Nuno Sá Pessoa

  • Member of the Jury
Lisbon, Portugal




Nuno de Sá Pessoa Costa Sequeira began university at Universidade Moderna Lisboa and graduated from The European Film College in Denmark. Upon graduating he returned to Portugal, where he directed his first independent work. Two feature-length documentaries directed by Californian Kenneth Payton followed, for which he did the cinematography and editing, and while in California Pessoa edited a total of three feature-length documentaries. It was also in California that he did the cinematography for a documentary series directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton.

Pessoa eventually invited his former colleagues Kris Skovmand and Samuel Anderson to move to Portugal from their native countries, Denmark and the U.S. respectively, to start a production company — now Skookum Films. Pessoa has since directed the short film The Headless Nun (2012), an international collaboration narrated by Patrick Carlin, George Carlin’s brother, and featuring a song by Frank Zappa. He has also directed an experimental music video starring the New York duo Tribal Baroque. In partnership with the actor João Craveiro, Pessoa directed the short film Bílis Negra (2013 — Best Special and Visual Effects, 2015 Atlas Awards), and in Brazil he edited the short film Passagens (2013) by Maria Emília. In Brazil, he also directed the Brazilian-Portuguese short film A Lagoa (2013), written by and starring João Craveiro, and then returned to Portugal to shoot the science fiction short film Earth 2084 (2014 — Best Writing, 2015 Atlas Awards).

Pessoa has served as a guest lecturer and as a member of the juries of several film festivals. His award-winning films have screened in over 30 countries. He continues his work between Brazil, Portugal, and California, in keeping with his philosophy that in both art and the world, there are no boundaries.

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