Born in Mexico, Mauricio’s passion for film began with making homemade films. His early studies at Sorø Academy in Denmark, alma mater of famous writer Hans Christian Andersen, sparked his interest in storytelling that spans cross-cultural divides. While living in Europe, he studied diverse film movements including Dogme 95, style and lighting techniques of film noir and German Expressionism.
Mauricio brings over 10 years of television, commercial, music video, and motion picture production experience. He has worked with Viacom, Univision, NBC, ABC, CBS, The Emmy’s, The TV Academy, AFI Fest, Hola Mexico Film Festival and several award-winning directors and filmmakers. Arrioja specializes in increasing office efficiency, event planning, stakeholder/vendor outreach, safety, acquiring new projects and overseeing them from development to exhibition. He posses over 10 years of producing & production management experience. Mauricio has managed several tiers and budget sizes; anywhere from micro budgets of any kind, to SAG-AFTRA ULB categories, MLB, and Low Budget tiers from $500K - $2 million.
He holds a B.A. in Film and Television Arts from California State University, Northridge, an A.A. in Cinema from Los Angeles City College and is actively involved with Film Independent Los Angeles and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP).