Ateles Films is a film production company founded in 2013, owned by Michael Sanderson and Ana Luisa Santos, focusing on natural history, wildlife and environmental topics for cinema and television for international markets.
Ateles Films specialises in animal behaviour, long lens, macro, aerials, high speed. We work in all phases of production from development to the final delivery and distribution of the film.
With experience in over 50 countries, we deliver captivating stories, with beautiful images from intriguing angles of species. We do not make any distinctions in the animal kingdom as we believe that every species’ story counts and should be told. Our productions have ranged from being about endangered Bearded vultures high in the mountains, to the more common Red fox in the low lands and spider monkeys brachiating through the jungle canopy.
The working languages include English, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish and French.
Cinematographer/Producer and creative eye of Ateles Films' productions. email@example.com
Director/Producer and creative mind behind all of Ateles Films' productions. firstname.lastname@example.org
Finding new and exciting stories about the natural world and environment email@example.com
Oversees all aspects of the Ateles films' administration and business affairs firstname.lastname@example.org
Supervises all aspects of the edit suite workflow and data management email@example.com
What does ATELES mean?
Our name Ateles Films is inspired by the spider monkey of the genus Ateles which can be found in tropical forest of Central and South America, from southern Mexico to Brazil. This genus contain seven known species, all of which are under threat. They have disproportionately long limbs and prehensile tails that make them one of the largest New World monkeys. One of the curiosities of this monkey is the fact they are missing a thumb.