Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia (1981), Santiago’s passion for film began at a young age when he and his older brother would rent action flicks and B-movies on betamax from the corner video store.
At the age of 17 Santiago and his family moved to Markham, a suburb in Toronto. Around that time he started exploring photography and video. After completing high school he studied Recording Engineering and Production at Fanshawe College under the direction of acclaimed music producer Jack Richardson. After working for a year in the music industry, he decided to pursue cinema instead and moved to Montreal to study Film Production at the prestigious Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema of Concordia University (2004). During his second year at Concordia he directed and executive produced the 7th annual Ibero-american Film Festival of Montreal sponsored by the NFB (The National Film Board of Canada) and the CSU (Concordia Student Union).
At Concordia he received several awards: Arri Canada Scholarship (2005), Kodak Canada Award (2006), Technicolor Award as DoP for the short Curlew Sandpiper (2007).
After Concordia Santiago has worked in several projects for film, television and the internet as editor, DoP, writer and director.