What is Desertski Films?

Desertski Films is a production company focused on creating inspiring content with relevant social messages in fictional worlds. Founded in 2016 by writer, director, and producer Arturo Vargas, Desertski Films focuses on current social, political, and environmental issues across the narrative genres, but not limited to, science fiction, fantasy, and drama, in both short and feature forms.

Given the ever changing social and cultural landscape, Desertski aims to develop and create content that captivates audiences by telling stories that inspire hope for a brighter future. Our goal is to focus on the impact of the human spirit in each of our projects, and to motivate audiences to view the world in a positive and imaginative light.

Gender equality and cultural diversity is a priority in every production by Desertski Films. Equal rights and representation for women and minorities is essential to best exemplify the world we want to live in.

Since it's founding, Desertski has been distinguished in film festivals throughout the world. Our films have screened at Cannes, Worldfest, Hollyshorts, and Irvine International, among others. Having won numerous awards for Best Science-Fiction Film, with distinctions in Direction, Cinematography, Original Score, and Sound Mixing. We look forward to growing in every area of the entertainment business.

What are you working on right now?

Right now we’ve wrapped post-production on our short film "Rescatado," a film about an immigrant child living in the U.S. who wishes to escape his abusive reality by bringing his favorite super hero to life. We’re now submitting to film festivals around the world hoping to screen at a theater near you. We also released our first comic book titled "Psychic Warriors: Rising," currently on Amazon and local comic book stores. We’ll be working on the sequel to “Rising” soon. Please check us out and stay updated on our Facebook page!


Arturo Vargas. Filmmaker. Fantasy Storyteller. 

Arturo Vargas is a 29 year old filmmaker from El Paso, Texas, living in Glendale, CA as a booking agent for background casting, and a soon to be father. He has been creating films since the age of 10 when he first grabbed his father's handheld video camera. At the age of 13 he created a "Lord of the Rings" parody that won the El Paso Community College's Youth Art's Festival in 1st place. At that point in his life, he decided he wanted to write and direct for a living. He continued to make short films with his friends and write a science fiction universe in a comic book format. He attended Vanguard University of Southern California in Costa Mesa, California, with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication. Arturo directed a few short films and then continued to work outside as an editor for commercials after he had graduated. Arturo proceeded to earn his Master's Degree in Filmmaking and enter his short film "Aero" into several film festivals earning the "Gold Remi Award" at Houston Worldfest International Film Festival and Best Science Fiction Short in others. He then worked on a prequel animation series to "Aero" called "Aero: Origins." The animated web series won Best of Festival at Palm Springs Comic Con and screened at other Comic Cons across the country. Arturo worked then finished a comic book as a sequel to the series titled "Psychic Warriors: Rising" and then distributed it to select comic book stores. For Arturo's next film, he took a different direction outside of his sci-fi universe, writing and directing "Rescatado": a short film with the inspiration of comic book super heroes, to raise awareness on bullying and domestic violence. The film is intended to remind everyone that an ordinarily kid isn't too small or weak to stand up for him/herself. Arturo hopes to screen "Rescatado" across the globe.