Who we are

About Us

Canhota Filmes is an audiovisual production company located in Rio de Janeiro that develops and realizes content for film and television.

The company has recently been responsible for the shooting of the TV program Disconnected Challenge, a reality documentary produced by Nippurmedia for Motorola and Discovery Channel.

In 2019, Canhota Filmes produced the documentary Madame, directed by André da Costa Pinto and Nathan Cirino. The movie is a co-production with GloboNews/Globo Filmes, founded by the FSA (Fundo Setorial do Audiovisual – Audiovisual Sector Funding) and distributed by Arthouse. The documentary have been selected for many national and international film festivals as: Festival do Rio 2019 (Felix Award Jury Mention, Rio de Janeiro, 2019), For Rainbow (João Nery Award, Fortaleza, 2019) and 7º Indian Cine Film Festival (Honorable Jury Mention, New Deli, 2019).

The company is currently raising funds and pre-producing two feature films for 2020.
Firstly, Matrioska, a romantic comedy which is to be filmed in Rio de Janeiro, directed by Paulo Halm and co-produced with Globo Filmes, República Pureza with Arthouse distribution. Secondly, Tudo Errado, which will be directed by Paulo Halm, produced in partnership with Tapioca Filmes, with resources of FSA funding, sponsored by Nosso Lar stores, and shot in the State of Tocantins.

The Production Company was started in 2013, with the documentary Hijab, mulheres de véu (Hijab, veiled women), directed by Paulo Halm. The film follows six Brazilian women who chose the Muslim religion and relate why they converted and decided to use the Hijab, the Islamic veil. The film was shown in several cinemas of the CineArte circuit in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Porto Alegre, Curitiba and Brasilia.

In 2015, Canhota Filmes was awarded with the FSA’s Prodav 5 grant to develop the series Esta noite encarnarei seu corpinho de Paulo Halm.



Liara Castro is a journalist, producer and director for television, documentaries and corporate videos. She has directed the short film Coletivo, the TV series Elvirão ou como vovó já dizia aired by Canal Brasil and other corporate videos. She has worked as a local producer for several foreign production companies that come to Rio de […]

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Paulo Halm is a partner-director and founder of Canhota Filmes. He has worked as a screenwriter and cinematographer for 35 years and is also author of novelas by Rede Globo. He has written several nationally successful and prize-winning feature films, such as: Pequeno Dicionário Amoroso I and II; Amores Possíveis; Cazuza, O tempo não para; […]

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Jaqueline Neves holds a master’s degree in History from UNIRIO, studied Radio & TV at UFRJ and works as executive producer, researcher and project developer for cinema and TV. She is currently an executive production assistant at Canhota Filmes. For cinema, she has worked as executive producer for the feature-length documentaries Madame (2019), by André […]

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With 20 years on the market, she has worked for Canal Brasil / Globosat as a producer, reporter, content editor and director of programs such as Retalhão, Elvirão ou como vovó já dizia and Luz, câmera & canção. In Conspiração Filmes, she worked as a producer for fiction feature films such as Carolina Jabor’s Aos […]

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Letícia Pires graduated in Cinema from PUC-Rio, has produced more than 10 short films and directed the children’s short film No Escuro, which won prizes at major (inter-)national children’s film festivals. She has also directed a featurette documentary about the musician Plínio. She is a published author and is currently doing her master’s in “Language […]

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Paula Cintra is a young director and script writer specialized in the children and youth segment. Her first short film, Coisa-Malu, has been awarded and screened at 40 national and international festivals, including Cannes. She wrote the script for the short animated film O fantástico mundo dos gurada-chuvas perdidos, in the fund raising phase.

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