Born in 1983 in Campo Maior, Portugal, Rui Silveira is an artist and filmmaker based in Montréal, Canada. He studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon, at Maumaus - School of Visual Arts (Lisbon) and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Quebec in Montreal. His work is concerned with the poetic outcomes of either observational or participatory documentary practices. He is interested in the exchanges between communities and their environment and on how they influence the cultural representations that define those communities. His films have been presented in exhibitions and cinema festivals around the world.
His work was been screened in several national and international festivals, such as Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal (RIDM), Critics’ Week (Cannes), DocLisboa (Lisbon), Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Days of Ethnographic Cinema (Moscow) and the International Festival of Digital Arts & New Media (Athens).
In 2010, he received the best short film award in the first edition of the festival Vista Curta (Viseu, Portugal). He was also a member of the jury at Burgas International Film Festival and Les Percéides – Festival international de cinéma et d'art de Percé.