A filmmaker and video artist at the crossroads of genres and territories (France and Lebanon), she documents, explores, and experiments to produce rich, multifaceted, uncompromising works. Her fiction feature films have all been selected in major festivals (Cannes, Toronto, San Sebastian, New York, Locarno, Busan, Tokyo…) and her videos shown in several museums, notably the Pompidou (Paris) and Mak (Vienna), and at the Venice art Biennale last year.
Has a Phd in film studies from the Sorbonne University. Teaches film aesthetics, film analysis and documentary film at the Manouba University since 2001. Appointed artistic director of the Carthage Film Festival in 2014, after being a senior programmer in 2008 and 2010. Artistic director of the Gabès Cinéma Fen Festival since 2020. Trainer in documentary writing within the pan-African documentary residency organized by the Agadir Film Festival since 2012.
João Fiadeiro belongs to the generation of choreographers who emerged in the late 1980s and gave rise to the New Portuguese Dance. In the late 1990s, he started systematising real-time composition, a both theoretical and practical tool around which revolves his entire activity. Between 1990 and 2019, he headed Atelier RE.AL. He is a resident associated artist at Forum Dança, in Lisbon, and a PhD student at the Coimbra University College of Arts.
Attended the Lisbon Theatre and Film School. Has been working in the film industry since 1997, mostly in editing, but also as assistant director. Has collaborated with directors Pedro Costa, Rita Azevedo Gomes, Alberto Seixas Santos, Pierre-Marie Goulet, Eloy Enciso (Spain) and Maria Clara Escobar (Brasil), among others.
Born in Paris, she grew up between Colombia and Brazil. Constantly moving from place to place, Paula Turned that status of perpetual motion into the heart of her artistic work. In her films, one recognises her work as a poet, photographer and visual artist. Inhabited by literary fragments, archive images and striking performances, her films often remind us that cinema can be a place of fluid borders.
Portuguese and Short Film Competitions
Aida Tavares joined the São Luiz Municipal Theatre team in 2002 as stage direction coordinator. Until 2016, she held several positions in the theatre, including that of executive director. She was also programme assistant for two artistic directors in this theatre for 10 years. In 2015, she was ap- pointed artistic director, having left office after two terms (8 years).
Writer, editor, film curator, producer and documentary mentor. Programmed retrospectives of the films of Jem Cohen, Mike Dibb, Xiaolu Guo, Alexander Kluge, Chris Marker, Jonathan Meades and Laura Mulvey & Peter Wollen. Conceived and curated film and event seasons and festivals across the UK. Edited Vertigo from 2002 to 2009. Mentor on University College London’s Documentary Master of Arts. Wrote essays and articles on artists and the moving image.
Film director, mainly of documentary films. Has taught film at the University of Chile for the last fifteen years. Has been an actor in numerous films and has won several awards for his work, the latest being the Grand Prix at FIDMarseille in 2019 and the Prince Claus Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. Retrospectives of his films have been held in Barcelona, Paris, Biarritz, Mexico City, La Paz, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Lima, Trieste and Chile.
New Talent Award
Kiluanji Kia Henda
A conceptual artist whose work brings forth a critical perspective on recurrent themes of politics, war, migration, displacement and the imprint of colonialism on contemporary reality. He reflects on the ruptures of colonial rule and conflict while framing Angolan identity within broader global historical narratives. Drawing upon both individual and collective memory, documentary research and narrative storytelling, his work is situated between fact and fiction.
Pedro Florêncio has a degree in film from the Lisbon Theatre and Film School, a master’s degree in film and television from the Nova University of Lisbon (where he teaches), and a doctorate in arts from the University of Lisbon. Among others, he directed the films À Tarde (2017), Turno do Dia (2019) and Nocturna (2023). He published the book Esculpindo o Espaço – O cinema de Frederick Wiseman (2020), as well as other texts and chapters on film.
Tytti Rantanen (b. 1985) is a programme coordinator at AV-arkki – Centre for Finnish Media Art, part of the programming team of Espoo Ciné Film Festival and Cinema Orion, Helsinki, and a member of the editorial board in the Finnish philosophical magazine niin & näin and the film journal Filmihullu. She is completing her PhD on narrative sabotage in French radical fiction and film around 1968 at the University of Tampere.
Healthy Workplaces Film Award
Filmmaker, researcher and film programmer. Wrote and directed several documentary and experimental films with Alejandro Alvarado, including Pepe el andaluz (2012) and Descartes (2021). Lecturer at the University of Málaga and author of several publications related to documentary film. Was a member of the selection committee of the documentary section at the Malaga Festival (2013-2021) and coordinates the Malaga Docs seminar.
João Rosas has written three short stories books and directed films such as A Minha Mãe é Pianista (2005), Birth of a City (2009), Entrecampos (2012), Maria do Mar (2015), which premiered in Locarno and was awarded in Portugal, Spain and Brazil, and Catavento (2020), Best Short Film Award at BAFICI 2021 and Special Jury Mention at the 18th Brive Festival. His last film, A Morte de uma Cidade (2022), won the Doc Alliance Award for Best Feature Film.
Has extensive experience in the field of occupational safety and health promotion. Has been with the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of Slovenia since 1987 and working as the Slovenian Focal Point Manager of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work since 2003. Among others, organises discussions on safety and health at work for children and students based on documentary films showing the working environment.
Rights and Freedoms Awards
Alice Neto de Sousa
Poet and poetry teller who was born in Portugal (1993) and has Angolan roots. Wrote the poem Março, which was chosen to open the official celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution. Seeks to “sharpen her tongue” on stage concerning up-and-coming social matters. Her poem Poeta conquered the social media in 2022 and has been flying around the world. Is a regular guest in RTP África’s programme Bem-Vindos.
Was a journalist at the newspapers O Século, Diário Lisboa and Diário Económico, and the magazines Já and Vida Mundial, and also editor and author of television programmes at RTP. Won the Gazeta New Talent Award from the Journalist Club in 1998 with a feature on the Prague Spring. Columnist at Expresso since 2005, commentator at Eixo do Mal and Sem Moderação (SIC Notícias), and author of the political interviews podcast Perguntar Não Ofende.
Has a degree in film directing from the Lisbon Theatre and Film School (where she teaches), and attended the doctorate in performative arts and moving image arts at the University of Lisbon and the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon. Created the production and post-production company Pop Filmes in 2008. Co-founder of Apordoc and a board member from 2007 to 2010. Film and TV director since 1989, having received several awards.
INATEL Foundation Award
Bárbara Carvalho is pursuing a doctorate in musical sciences at Nova FCSH, in the scope of which she’s working on cultural history and audiovisual analysis of music in silent films. She was one of the persons in charge of editing, synchronising and critically studying the original scores for the first three feature-length films by Invicta Film, in a joint project between Cinemateca Portuguesa, Nova FCSH and the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra.
Master in architecture, studied social movements in several sociology faculties (Brazil, Portugal, Costa Rica) and is pursuing a doctorate in development studies at the Institute of Social Sciences in Lisbon. Concerning film, has an interest on territory and the analysis of the characters and daily resistance in the struggle to produce space. Directed a feature film on indigenous struggle movements in the south of Costa Rica and several short documentaries.
Journalist at Setenta e Quatro since 2021, focusing on labour issues and inequalities, discrimination and authoritarianism, and history and memory. Has a degree in contemporary history from the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the Nova University of Lisbon. Comes from Sertã, where he co-founded the theatre company A.com.te.ser. Previously a tour guide in Lisbon, he has worked as proofreader, translator, scriptwriter and copywriter.
Fernando Lopes Award
Duarte Lopes (Lisbon, 1992) is a cook at the Bairro Alto Hotel. He also works in other professional projects concerning contemporary kitchenware design (duarte.lv_design) and the production and organisation of events. Being Fernando Lopes’ grandson, he soon developed an interest in several art forms, such as ceramics, architecture and cinema.
Born in Angola, in 1963, completed the film course (editing) at the Lisbon Theatre and Film School. Worked as script supervisor and assistant director with filmmakers like Fernando Lopes, Teresa Villaverde, João César Monteiro, João Botelho, Jorge Silva Melo, José Álvaro Morais, João Mário Grilo, Werner Schroeter, Miguel Gomes, Margarida Gil and Catarina Ruivo. Directed 12 short and three feature films, which were awarded at national and international film festivals.
Started acting in 1977 and is one of the founders of Teatro Aberto (1983). Worked with theatre directors such as A. Boal, Hélder Costa, João Lourenço, Fernanda Lapa, Maria do Céu Guerra, São José Lapa and Júlio Cardoso, and with film directors Fernando Lopes, José Álvaro de Morais, José Fonseca e Costa, José Nascimento, Maria de Medeiros and other Portuguese and foreign filmmakers. Participated in television projects both at home and abroad.
Mário Veloso was born in Braga, on March 17, 1998. He directed his first short films, Rio Torto (2019) and Fora da Bouça (2021), which were screened and awarded at Doclisboa (Green Years section), while he attended the Lisbon Theatre and Film School. He is currently finishing his first fiction film, Chuvas de Verão, which will premiere in 2024, outside the academy.
Sabrina D. Marques
Multimedia visual artist. Has a degree in communication (Nova University of Lisbon – UNL), specialised in film (Lisbon Theatre and Film School), and is pursuing a doctorate in contemporary art history (UNL). Researcher in photography and film, focusing on the post-colonial. Freelance director, scriptwriter and dramaturgist for film, TV, performance and theatre. Collaborates with national and international publications. Has directed short films, video essays and documentaries.
Has employed different formal strategies, from short fiction films to experimental documentary features. Her practise is rooted in the female experience especially in the act of looking. By disassembling, reframing and rethinking images, she unveils their connections with the political and structural power often hidden in everyday visual narratives. Is interested in the way emotional, fragile, and personal creative processes can fuel a critical and political stance.
ETIC – Technology, Innovation and Creation School
Ana Machado (Sound Design)
Bernardo Carvalho (Photography)
Inês Conceição (Design)
Ivo Abalroado Beatriz Carmo (Film and Television)
João Semedo (Film and Television)