Inês Pedrosa e Melo

Inês Pedrosa e Melo (1994) is a documentary filmmaker, creative producer and video editor from Lisbon, Portugal.
She currently works between her home country and the San Francisco Bay Area, California. Coming from a background in media and film studies, as well as anthropology, she applies an interdisciplinary approach to her nonfiction storytelling practice, deriving heavily from her experience in ethnographic research, method and fieldwork.
She hopes to give voice to individuals and discourses that fall between the cracks of history. Her work has focused on themes such as marginal cultural practices and counterculture symbols and institutions; the relationship between people and death; the body, beauty and identity, and physical/psychological resilience.
Her first English-spoken short documentary, Notes on living, premiered at Doclisboa 2018 and has screened in Europe and South-America.
Besides her own nonfiction practice, she also works as a creative producer and video editor in corporate contexts and for independent cinema projects.
Inês was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to pursue graduate studies in the US in 2017 and 2018, and a Calouste Gulbenkian grant for professional development in the arts in 2018. She was a participant in the Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium in 2018. She graduated from the MFA in Documentary Film and Video Production at Stanford University in 2019.