Margarita Jimeno

Margarita Jimeno is a Colombian/ American Emmy-nominated director. Her Award winning films have played widely in festivals such as Göteborg, AFI Fest, Münich Film Fest, CPH:DOX. And have been distributed internationally by distributors such as Kino Lorber International and MUBI, in theaters, online, and on television. She has won several awards at film festivals including Sound and Vision at CPH:DOX, and the US Work in Progress Grand Jury Award at the Champs-Élysées Film Festival to name a few.

In 2008, Jimeno made her directorial debut with the feature music documentary, Gogol Bordello Non-Stop, which premiered at the Göteborg Film Festival and won several awards during its festival run, including Special Mention for the Sound and Vision Award at CPH:DOX . The film went on to be picked up by Kino-Lorber International for North American distribution, UK Mubi, and Netflix. The film is available to watch in Amazon, and Vimeo on demand.

Jimeno’s debut narrative feature film, Grind Reset Shine, about an artist’s journey from the affluent art world to an austere religious community, was awarded the US Work in Progress Award at the Champs-Élysées Film Festival in Paris 2016. Is distributed by Kino-Lorber International streaming in Kino Now.

From 2014-19 she directed, produced, and shot the documentary series Working in the Theatre. Under her helm the series was nominated for a daytime Emmy award in 2017 and in 2019 for directing and documentary series, several Webby Awards nominations, and won a couple of silver and bronze Telly Awards in the documentary category.

She is an alumna of The School of Visual Arts, Werner Herzog’s first Rogue Film School, and the Berlinale Talent Campus.

Currently Jimeno is developing a multimedia documentary project on deception, and a documentary film on open source civic initiatives using technology to achieve a more horizontal participatory democracy.


Otto – My Life is a Soundtrack (working title)
US in Progress Award Industry Days at Champs-ÉlysÉes Film Festival 2016

Gogol Bordello
Sound and Vision Award, special mention CPH:DOX Denmark 2008
Jury: Eduardo Thomas (Program head at Ambulante), A.J. Schnack (American Director), Khavn De La Cruz (Philippine Director), Rikke Frisk (Head of electronic music festival Strøm, Denmark), Jessica Tolf Vulpius (Rock Photographer).

Best film MUSIXINE Finland 2009
“Margarita managed to not only portray a band but also the social aspects of being an immigrant and taking the possibility to play with identities. Also the film is fresh, enjoyable and punk.” From the jury. Johannes Klein (In Edit), Jouko Aaltonen (Finnish Director), and Laura M. Kiralfy (Filmkontakt Nord NordiskForum).

Audience Award MOFFOM Czech Republic 2008

film festivals

31st Göteborg International Film Festival, Sweden
26th Filmfest München, Germnay
35th Ghent International Film Festival, Belgium
22nd AFI Fest, USA
5th CPH:DOX Copenhagen, Denmark
14th Vilnius International Film Festival, Lithuania
5th Ambulante, Mexico
7th Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, USA
Musixine Competition, Oulu Finland
Bergen International Film Festival, Bergen Norway
Los Angeles Film Festival, USA

Museums & Galleries

IMO Gallery Copenhagen
The Last  Brucennial New York, 2014
Museum of Modern Art in Los Angeles
La Rebeca Gallery, Bogota, Colombia
Museo de arte moderno de Bogotá,Colombia
Thomas Erben Gallery, New York,USA
The Americas society Art Gallery,New York,USA
Whitebox, New York,USA
Sound Art at KunstRadio (ORF), Austria.