Paulo Branco starts his career as a producer in 1979 between Paris and Lisbon. Nowadays, he embodies one of the most important figures of independent production in the world. Key player of auteur cinema, he is recognized for having given their first chances to numerous aspiring filmmakers who turned into immense cinematographers, offering them the opportunity to make their screen debut.
So far, he has produced over 270 films and has worked with the most renowned film directors in the world such as David Cronenberg, Jerzy Skolimowski, Wim Wenders, Chantal Akerman, Alain Tanner, Werner Schroeter, André Téchiné, Andrzej Zulawski, Christophe Honoré, Olivier Assayas, Sharunas Bartas, Cédric Kahn, Lucas Belvaux, Valéria Bruni-Tedeschi, João César Monteiro, Paul Auster, Philippe Garrel, Mathieu Amalric… among many others. His career has particularly been branded with an intense collaboration, during more than 20 years, with Raúl Ruiz (Time regained, Three lives and only one death…) and with Manoel de Oliveira (Francisca, Abraham’s valley, The satin slipper…)
His contribution to the dynamics of independent cinema is as remarkable as the extent of his international visibility. Since the very beginning of his career, Paulo Branco has established his presence in the greatest international film festivals. He has been member of the jury at the Berlinale (1999), at Venice’s Mostra (2005), and at the Rotterdam Film Festival (2006). In 2011, he was Foreman of the jury at the Lecce Film Festival and at the Locarno Film Festival. Paulo Branco is also well-known as the producer who has had the greatest number of films selected at Cannes Film Festival and the greatest number of films having competed for the Golden Palm. He presented 53 films in Cannes - 27 of which in Official Selection - and brought 48 films to the Venice Film Festival.
Moreover, Paulo Branco is President of the Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival, event that he founded in 2007. Every year he welcomes there the greatest artists and intellectuals of the world, such as David Lynch, Pedro Almodóvar, Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola, Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Don Delillo, J.M. Coetzee, Cindy Sherman, Lou Reed, Stephen Frears, John Malkovich, Matthew Barney, Paul Giamatti… just to mention a few.
Paulo Branco has also received numerous awards and several tributes during his career. The European Parliament in Strasburg awarded him with the title of “Greatest European Producer” in 1997. In 1998, the Republic of Chile decorated him with the Gabriela Mistral Odrder, the highest distinction of the country, for his collaboration with Raúl Ruiz. In 2002, the Locarno Film Festival dedicates, for the very first time, the Raimondo Rezzonico to a producer by rewarding Paulo Branco. In2004, Paulo Branco received from the French Republic the title of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters. In 2014, the 30st Festroia International Film Festival of Setúbal pays homage to Paulo Branco and the Associação Cultural de São Paulo Produção Criativa organizes “O Cinema de Paulo Branco”, a cycle dedicated to him. The same year, the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival proposes a Master Class by Paulo Branco.