Leonardo Wittmann

Leonardo Wittmann


Porto Alegre, Brazil

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About Leonardo

I graduated in 2007 with a bachelor in Audiovisual Production - Film and Television from PUCRS, the major private university from Rio Grande do Sul, the Brazilian State where I live. I started working as a production assistant for a few companies but migrated to directing and, mostly, to screenwriting. Since then, I have written and directed three short films: "The Boxer" (2009), "By the road" (2011) and "The Preceding" (2015). The first two were exhibited in film festivals and on television; the third one was exhibited in festivals in Brazil and in the U.S. Here is the link to watch them, if you have interest: .

Simultaneously, I started to build an academic life as well. From 2012 to 2014 I went back to PUCRS to pursue a Master's Degree in Creative Writing, and was part of the first class of a Creative Writing graduate program in the history of Brazil. My thesis was a feature-length script (called "Mãos de Concreto", or "Cement Hands" in English) accompanied by a theoretical essay where I examined the script's creative process, using authors such as Poe and Umberto Eco. In 2015 I attended the 8-Week Screenwriting Workshop at the New York Film Academy (Los Angeles campus). It was during that stay that I wrote the first draft of "We, the wolves", which would be my future Ph.D. project. 

More recently, from 2016 to january 2020, I attended the Ph.D. in Creative Writing at PUCRS. During those four years, I expanded my experience to the classroom, teaching screenwriting and creative writing workshops to high school and undergraduate students. Writing and publishing essays and short stories was also a task that I performed as part of my doctoral training. The dissertation constituted of the fifth draft of "We, the wolves" (a feature-length dark fairy tale entirely written in English) together with an essay (in Portuguese) where I examined the idea of style in a screenplay as well as the story's literary influences, ranging from authors such as Walter Hill and Angela Carter to Neil Gaiman and Stephen King. "We, the wolves" was also a semi-finalist of FRAPA, the largest screenplay festival in Latin America, in 2019. If you have interest, I can send you the script, or a few pages from it, as a writing sample. 


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