Prano is a filmmaker who grew up on a diet of Twin Peaks in the depths of a strange Welsh community. Her work invokes imaginative worlds, fusing a dark vocabulary with eerie allure, revealing how beauty resides in strange places.
Her debut feature, CENSOR, backed by the BFI, Film4 and Ffilm Cymru Wales, premiered at Sundance Film Festival, opening the festival's Midnight section, and with its European premiere following at the Berlin International Film Festival. Prano was soon chosen as a ‘Director to Watch' by Variety, a BAFTA Breakthrough, and won Screen International’s ‘Genre Rising Star Award’. She was also nominated for Breakthrough British Filmmaker at London Critic’s Circle and named one of the Observer’s ‘Faces of 2021’. CENSOR, which had its own cover feature in Sight & Sound, gained 9 BIFA nominations, including Best Debut Director and Best Debut Screenwriter for Prano. Executive producers include Andy Starke, Ant Timpson and Kim Newman. It is produced by Helen Jones at Silver Salt Films.
Read Prano's Sight & Sound interview with Mark Kermode here
The Independent - The story behind the best British horror film in years
CENSOR 5 star review in The Guardian
Prano is currently developing a number of projects for film and television, including an adaptation of the short story 'Things We Lost in the Fire' by Booker Prize nominated author Mariana Enriquez. The project is produced by RT Features and Anonymous Content, and is co-written with Anthony Fletcher (CENSOR). Prano is also developing work with Film4, Element Pictures, Number 9 Films, Duck Soup and Ffilm Cymru Wales.
Her strong body of shorts led Prano to be selected as a Screen International ‘Star of Tomorrow', and have screened at festivals around the world including BFI London Film Festival, Tampere Film Festival, UKMVA's, Sitges Film Festival and Melbourne Int'l Film Festival. Prano was selected for BFI Network@LFF 2017 which identified original new voices, iconoclasts and risk takers, and is an alumna of the Berlin Talent Campus.
Prano's short film NASTY screened at over 100 festivals to-date, winning awards globally, It's described as "ultra stylish" (ESFF), "aesthetically gore-geous" (Love Horror) and that it "Pries your brain apart, and drags you through the luminous VHS gateway to revelation" (Fungasm Press). SHORTCUT, made as part of Film4's Fright Bites series, was broadcast on Film4 and is available to view on All4. SHORTCUT screened at festivals around Europe, the USA and Canada, and toured with The Final Girls' 'We Are The Weirdos' programme. THE TRIP won Best Director at Underwire Festival. Based on a real-life case study by ECPAT UK, THE TRIP has been used to educate police and other professionals in recognising victims of human trafficking. Prano's post-apocalyptic short MAN VS SAND, commissioned by The Letters Festival, Milan in association with London Short Film Festival, won Best Experimental Short at Aesthetica Short Film Festival, who described the short as "a powerful satire of the live-to-work ethic".
Her music videos have picked up accolades including a UKMVA, Best Music Video at the European Independent Film Festival and Best Music Short at London Short Film Festival. Her promos have been described as "effortlessly energetic and vibrant" (itsatrapfilms) and as having "enchanting vision" (video tape swap shop).
Prano is a voting member of BAFTA and has sat on juries for BAFTA, IFTA, Locarno
Film Festival and BFI London Film Festival. She is also an award-winning editor.
She is represented by Casarotto Ramsay & Associates as
a writer-director and in the US at United Talent Agency.