Catarina Sampaio is a visual communication designer specialized in cinema, working in the independent film industry for more than 10 years now.

She designs posters, websites, packaging, digital campaigns and other graphic materials and have already worked in several film productions from established filmmakers, both Portuguese and international, such as David Cronenberg, Wim Wenders, Robert Schwentke, Andrzej Zulawski, Raúl Ruiz, Valeria Sarmiento, Fernando Lopes, José Fonseca e Costa, Bruno de Almeida, Hugo Vieira da Silva, Tiago Guedes, amongst many others. 

In 2019, Catarina won the Sophia Award for the Best Film Poster of the Year by the Portuguese Cinema Academy.

With experience in key art, branding, digital and editorial design, she has keen eye for typography and strong concept ability and is proficient in Photoshop (including photography retouch), Indesign, Illustrator and webdesign tools. She also codes basic HTML, CSS and JavaScript. 

Catarina has experience in all fields related to graphic design in the film industry: in distribution, exhibition, festivals and television, she creates marketing materials and communication campaigns; in production she works with the set design team creating props; and in with the post-production team she designs film credits. 

Regarding film festivals, she has an ongoing collaboration with Lisbon & Sintra Film Festival (LEFFEST) since its first edition in 2007, managing its design department since 2009. She also teams up with MOTELX - Lisbon International Horror Film Festival, as a webdesigner.

Before working in cinema, she worked as an art director in the advertising industry, including at the Havas group, former Euro RSCG Worldwide.

At the moment, Catarina is also a researcher at Center for Research and Studies in Fine Arts (CIEBA) and a PhD candidate in the specialization in Communication Design, at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon.

Her scientific curriculum includes a master’s degree in Communication Design and New Media, at FBAUL (2019), a post-graduate degree in New Media and Web Practices, FCSH (2007), a graduate degree in Graphic Design and Multimedia, at ESAD (2005) and she studied Visual Arts in high school, at ESART.

Also, she has complementary training in Web Applications Programming (ETIC), Creative Advertising (RESTART) and Digital Illustration (Ar.Co). 

For more information about Catarina’s academic research and artistc work, visit her website lab.catarinasampaio.com.

Work Distinctions

︎ Sophia Award - 1st Best Film Poster of the Year 2019 by the Portuguese Cinema Academy, for “A Herdade” by Tiago Guedes

︎ Sophia Award - 3rd Best Film Poster of the Year 2018 by the Portuguese Cinema Academy, for “O Caderno Negro” by Valeria Sarmiento

︎ Les Prix du Syndicat de la Critique - Best DVD edition of the Year 2011 by the Syndicat Français de la Critique de Cinéma et des Films de Télévision, for “Mystères de Lisbonne” by Raúl Ruiz

︎Marketeer Awards - Nominee in the Art and Culture category, for Lisbon and Estoril Film Festival 2014


︎1st Exhibition of the Portuguese Film Posters, organized by the Portuguese Cinema Academy

︎Portuguese Cinema Posters exhibition, organized by ICA Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual and LisbonWeek


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