Director Biography – Heléna Antonio (2020)

Heléna was born in Como (Italy), however she grew up between Italy and Spain and studied acting with John Strasberg.
She moved to London in 2015, studied the Meisner Technique and she took part to different projects.
She played the lead role of the mysterious Lucia in ‘Sunburn’, released at the beginning of 2020 in USA and Canada and now on Amazon Prime and other platforms. Her Film ‘Judith’, where she plays the dark role of Judith, has been premiered at the 75th Venice Film Festival. We recently saw Heléna in another Feature Film, ‘Heckle’, also starring Steve Guttenberg, where she portrays Laura, a gritty and intense woman. The film had its world premiere at the FrightFest of London in 2020.

She has been directed for huge campaigns by film directors like Tony Kaye, Julio Medem and Maria Ripoll and has also performed ‘La Bohème’ at the prestigious Royal Opera House of London, directed by Richard Jones.

Director Statement

2020 is the first time that sees Heléna Antonio directing a film.

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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