Invento Films
Invento Films

INVENTO Films is a Venezuelan-American company created in 2012 by Marianela Maldonado and Robin Todd, filmmakers who have developed an audiovisual career in the UK, Latin America and the United States by writing, directing and editing shorts, feature films and animations.

Early on, Luisa De La Ville joined them as producer and executive producer of their feature film projects. Additionally, they have attracted other quality talent to complete their leadership team: Jessica Wenzelmann, Claudia Lepage, Ciro Ramos and Erica Connell.

INVENTO Films focuses on developing and producing feature films. In recent years, Invento has broadened its services, creating Mini-Docs and Short Documentaries, offering script doctor consultancy and scriptwriting services, as well as videography of all kinds.

Marianela Maldonado graduated from the National Film and Television School in 2002 in screenwriting. While living in the UK, Marianela directed four fiction short films among them: The Look of Happiness and Breaking Out which both premiered at Cannes Film Festival. As a screenwriter, Marianela has worked in a variety of fiction and animation projects, among them Peter and the Wolf (Oscar winner 2008), Unmade Beds (Sundance, Berlin, Rotterdam 2009), The Flying Machine (Toronto & 3D Films Festival 2012/2013) and Magic Piano (New York Film Festival, 2011 and pre-selected for the Academy Awards in 2012). Thanks to her successful short films and her work as a screenwriter, she was selected to take part in the prestigious Writing Residence in Paris hosted by Cannes Film Festival. As documentary director, she has worked for BBC World and co-directed an 8 part documentary TV series Bio-patents and ancestral Knowledge for Latin American TV.

Mari’s previos work

Unmade Beds - Feature Film. Director: Alexis Dos Santos, Co-writer: Marianela Maldonado
Sundance Film Festival, 2009

Breaking Out - Short Film. Director: Marianela Maldonado. Cannes Film Festival, 2005

The Look of Happiness - Short Film. Writer and Director: Marianela Maldonado. Cannes Film Festival, 2002

Napkin - Short Film. Writer and Director: Marianela Maldonado. Poiteir Film Festival, 2000

Snapshhot - Short Film. Director: Alexis Dos Santos. Co-Writer: Marianela Maldonado

Peter and The Wolf - Short Film. Director: Susie Templeton. Co-Writer: Marianela Maldonado
Winner Oscar Academy Award 2008. Winner Grand Prix Annecy 2008

The Barrel - Why Poverty - (2012) Director: Anabel Rodríguez Ríos, Writer: Marianela Maldonado

The Flying Machine. The Flying Machine - Breakthru films, 2012. Directors: Martin Clapp, Geoff Lindsey and Dorothea Kobiela. Writer: Marianela Maldonado

Magic Piano - Breakthru Films. Director: Martin Clapp, Co-Writer: Marianela Maldonado


Marianela is a Venezuelan director, screenwriter and script doctor, based in Ventura, California.

Robin Todd -Currently based in California, Robin studied at the London Film School (LFS). He has extensive experience in a variety of technical and creative positions as a director, writer, cinematographer, editor and animator, in fiction, documentary and animation. He co-wrote The Magic Piano which was a 2012 Oscars final shortlist. His recent films include the science fiction short film, Sk8rz which participated in festivals around the world including Pifan in Korea and Fantastic Fest in Austin. While living in Venezuela he directed and shot an 8 part TV documentary series: Biopiracy and Ancestral Knowledge. He also shot the documentary short film The Barrel which was premiered in DocHot 2013 and was a festival favorite. He just finished his documentary short film The Apricots of Forcefield which will soon be sent to film festivals. He is currently developing a feature documentary.

Robin’s Previous Films

SK8RZ - Short Film. Korea-Pifan Fantasy Film Festival, 2011

Apricot of Forcefield USA, 2013 Director/ Writer/ Producer / Camera: Robin Todd

The struggles of having big dreams and a small apricots farm 30 minutes documentary for Tierra Fértil TV series.

The Barrel - Why Poverty - 2012 Director: Anabel Rodríguez Ríos. Hot Docs Documentary Selection, 2013. Director of Photography: Robin Todd

Magic Piano, 2011 Director: Martin Clapp, Co-Writer: Robin Todd

Samaritans, 2008 Co-Animator, Co-Director: Robin Todd, Salvador Maldonado

Scape, be My Friend- Music Video, 2007. Directors: Robin Todd, Salvador Maldonado

Meat, 2000 Director: Julian Handshow. Writers: Robin Todd, Marianela Maldonado


Robin is a Danish director, screenwriter, DP and camera, based in Ventura,California.


Luisa De La Ville - Luisa is a Venezuelan director and producer with 35 years of experience in film and television. She has produced well known fiction feature films including Taita Boves, El Enemigo (with major awards in national and international festivals), Al Borde de La Línea and Plan Bbetween 2002 and 2010. Recently, she has been producing three feature documentaries: Children of Las Brisas, A Wild Storm, directed by Robin Todd and The Lori Berenson Story directed by Suzie Baer. She has also directed films for TV and has been an Assistant Director on more than 25 Venezuelan and international feature films between 1976 and 2011. She is directing Venezuelan Exodus a multi-platform project produced by Esther Duran


Jessica Wenzelmann is a screenwriter and story editor, who graduated as a Journalist and has a Master’s Degree in History of the Americas. She’s currently working as the story editor and screenwriter of Marianela’s documentary Children of Las Brisas. She wrote and co-directed the Venezuelan feature film Dos de Trébol (Two of Clubs, 2014), screened in national and international festivals in Mérida, Margarita, Miami, Sydney and New York. She’s been working as a story editor for the past twelve years for many TV Latin American series, such as Biopiratería y conocimiento ancestral, Amazonian Project, In Site, Cambia la ruta, Casas del Caribe, Ritos y costumbres, and Más que un souvenir


Ciro Ramos - Actor, director, web designer and blogger. He’s behind Venezuelan blog: La Ejecución Actoral, based on his book about acting techniques. As an actor he worked in Narcos(1991) directed by Giuseppe Ferrara, and he has worked in several soap operas on Venezuelan television and has worked as a costume designer in TV and theater. He works as a designer for many web and multimedia projects, where he also programs digital animations and applications. He is the animator of the short El Papagayo (The kite, 2000), directed by Peggy González Ramos. He has also produced and directed theatre plays like Dos mujeres dos tiempos, La madre and Las Hermanitas Blancos Dientes, among others. Actually is co-writer of The Belly of the Whale


Erica Connell Erica Connell is a copy editor and production manager with Invento Films. She has worked in theater since receiving her degree in Directing from UC Santa Barbara (1994). She co-founded DramaDogs, a Theater Company in Santa Barbara (1995). She was last onstage with Fractured Actors’ The Speakeasy Project as Mom and Pat (2018). She writes, performs, stage manages and directs. She formed RevoPlayers at South Coast Fellowship (2010-2014), writing, directing and producing full-length productions including Brewed Awakening. Erica founded Wonderland Stage & Screen in 2016, integrating theater and film to inspire students as they create, write and develop their own stories into film, theater, and animated shorts.