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Guilherme Santos

Guilherme Santos is a director, writer and editor born in Brazil and based in Hollywood. A graduate of International Relations in Brazil, Santos then studied Directing at LA Film School. Santos’s storytelling intends to showcase a classic decoupage immersed in a realistic expressionism of narratives. His films have been included for festivals such as the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival, BOGOSHORTS in Colombia, Cine en Guadalajara in Mexico and Fantaspoa in Brazil among others.

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Q. How is your project tied to the CIRCA x Dazed Class of 2022 theme of ‘A Future World’?

A. CooCoo is always between the lines, because the cabin fever from staying at home can make things feel so black-and-white. Their craziness is almost a survival tactic. The film is one surrealistic tableau after another, showing how the upkeep of each of their split personalities keeps them afloat. CooCoo begs the question, ‘who are we when we are alone?’ Interacting with others in a sense is almost like acting, so when you have yourself as the only other, it starts to feel similar. We are social animals, even in quarantine we need to have a sense of interaction to keep ourselves sane. I pondered, do we only know ourselves in the presence of others? The intimacy shared between characters is a realistic representation of future relationships, especially best friends.

Q. What would you create with the £30,000 #CIRCAECONOMY cash prize?

A. I would bring Zaina Miuccia (CooCoo protagonist) to Brazil along with our Minas Gerais-based queer film collective, composed of Moonriver ChaCha, Pedro Lemonte, Ismo Fercoe and Enco Moscatelli to create a mysterious tropical noir crime short film.

Q. What does A Future World look like to you?

A. A time not far from now. A realistic eerie painting in aqua iridescent colours. A warm glass of milk before going to bed. Toxic empty alleys, masks required. A bright beam of light at the end of the tunnel.

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New for the Class of 2022, CIRCA and Dazed have introduced an additional cash prize of £10,000 powered by Piccadilly Lights that will be awarded to a finalist who receives the most public votes. Global audiences have until midday on 10 October to watch the final 30 films and vote for your favourite finalist to win the Piccadilly Lights Prize.