Born in Lisbon, Mariana Gaivão studied Photography at Ar.Co and Directing at the National Conservatorium of Lisbon. She began her career as a film editor, having collaborated in films screened and awarded worldwide, in festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Venice and Locarno. Her first short film, SOLO, was awarded the Best Short Film Award at the Montreal Film Festival, among others, after which she was selected for the Berlinale Talents as an emerging talent in Directing. She then directed FIRST LIGHT, a carte blanche commissioned by Festival du Nouveau Cinéma and, most recently, a short film RUBY. Alongside this, Mariana Gaivão is a programmer at Queer Lisboa - Queer International Film Festival, has taught Directing at ETIC - School of Innovation and Creation Technologies, and is a collaborator of the research line “A Philosophy of Human Technology”, at the Center of Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon.