Vanessa Fernandes (1978, Guiné-Bissau) lived in Paris, Macau, Porto-Portugal, Germany and returns to Porto in 2012 where she lives till today. Made tow year in Communication Design at Fine Arts of Porto; completed the course of Sound and Image at the Catholic University of Porto; and in July 2016 Master in Film and Television Directing at ESAP.
Vanessa participated in the III Layounne Street Festival, Western Sahara in 2018 with installation and video projection. She is currently doing a series for RTPlab “Mathematics Salteada” with Inês Guimarães (Mathgurl), and the documentary “Talea Jacta est” is a Porto rock band with Pedro Pestana and João Pais Filipe, winners of the Porto Creatorship 2018/19. She has made some experimental short films of fiction, video dance and film, such as; “Tradition and imagination” (2nd place in the 1st Cornelia Eckert Award for Ethnographic Film – Bragança, Amazonia – Brazil), “FIJI”, selected at the Cineautopsia Bogotá – Colombia Experimental Film Festival. “Mikambaru” at MICAR 2018 – Porto and Caminhos do cinema Português 2016 in the “ensaio category”. “Si destinu” (Best Short Film Award at the Cape Verde International Film Festival in Sal Island – Cape Verde, selected at the Diaspora do Nile International Film Festival – Kampala 2016 and at Kiev Equality Festival 2016). “Dance, dance, dance” video dance was selected for the traveling festival “LE PLEINT DE SUPER” – Portugal – France. 2016 and “TIC TAC BOOM! ”Animation film with Tânia Duarte selected at the 4th CINENIMA – International Animation Film Festival – Espinho – Portugal. As a performer participates in July 2018 in the Festival dos Canais – Aveiro, with the intervention “what comes before” with Sonia Carvalho, rebecca moradalizadeh and Teresa Fabião. She presents her own creation “Lead and cotton” in the festival “Une autre façon de découvrir la danse Africaine – 2018 – Benin”. She has been doing butoh dance since 2016 and contemporary and traditional African dance since 2005.