Shirley Bruno's films draw from her Haitian heritage preserving and radicalizing her ancestral traditions and mythology. She creates modern myths that expose the slippery spaces between the material and metaphysical world, documentary and fiction, between collective memory and history. In her work she explores the everyday, the Sacred, and the intimate violence in the things left unsaid that mark us generation after generation.
Her work has screened internationally at major festivals including : Annecy Animation International Film Festival, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Zinebi Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Film, Hamburg International Short Film Festival, International Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Uppsala International Short Film Festival among others. Her work is included in the national contemporary art collection of Centre National des Arts Plastiques in France, in the permanent collection of the Leal Rios Foundation in Lisbon exhibiting at Palais de Tokyo, La Galerie Municipale Vitry de Jean Collet, Villa Médicis, National Gallery London, Maison Européenne de la Photographie and the FRAC Dunkerque.
Shirley's films have received numerous awards including the Off-Limits Prize in Competition for An Excavation of Us at Annecy Animational Film Festival (2018) and the Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention (2018). She has received other awards, grants, and funding including Jerome Foundation (2018), National Greek Film Centre (2017), the StudioPrix Collector (2016) initiated by art collectors Isabelle and John-Conrad Lemaître, New York State Council of the Arts (2013), New York Foundation on the Arts (2012) and continue to screen internationally on TV5Monde and Shorts TV International. She was an artist-in-residence at La Cité International des Arts and at LIM lab, a part of Le Groupe Ouest where she has been developing her first feature film.
Shirley holds a Masters with Distinction from London Film School and a Masters II with Mention from Le Fresnoy - Studio National des Arts Contemporains where she was an artist fellow. She lives and works alternately in New York, France, and Haiti.