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Francisco Menendez

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Professor and Artistic Director
Las Vegas, Nevada
Francisco Menendez is an American filmmaker.
He is the winner of the CILECT Teaching Award for 2020, and has been in the vanguard of approaches to film teaching, mentorship, and pedagogy for three decades. The CILECT Teaching Award is a prestigious, highly competitive award from a global association of major film and television schools.
Professor Menendez also holds several prestigious teaching awards from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and two Charles Vanda awards for excellence in the arts. He has won first place for two juried screening awards from the University Film and Video Association, and as Department Chair received over a million dollars in student initiative grants for the film program. Aside from filmmaking, his areas of research are: virtual reality, interactive storytelling, and emerging technologies.