Communication designer

Catarina Sampaio is a visual communication designer and art director specialized in film and tv marketing.

Working in the independent film industry for more than 10 years now, she has already worked in several film productions from established filmmakers, both Portuguese and international, such as Wim Wenders, Raúl Ruiz, David Cronenberg, Robert Schwentke, Valeria Sarmiento, Andrzej Zulawski, Fernando Lopes, Tiago Guedes, Hugo Vieira da Silva, João Nuno Pinto, Mário Barroso, José Fonseca e Costa, amongst others. 

Among other distinctions, her work was awarded by the Portuguese Film Academy in the category of Best Film Poster.

design services & art direction

  • art direction
  • key art
  • web design
  • DVD packaging
  • identity
  • branding
  • publishing
  • film titles
  • flyers
  • digital media
  • outdoors
  • campaigns

Catarina studied Graphic Design and Multimedia Technologies, at the School of Art and Design of Caldas da Rainha; Masters in Communication Design and New Media, at the Faculty of Fine Arts; and Post-Graduation in New Media and Web Practices, at FCSH - Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of Nova University of Lisbon. She is currently a PhD candidate in Fine Arts and Communication Design, at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon.

She started working in advertising, as an art director for consumer brands, but soon after her first experiences as a graphic designer for independent film productions, with the Franco-Portuguese producer Paulo Branco, she decided to refocus her activity, specializing in marketing for film and television.

Since then, she gained experience in all fields related to communication design in the film industry, from production to distribution, exhibition, international sales, festivals and television, where her design practice ranges a diversity of media, from print to digital.

Currently, she is the art director of Leopardo Filmes, Medeia Filmes, Alfama Films Paris and LEFFEST - Lisbon & Sintra Film Festival. 

She also runs her own independent graphic cabinet, where she works brands such as Netflix, MOTELX - Lisbon International Horror Film Festival, Risi Film and Festa do Cinema Italiano. 

She is also a researcher at CIEBA - Center for Research and Studies in Fine Arts, having research papers published in scientific journals and artistic work presented in several international art and design conferences. For more information on her design and media art research please visit

Photo © Mafalda Relvas


  • Jury member - Sophia Student Awards

    Portuguese Film Academy
    Best Film Poster category

  • Tribute Award - LEFFEST

    For the Graphic Design work through all editions of Lisbon & Sintra Film Festival


  • Winner - Best Film Poster

    Sophia Awards - Portuguese Film Academy

    Poster for A Herdade (The Domain), a film by Tiago Guedes


  • 3rd Best Film Poster

    Sophia Awards - Portuguese Film Academy

    Poster for O Caderno Negro (The Black Book), a film by Valeria Sarmiento


  • Nominee - Marketeer Awards

    Nominee in the Art and Culture category

    for the campaign of Lisbon and Estoril Film Festival


  • Award for Best DVD Edition

    Les Prix du Syndicat de la Critique 

    Syndicat Français de la Critique de Cinéma et des Films de Télévision

    Special collector's edition of Mystères de Lisbonne (Mysteries of Lisbon), by Raúl Ruiz



  • Portuguese Film Posters Exhibition

    Organized by ICA Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual and LisbonWeek

    Tobis Portuguesa, Quinta das Conchas


  • 1st Exhibition of the Portuguese Film Posters

    Organized by the Portuguese Film Academy

    Portuguese Society of Fine Arts