Yuri Alves


Yuri Alves is a self-taught, award-winning filmmaker, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Portuguese parents. Raised in Newark, New Jersey, Yuri has gone on to write and direct television, commercials, and short films in the USA and Europe. Yuri Alves directed two primetime dramatic series, starring actor Diogo Morgado (The Bible), “Tempo Final” (2010) and “Filha da Lei” (2017), both to critical acclaim.

Alves’s short films have screened at prestigious festivals such as Raindance, HBO NY Latino Film Festival, Montclair Film Festival, and at Lincoln Center and Tribeca Cinemas. Alves’s most renowned shorts include, “Grind”, “On the Cusp” and “Exit Road” which are all available on Amazon Prime. In 2018, Alves’s feature screenplay “Ironbound” was a semi-finalist at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab.

Alves earned a bachelor’s degree in Media Arts from New Jersey City University, and is currently represented by the prestigious commercial agency, Brawler Los Angeles. Yuri is also the co-founder and creative director of DreamPlay Media and splits his residence between Los Angeles, New Jersey and Portugal.

“Through my family’s experience, I got to better understand what it was like to be an outsider in your own country. I learned immigrants travel across space and time, culture, even identities. I have been invariably “taught” that I am Latino, Brazilian, Portuguese, Hispanic and European. To be an immigrant is to blend identities: you add ingredients to form a sense of self.”

“My films tend to center around conflicted characters and sub-cultures in immigrant communities, with the goal of revealing common humanity.”

Selected Works