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. Luisa has also a Bachelor 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 in the International Film School of Cuba (EICTV) and film and art history for one semester in the University of Grenoble, France.
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.
Luisa has worked as a director, cinematographer and editor in feature films, short films and TV programs. For two years she organized a cineclub called Cine Terraço in Rio de Janeiro with screening and Q&A with directors, with a focus on contemporary Brazilian documentary.
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.