Eliciana Nascimento is an award-winning filmmaker and an assistant professor (tenure track) in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University. Her short film, “The Summer of Gods,” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014 and received several awards from a variety of international film festivals. She directed and edited the short documentary “Nurse Helen Fairchild,” and is currently in the making of two other documentary films.


Nascimento's passion as a filmmaker and storyteller is to tell untold stories about underrepresented minorities and inspire conversations about historical, social, and cultural representations of meaningful narratives.




Best Foreign Language Short Subject: Philadelphia International Film Festival. Philadelphia, PA, 2016.

Diaspora Narrative Short Film: Silicon Valley African Film Festival. Mountain View, CA, 2016.

Best Narrative Short: Plateau - Festival International de Cinema. Praia, Cape Verde, 2015.

Best Narrative Short: Global Girls Film Fest. Chicago, IL, 2015.

Special Recognition for Directing Narrative:Black Star Film Festival. Philadelphia, PA, 2014.

The Spirit Award & Best Cinematography: Reel Sisters of the Diaspora International Film Festival & Lecture Series. New York, NY, 2014.