María Contreras is a Colombian Visual Artist and anthropologist based in Lisbon.  She interested in mixed media, and the interception between video, cinema, photography and other forms of art. Studied Anthropology at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (PUJ) and earned her master's degree in Cinema from the Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI). Currently she is directing a documentary in collaboration with the research group, about women in architecture in Portugal between 1942 and 1986. As a visual artist, in 2022/2023 she was exhibited in a project for the dissemination of Portuguese art and artists in the international airports in Washington DC called ArteBox. 

Her filmography as a director includes Brava, meu bem (2023), The Namelessness Dance (2020) -second place in the Sophia Student Award for Best Experimental Short of the Portuguese Academy of Cinema- and co-directed Catarse (2019) -Award for Best Experimental Short at the Porto Femme Film Festival-. Participated in Flaherty Seminar Lisbon Pod (Lisbon, 2023), Oberhausen Seminar (Germany, 2022), the DocLisboa '19 Filmmaker Seminar (Portugal, 2019); in the Young Critics Workshop at the European Film Festival (Serbia, 2019), and the ACAMPADOC International Documentary Film Camp (Panamá, 2016).
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