Shireen Seno was born to a Filipino family in Japan, where she spent most of her childhood, and got her B.A. from the University of Toronto with a double major in Architectural studies and Cinema studies.
She started out in film shooting stills for Lav Diaz and John Torres before directing her debut feature, Big Boy, whichpremiered at Rotterdam 2013. It has since gone on to screen at Jeonju (South Korea), Edinburgh (UK), New Horizons (Poland), was the opening film of Hors Pistes Tokyo, organized by the Centre Pompidou, andwon Best First Film at the Festival de Cine Lima Independiente.
Her next film project, Nervous Translation, was one of 15 projects of Venice Biennale College – Cinema in 2013, was a recipient of a Script & Project Development grant from the Hubert Bals Fund, and participated in IFP’s No Borders International Co-Production Market.
She had two solo exhibits in 2012 and was one of two artists-in-residence at the Objectifs Centre for Photography & Filmmaking in Singapore in 2013, where she made a photo zine called Trunks that has been traveling to art book fairs in New York, Tokyo, and Los Angeles.