11th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 22-26, 2023 Globe Cinema

21st Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 18-28, 2024 Globe Cinema

Tigers Are Not Afraid

Mexico, 2017
Archives 2018
In Cinema Globe Cinema
Tue, Apr 17 7:15 PM Buy
Sun, Apr 22 1:45 PM Buy


In TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID, Issa López tackles a subject of great significance, finally giving a voice to a whole generation of children who’ve been forgotten and abandoned by society. She manages to mix in fantastic elements with tremendous subtlety, thus elevating the story by giving it an even darker tone set alongside whimsy. TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID is a dark, stunning fairytale told from the magical point of view of incredibly brave and unusual children. These children are no longer “out of sight, out of mind.” Thanks to López’s remarkable work, audiences will walk out of the theater with a brand new perspective on a well-worn cinematic subgenre.

Fantastic Fest 2017
Morbido Film Fest 2017
Paris International Fantastic Film Festival 2017
Boston Underground Film Festival 2018

Issa López is a Mexican writer and director, who has won several literature awards, including the National Novel Award granted by Mexico’s Institute of Fine Arts and Literature. In addition to her literary work, she penned multiple TV shows, and has wrote the scripts for several feature films. TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID is López’s third feature as a director, and tenth as a writer.

press for Tigers Are Not Afraid

""This is one terrific film, both tough and touching. Two minutes in I was under its spell.""
- Stephen King
""In the last few years, some of the most powerful voices in the genre come from female voices. Issita Lopez is a great example.""
- Guillermo del Toro


Horror / Fantasy / Female Filmmaker

Spanish with English subtitles
83 minutes


Director & Screenwriter
Issa López

Marco Polo Constandse

Joaquim Martí

Juan Jose Saravia

Paola Lara

Vince Pope



WINNER: Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature

Best Horror Director, Fantastic Fest 2017
Best Actress, Actor, Editing, Director and Picture, Screamfest 2017
Best Picture, Audience Award, Dedfest 2017
Mórbido Award (Best Picture) & Press Award, Mórbido 2017
Cinema Pur Audience Award, for Best Movie, Ithaca Fantastik 2017
Best Feature, Cinema+ Award, Best Feature, Audience Award, Paris Fantastic Film Fest 2017
Best Feature, Audience Award, NOXFilmFest 2017

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