Daza Films is an independent production company that explores stories from a feminist and South American perspective. Founded in 2010 in Rio de Janeiro by Carol Benjamin, Leandra Leal and Rita Toledo, Daza’s projects are anchored in a decolonizing outlook, inspired by underrepresented voices who stand up to current paradigms. With seven features and two short films in its catalogue, Daza produces art-house films, tv shows and documentaries.

Daza filmes team

Carol Benjamin

Founder Partner

Responsible for leading Daza Filmes since its foundation, Carol has been involved – as a producer, screenwriter and/or director – in all of the house’s projects. Graduated in Social Communication by PUC-Rio, she concluded the free Screenwriting for Cinema course from EICTV – Cuba, as well as an intensive course on Screenwriting for TV Series offered by Columbia University (USA) in Rio de Janeiro. Carol gave workshops on Literary Adaptation, Script and Argument in the city of São Luís, and for many years worked as the curator and executive producer of Maranhão na Tela Festival (Maranhão on the Screen). In 2007, she idealized and structured a bookstore at Odeon Theatre, where she created the Adaptation Festival which became Daza's first project.  Before that, she worked as a journalist, production assistant and editor at Futura TV channel.

Rita Toledo

Founder Partner

Rita Toledo is a Brazilian filmmaker recently graduated from a MFA at the AFI – American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles, USA, recipient of a Fulbright-CAPES Scholarship. Toledo has started her career producing and writing short films, among them SOUND AND THE REST (2007), directed by André Lavaquial, which was selected in Cannes, in the San Sebastian Film Festival and in Clermont Ferrand. In 2010, Rita wrote her first feature script, THREE KINGS NIGHT, directed by Vinícius Reis. The film was awarded Best Actor in the Brasilia Film Festival 2012 and opened in theaters in June 2013. Since then, she has been working as a screenwriter on Brazilian national and international productions, also writing and directing documentaries for television. Currently, Rita is writing her second authorial feature, THE MAN WHO TALKED TO BUTTERFLIES, contemplated by Ancine's fund for development and selected to the program Films from Rio. A THOUSAND WOMEN is her debut in directing feature documentaries.

Leandra Leal

Founder Partner

Actress, director and producer. Besides the projected produced by Daza, she has directed the music video “Na Veia” by Cordel do Fogo Encantado and two stage plays: “Impressions of my bedroom”, written by her and “Mercadorias e Futuro”. She is the curator and one of the owners of Teatro Rival Petrobrás. As an actress she started her career in film, when she starred in Walter Lima Jr.’s “The Oyster and the Wind”. She has acted on 23 feature-films and has won 22 awards, such as Biarritz (France), Fenix (Ibero-American), APCA, Gramado, Recife Festival, The Brazilian Film Academy Awards, Rio Film Festival, she has acted in twelve soap-operas, seven mini-series, five series and six stage plays.

Maria Barreto

Executive Producer

Fernanda Cardoso

Production Coordinator

Milene Vidal



Incentive Mechanisms and investment
funds conquered

  • Audiovisual Sectorial Fund – Ancine | BRDE (Prodav 01/2012, Prodav 01/2013, Prodav 05/2014, Prodav 05/2015)
  • Brazilian Ministry of Culture (Longa Doc 2013 and Rouanet Law)
  • Rio de Janeiro State Secretariat for Culture – Rio de Janeiro Government (Public Call 05/2012)
  • Rio de Janeiro City Secretariat for Culture (Fomento Carioca 2013 and ISS Law)
  • Brazilian Steel Company Foundation – Stories that Remain Program
  • Caixa Cultural (Space Occupation Bid 2010 e 2011)

Partner enterprises and institutes

  • Amnesty International
  • Brazilian National Archive
  • Caixa Econômica Federal
  • Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil
  • CTAV – Audiovisual Technical Center
  • Columbia Global Center
  • Contax
  • Embassy of Sweden
  • Embassy of Mexico
  • Globo Universidade
  • Moreira Salles Institute
  • Brazilian Institute of Audiovisual Content – Darcy Ribeiro Film School
  • Maison de France
  • Oi Futuro
  • PepsiCo. – Doritos e Equilibri
  • Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
  • SESC Rio

Market activities and awards

  • Visions du Réel Industry | Visions du Réel International Film Festival Nyon 2018
  • IDFA – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2017
  • Pitching Documental | DocMontevideo 2015
  • Hubert Bals Fund Post-Production | International Film Festival Rotterdam 2013
  • São Paulo Filmmaker’s Workshop | Tribeca Film Institute 2013
  • Pitching | Rio Content Market 2016
  • Latino Media Market | Nalip 2016
  • Doculab | Festival Internacional de Guadalajara
  • Doc Brasil Meeting | Brasil Cinemundi
  • Films from Rio

Partner Production Houses

  • Afinal Filmes
  • Alumbramento
  • Casa de Cinema de Porto Alegre
  • Jurubeba
  • TB Produções
  • Teleimage
  • Biônica Filmes
  • Olhar Feminino
  • Muiraquitã
  • Videofilmes

Partner Distributors

  • Synapse Distribuidora
  • Vitrine Filmes
  • FilmRise
  • Preciosa Media
  • Taturana Mobi
  • Upside Distribution
  • Mundial Sales
  • Encripta

Partner TV Networks

  • Canal Brasil
  • Canal Curta!
  • Rede Globo
  • Globoplay
  • GNT
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