Cláudio Cruz holds a BA in design for the Mackenzie University (São Paulo, Brazil) and is a self-taught photographer and filmmaker.
Concerned with the perceived world of dualities and what lies beyond it, Cruz has an instinct for creating unique and powerful imagery around heartfelt topics.
In 2015 he had a solo exhibition with his photographic work "Efêmero Eterno" at the São Paulo Museum of Image and Sound.
In 2017 he photographed and directed the short documentary "Edu", about a young man facing grief 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, which was screened in festivals as DOK Leipzig, DOXA and Planet in Focus, follows youth climate leaders as they organize the largest protest in Vancouver's history.

Film Festivals, Labs & Accolades
2021 Winner of Nigel Moore Award at DOXA, Canada
2021 One World, Czech Republic
2021 SIMA Awards, USA
2021 Vancouver Short Film Festival, Canada
2021 Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, Australia
2021 Bali International Short Film Festival, Indonesia
2021 Best Cinematography & Editing at TIFA, Brazil
2021 28º Festival de Cinema de Vitória, Brazil
2020 DOK Leipzig, Germany
2020 Planet In Focus, Canada
2020 Aesthetica Short Film Festival, UK
2020 St. John's International Women's Film Festival, Canada
2020 BIFED, Turkey
2020 CineEco, 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  Efêmero Eterno - 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