University Place, Syracuse University
Alex Méndez

Department of Transmedia
Assistant Professor, Film

Alex Méndez is an active filmmaker with more than 15 years of experience as a film director. His film career has been divided between the direction of TV spots and the making of his own film and video projects. He has obtained several awards. Of particular relevance is the Audience Choice Award presented at the 14th Shanghai International Film Festival, one of the few “A-Class” festivals in the world.

As a commercial director, Méndez has directed more than 150 commercials for international brands, and his artwork has been shown in more than 20 countries around the globe. He was among the founding artists of the Multimedia Center for the Arts in the Contemporary Museum of Caracas and has participated as a guest artist in the 1st International Biennial of Video-Art of Israel; in the Ve-Corto Ve-Largo 2008 Venezuelan film exhibition in Barcelona, Spain; and in the 1st Latin-American Film Congress in Mexico. His short films have been shown in such major film festivals in the world as the 30th International Short Film Festival of Clermont-Ferrand, 23rd International Film Festival of Guadalajara, 28th Chicago Latino Film Festival, 19th Chile International Shortfilm Festival of Santiago, and 4th International Short Film Festival of Sapporo. among many others.

In his life as an artist, Méndez has developed multiple skills ranging from direction, to cinematography, to scriptwriting following the “total-filmmaker” film philosophy approach. He teaches Scriptwriting, Cinematography, Narrative Storytelling and Graduate Production in the Department of Transmedia.