WHO WE ARE
Giuliana Monteiro is a writer and director born in São Paulo, Brazil. She started working in the audiovisual industry in 2003 as a producer for documentaries and television shows. She worked for the National Geographic, History Channel, Discovery Channel, Globo and also in independent features before she moved to New York in 2011 to pursue a Master degree in filmmaking at the New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.
She is currently a graduate thesis student in the MFA program where she is the recipient of the BAFTA Fellowship, NHFA National Hispanic Foundation of Arts and the AAUW International fellowship. Giuliana wrote and directed 5 short films in the program, “Root” (fiction), “Margarete 6422” (documentary), “Stay” (fiction), “Happiness” (fiction) and “I Don’t Say Goodbye, I Say See You Soon” (fiction). Going from a more experimental language to fiction she found herself in a hybrid language between documentary and fiction.
Her recently short film, "I Don't Say Goodbye, I Say See You Soon" premiered at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival and traveled to more than 20 film International film festivals, winning best short film at the Viña del Mar International Film Festival and best screenplay at the First Run Film Festival.
Giuliana is also a co founder of Elefanti Films an independent producer company based in São Paulo. She currently works in their first feature screenplay "The Road to Livramento" that in 2014 won the Spike Lee Production Fund for development.
( Yes, they are twins )
Beatriz Monteiro is a journalist and producer born and raised in São Paulo. She graduated in Journalism in 2005, she produced and directed her thesis project, the documentary short film “Catalyst”. The film shows the 31st G8 summit and the activists groups that went to Scotland to protest against world leaders. After that, she worked with investigative news for four years at Epoca Magazine (Focus International Magazine) in São Paulo where she wrote and produced weekly short stories.
Her passion for stories drove her to the world of documentaries where she started to work as a producer. Beatriz approaches every subject with a humanist vision what defines her work grounded in reality and unique. In 2007, she produced and directed the documentary Tamo Junto (Together), about a group of waiters that lived in a nightclub in São Paulo. In 2009, she produced the documentary Nosso tempo é agora (Our time is Now) about the last fisherman village to receive electricity in the west coast of São Paulo. In 2010, she produced the documentary about Jean Charles, Assassinato de Jean Charles for the Discovery Channel. The documentary received an Emmy nomination in 2010.
Her latest work includes the documentary film "Yoani Travels", that tells the story of the Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez and her trip to Brazil. She also worked as a producer in the documentary film “The Prologue”, a historical documentary about movies that were made during the dictatorship in Brazil. The film won best feature film at FICCA – International Films Festival of Caeté.
For Television, Beatriz has developed and produced original series for channels like National Geographic, Discovery, A&E, History, and HBO. She is also co-founder of Elefanti Films, where she produced short films including the latest “ I Don’t Say Goodbye, I Say See You Soon” that screened in the 64th Berlinale and was one of the finalists to the live action Oscar short program in 2014.