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Carla has been working 10+ years in the industry as a director and editor for commercial and independent productions. 

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Carla is a self-shooting director and editor based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Since beginning her career in Brazil, Carla’s work as a filmmaker uses portraits of human experiences to highlight big issues. From social justice to mental health, her films are raw, sensitive, poetic and frank. 


Born in Tokyo, and later raised in Rome, storytelling always played a pivotal role in Carla’s understanding of the world around her. Later, living in London and then Brazil, her lived experiences and voice would be moulded into the craft it is today.

After graduating in Social Anthropology at the LSE (2009) in London, Carla moved to Rio de Janeiro and began working as a self-shooting director for NGOs committed to human rights and climate mitigation. There she also attended Escola de Cinema Darcy Ribeiro (ECDR, 2013) stepping into the industry as an editor in both fiction and documentary. During her time at ECDR, Carla directed her first two shorts ‘Letters to Maya’ (2014) and ‘Ícaro’ (2015). To this day ‘Letters to Maya’ is taught in the documentary and screenwriting courses at the school. Carla is also the director of the videoclip  “Fumaça” (2016) by the band As Bahias e a Cozinha Mineira which featured in RollingStone Brazil.

For the past 10 years Carla has been working as a freelance director and editor. She holds an MA in Documentary Filmmaking from the Edinburgh College of Art where she filmed the short documentary “COPACABANCA” (2021). Her most recent short “The Tomorrow That’ll Come” (2022) commissioned by the Scottish Documentary Institute and Screen Scotland as part of their talent initiative Bridging the Gap, had its world premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival. Carla is currently working on her first feature, “Thread”.

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