Maria Millan is a Venezuelan & British Film director and Fashion Photographer. She holds a BA Honours in Communications Science and Media & specialisation in Audio- Visual Arts.
In 2012 Millan was selected to be part of an art residency at the prestigious organisation “District 789” in Beijing, China, that ended with an installation about synesthesia in the ‘Contemporary Art Fair 2012’ in China. Additionally, her images have been included in the ‘Story of Creativity’ (2012) and ‘Creative’s rising’ (2013) exhibitions in New York City.
She started her journey in film & TV through the art department where she successfully ended up being a production designer for TV ads for clients like L'Oreal, CVS, Mr Muscle, Mac Donalds among others. She led the Production Design for the film "Chop Chop" by Christopher Granier-Deferre.
She also produced a TV Series called "The Adventures of Sifo Diaz" sold to a Chilean channel. She also does fashion photography delivering stills to Vogue Italia, Cosmopolitan, Fruk Magazine, Funckin' Young, Jute, Eclectic Magazine among others.
She directed actress Lujza Richter Hugo (Phantom Thread, Dracula), and Demi Hannah Scott (SHOWstudio) in her film "The Refuge", part of the official selection of The Women’s Film Festival in the US, L’Etrange Film Festival in Paris, and winner of “Best Short” in the Social Machinery Film Festival in Italy.
Millan was also invited to have a solo screening and Q&A at the David Lynch's Private Members Club: Silencio.
She has directed video clips for Forest Swords and David August, and fashion films for Felder& Felder, Unisa, etc.
In 2018, Millan was invited to be part of a panel within London Fashion Week SS18 discussing the role of Creatives in the Fashion Industry.
Recently, she is working in the development of her first feature film: The Mirror, which she wrote and has been accepted into Nostos Screenwriting Festival in Italy.
Maria Millan aims with her work to call attention to the role of women within the society, especially in the filmmaking industry.
Here you can find some of her work as a set designer & production designer: mariamillanart.blogspot.co.uk