João Costa Menezes has a solid career in the film industry, both in front and behind the cameras, in all sorts of budgets, from indies to Hollywood block busters, Bollywood, publicity and music videos, having been awarded in all the categories. In Barcelona, JCM worked as a producer for Bruta Escena and in NYC did publicity for Madley Creative.
As an actor, Menezes debuted in 1999 in the BBC tv series "Sunburn", playing a fisherman called Luis, acting alongside Sharon Small.
As a director, JCM did his first short film ZERO in London in 2000. The 16mm short film was in more than 50 festivais all over the world and was awarded right on the first one, Huesca Short Film Festival, in Spain. Next, he shot the feature AKASHA. The 35mm, from 2001, was distributed in Russia and it was nominated for the Méliès d'Argent 2001. His first music video was the awarded "Melancholic Ballad", by the Fingertips and his first publicity video was the also awarded "Met Tower - because we love NYC". "Coraçao Vadio", by Sandra Correia, won Best Music Video at the International Portuguese Music Awards 2017.
Awards and distinctions
2019 Independent Music Awards, NYC – Best Traditional World Album - nominated (“Sandra Correia – Aqui Existo”)
2019 International Portuguese Music Awards – Best Fado - nominated (“Sandra Correia - Tarde Demais”)
2018 International Portuguese Music Awards – Best Fado - nominated (“Sandra Correia - Aqui Existo”)
2017 International Portuguese Music Awards – Best Music Video (“Sandra Correia - Coração Vadio”)
2016 Arouca Film Festival – Best photography (“Sandra Correia - Coração Vadio”)
2010 Fantasporto Film Festival – Prémio de carreira
2009 Arouca Film Festival – Best Music Video (“Fingertips - Melancholic Ballad”)
2009 Tokyo – Best Urban Comercial (“Met Tower”)
2004 Eureka – selected (“Penta”)
2004 ICAM – won (“Serial Killer”)
2003 Fantasporto Film Festival - Internacional Jury
2001 Méliès D'Argent - nominated ("Akasha”)
2000 Huesca Film Festival – Special Award (“Zero”)