The producer Blackmaria was set up by João Figueiras and Maria José Messias in August 2005 and began work with the production of two short films “China, China” by João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata, which opened at the International Directors’ Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival in 2007, and “Paisagem Urbana Com Rapariga e Avião” (Urban Landscape with Girl and Aeroplane) by João Figueiras, both being selected and awarded prizes at several international festivals. Blackmaria's work has been mainly focused on the production of audiovisual equipment and content, communication projects, design and advertising and they are currently expanding their field of work. They are involved in the audiovisual area with the FILMING IN PORTUGAL project, supported by the QREN (Portuguese National Strategic Reference Framework), which is a portal for publicizing and offering integrated filming services aimed at the international market, and also in the visual arts with the CARPE DIEM art and research project, as well as other projects of art production..

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