Fern Silva



Fern Silva (USA-Portugal, 1982)

Fern Silva is an artist who began working as an editor and cameraperson in NYC. His early films focus on his relationship to Portugal and have since expanded, underlining the influence of industry on culture and the environment. For over a decade, his 16mm films have been screened widely in festivals, museums and cinematheques, including the Toronto, Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, New York, London, Melbourne, and Hong Kong International Film Festivals, MOMA PS1, New Museum, Anthology Film Archive, and the Harvard Film Archive.


He has received prizes from the Ann Arbor Film Festival (Gus Van Sant Award), 25FPS Festival (Grand Prix), Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Agora Post-Production Award), Cinema du Réel (Best Sound), as well as Berlinale (Encounters, Special Mention). His work has been featured in publications including Cinema Scope, Filmmaker Magazine and Film Comment. He has taught Filmmaking at various institutions, including the University of Illinois at Chicago, Bard College and Bennington College. He has also received support from the Jerome Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, MacDowell, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, as well as Film Study Center at Harvard University.



Rock Bottom Riser (2021, 70mins)

The Watchmen (2017, 10mins)

Ride Light Lightning, Crash Like Thunder (2017, 8.5mins)

Scales in the Spectrum of Space (2015, 7mins)

Wayward Fronds (2014, 13mins)

Tender Feet (2013, 10mins)

Concrete Parlay (2012, 18mins)

Passage upon the Plume (2011, 6.5mins)

Peril of the Antilles (2011, 5.5mins)

In the Absence of Light, Darkness Prevails (2010, 13mins)

Servants of Mercy (2010, 14mins)

Sahara Mosaic (2009, 10mins)

After Marks (2008, 7mins)

Spinners (2008, 7mins)

Notes from a Bastard Child (2007, 9mins)


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