Catarina Vasconcelos was born in Lisbon in 1986. She graduated at the Faculdade de Belas Artes de Lisboa, after which she did a post-graduation in Visual Anthropology at ISCTE-IUL. She did her MA at the Royal College of Art, London, UK, where her final project was her first short film Metáfora ou a Tristeza Virada do Avesso (2014). The film had its premiere at the Cinema du Réel festival in Paris, where it was awarded the prize for best short film. Metaphor or Sadness Turned Inside Out was in several festivals, including RIDM – Montreal InternationalDocumentary Festival (Best international mediumlength award), DokLeipzig, Moscow InternationalFilm Festival and Doclisboa. Her first documentary feature, A Metamorfose dos Pássaros had its world premiere in the new competitive section, Encounters, of the 70th Berlinale in February 2020 where it won the FIPRESCI award from the International Federation of Film Critics. After its premiere the film has been part of the competitive sections of several festivals and received, among others, the award for best film in the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera section at the San Sebastina-Donostia Film Festival or the award for best film at the Kino pavasaris, Lithuania At the moment Catarina Vasconcelos is preparing her first fiction feature film, Unfinished Painting, selected for the Script Lab at the Torino Film Festival.