Director, cultural programmer and teacher in the fields of artistic creation, documentary and experimental film. Directed several films with the support of ICA / RTP - documentaries, fiction and advertising spots. Developed author photographic projects. Co-artistic director of Vo'Arte and co-founder of the Teatro Meridional Company, he is a consultant and coordinator of several national and international cultural projects. Integrated team member of European projects Fragile, Unlimited and European Video Dance Heritage (EVDH). Co-director of the International Festivals InShadow, InArte and InMotion in the areas of cinema, photography, dance and performance, and is a programmer at Olhares Frontais, a project that has been part of the Encontros de Viana Film Festival for 20 years, where he also coordinates the Histórias da Praça project. He collaborated in the design of the Filmes do Homem Festival, currently MDOC, where he is responsible for the Plano Frontal Residence. His artistic project focuses increasingly in a practice with a social dimension through the intersection of everyone with everyone, interpreters with multi-deficiency and professional artists. For the last 27 years he has been intensely dedicated to the pedagogical area, directing laboratories dedicated to experimentation and innovation, both documentary and fictional. Teaches in the areas of filmmaking, transdisciplinary narratives and the relationship between performance and technologies at ESTAL, IPA, SOU and EscreverEscrever. Teacher at the Documentary Film Masters’ degree from ESMAE (Porto) for 12 years and teaching coordinator at ETIC for 18 years, where he was creative director, and cooperated in the implementation of the new HND courses certified by the world's largest educational entity: Pearson. Orchestrator and director of several theatrical, choreographic and performative projects, he has been awarded numerous times for his cinematographic, photographic and transdisciplinary works in Portugal and abroad. Co-creator of the project Generation Soma, supported by the PARTIS Program - Social integration through artistic practices, from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Lisbon (UL) in performing arts and moving image, an investigator at GECAPA in the experimental areas of intersection between body and image. He finished his last film "Four Seasons and Autumn" and is preparing "A sea of sky".
Born in Viana do Castelo, graduated in Fine Arts from the Faculty of Belas Artes in Porto and completed a Master's Degree in Audiovisual Communication (Photography) at Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo from the Polytechnic Institute of Porto. He mantains his course among the practice of fine arts, having displayed his work in several exhibitions within the national and international artistic scene and the practice of production and organization of events and artistic projects and the projection and organization of projects of social and ethnographic level, maintaining its artistic and conceptual character. His work complements the different areas of plastic performance, like photography, video, sound design, installation and design. Developer of musical projects with highlights such as PHOLE and the sound plastic project ARAME (with Miguel Arieira). João is also the founding member and director of PARASITA Magazine (with Hugo Soares).
Carlos completed his higher education in Cinema and Video at Escola Superior do Porto and has a degree in teaching. Teacher at grupo 200. Coordinator at Oficina do Cinema e Audivisuais of Centro Cultural do alto Minho (1981 to 1994) and founding partner/Chairman of AO NORTE - Associação de Produção e Animação Audiovisual, NGDO, in 1994. Awarded a grant from the French government, he attended two work placements in direct cinema (initiation and specialization) at Ateliers VARAN in Paris. Coordinator of educational activities developed by AO NORTE in the field of cinema and audiovisuals, Encontros de Cinema de Viana and the website Lugar do Real. Director of several documentaries in Portugal, Angola and Cape Verde.
Rui Ramos was born in Paris in 1971. He has higher education studies in law, marketing and tourism promotion. Founding member and Executive Director of AO NORTE – Association of Audiovisual Production and Animation, where he assumes executive production of documentaries and the responsibility for the production of documentaries produced within Olhar o Real documentary course. Executive producer of Encontros de Viana - Cinema and Video (2001-2019) and MDOC – Melgaço International Documentary Film Festival (2014-19). Artistic director and Head of Programming at Festafife - International Puppetry Theatre Festival and Animation Cinema (2007-2011) in the field of film animation. Manager and Producer of FORA DE CAMPO FILMES – Limited Responsibility Cooperative (C.R.L.). Founder and coordinator of Minho Film Commission. Technical Director of BIG – Guimarães Illustration Biennial. Rui also works as a consultant in the field of Tourism and is an impresario.
Miguel Arieira (1987) holds a degree (2010) in Audiovisual Communication Technology (field of video), by Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectaculo, Polytechnic Institut of Porto. Since 2010 he has participated in freelance projects for cinema, television and advertising. Miguel has collaborated with AO NORTE since 2012, participating in the production and directing of documentaries and audiovisual content, the organization of film festivals, as well as in formative work in schools.
Daniel Deira (1982) has a degree in Audiovisual Communication Technology by Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espetáculo from Instituto Politécnico do Porto. He also has higher education studies in engineering. With special interest in the field of sound it is in this area that specializes particularly in audio recording and post-production. He collaborates with AO NORTE - Associação de Produção e Animação Audiovisual since 2013 and also works on other projects, not only in the sound field but also as camera operator.
João Peixoto was born in 1989 in Viana do Castelo, where he currently resides. Freelance gastronomy photographer. His studies and work alternate between two fields: audiovisual and gastronomy. Constantly curious and self-taught, interested in trying to understand how culture is expressed through people's habits and with what tools we can contribute to highlighting these stories within the community in which we operate. He started collaborating with AO NORTE in 2022, through the Photography Workshop, with a growing desire to produce projects on these themes, which concern us all.