b. Lisbon, 1984. Graduated from ESTC - The National Film and Theater Academy (Lisbon) and Universidad del Cine, Buenos Aires.
His first long-feature MONTANHA is now in post-production.
It comes after a trilogy of internationally awarded short films including ARENA (Palme d'Or for Short Film in Cannes 2009), CERRO NEGRO (Rotterdam 2012) and RAFA (Golden Bear for Short Film Berlinale 2012).
His short films were selected by more than a hundred film festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Tribeca, Rotterdam, London, Pusan, São Paulo, Sarajevo, Tampere, IndieLisboa, Vila do Conde. He received fifteen another awards, including the Award in Memory of Ingmar Bergman at Uppsala Film Festival.
In 2012, the Centre Pompidou in Paris presented four of his films in a retrospective program.
João Salaviza also directed the short films STROKKUR (Belfort, Gijón, FID Marseille, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid 2011); CASA NA COMPORTA commissioned for the Portuguese architecture national exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2010; HOTEL MÜLLER on the work of Pina Bausch (2010); and TWO CLOSE (Karlovy Vary, Take One award at Vila do Conde 2004) while at the film academy.