Born in Santarém, Raquel Morte started working in audiovisual production in 2005, and since then she has accumulated varied experiences in Portugal, Italy and Belgium, in short and feature films, fiction and documentaries. In Portugal he has collaborated with production companies such as Ukbar, Fado, Vende-se and Ambar Filmes, and with the Doclisboa festival. After a stint at the European Commission's MEDIA Creative Europe, a European film funding program, she joined the production team at Entre Chien et Loup in Brussels in 2017. There she did the executive production and co-produced two series and seven films, namely the Portuguese "Nunca Nada Aconteceu" by Gonçalo Galvão Teles and "Alma Viva" by Cristèle Alves Meira, premiering at the Cannes Film Festival and a Portuguese candidate for the Oscars in 2022. Raquel has a degree in Communication and Film Sciences, and has followed numerous European production trainings such as Eurodoc, Production Value, EAVE and ECAFIC. She is a member of the Belgian association of women in cinema "Elles Font des Films", where she has developed the first major statistical study on gender and diversity in Belgian cinema in the last 10 years.
After completing his degree at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema, Pedro Cabeleira started filming his first feature film "Verão Danado", which received a Special Mention of the Jury at the Locarno festival in 2017 and was selected for several international festivals. He directed the short film "Filomena" (2018), which premiered at Indielisboa, and "By Flávio" (2022), his most recent short film, which premiered at the Berlinale. Pedro Cabeleira is currently editing his second feature film, "Entroncamento".
Fernando Brito was born in Pampilhosa da Serra, in 1957. He lives and works in Baixinho, Santarém. With a degree in Painting from the Escola Superior de Belas-Artes in Lisbon, his exhibition career has largely been developed within the scope of collective projects such as Homeostética, Ases da Paleta or Orgasmo Carlos. Fernando Brito established three major categories that organise all of his work, namely Confidential Report (based on the feature film by Orson Welles), Home Sweet Home and Magic Town (based on the feature film by William Wellman).
João Arrais began his professional career in 2002. Since then, he has worked in cinema, television and theatre, collaborating with names like Raul Ruiz, Carlos Conceição and John Romão. His work has been shown at international film festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Amsterdam, Locarno and New York.
Leonor Teles was born in 1992 in Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal. Her family has roots in the local Roma community. She graduated in Directing and Cinematography from Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema and completed a master's degree in Audiovisual Art and Multimedia. While a student, her film "Rhoma Acans" (2012) won awards at festivals such as Clermont-Ferrand, Munich and IndieLisboa. Her short film "Balada de um Batráquio" (2016) entered the Official Competition of the 66th Berlin International Film Festival and won the Golden Bear for Best Short Film. Her first feature, "Terra Franca", premiered in 2018 at the Cinéma du Réel festival, winning the SCAM International Award and at the Mar del Plata International Festival the Young Critics Award - Best First International Work. “Cães que Ladram aos Pássaros", premiered at the Venice Film Festival, was nominated for the 2019 European Film Awards.
MÓNICA LIMA (b. Lisbon) studied Visual Arts in Lisbon (FBAUL), and Writing and Directing in Prague (FAMU) and Berlin (DFFB). Her short films “The silence between two songs”, “Viktoria” and “Summer Saturn” have been shown in various international film festivals (Angers Premiers Plans, Leuven, Dresden, Vila do Conde, IndieLisboa, i.a.) and won various awards and mentions. Her graduation film “Natureza Humana” was distinguished with several awards, among which the Ammodo Tiger Short Award, at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2023. During her training years she studied writing and directing with Valeska Grisebach, Fred Kelemen, Franz Rodenkirchen, i.a. Professionally she has been working as a scriptwriter and script advisor, as well as an assistant director and lecturer of directing and screenwriting classes. She is currently developing her first feature-length original screenplay, which has received financial support for Writing and Development from ICA and took part in the Oxbelly Writing and Directing Lab (Sundance/Faliro House) and Writing Cinema Today of Foundation Calouste Gulbenkian.