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.

He co-directed the short film El Gran Líbano as part of The Factory, opening the Director's Fortnight at the 70th Cannes Film Festival. His 2nd feature film, Cascos Indomables, premiered in Toronto and was part of Cannes Cinéfondation Residence among other workshops. He is currently working on Jamón, an experimental documentary supported by Tribeca Film Institute and co writing his third feature, Amor es el monstruo, a thriller that was part of San Sebastian’s VIII Co production Forum.