Prano is a director and writer who grew up on a diet of Twin Peaks in the depths of a strange Welsh community. Named a 2021 'Director to Watch' by Variety, a Screen International 'Star of Tomorrow' 2018, and a Genre Rising Star by Screen International and Frightfest, Prano's work invokes imaginative worlds, fusing a dark vocabulary with eerie allure, revealing how beauty resides in strange places.
Her debut feature, CENSOR, had its world premiere at the SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2021, opening the festival's Midnight section and heading next to its European premiere at the BERLINALE - Berlin International Film Festival. CENSOR is a psychological horror starring Niamh Algar, backed by the BFI, Film4 and Ffilm Cymru Wales. The film was awarded the Méliès d'Or (Golden Méliès) at Sitges Film Festival 2021 - the top prize for European genre films. Executive producers include Andy Starke (Rook Films), Ant Timpson (Timpson Films) and Kim Newman. It is produced by Helen Jones at Silver Salt Films. CENSOR was released theatrically in the US by Magnolia Pictures, the UK & Ireland by Vertigo Releasing, and was acquired for most other worldwide territories by MGM.
Read Prano's Sight & Sound interview with Mark Kermode here
Prano's strong body of shorts have screened at festivals including BFI London Film Festival, Tampere Film Festival, UKMVA's, Sitges Film Festival and Melbourne Int'l Film Festival. She was one of 17 filmmakers selected for the BFI Network@LFF 2017 which identified original new voices, iconoclasts and risk takers. She is an alumna of the Berlinale Talent Campus.
Her 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. It 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, it has been used to educate Police and other professionals on 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 it 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).
a writer-director and in the US at United Talent Agency.