Writer & Director

Writer & Director


I am a Toronto-based award-winning filmmaker who faced film school during a global pandemic. The challenges of working on a one-woman crew provided the opportunity to learn about every step of film production. And in the past two years, I've been empowering my voice as a writer and director, passionate about storytelling in different formats and genres. My documentary Words Behind Berries sowed the seeds to investigate womanhood and identity issues, points further developed in my narrative shorts The Smell of Mango and Cartography of a Woman, deeply rooted in my experience as a Brazilian immigrant.

With three shorts in the festival's run, I am graduating from Sheridan College Bachelor of Film and Television in 2022 and holding a post-graduation degree in Creative Writing. NBCUniversal selected my next narrative short for a grant, and Futures for Rent is expected to be developed this summer. Whether in English, Portuguese or Spanish, I'm interested in the cinematic language to create audiovisual pieces, either features or TV series. The films and shows I love often turn me inside out; things are never the same after watching them. I expect my work to provoke the same in the audience, to echo questions that speak to our times.

Cartography of a Woman

Writer & Director

14 min - Narrative Short film Drama

A woman must invent her boundaries to find a place where she is not a territory to be conquered.

Words Behind Berries

Writer & Director

6 min - Short Documentary

By investigating the creative process of preparing jam, a filmmaker and a cook develop a recipe of friendship, reflecting on food, art, and love.

The Smell of Mango

Writer & Director

8 min - Narrative Short film Drama

The Smell of Mango provokes a journey of nostalgia in Dolores, a Colombian immigrant in Canada, lost in-between times and spaces, expecting a baby while coping with her mother’s inevitable passing.

News & Updates


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    The Smell of Mango - Awards

    July 14, 2022

    The Smell of Mango wins the Best Short Film Award at Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival 2022.

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    The Smell of Mango - Nominations

    July 7, 2022

    The Smell of Mango shortlisted as a finalist at Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival 2022 - Round Shorts.

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    The Smell of Mango - Awards

    June 26, 2022

    The Smell of Mango receives the Runners-Up for Best Student Film at OFFA 2022.

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    WIFT - Awards

    May 27, 2022

    Andressa Back wins the WIFT Award of Most Outstanding Female Graduate at Sheridan Screen Arts Awards 2022.

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    Cartography of a Woman - Awards

    May 27, 2022

    Andressa Back wins the Best Direction award at Sheridan Screen Arts Awards 2022.

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    The Smell of Mango - Official Selection

    May 17, 2022

    The Smell of Mango was selected by Oakville Festivals of Film & Art in Oakville, and will be screening on June 26th.

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    Cartography of a Woman - Nomination

    May 13, 2022

    Cartography of a Woman receives five nominations: Best Narrative Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Production Design. Sheridan Screen Arts Awards 2022.

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    The Smell of Mango - Official Selection

    April 22, 2022

    The Smell of Mango was selected by Emerging Lens Cultural Film Festival in Halifax, and will be screening on April 22nd.

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    "Futures for Rent" - NBCUniversal grant

    March, 2022

    NBCUniversal selects Andressa's project for a grant to produce her short film Futures for Rent.

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    Words Behind Berries - Screening

    January 2, 2022

    Words Behind Berries premieres on CBC as part of an episode of Absolutely Canadian series. It is also available to watch on CBC Gem.

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    Kickstarter

    November, 2021

    The cartography team creates a Kickstarter campaign, and with the help of 68 backers, they reach the pledged CA$ 6,400 to help bring the project to life. The campaign receives the "Project We Love" signature as an excellent investment project.