Director, Producer, Editor, Cameraman
Principal, Ropa Vieja Films
Francisco Bello is an ACADEMY AWARD® and three time EMMY Nominee.
He studied at the Cooper Union School of Art, and has worked in the post-production of films by Kevin Smith, Michael Moore, and George Butler, among others.
Francisco launched Ropa Vieja Films LLC in 2007 SALIM BABA, which has screened in over 100 festivals worldwide including Sundance, Telluride, IDFA, Woodstock and Tribeca. In 2008 SALIM BABA was Nominated for an ACADEMY AWARD® for Best Short Documentary, followed by a News & Documentary EMMY Nomination in 2009.
Francisco produced and edited WAR DON DON which won the Special Jury Prize at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival, and for which he was awarded the first Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing. “War Don Don” was Nominated for two 2011 Emmys in the categories: Outstanding Coverage of a News Story (Long Form) and Outstanding Editing.
In 2012, Francisco completed his work as writer, producer, editor of CODE OF THE WEST, which premiered at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival.
He spent most of 2012 editing BEST KEPT SECRET (POV broadcast, 2013 Gotham Audience Award Nomination, 2014 Peabody Award winer) and OUR NIXON (2013 Rotterdam, SXSW, New Directors New Films + CNN broadcast) for which he won his second Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing.
Francisco’s most recent film as co-director reunites the creative team behind SALIM BABA, DREAMING AGAINST THE WORLD (formerly, “Mu Xin: Notes from the Underground”), which premiered at the 2015 Telluride Film Festival.
Francisco has been awarded the 2011 NALIP Estela Award, fellowships from the PBS/WGBH Producer‘s Academy, the Latino Producer‘s Academy, Tribeca All Access, and grants from the Tribeca Film Institute, Vital Projects Fund, Urban Artists Initiative, and Queens Council on the Arts. He has reviewed proposals for the Tribeca Film Institute and has mentored filmmakers for NALIP, CineReach, and Tribeca Film Institute fellowships. Francisco has taught Final Cut Pro editing and post-production at the Cooper Union and continues to balance his time between freelancing as a filmmaker and developing upcoming projects from Ropa Vieja Films.