Álvaro Aponte -Centeno has a variety of formal artistic formation, including music education at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, film theory and communication courses at the University of Puerto Rico.
He has taken masters courses in cinema at Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV de San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, as well as having taken masters courses in Puerto Rican and Caribbean history and literature at the Center for Advanced Studies of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. He began his career making television documentaries for the Puerto Rican public television channel, in which he served as editor, cinematographer and director.
He has received the Best National Director award and Best Short Film award 3 times at the Puerto Rico International Short Film Festival.
He's second Short Film My holy gaze was the official selection in competition at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2012. The same year he was also part of the official selection in competition at the Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia; Stockholm International Film Festival, International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana, Cuba and the Hong Kong International Film Festival.
Recently he has begun to explore photography as a language, and has been privileged to have the Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey, as a mentor. Right now, he is developing different photographic projects in the style of documentary photography. One such project deals with trains in Cuba, he will work with a different format: photography and movie images.
Álvaro Aponte - Centeno has spent the last few years working on his first feature film (El silencio del viento), which is currently in post-production. With this film, he was recently selected to participate in a Sundance Workshop Lab for emergent screenwriters and directors, in Los Angeles, the II Workshop Cinematic Project of Central America & Caribbean in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where he won first prize for his film developing. With this same project, he was selected to participate in the co-production section of the San Sebastian International Film Festival 2014, and the comeback to the same festival where participated in Film in Progress (closed competition for film in post-production) 2016. He also won an important French prize, the Aide Aux Cinema du Monde and Doha Film Institute to do all the post production in Paris, France 2017.