Denise Fernandes


Denise Fernandes was born in Lisbon in 1990 to Cape Verdean parents and she was raised in southern Switzerland. In 2011, she graduated in Film Directing and Production at the International Conservatory of Audiovisual Sciences in Lugano (CISA). In the same year, her diploma short film UNA NOTTE debuted at the 64th edition of the Locarno Film Festival. From 2011 to 2013, she studied Filmmaking at Cuba’s International School of Film and TV (EICTV). She is currently preparing her first feature film, HANAMI, set in Cape Verde. HANAMI was selected from 70 projects for the Solothurn Talent Lab 2016 and awarded the Best First Project by the Swiss Society of Authors (SSA).

2020 NHA MILA, short
2013 IDYLLIUM, short
2011 UNA NOTTE, short


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Nha Mila
EFA Shorts Program II
Year: 2020
After 14 years abroad, a tragedy in the family calls Salomé back to Cape Verde. Returning home,...