Elisa Herrmann, MFA

Elisa Herrmann photo

Elisa Herrmann, MFA

Associate Professor

Email: exh041@shsu.edu
Office: DRCB 314
Phone: 936.294.1352
Website: www.elisaherrmann.com

Faculty & Staff

Elisa Herrmann is a filmmaker and video artist from Brazil, with a degree in Art Education, a Specialization in Audiovisual Communication and a Master of Fine Arts in Mass Communication and Media Arts from SIU. In 2008, Herrmann received a Fulbright grant for academically excellent students, which paid for Masters applications in the USA.


In the past years, Elisa produced and directed short experimental films, which were screened at festivals in Southern Illinois. "3 1/2 Minutes" was awarded best editing at the 1st Annual SPC-TV Film and Television Awards (May 2011), and “A Envenenadora” was awarded best experimental film at the 2015 Blaquefyre Independent Film Festival. The artist also produced and directed narrative short films, and "The Gaze" was awarded best narrative short film in the 2011 Little Muddy Media Arts Festival. Elisa Herrmann is also an awarded screenwriter with her short film "Death Expectancy", a dark comedy that deals with loneliness, the elderly, and technological advancements. Elisa's first feature screenplay "The Great Adventure of the Bentley Girls" was awarded first place at the Fan Fiction Film and Writing Festival, and is currently being submitted to other screenplay festivals. Elisa's latest finalized film, the awarded short documentary "Rodrigo Herrman - Life and Works", premiered in Curitiba, Brazil, during the 34th Music Festival of Curitiba, and screened at several international film festivals, including the 2016 Cannes Film Festival - Short Film Corner. Elisa has just finished shooting a feature documentary about the Brazilian religion Umbanda, which is currently in post production. 

Teaching Specialties

TV and Film Production, Advanced Editing for Film, Moving Image Aesthetics, Writing Short Films, Screenwriting, Advanced Screenwriting, Advanced Post-Production, Exercises for Editors, Alternative Narrative Production, Latin American Cinema, Single Camera and Non-Linear Editing, Digital Media Editing, Digital Media Production, Advanced Screen Writing, 

Research Interests/ Recent Publications, Productions

Video and Filmmaking Sound for Picture
Representation of Women in Cinema
Gender Studies
Female Industrial Practice
Independent Cinema
Brazilian Cinema
International Cinema
Film Theory and History


Master of Fine Arts, Mass Communication and Media Arts, Film/Video Production
Mass Communication and Media Arts Graduate Program
Southern Illinois University (SIU),
Carbondale, Illinois, USA
2009 – 2012
Thesis Narrative Film “In the Eyes of Others”

Specialist, International Relations
Federal University of Parana (UFPR),
Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
2005 – 2006

Specialist, Audiovisual Communication
Catholic University of Parana (PUC–PR),
Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
2002 – 2003

Bachelor of Science, Art Education – Music
Federal University of Parana (UFPR),
Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
1997 – 2001


JASNA – Jane Austen Society Of North America, UFVA- University Film and Video Association

Awards, Activities, Honors (selected)

The Great Adventure of the Bentley Girls

Best Feature Screenplay, Fan Fiction Film Festival (2018), New York, NY, USA

Rodrigo Herrman - Life and Works 

Audience Choice Awards - 1st Runner Up, Great Lakes International Film Festival - Eerie, PA, 2016.

Bronze Remi Award in Short Documentary Production, 50th Annual WorldFest Houston (2017), Houston, USA. 

A Envenenadora (The Poisoner).
Winner Best Experimental Film, 2015 Blaquefyre Independent Film Festival.

Death Expectancy.
Short narrative screenplay
Certificate of Excellence in the VII SkyFest Film and Script Festival, 2013.
Finalist in the 2013 FRAPA (Screenplay Festival of Porto Alegre, Brazil).
Top 10 Finalist in the 2013 Reel Writers Screenwriting Competition
Top 3 Finalist in the 2014 Lindsey Film Fest

International Graduate Student Scholarship.
Scholarship awarded by the Mass Communication and Media Arts Department at Southern
Illinois University Carbondale for my “impressive overall record of achievement” while 
the degree of Master of Fine Arts, 2012.

The Gaze.
Awarded for best narrative short film in the Little Muddy Media Arts Festival, 2011.

3 ½ Minutes.
Awarded for achievement in motion pictures and media arts in film editing in the 1st Annual
SPC-TV Film and Television Awards, 2011.

Fulbright opportunity grant for academically excellent students, 2008.

Best Teacher of Portuguese as a Second Language, Américas - International Services, 2003.

Curriculum Vitae