ABOUT

Born in São Paulo in 1987, Lud Mônaco is an award winning screenwriter & director. She studied advertising in her hometown before moving to London in 2008. It was whilst working in a cinema that she decided to study film. Since then, she has written and directed several short films. Her work has been featured in major festivals and she was selected for the Berlinale Talents, an emerging talent pool organised by the Berlin International Film Festival. Focusing on the female universe, Lud Mônaco portrays women in engaging narratives of self-empowerment, sexual diversity and freedom. Using atmospheric colour combinations, poetic imagery, a collage editing style and a cinematic storytelling, she illustrates underrepresented stories with an unique approach. Lud has recently developed a Storytelling course produced by the creative platform Domestika. Based in Barcelona, she is currently working on her debut feature film, a tragicomedy set in Portugal planned to be shot next Spring.

AWARDS & SELECTIONS:

Augusta & Kátia (feature film - in development)

  • €250K production fund - ICA (Portugal's Film Institute)

  • €20K development fund - ICA (Portugal's Film Institute)

  • $14K Apoyo al Desarrollo de Largometrajes Iberoamericanos - Programa IBERMEDIA

  • Feature script finalist - 5th Guiões (Lisbon, PT)

Para, pero sigue  (Short Film)

  • Official Selection - 49th Sitges Film Festival (Oficial Noves Visions - SGAE Nova Autoria) - Spain

  • WINNER: Best Short Film - Lisbon & Estoril film Festival  (Portugal)

  • Special Screening - Mecal, the International Short Film Festival of Barcelona (Spain)

  • Special Screening - Museu da Imagem e do Som - MIS (São Paulo, BR)

  • TV Screening - Betevé Channel (Spain)

  • Acquisition for On-Demand distribution - Shorts TV

Oranges (Short film)

  • Online Release - GiF (Girls in Film)

  • Official Selection - 31st Vancouver Queer Film Festival (Vancouver, CA)

  • Official Selection - 25th Festival du film LGBT de Paris "Chéries Chéris" (Paris, FR)

  • Official Selection - 14th Vox Feminae Festival (Croatia)

  • Official Selection - 21st Korea Queer Film Festival (Seoul, Korea)

  • Special Screening - LOOP Festival 2019 - City Screen 'Pol & Grace Hotel' (Barcelona, Spain) 

  • Official Selection - 12th Cine Movilh (Santiago, Chile)

  • Official Selection - FIRE!! 24th MOSTRA INTERNACIONAL de CINEMA GAI i LESBIÀ (Barcelona, Spain)

  • Official Selection - 11th International Queer Film Festival MERLINKA (Belgrade, Serbia)

  • Official Selection - 14th Serile Filmului Gay International Film Festival (Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

  • Official Selection - 8th La otra Banqueta - Festival de cine por la diversidad sexual (Guatemala City)

  • Official Selection - 14th OutfestPerú (Lima, Peru)

Residencia  (Music Video)

  • Official Selection - Lift-Off New Year Extravaganza (London, UK)

  • Official Selection - Vinilonga Short Film & Music Video Festival (Buenos Aires, ARG)

  • Official Selection - Cinego Shorts (Karachi, Pakistan)

She Made It  (Short film)

  • Official Selection - 64th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (Germany)

  • Official Selection - 16th Dhaka International Film Festival (Bangladesh)

  • Official Selection - 17th MFL Mostra do Filme Livre (Rio de Janeiro, BR)

  • Official Selection - Ce l'ho Corto, Rassegna di Cortometraggi (Bologna, Italy)

  • Official Selection - Bienal Internacional Dona i Cinema (Valencia, SPA)

Enjoy the Drama (Short Film)

  • Acquisition for DVD & On-Demand distribution - 'Girls on Film 2' - Peccadillo Pictures (UK)

  • Official Selection - 30th BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival (UK)

  • Parallel Selection - 23rd Festival Mix Brasil de Cultura da Diversidade

  • Official Selection - 17th Reelout Queer Film + Video Festival (Canada)

  • Official Selection - Vilnius LGBT* Festival 'Kreivès' (Lithuania)

  • Official Selection - 25th Festival de Cine de Madrid FCM-PNR (New International Directors) - Spain

  • Official Selection - QUEER-Streifen Regensburg (Germany)

  • Official Selection - 15th The Barcelona International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (Spain)

Letter to my Sailor Friend  (Poem)

  • WINNING POEM - 11th International Poetry and Theatre Competition Castello di Duino (Trieste, Italy) 

As a writer & director 

  • Selected Participant - Berlinale Talents  - platform organised by the Berlin International Film Festival 

  • Selected Participant - Film With a View - youth exchange programme organised by Balik Arts (Datça, Turkey)

  • Selected Participant - Off-Courts Trouville - film laboratory (Trouville-Sur-Mer, France)

  • Selected Participant - Kinomada - film laboratory (Québec City, Canada)