João Jardim’s first feature film, JANELA DA ALMA (2002), was a documentary in which 19 people with differencing degrees of visual impairment discuss how they see themselves and others. The film surprised everyone with its unusual theme and garnered a number of awards both in Brazil, and internationally. The film went on to be number 8 that year at the Brazilian box-office, playing for 48 weeks–a record for documentaries. In 2006, his documentary feature PRO DIA NASCER FELIZ, about school and adolescence, received 10 awards, including Best Documentary at the Mostra de São Paulo and 3 important awards at Gramado Film Festival.
In 2008, João co-directed the documentary WASTE LAND, about the Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, a co-production between the United Kingdom and Brazil. For television, João has directed several series for Globo TV including POR TODA A MINHA VIDA, which talked about the musicians/singers Nara Leão, Elis Regina, Raul Seixas and Dolores Duran. POR TODA A MINHA VIDA saw João nominated for the 2007/2008 International Emmy Awards for Best Art.