Luana Di Pasquale is an Italian-born, London-based filmmaker whose critically acclaimed and award-winning short thriller/horror, KEEP MUM, is currently in its 2nd year on the film festival circuit and has thus far earned 30 official selections, 14 nominations and 7 wins. KEEP MUM is a film about domestic trauma and the cycle of domestic violence as well as being a short pilot for Luana’s debut feature film, MY ENEMY WITHIN, a psychological thriller/horror set in the UK and currently in development. KEEP MUM is distributed by Mbur Films and available on ShortTV, AmazonPrimeUK, AmazonPrimeUS and Sofy.tv.
After graduating from the London College of Communication, University of Arts, London (UAL) in 2005, Di Pasquale freelanced in the film and TV industry, working as a writer and self-shooting producer-director, creating video content, commercials and short documentaries for a range of clients (including, among others, Vladivar Vodka, Rock Fuji Festival, the Guerrilla Girls on Tour and Current TV), while also producing and directing a series of personal films focused on the female perspective which ran in film festivals and art exhibitions in the UK and the US. In 2014, she wrote, directed and produced the TV talk show, Love Talk (Record TV).
In 2018, Di Pasquale founded Lunadipas Films, and KEEP MUM is the first project to be co-produced by the company, in collaboration with Reblis Films. Di Pasquale is one of the Cut-Throat Women, a database of women making horror films around the world. As a mentor, she founded The Art & Craft of Cinematic Storytelling in 2020, a workshop funded by the National Lottery and supported by the Arts Council, which is aimed at promoting children and young people’s mental health through the art of filmmaking. Di Pasquale also mentors young filmmakers at ScreenSkills, Four Corners and Somerset Films.
KEEP MUM premiered worldwide on the 7th December 2019 at the Oregon Scream Week Horror Film Festival (Portland, USA) and won the Best International Director Award. It then won the Best Actress Award at the Halicarnassus International Film Festival 2020 (Bodrum, Turkey) and the Jury Special Film Award at the Andromeda Film Festival 2020 (Istanbul, Turkey). Both Gold Tier for Best Disturbing Films and Best Short Performance at the Horror Movie Awards 20 (Seattle, USA). Best Horror/Thriller Film, Canadian Cinematography Awards 2020 (CaCA, Toronto, Canada) and Best Experimental Film, New York Cinematography Awards 20 (NYCA, USA)
KEEP MUM has been nominated for: Best Female Director and Best Actress Awards at the Nola Horror International Film Festival 2020 (New Orleans, USA) ranked one of 50's Best Genre Film Festival by MovieMaker, Best Picture at the Austin After Dark Film Festival 2020 (Austin, USA), Best Cinematography Award at the Femme Filmmakers Festival 2020 (London) Best Drama Award at the Atlanta Horror International Film Festival 2020 (Atlanta, USA) and Best Actress Award at the Anatomy of Crime-Horror International Film Festival 2020 (Athens, Greece), and Best Films category at Horror Movie Award 2020 (Seattle, USA).Best Editing Award, The Unrestricted View Film Festival 2021(London, UK)
Best Score Award, The Unrestricted View Film Festival 2021 (London, UK) The Si Spencer Award, The Unrestricted View Film Festival 2021(London, UK) Best Ensembled Performance, The Maverick Awards (Los Angeles, USA) Special Achievement - Sound Designing (Los Angeles, USA)