Juan Andrés Arango was born in Bogota where he studied film and television production at the National University of Colombia. He wrote and directed his first short, Eloisa y las Nieves (2002), as his thesis project. He then specialized in photography at ESCAC in Barcelona and currently lives in Montreal. His first feature film, La Playa D.C., premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes in 2012. His second feature film, X Quinientos (2016), was selected to over seventy festivals among them TIFF, Rotterdam and San Sebastián.