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 writing of my mother and theatre and music through my older sister. I found my path when I initiated the adventure of studying cinema, attending the Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, in Lisbon. It was there where I discovered my love in writing, directing, editing and photography (yes, I'm a storytelling addict).
I completed 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, who was chosen by CCTV News, the biggest news channel in China, as the favorite between the 100 documentaries that were made in that year.
Nowadays already with a few short-films directed and written by me - including the award-winning short fiction films "OOBE" and "WE ARE DESPERATE" - I'm still working really hard to provoke emotions and tell stories .
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