IAN CAPILLÉ (1991) is an editor and filmmaker born in Rio de Janeiro, living in Lisbon. He has directed short films screened and awarded at various festivals in Brazil, Portugal, Mexico, Colombia, Italy, Greece, and the USA.
He holds a BA in Cinema and Audiovisual from UFF (2017, Brazil) and a Masters in Multimedia Art at FBAUL (2023, Portugal), under the tutoring of filmmaker Susana de Sousa Dias. He studied at Visual Arts School of Parque Lage for two years (2012, Brazil), and also attended Theater Theory at Unirio (2015, Brazil), making part of theater groups and collectives with significant political engagement in Rio de Janeiro between 2012 and 2016.
As editor, he worked on many films, including the feature Explode São Paulo, Gil, by Maria Clara Escobar, and the shorts Meio ano-luz (2021), by Leonardo Mouramateus, and Eco de um soco no osso (2021), by Gabriela Giffoni. He has worked with many other directors, such as Diogo Baldaia, Helena Estrela, Yuri Firmeza, and Francisca Manuel. He was also assistant editor in the features A vida são dois dias (2022), by Leonardo Mouramateus, Corpo Elétrico (2017), by Marcelo Caetano, Corpo Delito (2017), by Pedro Rocha, and Sol Alegria (2018), by Tavinho Teixeira and Mariah Teixeira. All these films were screened at major film festivals, like Rotterdam, Guadalajara, San Sebastian, Dok Leipzig, and FID Marseille.
His latest film, O rio e seu labirinto (2023) premiered at IndieLisboa, followed by screenings at Lago Film Fest (Italy), and Drama ISFF (Greece), where it received a Special Mention. In the same year, ensaio para sonho (2023) won the Jury Prize for Best Film at FUSO - Lisboa International Videoart Festival.
His first shorts were shown in several festivals in Brazil, winning many awards, including the Revelation Award at São Paulo International Short Film Festival (which distinguishes the best debut film from all over Brazil) for Se (2013), from where it went to BogoShorts, in Bogotá, and to the Independent Film Awards, in Los Angeles, winning an Honorable Mention. Fio-terra (2014) was nominated for Grande Prêmio do Cinema Brasileiro (a kind of national "Oscars"), and won a series of trophies at university festivals, like the Brazilian University Film Festival, in Fortaleza, from where it returned with Best Film, Best Film by Critics, and Best Screenplay. Pra morrer basta tá vivo (2015), after premiering at Semana dos Realizadores (Rio de Janeiro), was invited to the Cinetekton - International Film and Architecture Festival, in Mexico.
In 2017, he moves to Lisbon, where he starts the development of Hannah and the Clouds, a feature documentary project selected for IndieLisboa's PLOT - Professional Script Lab, and also for Arché at Doclisboa. He also produces the short film by Gabriela Giffoni, Eco de um soco no osso (2021), which premiered at IndieLisboa, followed by screenings at Rio de Janeiro ISFF, and Caminhos do Cinema Português.
In 2022, he had a first solo exhibition: PASSAGENS (2022), at Associação Cultural Cosmos, in Lisbon. His short Bicho (2021), which premiered at Belo Horizonte International Film Festival, was also a part of it. The same year, Ian was selected for the Casa do Xisto artistic residency, to work on celluloid 16mm film, presenting the result at Curtas Vila do Conde ISFF.
Ian is one of the founding members of Laboratório da Cave, a collective of filmmakers for learning and working on analog filming and handmade cinema, and member of CORTE - Associação Portuguesa de Montadores de Cinema e Audiovisual.
He likes dogs and long walks.