María Contreras is a Colombian filmmaker, visual artist, and anthropologist based in Lisbon. She is interested in documentary, experimental and hybrid films that express alternative social and visual narratives from a female and migrant perspective. 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 working as a documentalist for the Institution Cultivamos Cultura and directing a documentary in collaboration with the research group W@Arhc.pt, about women in architecture in Portugal between 1942 and 1986. As a visual artist, in 2022/2023 she will be exhibiting in a project for the dissemination of Portuguese art and artists in the international airports in Washington DC called ArtBox.  
Her filmography as a director includes The Namelessness Dance (second place in the Sophia Student Award for Best Experimental Short of the Portuguese Academy of Cinema) and co-directed Catarse (Award for Best Experimental Short at the Porto Femme Film Festival). Participated in 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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