Bachelor in Mass Communication from the Andrés Bello Catholic University of Venezuela, and with more than 20 years of experience in the cinematographic area. Her films and projects have been presented at important festivals such as Cannes, Berlin and San Sebastián, obtaining funds such as the Hubert Bals, Amiens, Sorfond and Ibermedia. In 2016 she premiered “El Amparo” (Rober Calzadilla) at the San Sebastian Festival, a film that has toured more than 50 international festivals and has won important awards. In 2017, “La Familia” (Gustavo Rondón) premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week, which won Best Film at the Lima and Santiago festivals. Both films were distributed by HBO. In 2018, she premiered the feature film “Jazmines en Lídice” at festivals in Toulouse, Miami and Havana, among others. Her projects have participated in many of the most important production workshops and markets in the world, such as the Berlinale Coproduction Market, Produire Au Sud, Atelier de Cannes, La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde, EAVE-Puentes, BrLAB, EP2C, among others. She is a member of EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs). For the past four years she has lived in Mexico City, where her daughter Emiliana was born. There, she’s producing the feature films “La Candidata” and “Jezabel”, both favored with the Foprocine support fund in the post-production stage. She has been a member of the selection committee for series in development at the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE). Marianela is currently developing several projects for Venezuelan, Spanish and Mexican filmmakers.
Marianela Illas, producer of “El Amparo”, premiered in San Sebastián in 2016 and touring more than 50 international festivals, also of “La Familia”, premiered at Cannes Critics' Week in 2017 and “Jazmines en Lídice”, premiered in 2019 at the Miami Film Festival.