Maria Ramos is a prize winning Brazilian / Dutch documentary maker. She was born in Brazil, Brazil and graduated in documentary film at the Netherlands Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam.

In 2013, the Board of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights awarded Maria Ramos the MAREK NOWICKI PRIZE for the body of work and excellent achievement in showing human rights in film.
Maria Ramos is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

The feature film DESI , won the Audience Award at the IDFA 2000, and the "Golden Calf" for best documentary film at the Netherlands Film Festival in 2001.
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JUSTICE won several prizes among them: the Grand Prix at 'Visions du Réel', the Grand Prix at Taiwan Int. Doc. Festival, the Amnesty Award at CPH Doc: Copenhagen, the Dirk van der Sypen Award for best film in Belgian, Best Film at Play Doc - Tui Int. Doc. Festival (Spain) and the LASA Award of Merit (USA).

BEHAVE , premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in 2007. It received the FIPRESCI Award at DOK Leipzig and was awarded BEST FILM at the One World Doc. Festival (Prague) and at the Watch Docs and Human Rights Int. Film Festival (Warsaw).

HILL OF PLEASURES won Best Director, Best Photography and Best Sound at the National Film Festival in Brasília, Brazil.

SECA (DROUGHT) was premiered at the 'Visions du Reel' 2015 and won the MERIT PRIZE at the Taiwan Int. Documentary Festival.

FUTURE JUNE won the BEST DIRECTOR at the Rio Film Festival 2015 and BEST FILM at the VIII Janela Int. the Cinema de Recife.

THE TRIAL (O PROCESSO) was premiered at the Berlinale 2018 - Panorama Section, where it was awarded third prize in the Audience Award. The film was also awarded the GRAND PRIX at Festival Visions du Reel in Switzerland, the BEST FILM by the Jury of the 'Silvestre' competition and the AUDIENCE AWARD at the Int. Film Festival IndieLisboa, BEST FEATURE DOC at Documenta Madrid, BEST FILM at Poitier Filmer Le Travail Int. Film Festival (France) and BEST FILM at the Buenos Aires Int. Doc. Festival, Special Jury Prize at Havana Int. Film Festival, BEST DOCUMENTARY at the SESC Awards, Brazil 2018.

O PROCESSO (The Trial)

2018, HD color , 137 minutes Director and producer of
a Nofoco Filmes Production, an Autentika Films, Conijn Film and Canal Brasil co-production
(Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands)
Berlin Film Festival 2018: Audience Award in the Panorama section (third prize)
Grand Prix ( Best Film) at Visions du Réel Int. Film Festival in Nyon, Switzerland 2018

BEST FILM by 'Silvestre' Jury and Audience Award at the Int. Film Festival IndieLisboa, Portugal 2018
BEST FILM at Documenta Madrid International Doc Festival, Spain 2018
BEST FILM at the International Documentary Festival Buenos Aires, Argentina 2018
BEST FILM at 10th Filmer Le Travail Int. Doc. Poitier festival, France 2019
BEST DOC and Audience Award: SESC Awards 2019, Brazil
Special Jury Award : Havana Film Festival, Cuba 2018
Nominated to the Fénix Awards for Best Ibero-American Documentary of 2018

ALVO (Target)

2016, HD color, 23 minutes
Director / screenplay / executive producer at Casa de Cinema, Nofoco Filmes and SPORTVco-production (Brazil)

FUTURO JUNHO (Future June)

2015, HD, color, 94 minutes
Director / screenplay /
producer and Selfmade Films, Nofoco Filmes and VPRO co-production (the Netherlands / Brazil)

BEST DIRECTOR at the Rio Film Festival, Brazil 2015
BEST FILM at the VIII Janela International the Cinema de Recife, Brazil

SECA (Drought)
2015, HD, cinemascope, color, 90 minutes
Director / screenplay / producer a Nofoco Filmes Production (Brazil)
MERIT PRIZ at the Taiwan International Documentary Festival

MORRO DOS PRAZERES (Hill of Pleasures)

2013, HD color, 90 minutes Director / screenplay / producer or KeyDocs, Nofoco Filmes and VPRO co-production (the Netherlands / Brazil)

BEST DIRECTOR, BEST PHOTOGRAPHY, BEST CAMERA
at the Brasília Film Festival, Brazil

UNEXPECTED 2011,
HD color, 47 minutes
director / screenplay and
Selfmade Films in coproduction with HUMAN Television (the Netherlands)
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JUIZO (BEHAVE)
2007, 35mm color, 90 minutes
director / screenplay / executive producer at Nofoco Filmes and Diler co-production (Brazil)

FIPRESCI Award at Dok Leipzig - Int. Festival for Documentary, Germany 2007
Grand Priz e - One World Int. Documentary Festival in Prague, Czech Republic 2008 Grand Prize - Watch Docs Int. Documentary and Human Rights Film Festival, Poland, 2008

JUSTIÇA (JUSTICE)
2004, 35mm color, 100 min. (The Netherlands / Brazil)
director / screenplay aSelfmade Films and Limite production in co-production with the NPS Television

Grand Prix at Visions du Réel Int. Film Festival in Nyon, Switzerland 2004
Grand Prix at Taiwan Int. Documentary Film Festival, 2004
"La Vague d'Or" for Best Film at Bordeaux Int. Festival of Women at Cinema, France 2004
Amnesty Award at CPH: DOX Int. Doc. Festival, Denmark 2004
Special Jury Award at Lisbon Int. Doc. Film Festival, Portugal 2004
Best Film at Play Doc - Tui Int. Doc. Film Festival, Spain 2004
Best director in Santiago Int. Film Festival, Chile 2005
Dirk van der Sypen Award for best documentary in 2006, Belgium
LASA Award of Merit in Film, Latin American Studies Association, USA 2006

RIO, A DAY IN AUGUST 2002 , video color, 50 min.
(The Netherlands) director / screenplay a co-production Pieter van Huystee
Film & TV and HUMAN Television
GNT Prize - 'It's all true' Int. Documentary Film Festival São Paulo, 2003

DESI
 2000, 35mm color, 90 min. (The Netherlands) director / screenplay Producer: Pieter van Huystee Film & TV in co-production with the VPRO Television Audience Award Winner at IDFA - Amsterdam Int. Documentary Festival 2000
Golden Calf for best long documentary film at the Netherlands Film Festival 2001

THE SECRET OF THE VIBRATO 1999 , video color, 25 min.
(The Netherlands) director, VPRO Television

BUTTERFLIES IN YOUR STOMACH 1998 ,
director / screenplay (The Netherlands) VPRO Television Documentary series about children in love, 6 episodes
Nominated for the Grote Kinderkast television prize (Children's TV Prize) for non-fiction, Cinekid, 1999

BRASILIA, A DAY IN FEBRUARY
1995, 16 mm color, 72 min. (The Netherlands / Brazil)
director / screenplay / executive producer - a NFTA and Fundação Athos Bulcao production

Special Jury Prize - 'It's all true' Int. Documentary Festival, São Paulo, 1997 Best documentary at the National Film Festival in Brasilia.

BOY and ALEID

1994, 16 mm color, 50 min. (The Netherlands) director / screenplay - a NFTA production

"I THINK WHAT I WANT TO SAY ..."
1993, 16 mm color, 40 min. (The Netherlands)
director / screenplay / executive producer - a NFTA Production
Nominated for the Ogawa Shinsuke Prize , Yamagata Int. Doc. Film Festival, Japan.

O PROCESSO (The Trial)
2018, HD colour, 137 minutes
Director and producer
a Nofoco Filmes Production, an Autentika Films, Conijn Film and Canal Brasil co-production
(Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands)

Berlin Film Festival 2018 : Audience Award in the Panorama section (third prize)

Grand Prix (Best Film) at Visions du Réel Int. Film Festival in Nyon, Switzerland 2018

BEST FILM
by ‘Silvestre’ Jury and Audience Award at the Int. Film Festival IndieLisboa, Portugal 2018

BEST FILM at Documenta Madrid International Doc Festival, Spain 2018

BEST FILM at International Documentary Festival Buenos Aires, Argentina 2018

BEST FILM at 10e Filmer Le Travail Int. Doc. Festival Poitier, France 2019

BEST DOC and Audience Award: SESC Awards 2019, Brazil

Special Jury Award: Havana Film Festival, Cuba 2018

Nominated to the Fénix Awards for Best Ibero-American Documentary of 2018

ALVO (Target)
2016, HD colour, 23 minutes
Director/screenplay/executive producer
a Casa de Cinema, Nofoco Filmes e SPORTV co-production (Brazil)

FUTURO JUNHO (Future June)
2015, HD, colour, 94 minutes
Director/screenplay/producer
a Selfmade Films, Nofoco Filmes and VPRO co-production (the Netherlands/ Brazil)

BEST DIRECTOR at the Rio Film Festival, Brazil 2015
BEST FILM at the VIII Janela Internacional de Cinema de Recife, Brazil

SECA (Drought)
2015, HD, cinemascope, colour, 90 minutes
Director/screenplay/producer
a Nofoco Filmes Production (Brazil)

MERIT PRIZE at the Taiwan International Documentary Festival

MORRO DOS PRAZERES (Hill of Pleasures)
2013, HD colour, 90 minutes
Director/ screenplay/ producer
a KeyDocs, Nofoco Filmes and VPRO coproduction (the Netherlands/Brazil)

BEST DIRECTOR, BEST PHOTOGRAPHY, BEST CAMERA
at the Brasília Film Festival, Brazil

UNEXPECTED
2011, HD colour, 47 minutes
director / screenplay
a Selfmade Films in coproduction with HUMAN Television (the Netherlands)

JUIZO (BEHAVE)
2007, 35mm colour, 90 minutes
director/
screenplay/ executive producer
a Nofoco Filmes and Diler co-production (Brazil)

FIPRESCI Award at Dok Leipzig – Int. Festival for Documentary, Germany 2007
Grand Prize – One World Int. Documentary Festival in Prague, Czech Republic 2008
Grand Prize - Watch Docs Int. Documentary and Human Rights Film Festival, Poland, 2008

JUSTIÇA (JUSTICE)
2004, 35mm colour, 100 min. (the Netherlands / Brazil)
director / screenplay
a Selfmade Films and Limite production in co-production with the NPS Television

Grand Prix
at Visions du Réel Int. Film Festival in Nyon, Switzerland 2004
Grand Prix at Taiwan Int. Documentary Film Festival, 2004
"La Vague d'Or" for Best Film at Bordeaux Int. Festival of Women in Cinema, France 2004
Amnesty Award at CPH: DOX Int. Doc. Festival, Denmark 2004 
Special Jury Award at Lisbon Int. Doc. Film Festival, Portugal 2004
Best Film at Play Doc – Tui Int. Doc. Film Festival, Spain 2004
Best director in Santiago Int. Film Festival, Chile 2005
Dirk van der Sypen Award for best documentary in 2006, Belgium
LASA Award of Merit in Film, Latin American Studies Association, USA 2006

RIO, A DAY IN AUGUST

2002, video colour, 50 min. (the Netherlands)
director / screenplay 
a co-production Pieter van Huystee Film & TV and HUMAN Television
GNT Prize – ‘It’s all true’ Int. Documentary Film Festival São Paulo, 2003



DESI

2000, 35mm colour, 90 min. (The Netherlands)
director / screenplay
Producer: Pieter van Huystee Film & TV in co-production with the VPRO Television 
Audience
Award Winner at IDFA - Amsterdam Int. Documentary Festival 2000
Gouden Kalf for best long documentary film at the Netherlands Film Festival 2001

THE SECRET OF THE VIBRATO 

1999, video colour, 25 min. (The Netherlands)
director, VPRO Television

BUTTERFLIES IN YOUR STOMACH 

1998, director / screenplay (The Netherlands)
VPRO Television 
Documentary series about children in love, 6 episodes

Nominated for the Grote Kinderkast-televisieprijs
(Children’s TV Prize) for non-fiction, Cinekid, 1999

BRASILIA, A DAY IN FEBRUARY
1995, 16 mm colour, 72 min. (The Netherlands/Brazil)
director / screenplay / executive producer – a NFTA and Fundação Athos Bulcao production
Special Jury Prize – ‘It’s all true’ Int. Documentary Festival, São Paulo, 1997
Best documentary at the National Film Festival in Brasilia.

BOY and ALEID
1994, 16 mm colour, 50min. (The Netherlands)
director /
screenplay - a NFTA production

"I THINK WHAT I WANT TO SAY IS..."

1993, 16 mm color, 40 min. (The Netherlands)
director / screenplay / executive producer - a NFTA Production
Nominated for the Ogawa Shinsuke Prize , Yamagata Int. Doc. Film Festival, Japan.