Leilani Franco is a filmmaker, choreographer, director, and producer. Studying ballet since age 3, she joined the Philippine Ballet Theater at age 16. She then started circus at age 19, learning contortion at the prestigious National Circus School of Canada in Montreal. She then studied filmmaking and new media at the University of Westminster in London, graduating in 2014 with a 2:1 BA Honours in Contemporary Media. Her works extend all along the performance art and media realms. She is finishing her Masters Degree in Performance Design and Practice from Central Saint Martins in London.
Leilani holds 3 Guinness World Records since 2013 for contortion feats, as well as being a 2012 Semi-finalist on Britain’s Got Talent. She has performed and choreographed her routines for many top venues around the world, such as Cirque Eloize, Cirque du Soleil, The Box Soho, and Eurovision. She retired from performing in early 2017 to concentrate on directing.
Her debut short film as producer/co-writer/co-director, “Eelan”, went on to screen at Independent film festivals and venues around the world, such as Diversity at Cannes (winner 2015), Barbican Center, London Independent Film Festival (2015, competed), LAIFFA 2015 (winner), Sunset Film Festival (winner best make-up 2015), Berlinale shorts (part of BETS 2016), and the Regent Street Cinema Grand Opening. In 2017, she wrote, directed and produced her first circus opera, “Moondogs”. When not traveling the world performing and making projects, she dabbles in baking and playing piano for fun. She calls Germany and UK home.