Independent film and TV production company based in São Paulo, Cigano Filmes aims to create stories that entertain and at the same instigate the audience, as seen in its recent projects: Shoelace (Eduardo Mattos, 2017), Xavier (Ricky Mastro, 2016) and Ba (Leandro Tadashi, 2015), screened and awarded in many festivals.
Since it was founded in 2011, the company has succeeded in developing content of various genres. Cigano Filmes was awarded three consecutive years in FSA’s Chamada Prodav 5, which guaranteed funds to develop Better Be Her (comedy, by Eduardo Mattos), Cradle (horror, by Leandro Tadashi), and Tenderness (drama, by Eduardo Mattos).
In 2016, Cigano Filmes produced and distributed the documentary feature São Paulo in Hi-Fi, by Lufe Steffen, with the 5thbest per theater average for a Brazilian film in that year. The film was screened in over ten cities and was in theaters for 20 weeks.
In 2017, the company released Cinema Diversidade, a documentary series about Brazilian LGBTQ films, on Prime Box Brazil.
Producer and cinematographer, Taís Nardi studied Film and TV Production at the University of São Paulo. She has been the head executive producer at Cigano Filmes since the production company was founded in 2011.
Since 2002, Taís has worked as a cinematographer and camera assistant in many Brazilian productions, both short and feature-length. She has been the cinematographer in 15 shorts films and TV shows, and the camera assistant in over 20 feature films, including On the Road, Tropa de Elite 2, and Serra Pelada.
Since 2013, Taís has worked exclusively at Cigano Filmes as the head executive producer of the production company’s projects.
Eduardo Mattos was born in Salvador in 1965. He moved to São Paulo in 1992, where he studied Languages (FFLCH-USP) and Film and TV (ECA-USP). Eduardo writes and directs films since 2002, having participated in many festivals: Mix Brasil, Mostra Internacional São Paulo, Festival de Gramado, Curta Cinema, Curta Taquary, Close and Jornada Internacional de Cinema da Bahia. He has recently developed two feature film projects with funds from the FSA, through Chamadas Prodav 5/2013 and 2014. He is currently a Screenwriting Professor at the Academia Internacional de Cinema.
Studied Film and TV at the University of São Paulo. Leandro has directed the shorts Naiá and the Moon, which screen at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, and Ba, awarded with the Audience Award for Best Short at the Festival de Cinema de Gramado (2015). Leandro has finished his MFA in Film & TV Production at USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, where he also co-directed the feature Actors Anonymous, based on the book of the same name written by James Franco.