Leandro Tadashi was born in a Japanese-Brazilian family in Manaus, the biggest city in the Brazilian Amazon area, and studied in São Paulo, where he did his undergrad in Film and TV Production at the University of São Paulo. After college, he worked as a writer/director and a motion graphics designer.
He has directed several short films, including “Naiá and the Moon”, based on an ancient myth from the Amazon Rainforest. The film was screened in over 60 festivals worldwide, including the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France. His latest short “Bá” has received several awards, including Best International Short Film at Ficviña – Festival de Cine Viña del Mar in Chile and so far, has screened in nearly 70 festivals worldwide.
Leandro currently lives between São Paulo and Los Angeles, where he finished his MFA in Film and TV Production at the School of Cinematic Arts at USC. In LA, Leandro has directed the LGBTQ-themed short “Tomorrow” (2014), which was screened in over 60 festivals around the world. Leandro has also co-directed the feature film “Actors Anonymous”, released in festivals in 2017, based on the book of the same name written by James Franco, and produced by Elysium Bandini Studios and USC.
His first feature film “Acalanto” has recently been awarded two development grants in Brazil and is being produced in São Paulo by Cigano Filmes.