Floating with spirits

A film by Juanita Onzaga, 2022

Genre: Hybrid VR docu-fiction

Languages: Spanish, English

Format: VR

Sound: 5.1

Duration: 30 min

Countries: Belgique, Luxembourg, Netherlands

Year: 2022



Two little sisters prepare for the Day of the Dead in the mystic mountains of Mexico remembering their shaman granny. In this cinematic, hybrid experience the spirits of nature and their ancestors surround them, transporting us into their magical world.



Director: Juanita Onzaga

Choreographer: Diego Vega


Producer: Emmy Oost

Co-producers: Corine Meijers (Studio Biarritz) & Donato Rotunno (Tarantula Luxembourg)

Executive producer: Daniel Loustaunau (Colectivo Colmena – MX), Fernand de Amorin (Tarantula)


With the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), MEDIA programme of the European Union, Film Fund Luxembourg, Dutch Film Fund, Vocatio Fund.



Juanita Onzaga is a young film director from Colombia based in Brussels born in 1991. She holds a bachelor in Cinematography and a Master in film direction from Sint-Lukas Brussel, Belgium.


Her latest short film Our Song to War had its premiere in 2018 at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at Cannes Film Festival. It was selected in more than 80 international festivals as Clermont Ferrand, IDFA, FNC, DokLeipzig, as well as being longlisted for the Oscars and winning multiple prizes.

Her first short film The Jungle Knows You Better Than You Do won the Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the Berlinale in 2017, section generation 14plus, the VAF Wildcard and many other prizes, while being selected in festivals worldwide like San Sebastian, Busan, Cartagena and more.


In her work, Juanita combines fiction and non-fiction elements in a hybrid way. Touching the importance of memory, death and imagination, creating poetic tales that reflect different ways of perceiving reality, within a strong political context. Developing this way, a universe of her own where you wander in dreams, jungles and cities surrounded by spirits. Creating within realism an intimate quest for mysticism, where the invisible complements and gives more answers and meanings to the physical world.

Building this way, a body of work which explores the crossroads between cinema, poetry, mysticism, futurism, dance and technology in projects developed in Colombia, Europe & Mexico. She is a Berlinale Talents alumni from 2018, has received the Vocatio grant in 2020 and has been a jury for festivals as Clermont Ferrand, Vienna Shorts and El Gouna.


Currently she is working in several projects, writing her first fiction feature film The Landscapes That You Seek supported by Hubert Bals Bright Future, while in post production of a new short film and pre-production of a VR interactive experience.