Luana Di Pasquale is an award-winning writer/director and producer who has a deep interest in storytelling, multi-dimensional characters and genre filmmaking. After graduating from UAL in 2005, where she made Interference (2005), she started her career as a writer, self-shooting PD (Producer/Director) and editor – creating short-form video content  and documentaries for brands ( eg. Vladivar Vodka), charities and  cable TV networks. During this time she also began to be involved in art projects, collaborating for three years with the acclaimed, New York-based feminist collective the Guerrilla Girls on Tour, creating comedic vignettes for their theatrical show around the world. During this time she also worked as a part of a miscellaneous crew: camera operator for Don’ Letts' Love Music & Hate Racism 08, produced by Pulse Films and broadcast on C4, director’s assistant for award-winning director Mike Figgis's Love Live Long feature film produced by Red Mullet and editor for the acclaimed artist/filmmaker Ken McMullen Arrows of Time video installations, exhibited in Lisbon, Paris and London.

 

She then went on to produce and direct Love Talk, a lifestyle TV show for Record TV that was broadcast on Sky (channel 203), before returning to genre filmmaking, her first love. Her latest work as a writer/director is Keep Mum, a critically acclaimed and multi-award-winning psychological thriller/horror about domestic trauma; produced by Lunadipas Films and Reblis Films, in association with QareyFilm, Keep Mum is distributed by Mbur Films. Regularly invited to press interviews, horror talks and Q&As, Luana has recently participated as a judge at the Nola Horror International Film Festival (Los Angeles/New Orleans) and the Dark Hedges International Horror Film Festival (Belfast). She is a member of the CUT-THROAT WOMEN, a database of women who make horror. Luana is currently developing My Enemy Within, her debut feature film as a writer/director at Bad Girl//Good Woman Films with Sylph Production.

Since 2020, she has been running her own storytelling/filmmaking workshop - The Art & Craft of Cinematic Storytelling (ACCS) - dedicated  to giving a voice to children and young people - funded by the National Lottery and supported by the Art Council England. Luana has been conducting ACCS workshop at Rosetta Arts in collaboration with Stratford Youth Centre, Somerset Film, Tutortoo, Kettle’s Yard (University of Cambridge) in collaboration with North Cambridge Academy, Director’s Cut Theatre Compan,  Attenborough Arts Centre (Leicester University)in collaboration with the British Museum and lately at Fight For Peace: Your Best Friend Project, Artemisia’s Daughters and Hebe Foundation.

 

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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

World of Film International Festival Glasgow 20

Cyrus International Film Festival 20 (Toronto, Canada)

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

Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival 21 

Renegade Film Festival 22 ( USA)