Maria Inês Lopes (Lisbon, 1986) obtained a Master’s degree in Film Direction at the TAI Arts & Entertainment School (Madrid, 2015). There, Maria Inês took classes with teachers such as Jonás Trueba, Sigfrid Monléon, Carlos Reviriego, Mikel Iribarren, Ivan Aledo, Miguel Angel Rebollo, among others.
“El Duende” is her first short film, which she has written, directed and starred in as her final Master’s project. This film was present at the Cannes Film Festival (Short Film Corner), Curtas Vila do Conde (Take One), Montréal Cinefest and got a Laurel of Achievement in Cinema Grand Prix 2017, Indonesia.
As an actress, she participated in short films, television and theatre. During her adolescence and early adulthood she took drama classes. More recently, she has been initiated to the realistic method, having taken classes with John Strasberg, and in the Chekhov Technique with Lenard Petit.
Prior to Madrid, Amsterdam and Lisbon were the cities that she lived in, having completed a Master in Biological Engineering at Técnico Lisboa.
Maria Inês’s broad interest in film and her innate characteristic of versatility have enabled her to work in art direction, production assistance and as an actor in short films and in publicity.