André Gil Mata

Film Industry Role: Director

Nationality: Portuguese

Major Works: "DRVO" (2016); "O Coveiro" (2012)

Major Awards and Nominations: Nominated for Best First Feature Award at Berlinale for "DRVO"; Winner for Best Director at IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival for "DRVO"


Born in 1978, having studied mathematics, he has worked mostly in photography, theatre and film and is one of the founders of the Portuguese photography and cinema laboratory Átomo 47.

In 2009, his debut short-film WATER ARK won several awards having been shown in several international festivals, as well as his second short-film HOUSE. GRAVEDIGGER, his third short-film, won the Mèlies d'Argent and CAPTIVITY, his first feature-length documentary won the DocAlliance Award at Cannes, in 2013.

Gil Mata obtained his master’s degree in film direction in 2012, after graduating from Lisbon Theatre and Film School and finished his PhD at Film Factory (Sarajevo) in 2016, mentored by Bela Tarr.