Maria-Elena is an award winning filmmaker and artist. Working as a freelance director/designer/digital animator.
With a degree in visual communication from the National College of Art and Design Dublin, Ireland, Maria-Elena started her career as a motion graphics artist for Irish television.
In November 2006, Maria-Elena was inspired to make her first short film, RAIN, after reading celebrated Maori poet Hone Tuwhare’s poem of the same name. RAIN is a mix of live action, compositing and 3d animation, which draws upon New Zealand’s landscape and indigenous culture.
RAIN has received the Atlantis award for best foreign animation at the Moondance International Film Festival. Rain was also nominated for an award at the Zebra Poetry Film festival in Berlin 2008 and was selected as the best of the Zebra poetry film festival in the Interfilm International Short film festival Berlin 2008.
In 2011 Maria-Elena received an AFTA award for her second short film Meniscus funded by the Independent filmmakers and Screen Innovation Production Funds, New Zealand. Meniscus has screened at the Interfilm Int. FF Berlin 2010. The Cinequest Int. FF, San Jose, 2011.
Meniscus was nominated for best experimental short film at the Female Eye International film festival Toronto 2011. Meniscus was selected for the official competition at Annecy International Animation Ffestival France, 2011. The worldwide Int. Short film festival, Toronto 2011. The Guanajuato film festival, Mexico. The Stockholm Int. Film festival 2011 The Odensa Int. Film festival Denmark, the Galway film Fleadh 2011, LINOLEUM in Moscow and the Saint-Tropez Antipodes Film Festival, in France.
Maria-Elena completed her third short “Inorganic” in 2012 funded by the Premier shorts film fund. In 2014 “Inorganic” was selected for the official competition at Badalona Film Festival, Barcelona. In 2013 Meniscus won best International Short film at the ECO-film fest Mexico 2013.
In February 2013, Maria-Elena participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus, Berlin. In 2016 Maria-Elena directed “Goodbye, Darling” written by crime novelist Alex Barclay. “Goodbye, Darling”; premiered at ADIFF 2016 as part of the After’16 programme commemorating the 1916 Rising in Ireland.
In 2017 Maria-Elena won the Aer lingus film-maker award for her film “Goodbye, Darling”.