ABOUT

Luana Di Pasquale is an award-winning writer/director and producer who has worked for 17 years in the film and TV industry. After graduating from UAL in 2005, Luana started her career as a self-shooting PD (producer/director) and editor of short-form video content: promos and documentaries for brands ( starting with Vladivar Vodka brand), arts/cultural organisations and cables TV. She then produced and directed Love Talk, a lifestyle TV show for Record TV and worked on TV commercials as a project manager, and as a director’s assistant for award-winning director Mike Figgis (Love Live Long). She has been collaborating with artists such as the New York-based Feminist Collective The Guerrilla Girls on Tour and award-winning artist Ken McMullen.

 

Her latest work as a writer/director and co-producer is Keep Mum, a critically acclaimed and multi-award-winning short psychological thriller/horror about domestic trauma and the cycle of abuse. After two years on the film festival circuit, Keep Mum has ended its run with 31 official selections, 14 nominations and 9 wins, including Best International Director at the 2019 Oregon Scream Week Horror Film Festival (Portland, USA) and Best Actress at the 2021 Portobello Film Festival (London). Distributed by Mbur Films, Keep Mum is available for home entertainment via Amazon Prime UK, Amazon Prime US, Sofy.TV, Plex.TV is broadcast on Short TV in the US, South America, UK, and Europe.

 

Luana is also a creative educator: since 2020, she has run her filmmaking workshop, The Art & Craft of Cinematic Storytelling (funded by the National Lottery and supported by Arts Council England). She has conducted her workshop at Rosetta Arts, Stratford Youth Centre, Somerset Film, Tuttortoo, Kettle’s Yard (University of Cambridge), North Cambridge Academy, Director’s Cut Theatre and Attenborough Arts Centre (Leicester University) in collaboration with the British Museum. 

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AWARDS:

Best International Director Award, Oregon Scream Week Horror Film Festival (Portland, USA)

Best Actress Award, Halicarnassus International Film Festival (Bodrum, Turkey)

Jury Special Film Award, Andromeda Film Festival (Istanbul, Turkey).

Gold Tier for Best  Disturbing  Films, Horror Movie Awards (Seattle, USA)

Gold Tier for Best Short Performance, Horror Movie Awards (Seattle, USA)

Best Horror/Thriller Film, Canadian Cinematography Awards (CaCA, Toronto, Canada)

Best Experimental Film, New York Cinematography Awards (NYCA, USA)

Best Actress Award, 26th Portobello Film Festival 2021 ( London, UK)

Special Mention for Best Thriller, Dark Arts Film Festival 2021( Amsterdam, Netherlands)

 

NOMINEE:

Best Female Director Nola Horror International Film Festival 2020 (New Orleans, USA)

Best Actress Awards, Nola Horror International Film Festival 2020 (New Orleans, USA)

Nola Horror I FF is one of 50's Best Genre Film Festival of 20202 by MovieMaker Magazine!

Best Picture Award, Austin After Dark Film Festival 2020 (Austin, USA),

Best Cinematography Award, Femme Filmmakers Festival 2020 (London)

Best Drama Award, Atlanta Horror International Film Festival 2020 (Atlanta, USA)

Best Actress Award, Anatomy of Crime-Horror International Film Festival 2020 (Athens, Greece).

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 Ensemble Performance, The Maverick Awards (Los Angeles, USA)

Special Achievement  Sound Designing,  The Maverick Awards (Los Angeles, USA)

Best Actress Award, 26th Portobello Film Festival 2021 ( London, UK)

Best Acting Award, The Dark Arts Film Festival  2021(Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Best Thriller Award, The Dark Arts Film Festival  2021 (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

AX WOUND FILM FESTIVAL 21

 

 

SEMIFINALIST

Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival 21 

World of Film International Festival Glasgow 20

Cyrus International Film Festival 20 (Toronto, Canada)

The Optical Theatre Horror Film Festival 20 ( Rome, Italy)

Renegade Film Festival 22 ( USA)