KICO VELARDE

Los Angeles native Kico Velarde began his career after college as an Assistant Editor in 2002, eventually becoming an Editor on projects for companies like NBCUniversal, Deluxe Digital Studios, Technicolor, HGTV, Olmos Productions, and IFC. Years later he switched hats and went on to produce two internationally acclaimed and award winning feature films: 2007 Director's Fortnight (Cannes International Film Festival) Camera d' Or nominated "PVC-1" and the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival Golden Bear nominated "Meteora". In 2011, he made his directorial debut with the short film "The Shooting Star Salesman". Screening at film festivals all around the US, “The Shooting Star Salesman” was voted "Film of the Year" by the Georgia Latino Film Festival in 2012. It also took home a Silver Telly Award in 2013 and was chosen by Yahoo! Espanol to open up their very first Latino Short Film Festival “Yahoo! Cortos”, which named Kico as one of the Top Latino Filmmakers in the US.

Besides being a filmmaker, Kico is also an Emmy award winning Supervising Producer on the popular web-series “Jay Leno’s Garage” for NBCUniversal. Kico took home his first Emmy win for "Jay Leno's Garage" in 2011 and followed that up with Emmy award nominations in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

When not filming or editing, Kico takes advantage of every minute he can to enjoy life with his wife and Producer Joanna Velarde and their two inspirations, Elijah and Sophia Velarde.