In 2011, he debuted as a director with mad splatter comedy "O Risco" (The Line) that became an original entry at the Bicycle Film Festivals all over the world as a cycle-gore piece. The film was nominated for 4 Killer Awards at Killer Film Festival (USA), won 2nd Place at the International Cycling Film Festival of Herne (Germany) and was screened in 15 film festivals.
On a totally different note, he wrote and directed the experimental horror short "Survivalismo" which has its USA premiere at Horrible Imaginings Film Festival. This mysterious film starts out with a man in an impossible situation, from which there is no hope of escape. He goes through the Five Stages of Grief as a realizes that he will not survive the trap he is into. "Survivalismo" is running for the Melies D'Or Nomination at the Abertoir Film Festival (UK) and is part of the 2011 edition of the Puerto Rico Horror Film Festival.
As a writer and journalist
José Pedro Lopes is writer and sub-coordinator of c7nema.net, one of Portugal's leading film websites, and journalist for the Take Film Magazine.In 2009 and 2010, he wrote the fanzine 'Man Vampiros e Vodka'.
In 2011, his short story 'The Evil from Our River' was published in the USA in the Diabolique Magazine. In 2012, it was published in Portugal in the Volluspa Magazine.