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.


Team

Michael Sanderson

Michael Sanderson

Founder

Cinematographer/Producer and creative eye of Ateles Films' productions. info@ateles.org

Ana Santos

Ana Santos

Co-Owner

Director/Producer and creative mind behind all of Ateles Films' productions. info@ateles.org

Eloise Smith

Eloise Smith

Development & Research

Finding new and exciting stories about the natural world and environment develop@ateles.org

Laura Alvarez

Laura Alvarez

Business Affairs

Oversees all aspects of the Ateles films' administration and business affairs office@ateles.org

David Jones

David Jones

Post Production Supervisor

Supervises all aspects of the edit suite workflow and data management postprod@ateles.org


 

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.