I tried to quit filmmaking, but I couldn't. This is truly my passion.
Maria Millan is a Venezuelan Director, Producer, and Writer. She took part in the Hessen Lab with her screenplay 'The Hollow Women'. The lab was part of an invitation to the B3 Biennale celebrated in Frankfurt, Germany in October 2022.
She has been selected for 'Talent Led: Next Gen' by the Independent Film Trust (London, 2022/2023), a mentorship scheme.
Maria holds a BA Honours in Communications and Media, with a specialisation in Audio-Visual Arts from the Catholic University Andres Bello in Caracas, Venezuela. She also studied Video Editing techniques at the renowned International Film School in San Antonio de Los Baños in Cuba (EICTV).
Her journey in film & TV began in the art department, where she designed sets for TV ads in Caracas. In 2011, she moved to London and started shooting stills for prestigious publications like Vogue Italia, Cosmopolitan, Fruk Magazine, Fuckin' Young, Jute, Eclectic Magazine, and others.
She led the Production Design for the film "Chop Chop" (2016) by Christopher Granier-Deferre. Additionally, she produced a TV Series called "Las Aventuras de Sifo Diaz".
Maria directed actresses Lujza Richter Hugo (Phantom Thread, Dracula) and Demi Hannah Scott (SHOWstudio) in her film "The Refuge," which became part of the official selection of The Women’s Film Festival in Seattle, US and L’Etrange Film Festival in Paris, France. Millan was honoured with an invitation to have a solo screening and Q&A at David Lynch's Private Members Club: Silencio. "The Refuge" is now available on Amazon and numerous SVOD platforms worldwide.
Last October 2022, her 23-minute documentary 'TransCCS,' premiered at the 33rd edition of the Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in the US. It was also featured at the 8th BANGIFF - BangkokThai International Film Festival in Thailand and, will be screened at the 8th edition of The Lonely Seal Film Festival in the Regent Theatre in Boston, US, the 15th edition of the Seattle Latino International Film Festival in the Beacon Cinema and, in the Tokyo International Short Film Festival in Japan.
Maria has recently completed her first feature film documentary: 'Family Pride, Queer Aside' which will premiere on the 15th edition of the Seattle Latino International Film Festival in the US this October 2023.
Along with her producer, Matthias Ehrenberg, she will be participating in the main strand of the PFM organised by Film London this October with her screenplay ‘The Hollow Women’.
She serves as an inspiring example of resilience and perseverance, using her work to draw attention to the role of women and the LGBTQ+ community within society.
Official Selection
Family Pride, Queer Aside
Seattle Latino International Film Festival
Seattle, USA
Official Selection
Tokyo International Short Film Festival
Official Selection
Grrl Haus International Film Festival
Official Selection
15th edition Seattle Latino International FIlm Festival
Lonely Seal Film Festival
Official Selection
Bangiff Thai Film Festival
Official Selection
Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival TIGLFF
Tampa Bay
No awards. We worked on the screenplay
The Mirror
Selection of Nostos Screenwriting retreat- The Mirror
Awarded: Best Short
The Refuge
Social Machinery Film Festival
The Refuge
Silencio, The David Lynch's Private Members Club.
Drama Short Film
The Refuge
The Women's Film Festival
EICTV, International School for Film & TV of San Antonio de los Baños in Cuba
Video Editing Techniques
Current City
Zodiac Sign
"I don't think that people accept the fact that life doesn't make sense. I think it makes people terribly uncomfortable. It seems like religion and myth were invented against that, trying to make sense out of it." David Lynch.
Life is short, break the rules (they were made to be broken)
Forgive quickly, kiss slowly
Love truly, laugh uncontrollably
And never regret anything that makes you smile.
The clouds are lined with silver and the glass is half full (though the answers won't be found at the bottom)
Don't sweat the small stuff,
You are who you are meant to be,
Dance as if no one's watching,
Love as if it's all you know,
Dream as if you'll live forever,
Live as if you'll die today”
― James Dean
"It's not what you look at that matters,
it's what you see".
Henry David Thoreau
"One of the things i really enjoy is kinda messing with people's head a bit" Thom Yorke.
I tried to quit filmmaking, but I couldn't. This is truly my passion.
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