JOANA PIMENTA is a filmmaker from Lisbon, Portugal, currently living and working between Portugal, the United States and Brazil. Her short film THE FIGURES CARVED INTO THE KNIFE BY THE SAP OF THE BANANA TREES received the Competition Award at Indielisboa ’14, where it premiered, the Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and has been screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Mar del Plata International Film Festival, Ambulante Documentary Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Videoex, Taipei Film Festival, Syros International Film Festival, among other venues.
Her second film, AN AVIATION FIELD premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival – International Competition in 2016, and has since received the Grand Prize in the International Competition at ZINEBI and it has been screened at the IFFR International Film Festival Rotterdam, Toronto International Film Festival – Wavelenghts, the New York Film Festival – Projections, 25 FPS International Experimental Film and Video Festival, Croatia, Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic, Mostra Cine BH, Valdivia International Film Festival, International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in La Habana, Cuba, Mar del Plata International Film Festival, Argentina, International Festival of Documentary and Short Films of Bilbao, Curtocircuito, among others.
Her video installation work has been recently presented at the Festival Temps d'Images, the National Art Gallery, Fundacion Botin, Harvard Art Museums, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, and The Pipe Factory, among others.
She works as a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, where she is currently finishing her PhD in Film and Visual Studies and Critical Media Practice, and as a Visiting Lecturer in the BFA program in Film at Rutgers University. She is a fellow at the Film Study Center and an associate member of the Sensory Ethnography Lab.
She is co-directing two films with the Brazilian filmmaker Adirley Queirós, the short RÁDIO CORAÇÃO and the feature DRY GROUND BURNING, currently in production.