar. She has over twenty credits as a producer including the award-winning feature documentaries El General (2009) and Users (2021, as co-producer) directed by Natalia Almada, Midnight Family (2019) directed by Luke Lorentzen, Vivos (2019, as associate producer) directed by Ai Weiwei, and most recently A Cop Movie (2021) directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios that premiered at the Berlin Film Festival where it received a Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution in editing. Retreat (2019), her first feature documentary as a director, received a special mention and the Ambulante Film Festival prize at the XVII Morelia International Film Festival. Since 2017, she co-founded and co-directs with Elena Fortes, the Mexico-City-based film production company No Ficción. Company devoted to producing non-fiction content for multiple platforms, with a particular emphasis on high profile and auteur documentaries, and hybrid form films.
Elena Fortes is a creative producer and cultural strategist with more than 15 years of experience in the documentary industry. Between 2005 and 2016, Elena served as the director of Ambulante, a nonprofit organization and traveling film festival that she co-founded with Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, and Pablo Cruz to support a documentary film culture in Mexico. In 2017, Elena partnered with Daniela Alatorre to create the Mexico City-based production company No Ficción, focused on creating films that play with genre boundaries, create a unique viewer experience, and can lead to the construction of new narratives. With the company, she has produced over 13 films, including Midnight Family (d. Luke Lorentzen), which premiered at Sundance 2019 (The Orchard/1091) and was shortlisted for the 2020 Academy Awards; Vivos (d. Ai Weiwei), which premiered at Sundance 2020 (Netflix); and most recently, A Cop Movie (d. Alonso Ruizpalacios), which premiered at the 2021 Berlinale and received a Silver Bear for Outstanding Contribution in Editing (Netflix).
She is a Sundance Producing and Catalyst fellow, and has participated in juries and programming committees for various film festivals and organizations, including Sundance, Camerimage, CPH:DOX, Dokufest, Hot Docs, Lima International Film Festival, among others. She received her B.A. in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania.
She has a BA in Cultural Studies and Cultural Management by the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, and has successfully accomplished the Course on Audiovisual Production from the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica. She has worked as Production Assistant on Ambulante Más Allá, Docs Forum and Agencia Bengala. Additionally she has produced the short films La Otra Noche (2019) and Contacto (2019). She is the coordinator of the Community Training program of IMCINE Polos Audiovisuales at the Estado de México and works as Production Assistant at No Ficción.
Holds a BA in Communication by the Iberoamericana University in Mexico. She was Head of Production of the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica Mexican Film School, and Deputy Production Director of the Mexican Film Institute. She has collaborated in the production department of both national and international feature films. She is producer of documentary projects, such as the debut film of Sandra Luz López Barroso, “The one amongst the shadows”, Best Film in FICUNAM Film Festival 2021.