Upon completing his school studies, he decided to study in Argentina, at the Universidad del Litoral Film School in Santa Fe. When this institution was intervened by the military government of Ongania, he returned to Peru, to continue his film studies at the University from Lima. A few years after living in Lima, he founded “Inca Films Productions” next to Jose Zavala Rey de Castro and in 1974, he began filming short films, among which the following stand out: Across the Light, Dark Alley, and Time Out.
His debut directing feature films he does with Death at dawn in 1977, due to the success obtained, Immortal Tales an episode film with Augusto Tamayo, Jose Carlos Huayhuaca Y Pili Flores Guerra. That would be the great start for Pancho, who until today has made fifteen feature films, most of them in co-production with Spain, with the producer Gerardo Herrero.
Many years later in 2003, he decided to work independently and left Producciones Inca Films.
He was also awarded, for his outstanding contribution to Latin American cinema and culture, the Medal of Order of Merit Pablo Neruda, delivered by the National Council of Culture and the Arts of Chile.
But he has not only dedicated himself to productions and directions in the cultural field, Francisco Lombardi, always a sports fan, was President of the Sporting Cristal football club, at the time when he became a three-time professional soccer champion, during the years 1994, 1995 and 1996. In 1997 this team played the final of the Copa Libertadores de América.
He is currently 61 years old and continues in his arduous cinematographic work, leaving the name of his country very high and being remembered for films such as: Under the skin, Do not tell anybody, Pantaleon and the visitors, Red ink, Black butterfly, among other.