my work aims to reflect real people but the humans I know are so unbelievable surreal.
"Looking for a way for you to see us, transness is also a place for love"
Ary is a trans non binary multidisciplinary artist, 36yo based in Lisbon
An AVOCADO PIT it's Ary Zara's first shortfilm, it premiered at Indie Lisboa 2022 and was recognized with the Audience award, New Talent Award and a Special Mention. Then followed festivals like BFI, AFI Fest (special mention leading act), Clermont Ferrand (Best Queer Short and Student Prize), Film Court Brest (Audience Award), Newfest LGBTQ, Interfilm, LSFF - (more to be announced)
Ary Zara also works as creative director of Queer Art Lab - a platform that supports LGBTQI+ artists and the community. He is also an activist for trans rights working solo and with Isaac dos Santos on T Guys Cuddle Too. Most recently he integrated Braba as a performer - an artistic community for transgender and non binary artists.
Studies & Path
Ary Zara has a degree on Cinema and Multimedia Communication by Universidade Lusófona in Lisbon, he has been highlighted by his academic short film which was awarded by ZON as “best creative work” and “best short film” and after made an internacional film circle with screens in Italy, Poland, Israel,China and Angola where it was once again awarded.
Ary finished the study of “Writing for Narrative Production”, “Writing for Television" and “Intro to Screenwriting“ at University of Texas in Austin thanks to a FCT scholarship and he was invited as a student to take the “European Course in entrepreneurship for creative industries” a CIAKL project that took place in Lisbon.
Shortly after that he sold his first feature film script to Ukbar and right now he's starting his path as a cinema director.
His first shortfilm is An Avocado Pit.
Degree in Cinema, Video and Multimedia Communication - Lusófona University, Lisbon PT (2005-2009)
FCT Scholarship Writing for Narrative Production, Writing for Television and Intro to Screenwriting - University of Texas in Austin 2011
European Course in Entrepreneurship for Creative Industries - CIAKL, Lisbon PT
Portuguese - native
English - First Certificate British Council (B2 Cambridge)