Deborah Osborn was born in São Paulo, Brazil. She started her career at the São Paulo Museum of Image and Sound and, in 1998, she moved to New York where she attended an extension course in cinema at New York University. In 2004, she was granted a Chevening Scholarship by the British Council and completed her master’s degree in cinema at Goldsmith College, in London.
Back in Brazil, she founded the production company bigBonsai, where she acts as producer until the present day. The company has built a reputation in the Brazilian advertisement market as a referential branded audiovisual content, working for Nike, Ford, Samsung, among others.
In 2014, Deborah produced the multi-platform documentary “Dominguinhos”, about the life and work of this great master of Brazilian music, which was selected to film festivals such as SXSW, IDFA, Moscow IFF and Dok Leipzig. Its webseries has more than 3.3 million views.
The company is currently producing a documentary TV series for HBO Latin America, shot in 7 different countries, and also developing the feature “The Book of Delights”, based on the homonymous book written by the acclaimed Brazilian author Clarice Lispector, that will be shot in 2017. The project is a Brazil-Argentina coprodocution with Rizoma Films and recently won the Ibermedia prize. Deborah was selected to participate of Eave’s Producers Workshop 2017 with the thriller "Cold Cut", by Cassiano Prado.
Over the past years Deborah has attended the mayor film markets, such as Marché Du Film, Industry Club (San Sebastian), Venice Film Market, Sunny Side of the Doc, among others. Deborah regularly acts as jury in important Brazilian Film Festivals, such as Gramado, Recife and São Paulo International Short FF.
Deborah also teaches a documentary production workshop at the educational centers B_arco and SESC, in São Paulo.
At SXSW Deborah will be mentoring professionals interested in coproduce with Brazil.
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