Red Desert was founded in 2008 by Pedro Neves. Its films have won several prizes and have been presented in more than 50 festivals around the world, including Clermont-Ferrand, Guadalajara, Doclisboa, Cartagena IFF, CPH:DOX, Documenta Madrid, Curtas Vila do Conde, Curtas de São Paulo, Curtas Belo Horizonte, L’ Alternativa, Festival de Lille, Porto Post Doc, Indie Lisboa, among others.
Red Desert’s films have been exhibited in RTP, Canal Plus France and Afrique, France 3 and and on VOD platforms like Doc Alliance and Filmin Portugal. Its filmography includes The Forgotten (2009), Cold Water (2011), premiered at Festival Doc Lisboa (PT) and selected at Clermont Ferrand International Film Festival (FR); Inn (2014), premiered at Festival Curtas Vila do Conde (PT) and selected at Camarimages International Film Festival (POL); The Beach (2016), presented at the Short Film Corner of Cannes 2016 (FR) and premiered at Doclisboa (PT); Tarrafal (2016), with international premiere at CHP:DOX (DEN), among other films, all directed by Pedro Neves, and also Home - El país de la Ilusión (PT, COL), by Josephine Landertinger, premiered at Festival Internacional de Cartagena de Índias (CO), Bostofrio, by Paulo Carneiro, premiered at Indie Lisboa Film Festival (PT), To My Parents, by Melanie Pereira, premiered and awarded at Doclisboa (PT), among others films.
Currently, Red Desert is developing several projects: The Followers of the Revolution, by Pedro Neves (developed at Eurodoc 2020, with the support of RTP and ICA); Lucefece, by Ricardo Leite (with the support of ICA), The Melusins by the River, by Melanie Pereira (with the support of ICA and RTP) and Paredes de Coura: 30 anos, by Pedro Neves (with the support of ICA Audiovisual development fund).
The Followers of the Revolution, photography by Manuel Roberto.
His filmography includes films like Gazing Out to Sea (2007), En la Barberia (2007) , The Forgotten (2009), Disagreements (2010), Cold Water (2011), The Deserta’s Fox (2013), Inn (2014), Beyond our Means (2015), Localism (2015). In 2016 he directed The Beach and Tarrafal (CPH:DOX, Sevilla IFF, Porto Post Doc). In the same year, he produced Home - El pays de la Ilusion, de Josephine Landertinger, premiered in festival Internacional de Cartagena. In 2018 he produced Bostofrio, directed by Paulo Carneiro, premiered in Indie Lisboa and awarded with a Special Mention of the Jury, and directed and co-produced Shipwrecked (premiere in Curtas Vila do Conde), In 2019, he prodded and directed The Factory, world premiere in Curtas Vila do Conde. In 2020 he graduated as an Eurodoc Alumni, with the project The Followers of the Revolution.
Pedro Neves was born in Leiria in 1977. He studied in Porto, post graduated at Faculdade de Letras, Porto University, writing a dissertation for his Master’s degree on Documentary during the April’s Revolution in Portugal. He has been a documentary filmmaker since 2006. In 2008 he founded the production company Red Desert Films.
His documentaries were presented in more than 40 festivals around the world, including CPH:DOX, Clermont-Ferrand, Guadalajara, Doclisboa, Porto Post Doc, Documenta Madrid, Curtas Vila do Conde, Curtas de São Paulo, Mecal, Extremadoc, Adana, L’Alternativa, Regard, Curtas Belo Horizonte, among others. His films have been exhibited in RTP, Canal Plus France and Afrique.