Nicole Noia, 27 years-old filmmaker and photographer from Porto, Portugal, based in Antwerp, Belgium. What does this say about me? Absolutely nothing. So I’m going to tell a little bit more about myself, so you can understand where my work comes from.  

I’m from a small town in Northern Portugal called Vila das Aves — which I’m quite proud being from. I spend a lot of time looking through windows, and also a reasonable amount of time thinking about how nostalgic it makes me feel. I came from a very nostalgic family, and it was looking to my family archives of VHS, Super 8, and photographs that portray our stories, over the years, that I discovered I'm passionate about stories told from a personal perspective and family portraits on film. With a degree in Communication Sciences from the University of Porto and a specialisation on Multimedia, I started my career at Canal180. For almost 6 years (2018-2023), I filmed, edited, photographed, writed and produced contents for their digital platforms. My passion for the archives motivated me to study for a masters in Documentary Cinema, which I finished in 2022 at ESMAD. I recently moved to Antwerp in Belgium to work at the film production company Harald House, where I work as a Production Assistant and Assistant Editor.

My first short-film Women of my people was exhibited at IndieLisboa and Curtas Vila do Conde Film Festivals. My second short-film I fear the end of things premiered at Porto/Post/Doc in 2023.

photo credits: Ferdows Faghir

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