Luana has been a filmmaking mentor since 2014 in various settings: schools, academies, art galleries/museum, art organisations and community centres. In 2019 she was Course Leader and lecturer in Creative Digital Media and Film and Video at the Access Creative College while in 2020-2021 she mentored filmmakers at Screenskills. 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 Company , Attenborough Arts Centre (Leicester University) with the British Museum and lately at Fight For Peace: Your Best Friend Project, Artemisia’s Daughters and Hebe Foundation. If you are interested to be mentored by Luana, feel free to contact her using the form below!
Creative Educational Work
May 2022 Filmmaking tutor @ City Academy (University of Kent); London
2021 - 2022 Filmmaking mentor @ScreenSkills; London
October - December 2021 Filmmaking Tutor @ Director's Cut Theatre; London
2020 - currently filmmaking practitioner @ The Art & Craft of Cinematic Storytelling, London
2020 Filmmaking Mentor @ Four Corner organisation; London
August 2019 - July 2020 Course Leader and lecturer in Creative Digital Media and Film and Video at the ACC, Access Creative College, Shoreditch; London
April 2019 Filmmaking Tutor @ National Film Youth Academy; London
August 2018 Filmmaking Tutor @ National Film Youth Academy; London
2017- 2018 Filmmaking tutor at the Anna Fiorentini Drama School, Hackney, London
2016 - 2017 Filmmaking tutor at the Pauline Quirke Performing Art School, Maidenhead
2014 - 2018 Filmmaking Mentor at the Performing Production organisation, London
2022 Writing Characters Lab, Film London Agency; London
2022 Director’s Lab, Film London Agency; London
2009 Project Base a Master class on feature film development, granted by Tower Hamlet, East End film festival and Skillset
2008 Working with Actors a workshop run by Adam Meggido at London Film School
2007 Alexander Mackendrick on Director’s craft, workshop ran by Paul Cronin at London Film School
2001–2005 Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Film and Video at London College of Communication (UAL). Interference, a10 min short horror/ thriller was Luana’s graduation film as a writer/director and producer
"Luana is a great mentor that made everyone in the group feel a part of the team regardless of their role, their skills or experience, which was really awesome. Luana also knew exactly what she was doing in regards of the filmmaking process and gave lots of help/advice without being autocratic at all with decisions, which gave us the freedom to learn about the process firsthand and get the most out of the experience. And most of all we all had a lot of fun together and a big part of that is thanks to Luana."
"Luana is a nurturing teacher/mentor who helps clarify what you want to achieve creatively and then supports that vision with incredible insight and advice. Luana is approachable and professional in equal measure and will be your biggest cheerleader and proudest teacher/mentor".
"Luana provides clear-cut and experienced mentorship that offers not only practical skills but an insight into how the industry truly works. Her teaching gets straight to the point, on how to produce award-winning narratives." - Rakesh Jaitly
"Luana is a very insightful and knowledgable mentor, she is kind and caring and always has a smile on her face. Luana is always there to help and is very good at bringing the best out of people."
" Back in 2018, Luana gave me my first experience of filmmaking. I produced a short film, with her guidance and mentoring and it was such a success - both as a finished outcome but also as a defining moment in my life - that I decided to pursue television and filmmaking as my full-time future career. Since then, I have gained a Masters in TV Drama, been accepted onto Edinburgh TV Festival's The Network, accessed funding to make further films and worked for ITV. To say Luana turned my life around and gave me new ambition as a writer/director is nothing short of an understatement. She will give you practical advice and help you decide once and for all:
is filmmaking for you?"