Ana was born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal, where she worked professionally as an actor. Alongside she studied art in multiple forms.
After completing her degree on Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Lisbon, she sold everything to move to London and study filmmaking 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.
Although, it is at London Film School where she finds her deepest direction as a filmmaker and where she completes her master's degree as a film director in December 2013.
Along her path she directed fiction films and documentaries.
In 2020 and 2021 her debut fiction feature, LISTEN, premiered in multiple international film festivals. around 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 premiering at the main competition of the leading festivals of the world and it is being nominated and awarded Nationally (Portugal) and Internationally.
LISTEN won 5 Portuguese Film Academy Awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Script and Best Supporting Actress.
Ana’s work is 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.’
Ana works deeply close with actors due to her experience on screen as an actor herself, however her interests cross many fields.
Acting, photography, scenography, painting and drawing are her roots and naturally her genuine focus to keep along her future work.
Currently she is developing her work as part of Hollywood Foreign Press Association Residency and Casa Wabi Puerto Escondido Residency.
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