NATALIA LEITE is an award-winning Brazilian writer/director. Her work has been described as having “a bracing, assertive style” (Variety), “emotional intelligence and sensitivity” (LA Times), and as “cementing the reign over highly stylized, sexually progressive dramas” (Slant).
Her feature film M.F.A., a psychological thriller centered around rape crimes in a university, premiered at SXSW and was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize. The film has been written about in THE NEW YORK TIMES and featured on CNN, among other outlets. Her directorial debut, Bare, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015, starring Dianna Agron, and was released by IFC Films and Paramount Pictures. Natalia has also directed documentaries, creating original content for VICE Media where she immersed herself in subcultures — a group of homeless train-hoppers and as a truck-stop stripper in New Mexico— as a form of 1st person investigative journalism. Her Vice show Every Woman has been viewed over 12M times.
Most recently Natalia wrote/directed the short film Kiki & the Mxfits that was Executive Produced by Jill Soloway for 5050by2020, a branch of the Time’s Up movement. As a contributing writer for Talk House, Natalia expands the conversation beyond her films, discussing identity, sexuality, and representation. Natalia was listed in 2015 as one of Indiewire’s Filmmakers to Watch and has been a featured speaker for NYWIFT, IFP Filmmaker Conference, Apple Store Talks, and numerous Universities. She is a recipient of the Tribeca Film Institute All Access Grant, Kodak Grant Award, Queer Arts Mentorship Program, and Studio Daily Exceptional Women in Production Award. She also directs branded content for Vans, The North Face, Clairol, and other companies.