His first production was the Paris Film Festival Short Circuit. Sulichin was hooked. He poured himself into learning more about film as a business, the technical side of production, and the industry leaders. His curiosity led him to meet many influential creative forces. Perhaps most notably, it was around this time that Sulichin met Spike Lee, the acclaimed American director. At the time Lee was in the process of bringing Malcolm X from script to screen. Sulichin and Lee hit it off, and Sulichin signed on to the film as an associate producer. The two would collaborate on future projects ranging from commercials to music videos.
Sulichin’s focus was on stories that did more than just entertain the audience, but rather made them think—even after leaving the theater. After Malcolm X, Sulichin produced a number of acclaimed independent films including: “Bully“ (2002) by Larry Clark; Sundance Prize Winner “Love Liza“ (2003) by Todd Louiso. In 2004 Fernando Sulichin founded Paris-based Central Films that produced: “Mary” (Winner at Venice Film Festival) by Abel Ferrara, staring Juliette Binoche; “Babell” by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu.
Sulichin’s focus on meaningful stories and topics--that many would shy away from because they thought they lacked commercial appeal--made him someone some of the best filmmakers wanted to work with and know. Over the course of his career, he has collaborated with legends like Oliver Stone, Marlon Brando, Sean Penn, and Gabriel García Marquez.
Sulichin served as executive producer for on several of Oliver Stone’s films including “Alexander” (2004), “the Savages” (2012), and the much anticipated September 2016 political thriller “Snowden”. His production credits for 2016 also include the Jim Jarmusch documentary about Iggy and the Stooges, “Gimme Danger”, which premiered in Cannes.
He has also worked with Stone on numerous documentaries including partnering on the production of numerous documentaries that took viewers to places few have been able to access.
In 2016, Sulichin founded New Element Media, providing a centralized avenue for his creative work.
Sulichin’s passion for film as a way to communicate and tell stories has allowed him to become a key supporter of the film industry around the world. In the United States, he has worked with Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation that works to preserve films for future generations.
Throughout his career, Sulichin has been committed to philanthropic endeavors and helping others.
In 2015, Sulichin received the National Order of the Legion of Honor of France.
He is also involved in The David Lynch Foundation, an institution dedicated to the promotion of Conscience and World Peace. He is a lifetime member of the Nelson Mandela Children´s Fund, a humanitarian organization dedicated to the promotion of education in South Africa. And also a trustee of Faith Matters in UK, which works on reducing extremism and developing platforms for discourse and interaction between interfaith. Fernando Sulichin divides his time between London, Los Angeles, Paris, Hong Kong, and Buenos Aires.