Carlitos Ruiz Ruiz was raised in the theather company Teatro del Sesenta, down in Puerto Rico. His Mother an actress, his Father a photographer, passed on to him the aesthethic sensibility that has defined his Work.
After getting a BFA in Filmmaking from The School of the Art Institute Of Chicago, Ruiz started working as a director for Music Videos and Commercials.
With his short film/thesis Paper Ball, Carlitos won the jury prize at the San Juan Cinemafest, Best Short Film at the Hamptons Film Festival, Best Short Film for the School of the Art Institute Fellowship and The Weisner Award for Distribution.
Consequently he started making commercials for Direct TV, Mazda, Subway, Verizon, Coca Cola, Coors Light, Pepsi, Blockbuster, among others.
His dynamic and unique storytelling positioned him as one of the Top Rated directors in Puerto Rico, winning the Silver Award at the festival Ojo de Iberoamérica in 2004 as well as two Gran Cúspides (2004 and 2005).
In 2007 Carlitos together with co‐director Mariem Pérez debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival with their first feature film "Maldeamores" (Lovesickness) which won several international awards including Best Opera Prima, Audience Award, Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Actress.
He now lives in Los Angeles, California with Mariem where together thye founded the new Hispanic casting company OUTCASTing.
Carlitos is also writer and co director with Mariem of their new web show for the Youtube channel Nuevon called "Chamacas".