Neto Villalobos was born in San José, Costa Rica. He graduated in Sociology from the University of Costa Rica, and Film Direction in Barcelona. He has participated in “How to Tell a Story?” by Gabriel García Márquez, XL Rotterdam Lab and Berlinale and Buenos Aires Talent Campus. His first feature “Por las Plumas” was premiered in Toronto, San Sebastian, Buenos Aires, Rotterdam, Miami, San Francisco, Toulouse, Vancouver, Stockholm, Havana, Frankfurt, Sydney and won Best Central American Film and Best Director in Guatemala and Best Script in Colombia.
"El Gran Líbano", his most recent short film, was part of The Factory, opening the Director's Fortnight at the 70th Cannes Film Festival. He is currently working on Jamón, an experimental documentary supported by Tribeca Film Institute, and post producing Cascos Indomables, his 2nd feature film that was part of Cannes Cinéfondation Residence, 3 Puertos, Paris Coproduction Village, Locarno Filmmakers Academy, Produire au Sud and Toulouse, where it won the Cinema Development – BrLab Award.