João Pedro Rodrigues
Internationally acclaimed filmmaker and artist based in Lisbon. He studied biology at Lisbon University, gave it up for Film Studies and graduated from Lisbon’s University of Theatre and Cinema (ESTC) in 1992. Along with a number of short films, he has written and directed five feature films, including his first, „O Fantasma”, which premiered in Official Competition at Venice Film Festival, causing a national ruckus in Italy in 2000, when the Vatican official newspaper asked for the festival director’s dismissal for having selected the film, and his most recent, „The Ornithologist” (PÖFF 2016), which won the Silver Leopard for Best Director at Locarno Film Festival in 2016. He has also co-directed several shorts and the feature „The Last Time I Saw Macao” (PÖFF 2012) and „Iec Long” (2014) with his lifelong partner and artistic collaborator, João Rui Guerra da Mata. His films premiered and won prizes at Cannes, Venice, Locarno, Toronto and Berlin and are part of several film archive’s and museum’s permanent collections.