Ana is a multi-award-winning film director born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal.
Working professionally as an actor and graduating on Painting at the Fine Arts Faculty of the University of Lisbon felt not enough to her. Eager to move further and to learn more, she sold everything to move to London to live and to study filmmaking, where she completed her Master's degree at London Film School.
Her studies in art led her to better understand cinema as the most complete means of expression. Her first attempt towards that direction had been through video installation and photography.
Along her path she directed fiction films, documentaries, music videos and art installations.
Her debut fiction feature, LISTEN, premiered in multiple international film festivals across the globe.
LISTEN first premiered in Venice, on the 77th Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Lion of the Future Prize, the Special Orizzonti Jury Prize, the ‘Sorriso Diverso Award’ for Best Foreign Film with social impact, as well as the Independent critics’ award for Best Film: Bisato d’oro award of the 77th competition.
LISTEN has been at the main competition of leading festivals in the world and it has been highly nominated and awarded nationally (Portugal) and internationally.
Winning 5 Portuguese Film Academy Awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Script and Best Supporting Actress, and more, such as a Portuguese Golden Globe for best leading actress (Lúcia Moniz) and Best Performance at Raindance Film Festival.
Ana’s work is a detailed reflection of her deep understanding on acting and people, combined with her drive to tell stories, great relevant stories in the verge of emotion always with a sense of strong and deep storytelling. Her work has been referred as ‘Sparkling Cinema’, ‘highly topical and strongly raising the problem of those who actually pay for the crisis, the ones who are left alone to deal with it.’
Her interests cross so many fields which leads to a very complete immersive vision.
Acting, photography, scenography, interior design, painting, cinema, television, theatre and drawing are her roots and naturally a genuine feed to her work.
Currently she just joined Perfect Storm - Creative Production Studio to start her path
Alongside she is developing her next feature films deeply focused on social impact and human rights.
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