NUEVO RICO – Interview with Filmmaker Kristian Mercado Figueroa

Filmmaker Kristian Mercado chatted with Selig Film News about his alum status at SXSW, his new animated short, and so much more.

NUEVO RICO is your 2021 SXSW Animated Shorts Jury Award winner.  The 16 minute short dives into the Latinx Future world where brother and sister siblings journey to stardom as Reggeaton artists.  The vibrant animation was a global effort with teams from Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Vietnam and Philly!  Jackie Cruz is Barbie and Antonio Vizcarrondo is Vico the sibling duo that leads us on the colorful adventure of Nuevo Rico.

Kris and I talked about his previous short film Pa’lante, his SXSW love, this new amazing animated short and much more!

Here is our interview with Kristian Mercado:

Nuevo Rico Interview with Filmmaker – Kris Mercado Figueroa from Gadi Elkon on Vimeo.

For more information please go to, NUEVO RICO.

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