Daniel Costa Neves

Daniel Costa Neves

Cinematographer, Director of Photography and Director

Berlin, Germany

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December 2011
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About Daniel

Graduated in Still Photography for advertising and fashion (1997) from the EPI technical school in Lisbon. First worked as a photographer for dance and theatre companies, at music events and taking portraits of musicians; and also started teaching Photography.

After graduating, still in 1997, started working regularly in cinema as a director of photography taking part of Akademya Lusoh-Galaktyka an artists collective mentored by the renowned Portuguese experimental cinema director Edgar Pêra.

In 1998 started working as a camera assistant in feature films and commercials under the wing of directors of photography such as Vilmos Zsigmond (“The Deer Hunter”, “The Black Dahlia”), José Luis Alcaine (“Volver”, “Átame!”),Vilko Filac (“Underground”, “Arizona Dream”), Javier Aguirresarobe (“The Road”, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”), David Tattersall (StarWars: Episodes I, II & III) amongst others.

In 2000 founded the production company, Moving Out, where several award winning fiction and documentary films were produced – like “O Nome e o N.I.M” directed by Inês Oliveira that won several awards in both portuguese and international film festivals, where besides producer, also had the role of director of photography.

Shortly after, started to work solely as a director of photography in various different areas – documentaries, fiction, music videos, video art and commercials - alongside film directors such as Nikolai Galitzine (“The Knowledge of Others”), Miguel G. Mendes (“José e Pilar” – portuguese representative to the Oscars in 2011, “Floripes”, “Segunda - Feira”), Manuel Mozos (“A Diva”), Filipe Melo and João Leitão (“Um Mundo Catita”), José Barahona (“A Cura”), João Dias (“O Verão”), Rita Nunes (“4”), Christine Reeh (“Waiting for Europe” – won several awards including Best Documentary Film at the NewYork Documentary Film Festival), Edgar Pêra (“STADIUM”; “Jardins Subterrâneos”); Ângelo Torres (“Mionga Ki Obô”), Leonor Noivo (“Salitre”).

Frequent projects with some of the most renowned Portuguese visual artists – João Pedro Vale, Nuno Cera, Rui Toscano and Pedro Diniz Reis.

Awarded Best Cinematography For Music Video at VIMUS (International Music Video Film Festival) with “Dead Combo - Putos a Roubar Maçãs”, and also Best Cinematography Award for Short Films at IndieLisboa International Film Festival in 2010, with “O Verão” directed by João Dias.

Work occasionally as film director (mainly in music videos or music related documentaries) for bands and artists like Dead Combo, Mazgani, Joana Sá, Nuno Prata, Mikado Lab and DEP, just to name a few.

Won the Best Portuguese Film award at Temps D’Image “Films On Art” Festival in 2012 with “Through This Looking Glass”, that both directed and photographed.

Recently, started teaching Cinematography in Documentary Filmmaking classes to students majoring under the program DocNomads at Lusófona University in Lisbon.

Member of the Portuguese Society of Cinematographers, allowed to sign credits alongside the initials of the society (AIP).This is a sign of merit and worth granted by fellow colleagues.


  • “Through This Looking Glass” - Best Portuguese Film in Competition at “Films on Art” - Festival Temps D’image;

  • “O Verão” - Best Cinematography for Short Film at Indielisboa ‘10 (International Independent Film Festival / Lisbon)

  • “Putos A Roubar Maçãs” - Best Cinematography for Music Video at VIMUS (International Music Video Festival);

  • “Enraptured With Lust” - Special Mention at Festival International de Artes Performativas - Lisbon.

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