Leonardo Perel Film School

Working with Children in film since 2006

Our Story

We motivate children and adolescents to tell the stories and legends of their people, tell their customs and traditions.

Together we record the memories of their ancestors under the instruction of expert professional filmmakers.

Children learn each stage of the production process. From the conception of the idea to the premiere of his film within the framework of the Todos Santos Film Festival.

We see our students take pride in their culture, history, and future.

Please donate to continue our work with the children of Baja California Sur

Student Success Stories

Frida Dimension:

Former Student

Frida is currently realizing her dream to study cinema in France. Frida, studied visual art and photography, and from age 14, participated in many of the Escuela de Cine’s workshops and video productions. After completing High School, she received local sponsorship to attend courses at the prestigious Cinematographic Training Center (CCC) in Mexico City. She also worked professionally in Mexico City on various commercial productions. She was the main cinematographer on the Leonardo Perel Cinema School’s winning short film, The Little Prince. Her continued success in Cinema is due to the mentoring she received through the Leonardo Perel Cinema School.

17 Years –


Todos Santos Film Festival (FCTS) was founded in 2004 by Sylvia Perel, director and founder of the San Francisco, California International Latino Film Festival. The 17FCTS comes to Todos Santos with Hispanic American films of artistic, social and educational relevance while celebrating local and national film culture in BCS and Mexico. 17FCTS offers a selection of the best and latest award-winning feature films, documentaries and short films with a special emphasis on local and national productions. New venues, new audiences, and more movies and guests than ever! The 17FCTS delights us this year with a fascinating selection of more than 50 films that express the extension, diversity and artistic quality of the world of Latin American cinema.

FCTS rewards excellence in Spanish-language cinema and promotes independent cinema, youth film education, supports new filmmakers, the production of Mexican and local women and filmmakers by avoiding stereotypes and violence as entertainment media, and adheres to the presentation of films on social issues, gender, women in the cinema and especially the protection of our environment.


Sylvia Perel

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