David studied at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) in Mexico City, from where he graduated with the film La canción de los niños muertos, winner of over ten international awards and participant in many important film festivals around the world such as Cannes and San Sebastian, among others. In 2010 the film received the Ariel Award for Best Short Film.
He made his MA at one of the most prestigious universities of the United States – Columbia, in New York – where he specialized in directing and screenwriting. To complete his MA he received the support of the FULBRIGHT scholarship.
In 2013 his first fiction feature, La vida después (The Life After), was premiered at the 70th edition of the Venice International Film Festival, where it competed for the prize Orizzonti. The film was later shown in over 40 film festivals around the world receiving numerous awards. That same year he directed the TV series 20 y más por el arte (20 and more for the arts), broadcasted by Canal 22.
His documentary feature Una frontera, todas las fronteras (One frontier, all frontiers), was premiered at the prestigious International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in 2010.
David’s second fiction feature, Las elegidas (The Chosen Ones), which was shot with the support of the CNC, was premiered in 2015 at the Cannes Film Festival where it competed for the prize Un certain regard. The film won five Ariel Awards, including Best Mexican Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay.
He is currently preparing an adaptation of the famous novel The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño and previously he co-wrote the TV series Jai Alai, along with the renowned spanish filmmaker Julio Médem.