Prior to directing, Maria living between Lisboa and New York, worked as a creative copywriter for 8 years at advertising agencies in Madrid and New York working for brands including Verizon, Wendy’s, Home Depot, Smart Car, Canal+ and DirecTV. During those years she developed a deep understanding of how to effectively craft good stories that engage all kinds of audiences. Maria left advertising to study film at Columbia University in New York and to dedicate herself exclusively to writing and directing. She has since embarked upon a series of film projects, she has written numerous Short Films and directed two. Both have received multiple awards from Film Festivals around the world. Currently based in Brooklyn, Maria has worked on commissioned films for fashion brands such as Adidas, Versus, Coach, Mango, Net-A-Porter, Agent Provocateur, GAP, H&M and editorial projects for publications such as Love Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Interview Magazine, L'uomo and Holiday Magazine.