I'M JOANA MARIA.​​​​​​​
A creative by nature, telling emotional stories from the soul while finding beauty in strangeness.

Self-portrait (2019)

My name is Joana Maria, I was born in the city of Lisbon, Portugal. Ever since a small child, I was always been in touch with the arts, through the paintings and writings of my mother and theatre and music of my older sister. I found my path when I initiated the adventure of studying cinema, attending Universidade Lusofona, in Lisbon. It was there where I discovered my love in writing, directing, editing and photography. 
(Yes, I'm a storytelling freak. I confess.)​​​​​​​
I enriched my training with courses in Brussels, Cologne and Budapest specializing in directing which gave me the opportunity to direct my first financed fiction short film - WE ARE DESPERATE - by Europe Media Program and consequently my first short documentary - LIKE A TREE - shot in China by invitation of the program Looking China 2015.
Directing "WE ARE DESPERATE"
Directing "WE ARE DESPERATE"
Behind the Scenes "WE ARE DESPERATE"
Behind the Scenes "WE ARE DESPERATE"
Shooting "LIKE A TREE" in China
Shooting "LIKE A TREE" in China
Presenting "LIKE A TREE" at Shortcutz Viseu
Presenting "LIKE A TREE" at Shortcutz Viseu
I also ventured into an artistic residence in Barcelona - DYF: Design Your Future - which motivated me even more to use my art in favor of social activism and later was really important in the making of the video - SEE ACTIONS. NOT COLORS. - which I created still as a student as part of an awareness campaign for inclusion and won two prizes, one by the Council of Europe and another by Plural + organized by the United Nations.
Presenting "SEE ACTIONS. NOT COLOURS." at The Paley Center for Media in New York
Presenting "SEE ACTIONS. NOT COLOURS." at The Paley Center for Media in New York
Receiving the Danube Award at the United Nations in New York
Receiving the Danube Award at the United Nations in New York
Talking about "SEE ACTIONS. NOT COLOURS." at The Paley Center for Media in New York
Talking about "SEE ACTIONS. NOT COLOURS." at The Paley Center for Media in New York
Already with a few short-films directed and written by me - including the award-winning short fiction films "OOBE", "WE ARE DESPERATE" and "SEE ACTIONS. NOT COLOURS." - I'm still working really hard to provoke emotions and tell stories, either with still or moving images.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Co-Directing the short film "OOBE" with Manuel Carneiro
Co-Directing the short film "OOBE" with Manuel Carneiro
Directing the main actor Tiago Dias in the short film "OOBE"
Directing the main actor Tiago Dias in the short film "OOBE"
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Recepção de medalha de ouro pela ULHT de reconhecimento e mérito, como consequência do nosso vídeo "SEE ACTIONS. NOT COLOURS." e do nosso prémio nas Nações Unidas, por termos feito um "(...)excelente trabalho, dignamente premiado, bem como pela projeção do nome da Universidade Lusófona nas mais altas instâncias mundiais(...)"
Recepção de medalha de ouro pela ULHT de reconhecimento e mérito, como consequência do nosso vídeo "SEE ACTIONS. NOT COLOURS." e do nosso prémio nas Nações Unidas, por termos feito um "(...)excelente trabalho, dignamente premiado, bem como pela projeção do nome da Universidade Lusófona nas mais altas instâncias mundiais(...)"
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