Luana Di Pasquale is an award-winning filmmaker whose critically acclaimed short thriller/horror KEEP MUM is currently in its 2nd year run on the film festival circuit and has thus far earned 24 official selections, 9 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.
After completing a diploma in Fine Art and Architecture at Liceo Artistico R. Sanzio in Pavia, a diploma in Humanities Studies at Liceo Artistico Primo di Brera in Milan, Di Pasquale moved to London in 1999 where she completed a BA Honours in Film and Video Production at the London College of Communication, University of Arts London (UAL) in 2005, graduating as a writer/director. Di Pasquale then began freelancing in the film and TV industry as a self-shooting Producer/Director creating video content, commercials/promos and short documentaries for a range of clients, including the Guerrilla Girls on Tour, Rock Fuji Festival, Rosetta Arts, Vladivar Vodka and Current TV. During this period, she worked also as a writer/director and producer of the TV talk show, Love Talk (Record TV), before returning to the world of cinematic storytelling.
Di Pasquale also runs her own film-making workshop for children/young adults called The Art & Craft of Cinematic Storytelling, a Lottery Funded project supported by the Arts Council, while she also mentors young filmmakers at ScreenSkills and Four Corners. In 2018, Di Pasquale founded Lunadipas Films, an award-winning independent company dedicated to the development and production of genre films which explores subject matter personal to her – female-driven stories that journey deep into the human psyche. Di Pasquale is one of the Cut-Throat Woman, a database of women making horror films around the world.
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).