About Jose A. Santana
More than 30 years in the Media Industry as a Journalist, Filmmaker, Editor, Foreign Correspondent and University Professor of Journalism. He was Redactor, Reporter and Commentator of the newspaper Hoy and Granma, as well as International editor at the news agency Prensa Latina. He was sent to Moscow as a correspondent from 1967 to 1969, during the Cold War.
In the film industry, he worked as an analyst, assistant director, co-writer and director. Some of the projects in which he it participated earned multiple distinctions:
As Director of Polígono Integral de Combate (Integrated Combat Polygon), Awarded by Ministry ofArmed Forces, 1988; As Director of España, aparta de mi éste cáliz (Spain, Take this Cup Away From Me), Special Mention of Youth, 1989;
As co-writer of Cantata de Chile, won awards at film festivals in Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia, 1976; Santarém, Portugal, 1976; Cartagena, Colombia, 1977; Avellino, Italy, 1977; Huelva, Spain, 1977; Selection of the the Annual Review of the B.B.C. London, England, 1977.
As co-writer Pedro Cero Por Ciento (Peter Zero Percent), Havana, Cuba 1981; awarded National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) Havana, Cuba 1982; Leipzig, German Democratic Republic, 1982; Nitra, Czechoslovakia. 1984 Diploma of the National Union of Agricultural Workers of Cuba.
As co-writer of Cayita, una leyenda (Cayita a Legend), awarded Union of Journalists of Cuba, Havana, Cuba. 1980; Critics Annual Selection. Havana, Cuba. 1980; National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba, Havana, Cuba. 1980; Oberhausen, West Germany, 1981.
As Assistant Director of Una foto recorre el mundo (A Photo Travels the World), awarded National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba, 1981; Leipzig Festival, GDR 1982.
As Assistant Director of Los pies en la Tierra, (The Feet on the Ground), awarded UNEAC. Havana, Cuba. Assistant Director of the film Techo de Vidrio (Glass Roof), 1982.
As an actor and Assistant Director, Mini TV series Tass está autorizada a informar (Soviet Tass is authorized to report), 10 chapters of 70 minutes duration, audience of millions in the former Soviet Union.
Chief Editor of Arte y Literatura Editorial.
As University professor incorporated Film Journalism as a subject of the School of Journalism, Faculty of Media at the University of Havana.
He was twice a member of the jury of the National Prize of the Union of Journalists of Cuba.
As a war correspondent in Angola and the Congo; He covered the battle of Cuito Cuanavale in Angola against South African troops. Awarded with gold medal of the Cuban Counsel of State
He is graduated from History of Pedagogical Institute of the University of Havana, Bachelor Degree, and obtained a Master of Science at Nova Southeastern University.
Communicates in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Russian.