Luisa Mello was born in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in 1989 and is currently based in Lisbon. In 2019, she graduated from DocNomads European Joint Masters Program in Documentary Filmmaking. She also has a Bachelor's degree in Cinema and a Postgraduate degree in Art and Philosophy from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Luisa studied documentary filmmaking at the International Film School of Cuba (EICTV) and film and art history for one semester at the University of Grenoble, France.
Currently, she works as a director, cinematographer and editor in cinema and audiovisual. Her films have been awarded and shown at numerous festivals such as International Film Festival Rotterdam - IFFR, Bogoshorts, Vienna Shorts, Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, and broadcasted on Brazilian television (Canal Brasil and Canal Curta). As cinematographer, she worked in films screened on Netflix, MUBI and festivals such as IndieLisboa, Ji.Hlava, DOCfeed documentaire festival.
Luisa also has experience in the area of research. She worked on the research of two documentary feature films: “Noites em Branco” (2020, under development), by director Tiago Hespanha (Terratreme Production); and “Filipinas” (2021/2022, under development) by director Leonor Noivo (Terratreme Production).
In the field of education, she was the coordinator and teacher of the course “Arquivo Especial de Uma Vida Normal” (2020/2021), in documentary cinema, promoted by Companhia Caótica and by the Municipality of Moita in Portugal; and gave cinema workshops to secondary school students in the Alentejo region (Portugal), in the project “Como se viu e como se vê”, produced by Sem Termo (2021).
Luisa is part of the collective Cinecaravan, a mobile cinema project that offers free screenings and documentary filmmaking workshops in villages across Europe - In 2022 she was part of the 4th edition that took place in the North of Portugal and Galicia. In 2021-2022 she worked on the project "Visto Permanente" (funded by DGARTES) as director, cinematographer and editor on a collective production of videos portraying the work of immigrant artists based in Lisbon.
As a complementary education, Luisa Mello did courses such as: Film Directing Workshop with the director Eduardo Coutinho at the Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival in 2008; Archive Film course from REcine at the National Archive in Rio de Janeiro, 2014; Cinematography course with the cinematographer Lúcio Kodato at the International Academy of Films (AIC), 2014; Film Lab with the director José Guerín at IMS-Rio in 2014; Documentary Filmmaking course at the International Academy of Films (AIC), 2015; Documentary Workshop with the director Sandra Kogut at Polo de Pensamento Contemporâneo in Brazil, 2015.
Over the years, she decided to focus on creative documentary filmmaking. With an interest in art, history and philosophy, she is always searching and exploring different realities to tell stories in a innovative way. Her filmic approach combines an observational cinema with fictional elements, often with a poetic style. She finds in the small details of everyday life a way to reveal deeper thoughts about reality.