Moara Passoni

New York, NY, USA


Is a Brazilian born filmmaker based in New York City. Moara is an MFA candidate on screenwriting-directing at Columbia University where she is a Teaching Fellow and recipient of the Faculty’s Film Program Scholarship. Moara is a co-chair for Columbia Women in Film. She has a B.A. in Social Sciences (Anthropology, Sociology and Political Sciences) at the University of São Paulo (where she graduated with the highest grade of her year), studied Dance and Performance at PUC, and Philosophy and Aesthetics at Paris 8. She has two masters on Documentary theory and making: University of Campinas and Getúlio Vargas Foundation (Brazil). She studied French language and literature at La Sorbonne in France and documentary making at EICTV in Cuba. While at Columbia, Moara co-wrote and associate produced the documentary THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY (Netflix Originals) released at the first night of SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2019. Currently, she's directing her first feature GLASS UNDER MY SKIN. This project has already amassed some thrilling credentials. It has received financial support for its production from the Brazilian Ministry of Culture, from Petrobrás Cultural Program for New Media and from the National Cinema Agency for Language Innovation. The rough cut was selected from 15,500 other projects to receive an award from the Rumos Itaú Cultural program. It was selected by DocSP and Niehls Pag Andersen to go to When West Meets East | 2016 Last Stop Trieste. It was selected to IFP WEEK - Spotlight on Documentary. And received an NYSCA/Women Make Movies grant. Before coming to Columbia, she served as a co-writers to the feature OLMO AND THE SEAGULL (Nordic:DOX Award at CPH:DOX, the Youth Jury Award at the 68th Festival Del Film Locarno and the Best Documentary Film Award by the Official Jury at Festival do Rio | 2016. Produced by Zentropa Entertainments, Busca Vida Filmes, O Som e a Fúria and co-produced by Epicentre Films. Executive Production: Tim Robbins). Co-wrote MY BODY, MY RULES - a video that reached more than 12 million views in three days. Associated produced ELENA (Winner of four prizes at the Festival de Brasília | 2012. Best Documentary Film at the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano 2013. Best Documentary Film at the Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival 2013. Best Documentary Film at the Film de Femmes 2013. Canon Cinematography Award 2013. Special Mention at the Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara 2013. Special Mention at the International Documentary Film Festival ZagrebDox. Nominated for the Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Award at the Cinema Eye Honors Award, for the Best Documentary Film Award at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and nominated for the Audience Award at the SXSW Film Festival). Moara has begun her career in filmmaking working as an assistant director to the Acclaimed Award Winner Brazilian director Kiko Goiffman. She has also served as a programmer, curator, and coordinator for several film and photo exhibitions in Brazil, Paris, and NYC and worked as Latin American journalist to the Le Monde Diplomatique Brasil. In Brazil, she founded the Film Fatales Latina, that soon converted into Coletivo Vermelha. Moara is a recipient for the Education Funding Grant from the Cultural Secretariat of the State of São Paulo, Screenplay Development Funding Scheme from the Cultural Secretariat of the City of São Paulo, Research and Development Funding Scheme from the Cultural Secretariat of the State of São Paulo, The Brazilian Ministry of Culture Funds for Short Films, The Funding Scheme for Television Films of the Culture Secretariat of the City of São Paulo and is a recipient for a Stimulus Prize for New Talents from the São Paulo State Government.