Cláudio Cruz holds a degree in Industrial Design for the Mackenzie University (São Paulo, Brazil) and is a self-taught photographer and filmmaker.

In 2015 he had a solo exhibition with his photography work "Efêmero Eterno" at the São Paulo Museum of Image and Sound, one of the most prestigious museums in Brazil.

In 2017 he directed the short documentary "Edu", about a young man having his life changed after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit his hometown in Ecuador. The film was exhibited in festivals in Germany, Italy, Portugal, South Korea, and Australia, where Cláudio was awarded Best Emerging Director at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival.

He recently finished his latest short documentary "What About Our Future?" that he co-directed with Jaime Gianopoulos. The film follows youth climate leaders, as they organize the largest protest in Vancouver's history. 

He is currently based in Vancouver, BC.

Film Festivals, Labs & Accolades:

2021 SIMA Awards, USA
2021 Vancouver Short Film Festival, Canada
2020 DOK Leipzig, Germany
2020 Planet In Focus Environmental Film Festival, Canada
2020 Aesthetica Short Film Festival, UK
2020 St. John's International Women's Film Festival, Canada
2020 BIFED, Turkey
2020 CineEco – 26th International Festival of Environmental Cinema of Serra da Estrela, Portugal
2019 AYA Conference, Spain
2017 Best Emerging Director at Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, Australia 
2017 Backup Festival, Weimar, Germany
2017 Asia Centum FilmFest, South Korea
2017 Lisbon International Film Festival, Portugal
2017 V-Art Festival Internazionale Immagine d'Autore, Italy
2017 Whistler Film Festival Doc Lab, Canada
2014 Tribeca Film Institute Filmmaker Workshop, Brazil
2013 DocMontevideo, Uruguay

Photography Exhibitions: 

2015  Ephemeral Eternal - Solo Exhibition at Museum of Image and Sound, São Paulo, Brazil
2015  6ª Mostra SP de Fotografia - Group Exhibition, São Paulo, Brazil
2014  9º Paraty em Foco - Group Exhibition, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Photography Collections:

MIS - Museum of Image and Sound, São Paulo, Brazil