Catarina de Sousa is a filmmaker and producer of cinema and visual arts. In 2021, she founded with Pedro Neves Marques, the film and visual arts production company, Foi Bonita a Festa, based in Porto, Portugal. She is the founder of Casa do Xisto, https://casadoxisto.org/, an artistic residence that aims to promote connectivity through the cinema experience, based in the village of Macieira de Rates, north of Portugal. This project is funded by The Portuguese Institute of Cinema (ICA) in partnership with Mono No Aware in New York.
In Cinema, she has produced between Portugal and Brazil films: "Becoming Male in the Middle Ages" (2022), world premiered at IFFR - International Film Festival Rotterdam (Ammodo Tiger Short Award Winner), "The Bite" (2019), world premiered at TIFF - Toronto International Film Festival, "Art and Hurt"(2018), world premiered at DocLisboa, "Exterminator Seed" (2017), world premiered at IndieLisboa, all short films directed by Pedro Neves Marques; "Valley of Doubts" (in post production) by Francisca Manuel. She is associate producer of "Ecstasy" (2020) by Moara Passoni and "Olmo and the Seagull" (2015) by Petra Costa and Lea Glob.
She is now co-producing the first feature film "Gold and Ashes" by Salomé Lamas with O Som e a Fúria, in Portugal, and co-producing"Giving Birth" by Adriana Vila Guevara, with Diana Toucedo Films in Spain, and Horns and Tails Productions in United States. She is working on two projects in development. Pedro Neves Marques' first feature film "DNA at the speed of Light" and their next short film "My Senses Are All I Have to Offer", that is related to their feature.
As filmmaker she co-directed "Tracing Utopia" (2021) with Nick Tyson at UnionDocs - Center of Documentary and Art in New York, with an international premiere at the IFFR - International Film Festival Rotterdam. And she is now working in the research and development of a new film "Celestial Glitch", a continuation of the co-directing partnership with Nick Tyson.
In television, she has produced "Laureano Barros, Rigorous Refuge" (2017) by Paulo Pinto and she is the author of the documentary "Truth or Consequence" (2017) about the Post-Truth era, both projects funded by the Portuguese Public Television - RTP.
In Contemporary Art, she produced the Film Installations: “Vampires in Space” by Pedro Neves Marques, the Portugal’s Official Representation at the 59th edition of the Venice Biennale 2022. "Cyborg Wildlife" (in production) by Mariana Silva curated by Fundació La Caixa. "The Bite is Back" (2019) by Pedro Neves Marques curated by the Pérez Art Museum in Miami. "Zoomorphic Eye/Camera Trap" (2018) by Mariana Silva, curated by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. "Catherine or 1786" (2017) by Francisca Manuel, curated by Walk and Talk in partnership with ARQUIPÉLAGO - Contemporary Arts Center, Azores.
Master in Communication Sciences - Information and Journalism from the University of Minho, with training in Documentary Workshops of the Ateliers Varan, France. She was a resident artist at UnionDocs - Center for Documentary Art, in New York, with a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. As a Journalist she worked for LUSA News Agency, Rádio Clube Português, Barcelona Televisió, and is a collaborator of Mídia Ninja - Independent Narratives, Journalism and Action - from Brazil.