Lisbon, 1984. Graduated from The National Film and Theater Academy (ESTC) in Portugal, and Universidad del Cine - Buenos Aires. His feature debut MOUNTAIN (2015) had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival - Critics Week and through many other festivals (Rotterdam, San Sebastian, Buenos Aires, S. Paulo, Munich, Angers, Kerala or Montpellier where it won the prize for Best Film), before its commercial release in Portugal and France. João Salaviza directed a trilogy of internationally award-winning short films: RAFA (Golden Bear at Berlinale’12 and Ingmar Bergman Award at Uppsala); ARENA (Palme d'Or at Cannes’09); and CERRO NEGRO (premiere at Rotterdam). His films were selected for the most important festivals, and also presented in places as Centre Pompidou, La Biennale di Venezia of Architecture, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Barbican Centre, Malba Buenos Aires, Fundação Gulbenkian, Casa de America Madrid, Belgrade Museum of Contemporary Art and Artium Basque Museum of Contemporary Art. João Salaviza also directed the experimental short films as STROKKUR (FID Marseille, Belfort, Gijón, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid); HOUSE AT COMPORTA commissioned for the Portuguese architecture national exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2010; HOTEL MÜLLER on the work of Pina Bausch. The short film HIGH CITIES OF BONE is his most recent work, with its World Premiere at Berlinale’17. CHUVA É CANTORIA NA ALDEIA DOS MORTOS, co-directed with Renée Nader Messora, have its premiere due in 2018.