Francisca Toetenel (1978) studied Industrial Product design. For several years she worked and had her own company (click here to see some of here work) in this field of industry. She decided to alter her course in life and went on to study film directing at the Brussels film academy Rits, which included an exchange year at the Prague film academy Famu. She graduated her Bachelor degree with Magna Cum Laude and her graduation film Kát’a has been selected for several film festivals, including the IFFR 2012.

In 2013, she became mother and finished her Master degree Audiovisual Arts | film at Rits, with her graduation film – Fragile. Which she wrote, directed and produced. Again, Francisca graduated with Magna Cum Laude.

Since her graduation, Francisca combines motherhood with filmmaking and she recently finished her first short film Michael (19min) and started writing the third part of her trilogy; Lust for life. A feature with Sacha Polak as her coach. She wrote a mid-length feature for television and made a few showreels for actors.

The films are personal, artistic films within a relevant social context.