Lorenzo Vigas was born in Mérida, Venezuela in 1967. He graduated in Molecular Biology from the University of Tampa, Florida. In 1995 he moved to New York City to study film at NYU. In 1998 he returned to Venezuela to direct the documentary series "Expedition". From 1999 to 2001 he worked with Bolivar Films and Cinesa directing ads and documentaries. In 2004, while living in Mexico, he directed "Los Elefantes Nunca Olvidan" (Elephants Never Forget), the multiple award-winning short film that premiered in the Critics' Week section of Cannes 2004. Then he filmed for more than 5 years the documentary "El Vendedor de Orquídeas" about his father and the search for a painting. It will be released in 2016. With his debut feature film "Desde Allá" (From Afar) Vigas became the first Venezuelan to be invited in competition to the Venice International Film Festival and he wrote Venezuelan film history when he won the Golden Lion 2015.