Maite Alberdi (Santiago de Chile, 1983) is the first Chilean director to have received an Academy Award nomination. Her style is characterised by the intimate portrayal of small worlds and has earned her recognition as one of the most important voices in the Latin American documentary field. In 2011 she released her first feature film, El salvavidas (The Lifeguard). Through Micromundo, her production company, she directed La once (Tea Time), nominated for the Goya for Best Ibero-American Film in 2016. That same year she premiered the short film Yo no soy de aquí (I´m Not From Here), nominated for the European Film Awards, and the feature film Los niños (The Grown-ups), which garnered 10 international awards. At Sundance 2020 she premiered El agente topo (The Mole Agent, Co-Production Forum 2017), nominated for the Best Documentary Academy Award and for the Goya for Best Ibero-American Film and winner of the City of Donostia/San Sebastian Audience Award for Best European Film. She has produced Vida sexual de las plantas (The Sexual Life of Plants, 2015), Los reyes (The Kings, 2018) and Lina de Lima (2019). She co-wrote the book Teorías de cine documental en Chile 1957-1973. She is a lecturer at different universities and gives courses on documentary-making and project development in Chile and abroad. In 2018 she was invited to join the Hollywood Film Academy.