Leonardo Martinelli is a filmmaker from Rio de Janeiro. His films have been selected at more than three hundred film festivals worldwide, including Locarno, TIFF, San Sebastián, BFI London, Clermont-Ferrand, Palm Springs, Montreal and others. Through a vote among Brazilian film critics, Martinelli was listed as one of the Top 10 New Brazilian Filmmakers by Papo de Cinema. In 2021, his film Fantasma Neon won the Golden Leopard for Best International Short Film at the 74th Locarno Film Festival. He also holds a Master's degree in Communication from PUC-Rio and is currently developing his first feature film, which was selected for the Locarno Residency.