Maite Alberdi is Audiovisual Director of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She holds an undergraduate degree in Aesthetics and Social Communication from the same university. Maite also makes, writes and produces documentary films. In 2021, her feature-length film The Mole Agent (El Agente Topo, 2020) was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Documentary category, making her the first female Chilean director to be nominated for an Academy Award. The film also won the People’s Choice Award at the Festival de San Sebastián and was nominated by the Chilean Film Academy for the Goya Awards in the Best Ibero-American Film category.
Maite’s directing style focuses on offering intimate portraits of small worlds. She has been recognized internationally for her documentaries Tea Time (La Once, 2014) and The Grown-Ups (Los Niños, 2016), winning the Best Female Documentary Director Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Maite also directed the short film I’m Not From Here (Yo no soy de Aquí, 2016) and The Lifeguard (El Salvavidas, 2011).
She was chosen as a Global Shaper in 2013, as part of the World Economic Forum’s young leaders’ network, and in 2018 she was invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.