Leonel Vieira

Leonel Vieira (born 1969) is a Portuguese film director and producer. Leonel Vieira has the quality to roll up his sleeves and get to work, knowing that no work is definitive and that it is licit to take false steps. He is one of the most successful Portuguese directors/producers and of greater international recognition. He has made 11 feature films, some of which are in the top 10 of the most watched Portuguese films ever and have the largest box-office in cinema in Portugal.[1]

Leonel Vieira
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Born1969 (age 52–53)
  • Director
  • producer


His first film, "A Sombra dos Abutres", selected for more than 50 international festivals, remains his reference film for critics.

As a producer he has developed partnerships with production companies in Brazil, Spain, France and USA, having produced more than 30 films and television series, as well as more than 200 advertising spots for major brands.

Since 1998 he has been present in more than 100 international festivals, having received more than 20 awards in the areas of cinema and advertising. In Portugal he has collected several awards and distinctions at the Clube dos Criativos (the most important advertising awards in Portugal). In 2008, with Vodafone, he was short-listed at the LIA Awards (London).

In 2008, Leonel Vieira was selected as "Producer on the Move" [2]by Cannes Festival. In 2015, he was considered Personality of the Year in the Arts and was the cover of Forbes magazine in January 2016,[3] in Portugal.

In 2017, Leonel Vieira was president of the Association of Film and Audiovisual Producers in Portugal. Since 2020 he has been part of the Scientific and Technical Commission of the Audiovisual and Multimedia course at the Escola Superior de Comunicação Social.

In 2019, Leonel Vieira was invited to the Shanghai International Film Festival as a jury for cinema and the Magnolia television awards. In the same year, Leonel Vieira co-produced the well-known Chinese animation series "The Panda and the Rooster".



Year Title Credits Observations
1998 A Sombra dos Abutres Director
1998 Zona J Director Globo de Ouro in 1999 (Portugal) for Best Picture
2002 A Bomba Director
2002 A Selva Director / Executive Producer
2005 Um Tiro no Escuro Director
2006 La Noche de Los Girasoles Producer
2006 Filme da Treta Producer
2007 O Julgamento Director / Producer
2008 Arte de Roubar Director / Producer
2011 Budapeste Producer
2012 O Sexo dos Anjos Producer
2014 La Vida Inesperada Producer
2015 O Duelo Producer
2015 A Estrada 47 Producer
2015 O Pátio das Cantigas Director / Producer Remake 1942
2015 O Leão da Estrela Director / Producer Remake 1947
2016 A Canção de Lisboa Director / Producer Remake 1933
2017 Perdidos Producer
2017 Alguém Como Eu Director / Producer
2019 Tiro e Queda Producer
2019 La Pequenã Suiza Producer
2020 O Último Animal Director / Producer
2021 El Cover Producer


Year Title Credit
1998 Ballet Rose Director
2000 Mustang Director
2001 O Espírito da Lei Executive Producer
2009 Conexão Director / Producer
2011 Tempo Final Director / Producer
2011 Barcelona Cidade Neutral Producer
2012 Red Brazil Producer
2013 Os Filhos do Rock Producer
2017 Filha da Lei Producer
2017 País Irmão Producer
2019 Teorias da Conspiração Producer
2019 O Panda e o Galo Producer


  1. ^ "Portuguese Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual (ICA) Top Box-Office Ranking 2004–2020" (PDF).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "Producers on the Move Cannes 2008".
  3. ^ "Forbes PT Leaders".

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