Los Angeles native Kico Velarde began his career sharpening his editorial craft as an Assistant Editor, eventually becoming an Editor on projects for companies like NBCUniversal, Deluxe Digital Studios, Technicolor, HGTV, Olmos Productions, and IFC.
He switched hats years later and went on to produce two Internationally Acclaimed and Award Winning feature films: 2007 Director's Fortnight (Cannes International Film Festival) Camera d' Or nominated "PVC-1" and the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival Golden Bear nominated "Meteora". In 2011, Kico was tapped by NBCUniversal to join the producing team of Jay Leno's web-series "Jay Leno's Garage", taking home his very first Emmy that year following that up with two more Emmy nominations in 2012 and 2013.
Taking a leap of faith to follow his ultimate dream, Kico switched hats once again and made his directorial debut with the short film "The Shooting Star Salesman" which made it's world premiere at the 2012 New York International Latino Film Festival presented by HBO and was voted "Film of the Year" by the Georgia Latino Film Festival in November of 2012. In 2013, "The Shooting Star Salesman" was awarded the Silver Telly Award from the 34th Annual Telly Awards, won the "Best Narrative Short Film" award from the Reel Rasquache Art and Film Festival , as well as nominated for an Imagen Award for "Best Theatrical Short Film" from the Imagen Foundation. In September of 2013, Yahoo! chose "The Shooting Star Salesman" as their opening film for the 1st Annual Yahoo! Cortos Film Festival highlighting the Top 30 Indepenent Latino Filmmakers for Hispanic Heritage Month.
Kico's credits extends to music videos as well as he had the opportunity to work with Director Djay Brawner as Editor on the Foo Fighter's Music Video "Rope", which aired on FuseTV in June of 2011.
When not filming or editing, Kico takes advantage of every minute he can to enjoy life with his wife and Producer Joanna Velarde and their two inspirations, Elijah and Sophia Velarde.