María Contreras (Bogotá, Colombia, 1990) is a Colombian filmmaker, visual artist and anthropologist based in Lisbon. She studied Anthropology at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (PUJ) and obtained her master’s degree in Cinema at the University of Beira Interior (UBI). She is currently directing a documentary, produced by Madame Filmes in collaboration with the research group, about women in architecture in Portugal between 1942 and 1986.
Her filmography as a director includes “Brava, meu bem” (2023), “The Namelessness Dance” (runner-up in the Sophia Student Award for Best Experimental Short Film at the Portuguese Film Academy) and she co-directed “Catarse” (Award for Best Experimental Short Film at the Porto Femme Film Festival). She took part in the Flaherty Seminar, Lisbon Pod (2023), Oberhausen Seminar (Germany, 2022) DocLisboa Seminar ’22 and ’19 Filmmaker Seminar (Portugal, 2022 and 2019); the Young Critics Workshop at the European Film Festival (Serbia, 2019), and the ACAMPADOC International Documentary Film Camp (Panama, 2016).