Maite Ruiz de Austri is a Spanish writer, screenwriter and film director, specializing in programs for children and youth. She is the only woman director of animation films of Spanish cinema. So far it has directed five movies and one TV series.
She is part of CIMA (Association of Women Filmmakers) and she is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences of Spain. Among the many important awards received during her long career include: two Goya Awards for best animated films Return of the North Wind (1995) and That neighbors such animals! (1999), two gold medals in the Houston International Film Festival and a silver medal and bronze medal at The New York TV Festival. Among his latest productions, highlights Animal Channel, for which she was nominated in 2008 for best animated film in Goya awards of the Academy of Spanish Cinema.