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ALL INCLUSIVE


Running for the Jean Loup Passek Award for
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT OR MEDIUM LENGTH FILM
all inclusive

Corina Schwingruber Ilić | Switzerland, 2018, 10'

Under the spell of mass entertainment on the high seas

  • Photography: Nikola Ilić
  • Sound: Robert Büchel
  • Editing: Corina Schwingruber Ilić
  • Production: Stella Händler
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Corina Schwingruber
Corina Schwingruber Ilić
1981 born. Lives and works in Lucerne (Switzerland) and Belgrade (Serbia). 2004-06 attends University of Fine Art in Basel and Academy of Fine Arts, Belgrade. 2006-09 University of Art & Design Lucerne, in Video department. Since 2010 she works as a filmmaker & editor. 2017 Co-Founder of PRO SHORT (Short Film Association Switzerland).
  • Filmography
  • 2018 - ALL INCLUSIVE, HD, 10’
  • 2017 - INS HOLZ / IN THE WOODS, HD, 10’ 48'' (Co-Director: Thomas Horat)
  • 2015 - JUST ANOTHER DAY IN EGYPT, HD, 10’ 48'' (Co-Director: Nikola Ilić)
  • 2013 - KOD ĆOŠKA / DOWN ON THE CORNER, HD, 15’ 20'' (Co-Director: Nikola Ilić)
  • 2011 - BAGGERN / TONS OF PASSION, HD, 12’ 30''

AROUND THE BED OF A DYING COLLABORATOR


Running for the Jean Loup Passek Award for
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE LENGTH FILM
around the bed of a dying collaborator

Tal Michael, David Ofek | Israel, 2018, 51'

Unes is paralyzed after a massive stroke. He lies in bed in the family’s living room, watching the live feed from security cameras installed at the perimeter of his home - a matter of protection after several assaults on his family. "We are guilty, we’ve brought shame on ourselves," this is how Unes summarizes decades of collaboration with Israeli security forces and helping Jews to buy land from Palestinians.

  • Photography: Tulik Galon
  • Sound: Elad Goldberg, Tomer Blayer, Yaniv Levy
  • Editing: Ido Bahat
  • Production: Ronnie Manor
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Tal Michael
Tal Michael
Tal Michael, born in 1974, is a film & TV director and content editor. Michael is a graduate of the film and Television dept. at Tel Aviv University, and a former PhD student in Comparative Literature. Among her works are the films "Who's Afraid of Mordechai Vanunu?", and "Israel is not waiting..." about the assassination of Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin, "Pitbulls: Flesh&Blood".

David Ofek
David Ofek
Born in Ramat Gan, David Ofek graduated the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School in 1992. Ofek’s graduation documentary “High-Tech Dreams“ won 1994 Jerusalem Film Festival best short award. His extra graduation short Home (written by Yossi Madmoni) won the first prize award at 1994 Jerusalem film festival and dozens of international awards. David Ofek is one of Israel’s leading and prolific documentary and television series makers. His full-fledged body of award winning works (with Yossi Madmoni and individually) include: Bat Yam - New York (Israeli Academy Best TV Drama Series Award), No. 17 (Israeli Academy Award for Best Documentary, Best Film - DocAviv Festival); the TV mini-series Melanoma My Love (Israeli Academy Award for Best Drama), The Ulpan (The Israeli Documentary Forum Award, Best Directing Award), Minimum Wage (Israeli Academy Award for Best Drama Series, Best Directing Award), House Call (IDFA 2016).

BY THE NAME OF TANIA


Running for the Jean Loup Passek Award for
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE LENGTH FILM
by the name of tania

Mary Jimenez, Bénédicte Liénard | Belgium, 2019, 85'

The Amazon flows lazily through the goldmine-gashed landscape of northern Peru. Using real eyewitness accounts, directors Bénédicte Liénard and Mary Jiménez tell the story of a young woman who winds up forced into prostitution when her initially hopeful attempt to escape the stifling limitations of village life goes wrong. Step by step, she is robbed of her moral and physical integrity.

  • Photography: Virginie Surdej
  • Sound: David Vranken
  • Editing: Marie-Hélèe Dozo
  • Production: Hanne Phlypo
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Mary Jimenez
Mary Jimenez
Born in Peru, she is a director who first studied architecture in Lima before attending the Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle et des Techniques de Diffusion (INSAS) film school in Belgium. She has taught film directing in Brussels, Cuba and Switzerland and is currently in charge of the Sound Image Culture (SIC) filmmakers’ lab in Brussels where she gives advice and support to filmmakers realising their projects. Her films have been invited to numerous international festivals, including the Berlinale Forum which screened her film Du verbe aimer in 1985.
  • Filmography
  • 1985 - DU VERBE AIMER
  • 2006 - LA POSITION DU LION COUCHÉ
  • 2009 - LE DICTIONNAIRE SELON MARCUS
  • 2012 - HÉROS SANS VISAGE
  • 2019 - BY THE NAME OF TANIA

Bénédicte Liénard
Bénédicte Liénard
Having studied film directing at the Institut des Arts de Diffusion (IAD) in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, her debut feature film, Une part du ciel, was selected for Un Certain Regard in Cannes and also screened at festivals in Toronto, San Sebastián and New York. She followed it with several documentaries which were shown at festivals and on television. She teaches at IAD and is Artist in Residence at the Université catholique de Louvain. By the Name of Tania is her third collaboration with Mary Jiménez.
  • Filmography
  • 2002 - UNE PART DU CIEL
  • 2013 - D'ARBRES ET DE CHARBON - documentary (Sobre las brasas - documentary)
  • 2015 - LE CHANT DES HOMMES
  • 2019 - BY THE NAME OF TANIA - documentary

CAMPO


Running for the Jean Loup Passek Award for
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE LENGTH FILM
BEST PORTUGUESE DOCUMENTARY
campo

Tiago Hespanha | Portugal, 2019, 100'

The word "campo" (field) comes from the Latin ‘capere’ (to capture). “Campo de Marte” (The Field of Mars) was in the ancient times Rome’s training arena for war. At the outskirts of Lisbon, “Campo” hosts today Europe’s largest military base. In this place military troops train fictional missions, astronomy aficionados observe the stars and a boy plays the piano for the wild deers lurking in the dark. In here, I saw life manifesting itself with its contradictory and mysterious dimensions. CAMPO reflects on the nature of the mundane and the transcendental, as they reveal themselves inextricably intertwined.

  • Photography: Tiago Hespanha, Rui Xavier, Luisa Homem, Cláudia Varejão, Paulo Menezes, João Vladimiro, Vasco Viana
  • Sound: Eva Valiño, Adriana Bolito, Giorgio Gristina, Tiago Melo Bento, Diogo Allen, Tiago Raposinho, Rafael Cardoso, Gonçalo Mota
  • Editing: Francisco Moreira, Tiago Hespanha
  • Production: Joana Bravo, João Gusmão
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Tiago Hespanha
Tiago Hespanha
He majored in architecture in 2004 and received a master’s degree in creative documentary from Barcelona’s Pompeu Fabra University in 2012. He has been a partner at the production company TERRATREME since 2008. In 2006 he participated in a workshop on documentary filmmaking held by the Ateliers Varan in Lisbon and produced by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Since then he has been working as a director in his own films and has taken on different roles in other projects. In 2009 he worked as a trainee at the Ateliers Varan in Paris. He teaches at the DOCNOMADS - European Documentary Master Course.
He directed the following films: INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION, co-directed with Frederico Lobo (2014 - World Premiere at “Visions du Réel”, Nyon, Switzerland); GUIDED TOUR (2009 - Audience Award at Indielisboa); THE GIFT FROM AFAR (2008 – Included in the collection "So close, So far" released in DVD by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation); “GROUND GLASS I, II” (2007 – First prize at Lisbon’s Microfilms Festival); SHOW HOME (2007) and QUINTA DA CURRALEIRA (2006 – Primeiro Olhar Award at “Encontros de Cinema e Video de Viana do Castelo”).

CHINESE DREAM


Running for the Jean Loup Passek Award for
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT OR MEDIUM LENGTH FILM
chinese dream

Lena Karbe, Tristan Coloma | Germany, 2018, 24'

Chinese Dream is an episodic documentary, set in an African milieu in Guangzhou, China. For the first time in its history China becomes an immigration goal. At the moment more than 300.000 Africans live permanently in China. The protagonists of CHINESE DREAM are Chinese who interact with Africans on a daily basis: They come from different social classes and occupations. Chinese Dream shows how Chinese society tackles the immigration challenge coming from Africa.

  • Photography: Li Dong, Sura Tian Wei
  • Sound: Kyle Chen
  • Editing: Karuna A. Fuchs
  • Production: Lena Karbe
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Lena Karbe
Lena Karbe
Having studied film internationally (École Normale Supérieure, University of Oxford and University of Television and Film, Munich), Lena Karbe started her career in film acquisition and distribution before changing to production. After a 5-year-long tenure with one of the German leading production companies, she has founded her own production company Karbe Film, specializing on documentaries and international coproductions. Along her production activity, she is a curator of Chinese Film Festival in Munich and writes and directs.
  • Filmography
  • 2019 - CHINESE DREAM (short documentary, 24 min, Germany, Director, Producer, ZDF, Arte, a co-production of Karbe Film GmbH and Tellux next GmbH)
  • 2017 - OUT OF LOVE (feature episodic documentary, 100 min, Germany, South Korea, India, Singapur, Vietnam, Director, Producer of the 1 Episode, EBS South Korea)
  • 2017 - TOUCH OF CLASS (short fiction, Germany, Director, Producer, Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München)

Tristan Coloma
Tristan Coloma
Tristan Coloma is an editor in chief of Lettre de l’océan indien. Having formerly worked as a journalist for Le Monde diplomatique and Le Monde, he is primarily working on reportages on the Sub-Saharan Africa. An Africanist, he has worked on several university publications on the connections between Africa, China and India to Europe (France, the Netherlands, Great Britain). Tristan has studied cinema before pursuing his studies of science and philosophy and co-written and co-directed several short films. The work on the project BLACK CHINA has begun from a reportage he wrote for Le Monde Diplomatique on the African presence in Guangzhou.
  • Filmography
  • 2019 - CHINESE DREAM (short documentary, 24 min, Germany, Co-Director, ZDF, Arte, a co-production of Karbe Film GmbH and Tellux next GmbH)

CHRIS THE SWISS


Running for the Jean Loup Passek Award for
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE LENGTH FILM
chris the swiss

Anja Kofmel | Switzerland / Croatia / Finland / Germany, 2018, 90'

Anja Kofmel already admired her cousin Chris as a little girl. His mysterious death in the midst of the wars in Yugoslavia in 1992 still keeps her occupied. Especially as the young Swiss journalist wore the uniform of an international mercenary group at the time of his death. What happened?

  • Photography: Simon Guy Fässler
  • Sound: Markus Krohn
  • Editing: Stefan Kälin
  • Production: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Nukleus Film, MA.JA.DE. Filmproduktion, IV Films
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Anja Kofmel
Anja Kofmel
Anja was born in 1982 in Switzerland. After taking courses at the Zürich University of the Arts (ZHdK), she studied animation at the Lucerne School of Design and Art (HSLU). In 2008, she received her diploma in visual design. Her highly acclaimed diploma film Chrigi dealt with the same topic as her recently finished anima-doc Chris the Swiss.

DECLIVE


Running for the Jean Loup Passek Award for
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT OR MEDIUM LENGTH FILM
BEST PORTUGUESE DOCUMENTARY
declive

Eduardo Brito | Portugal, 2018, 7'

And then, a house will appear to be waiting you: as in a slope, this is a leaning story on the memory of places and things, on returns and new beginnings.

  • Photography: Eduardo Brito
  • Sound: Pedro Marinho, Vasco Carvalho
  • Editing: Eduardo Brito, Luís Costa
  • Production: Rodrigo Areias - BANDO À PARTE
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Eduardo Brito
Eduardo Brito
Eduardo Brito holds a Master's degree in Artistic Studies - Museology and Curatorial studies - from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto. At the faculty Eduardo is a research fellow at the I2ADS's Research Group in Art and Intermedia, researching on museology, film and visual studies and photography. Eduardo was project coordinator of Reimagining Guimarães, a photography, archive and curatorial programme developed for the Guimarães 2012 European City of Culture. Brito is the author of the photographic books Terras Últimas (2010), Under the Almost-Same Light and Uma Variação Veneziana (2014), of the text As Orcadianas (The Orcadians, 2014), and of the short films Antropia (2009), Line (2013) and Over The Hills (with pianist Joana Gama, 2013) and As Simultâneas (with artist Rita Faustino, 2015). He wrote the screenplays for Paulo Abreu's film The Scoundrel (2012) and Manuel Mozos’ The Glory of Filmmaking in Portugal (2015). He directed the short films Penumbria (2016) and Slope (2018).
  • Filmography
  • 2013 - LINHA
  • 2016 - PENÚMBRIA

FORDLANDIA MALAISE


Running for the Jean Loup Passek Award for
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT OR MEDIUM LENGTH FILM
BEST PORTUGUESE DOCUMENTARY
fordlandiamalaise

Susana Sousa Dias | Portugal, 2019, 40'

Fordlandia Malaise is a film about the memory and the present of Fordlandia, the company town founded by Henry Ford in the Amazon rain forest in 1928. His aim was to break the British rubber monopoly and produce this material in Brazil for his car production in the United States. Today, the remains of construction testify to the scale of the failure of this neocolonialist endeavor that lasted less then a decade. Nowadays, Fordlandia is a space suspended between times (20th and 21st centuries), between utopia and dystopia, between visibility and invisibility: architectural buildings of steel, glass and masonry still remain in use while traces of indigenous life left no marks on the ground. Although Fordlandia is well known due to the short lasting Fordian period, one must not forget the history either before or after. Giving voice to the inhabitants who claim the right to write their own story and reject the ghost town label, Fordlandia Malaise blends together archive imagery, drone footage, tales and narratives, myths and songs.

  • Photography: Susana de Sousa Dias
  • Sound: Susana de Sousa Dias
  • Editing: Susana de Sousa Dias
  • Production: Ansgar Schaefer
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Susana Sousa Dias
Susana Sousa Dias
Susana de Sousa Dias, born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1962, holds a PhD in Fine Arts/Video and teaches at the Fine Arts Faculty of the Universidade de Lisboa. She has exhibited her cinematic works at international film festivals and art exhibitions worldwide and received several awards. In 2012 she was Co-director of the international film festival Doclisboa, opening up the new sections “Cinema of Urgency” and “Passages” there in 2013.
  • Filmography
  • 2019 - Fordlandia Malaise (41 min)
  • 2017 - Luz Obscura (76 min)
  • 2010 - Natureza Morta | Stilleben (3 screens, 33 min)
  • 2009 - 48 (93 min)
  • 2005 - Natureza Morta, Visages d’une dictature (72 min)

HÁLITO AZUL
Blue Breath


Running for the Jean Loup Passek Award for
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE LENGTH FILM
BEST PORTUGUESE DOCUMENTARY
halito azul

Rodrigo Areias | Portugal / Finland / France, 2018, 75'

Crushed by a volcano against the ocean, Ribeira Quente (Hot Stream) is a fishing village in S. Miguel Island in the Azores facing the last days of a fishing activity as they know it. Everyone fights for normal days while life has to continue even with the fish's scarcity.

  • Photography: Jorge Quintela
  • Sound: Pedro Marinho, Sérgio Silva
  • Editing: Ricardo Freitas, Pedro Bernardino, Timo Peltola
  • Production: Rodrigo Areias - BANDO À PARTE
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Rodrigo Areias
Rodrigo Areias
Rodrigo Areias began his studies in Management at the Portuguese Catholic University, graduated in Sound and Image at the School of Arts with specialization in image. He also specialised in Direction on the Tisch School of Arts at New York University and on the production Eurodoc program. He has developed throughout his career, creative work in the field of the independente cinema, in fiction and documentary, alternating with other works of video art and video clips for some of the best bands in the Portuguese rock scene (The Legendary Tiger Man, Wray Gunn, Dead Hand, Sean Riley, D3o, etc..) and various other projects. As a producer, he began his career in 2001 and has since produced and co-produced over 70 short, long, videos and documentaries. He has produced renowned authors like Edgar Pêra, João Canijo and FJ Ossang and young directors as André Gil Mata, João Rodrigues and Jorge Quintela. He also co-produced with Brazil, England, France, Germany and Finland. As a director, among several films, stands out Tebas (feature film) and Corrente(short film) which were represented in over fifty international film festivals and were awarded a dozen times. His second feature film premiered in Official Competition at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and was awarded awith a honorable mension. He was responsible for the film production of Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture where film directors such as Jean-Luc Godard, Aki Kaurismaki, Peter Greenaway, Manoel de Oliveira, Pedro Costa and Victor Erice where included.
  • Filmography
  • 2018 - Hálito Azul (Blue Breath) – Documentário - 75'
  • 2018 - Pixel Frio (Cold Pixel) – curta-metragem ficção - 15'
  • 2016 - Ornamento & Crime (Ornament & Crime) – Longa-metragem ficção - 90'
  • 2015 - O Guardador (The Keeper) – curta-metragem ficção - 15'
  • 2014 - Cinema – Curta-metragem ficção - 9'- 35mm
  • 2013 - 1960 – Documentário -70'- super 8mm
  • 2012 - Estrada de Palha (Hay Road) – longa-metragem de ficção
  • 2012 - Domesticada(Tamed) – curta-metragem ficção co-realizada com Paulo Furtado
  • 2010 - Golias – curta-metragem documental -10'- Super 8mm
  • 2008 - Corrente (Flow) – curta-metragem ficção -16'- 35 mm
  • 2008 - Tebas- longa-metragem ficção - 75'
  • 2007 - D. Afonso Henriques- O Conquistador – Documentário televisivo - 50'
  • 2004 - Tempo Suspenso – curta-metragem experimental - 9'

HAMADA


Running for the Jean Loup Passek Award for
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE LENGTH FILM
hamada

Eloy Domínguez Serén | Sweden / Norway / Germany, 2019, 88'

With vitality, humor and unexpected situations, this film paints an unusual portrait of a group of young friends living in a refugee camp in the middle of the stony Saharan desert.

  • Photography: Eloy Domínguez Serén
  • Sound: Ted Krotkiewski
  • Editing: Ana Pfaff, Eloy Domínguez Serén
  • Production: Michael Krotkiewski, David Herdies
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Eloy Domínguez Serén
Eloy Domínguez Serén
Eloy Domínguez Serén was born in 1985 in Simes (Galicia). He studied in Salamanca, Milano and Barcelona, where he graduated in 2010. Before debuting as a filmmaker he worked as a film critic for both radio and press, becoming a member of the Youth Jury at 67th Biennale di Venezia in 2010. In 2012 he moved to Sweden, where he made his short film PETTRING. In 2014 he released two new projects, the short film I DEN NYA HIMLEN and the medium-feature film JET LAG (programmed at FID Marseille, Doc’s Kingdom, Museum of the Moving Image of New York and Etats Généraux de Lussas, among others). His film NO COW ON THE ICE was premiered in 2015 at Visions du Réel and awarded in Toulouse, Filmadrid, Play-Doc, L'Alternativa or Márgenes, while his two most recent works, the short films YELLOW BRICK ROAD and RUST, have been premiered at Jihlava IDFF and FID Marseille, respectively. In 2017 his new project HAMADA was selected at the Doc Station of Berlinale and it won two awards at the Doc Outlook of Visions du Réel. Moreover, he was also selected to participate at Berlinale Talents 2017. HAMADA was premiered at IDFA 2018, it's been selected in festivals such as Cinéma du Réel or Bafici and it's been awarded at Cinéma du Réel, Gijón International Film Festival, Tempo or Porto/Post/Doc. Along with that project, he is currently working in THE DARKER IT GETS, a Swedish production shot in the Arctic Circle.
  • Filmography
  • 2018 - Hamada, 89 min
  • 2016 - Rust, 14 min
  • 2015 – Den gula tegelvägen (Yellow brick road), 14 min
  • 2015 – Ingen ko på isen (No cow on the ice), 63 min
  • 2014 - Jet Lag, 52 min
  • 2014 - I den nya himlen (No novo céio), 6 min
  • 2013 – Pettring, 20 min

L'AVENIR DU PASSÉ, PIERRE ET YOLAND PERRAULT


Running for the Jean Loup Passek Award for
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE LENGTH FILM
l'avenir du passe

Mina Rad | France, 2019, 61'

What does an Iranian in Île-aux-Coudres more than 14,000 kilometers from their homeland? The answer to this question is the story of this film, a meeting with one of the pillars of documentary film, Pierre Perrault.

  • Photography: Mina Rad
  • Sound: Caroline Desbiens, Vincent Hamel
  • Editing: Mina Rad
  • Production: Mina Rad
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Mina Rad
Mina Rad
Mina Rad left her native country at the age of 18, the day after the Iranian revolution to purse her dream like Oriana Fallaci and become an international reporter. After studying history, journalism and communication at the Sorbonne Paris, she embarked on international political journalism in various Central Asian countries. She worked for the BBC, RFI and AFP. While traveling the world, for twelve years, she discovers another passion, World Music. She became Editor-in-Chief of World Music Supplements for The World of Music. Between 1990 to 2000 she traveled the world and produced supplements devoted to the music of rare and emerging countries for; Yemen, Egypt, Cuba, Cape Verde, Marocco and India. In 2011 and 2014, she trained in the production and writing of documentaries at Ateliers Varan. Her first film "For me the sun never sets," was awarded the prize for best documentary film at the Festival of Truth in Iran in 2012. This film got the jury mention, "for the warmth and simplicity to tell a deep story". She is the founder and president of Apresvaran, an alumni association of Ateliers Varan created in 2013. She is director of the Apresvaran Documentary Film Festival. As a documentary filmmaker, she has directed more than ten films. In preparing several documentaries, she notes that the documentary opens a window to the universe. Mina Rad has made several portraits of people who have marked the history of Iran: "This family of 60 people",and "History of the Mafi family". Mina Rad, is interested in the transmission of knowledge and the methods of the realization of great filmmakers like Jean Rouch (France), Pierre Perrault (Quebec, Canada). She directs and produces documentary films based on the influence of these cineastes. In 2017, the film "Jean Rouch Persian look", was broadcast by TV5 Monde on the occasion of the centenary of Jean Rouch. EN 2019, The film "Persian Tales, Jean Rouch in Iran" was presented at Melgaco International Documentary Film Festival in Portugal. It will be published in Montparnasse publisher in France in a series of films dedicated to Jean Rouch. EN 2019, "The future of the past, Pierre and Yolande Perrault", which reflects the influence of this filmmaker after half a century on the little children of the characters of his films at Isle aux Coudres. This film was in the official selection of the Festival for Art at FiFA in Montreal. And it is scheduled at the Jean Loup Passak awards at the Melgaco International Documentary Film Festival.

LA FLACA
The Bony Lady


Running for the Jean Loup Passek Award for
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT OR MEDIUM LENGTH FILM
la flaca

Thiago Zanato, Adriana Barbosa | USA, 2018, 20'

La Flaca is a film about Arely Vazquez, a transgender woman and leader of the Santa Muerte (Saint Death) cult in Queens, New York. During her yearly celebration to the Bony Lady ("La Flaca" as she likes to call her), Arely faces a lot of challenges to fulfill a promise she made ten years ago.

  • Photography: Jano Mejia
  • Sound: Mike Wolk Snyder, Lindsey Cordero
  • Editing: Rodrigo Carneiro
  • Production: Sebastián Aguirre
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Thiago Zanato
Thiago Zanato
Thiago Zanato (1979), is a Brazilian-American filmmaker splitting his time between the USA and Brazil. He initially got involved in film as the creative director of projects such as "I'm Here", directed by Spike Jonze and "NY-Z", featuring Jay-Z and directed by Danny Clinch. In 2012, he started his own production company (Black Magic Films). He worked on films such as "Bite" (Brazil, 2016) and "Madrigal for a Living Poet" (Brazil, 2018) both directed by Adriana Barbosa and Bruno Mello Castanho. In 2018 he co-directed the short film "La Flaca" (The Bony Lady). He is currently directing his first feature documentary "Esu and the Universe", about an African god brought to the Americas by the enslaved Yoruba people.

Adriana Barbosa
Adriana Barbosa
Adriana Barbosa (1987), is a Mexican-Brazilian filmmaker based in São Paulo, Brazil. She is part of the Film Collective Cinefusão since 2009 where she took part of the script and art direction for the short films "Wax" (2009) and "String Quintet" (2010). Between 2015 and 2016 she produced the feature film "Young and Miserable" and "A film of Cinema", both directed by Thiago B. Mendonça. In 2016, she also directs the short film "Ferroada" (Bite) selected at Off Cinema Documentary Film Festival in Poland, Bucharest Short Films, Diametrale Experimental Film Festival, among others. In 2018 she co-directs along with Thiago Zanato the short film "La Flaca" (The Bony Lady). Also in 2018, she premieres her first documentary feature "Madrigal for a Living Poet" (2018) at the Official Competition of 21th Mostra de Cinema de Tiradentes and she continues her research on a documentary about the regional Mexican traditions related to death.

WIR TRÄUMTEN VOM FRÜHLING
MY RUSSIAN SPRING


Running for the Jean Loup Passek Award for
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE LENGTH FILM
my russian spring

Xenia Sigalova | Germany, 2018, 79'

After the collapse of the Soviet Union the parents of filmmaker Xenia Sigalova fled with her to Germany. 20 years later she returns to her homeland to explore what became of her former three best friends. Roman, Vladimir and Alexander grew up in the Soviet Union and had to find their way in Putin's “new” Russia. On her journey Xenia gets an insight in the life of the “Generation Perestroika” and creates an intimate portrait of today's Russia.

  • Photography: Alexander Costea
  • Sound: Alexander Costea
  • Editing: Miriam Märk
  • Production: Alexander Krötsch, Felix Kempter
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Xenia Sigalova
Xenia Sigalova
Xenia Sigalova was born 1980 in Voronezh, Russia. After her school degree she studied Graphic Design at the art college in Voronezh, before she migrated to Germany with her parents. After taking her high school diploma in Germany, she did several internships at film and television production companies in and around Munich. Subsequently she began to study documentary filmmaking at the University of Television and Film Munich. During her studies she accomplished several short and feature documentaries, such as the feature documentary “The opposite of work” (2009) and the medium length documentary “Empty Orchestra” (2016). Both had their premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival Munich (Best.Doks).
  • Filmography
  • 2018 - Wir Träumten Vom Frühling (My Russian Spring, 78 min, documentary, graduation project, HFF München)
  • 2016 - Leeres Orchester (Empty Orchestra, 45 min, documentary, HFF München)
  • 2009 - Das Gegenteil Von Arbeit (The Opposite of Work, 68 min, documentary, HFF München)
  • 2006 - Russischer Standard (Russian Standard, 14 min, documentary)

O LABIRINTO DA SAUDADE
Saudade's Labyrinth - A Mythic Psychoanalysis Of The Portuguese Destiny


Running for the Jean Loup Passek Award for
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE LENGTH FILM
BEST PORTUGUESE DOCUMENTARY
labirinto da saudade

Miguel Gonçalves Mendes | Portugal, 2018, 65'

LongShot invited Miguel Gonçalves Mendes (José e Pilar) to adapt to cinema one of the most lucid works of Portuguese culture – “Saudade's Labyrinth"" (O Labirinto da Saudade, translated to English as “A Mythic Psychoanalysis of the Portuguese Destiny”), on a unique journey inside the brilliant mind of Eduardo Lourenço. At the age of 94, the writer and philosopher Eduardo Lourenço projects through his memory the questions that still remain in him today. Which traumas have defined us as Portuguese people? Who are we? What have we done? Which atrocities have we committed? Which path should we follow? These questions are the starting point to “O Labirinto da Saudade”, a film about the “condemned nation since its inceptions to run out of dreams larger than itself”, but also the celebration of the life and work of one of the greatest authors of Portuguese Culture. Narrated and starring Eduardo Lourenço himself, the documentary walks through his memory and the history of Portugal. Throughout the journey, he crosses paths with ghosts from our past and friends from his present - outstanding figures of the Lusophone culture such as Álvaro Siza Vieira (Portuguese acclaimed architect), José Carlos Vasconcelos (Portuguese writer), Diogo Dória (Portuguese lawyer and writer), Gonçalo M. Tavares (Portuguese writer), Lídia Jorge (Portuguese writer), Ricardo Araújo Pereira (Portuguese comedian) and Gregório Duvivier (Brazilian comedian), who assume the role of interlocutors and drivers of the reflections written in the book.

  • Photography: Leandro Fuzeta
  • Sound: Ricardo Sequeira
  • Editing: António Tainha
  • Production: Vasco Sequeira
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Miguel Gonçalves Mendes
Miguel Gonçalves Mendes
Miguel Gonçalves Mendes was born is 1978 in Covilhã, Portugal. He worked as an actor, director and producer and directed several feature films and documentaries. In 2002, he founded JumpCut, a cinema and theatre producer, based in Lisbon. He is currently one of the established names of the new generation of Portuguese filmmakers. He held a series of award-winning documentaries, experimental films and projects on request. His film Floripes, released in 2007, is his first hybrid production (documentary-fiction), a format the director began to explore. In 2011, he had the debut of his project José e Pilar, in co-production with O2Filmes and the Spanish producer El Deseo (from the Almodovar brothers). Internationally acclaimed by critics and audiences, the film collected awards in several festivals and was elected to represent Portugal in the category of Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2012. Among his most recent works is the series “I’ve nothing of my own"", displayed by Canal Brazil in 2013. In 2018, Miguel adapted to the cinema one of the most lucid works of Portuguese culture – “Saudade's Labyrinth"" from Eduardo Lourenço – on a unique journey inside a brilliant mind. Miguel’s most recent project is the documentary MEANING OF LIFE - a film that tells the story of a young man with Amyloidosis and his exciting search for purpose, meaning and truth. In parallel, Miguel is also developing the long fiction film ""The Gospel According to Jesus Christ"", the controversial adaptation novel by Nobel Prize winner José Saramago.
  • Filmography
  • 2004 - Autografia
  • 2005 - Floripes
  • 2007 - Curso de Silêncio
  • 2010 - José e Pilar
  • 2013 - Nada Tenho de Meu
  • 2018 - O Labirinto da Saudade

O MAR ENROLA NA AREIA
The Hissing Of Summer Sands


Running for the Jean Loup Passek Award for
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT OR MEDIUM LENGTH FILM
BEST PORTUGUESE DOCUMENTARY
o mar enrola na areia

Catarina Mourão | Portugal, 2019, 15'

Film newsreels show a mixed crowd enjoying seaside fun. Every summer however, a man appears on the beaches. Meticulously dressed, announcing himself with a blast on a whistle. A worrying or familiar figure, who makes children run away or attracts them like the Pied-Piper of Hamelin.

  • Photography: Paulo Menezes
  • Sound: Armanda Carvalho, Tiago Matos
  • Editing: Pedro Mateus Duarte
  • Production: Laranja Azul
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Catarina Mourão
Catarina Mourão
Catarina Mourão studied Music, Law and Film (MA Bristol University). In 1998 she founded AporDOC, Portuguese Documentary Association and started teaching Film and Documentary in 2000. With another filmmaker (Catarina Alves Costa) she started Laranja Azul, an independent production company for creative documentary and visual arts in Lisbon.
  • Filmography
  • 2019 - O Mar Enrola na Areia (The Hissing Of Summer Sands) (curta)
  • 2015 - A Toca do Lobo (The Wolf's Lair)
  • 2010 - Pelas Sombras (Through Shadows)
  • 2009 - Mãe e Filha (Mother and Daughter) (curta)
  • 2006 - À Flor da Pele (On Edge)
  • 2006 - A Minha Aldeia Já Não Mora Aqui (My Village Doesn’t Live Here Anymore)
  • 2004 - Malmequer, O Diário de uma Encomenda (Love Me, Love Me Not)
  • 2002 - Desassossego (Restless)
  • 2001 - Próxima Paragem (Next Stop) (curta)
  • 1998 - A Dama de Chandor (The Lady of Chandor)
  • 1997 - Fora de Água (Out of Water) (curta)
  • 1996 - Porto (The Port) (curta)
  • 1994 - Mecca Before I Die (curta)

PEOPLE OF THE WASTELAND


Running for the Jean Loup Passek Award for
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT OR MEDIUM LENGTH FILM
people of the wasteland

Heba Khaled | Syrian Arab Republic, 2018, 21'

People of the Wasteland is an experimental short-film in a first-person point of view depicting the clashes of Syrian fighters in the front line. In the chaos of war, the lines between right and wrong become blurred. This exclusive Go-Pro footage from inside war aims to remind us that in a territory where the landscape and the people are ephemeral because of war, only the camera can remain alive, and only the image of a certain moment can remain eternal.

  • Photography: Ahmad Nasser
  • Sound: Ansgar Frerich
  • Editing: Alex Bakri
  • Production: Talal Derki
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Heba Khaled
Heba Khaled
Heba Khaled was born in Damascus in 1986 and studied Arabic Literature at Damascus University. She worked as a radio commentator and as a freelance fixer for CNN, Al Arabiya and Reuters in Damascus and Beirut between 2011 and 2013. In 2014, she started collecting footage for her first short-film People of the Wasteland. The same year, she moved to Berlin where she assisted the filmmaker Talal Derki in the direction of his film Of Fathers and Sons, which has won the Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Grand Jury Prize in 2018.
  • Filmography
  • 2018 - People From The Wasteland (21:10 min, experimental documentary, Germany/Syria)

QUATRO ESTAÇÕES E OUTONO
Four Seasons And Autumn


Running for the Jean Loup Passek Award for
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE LENGTH FILM
BEST PORTUGUESE DOCUMENTARY
quatro estações e outono

Pedro Sena Nunes | Portugal, 2018, 90'

A film director follows the autumnal trail of leaves that once graced the branches. A girl builds autumns as she wanders in a labyrinth of leaves. A man persists on watering the place the tree left behind. A woman who lived that autumn. All of them in a space called Jorge Listopad.

  • Photography: Nuno Madeira
  • Sound: Nuno Rua
  • Editing: João Coroa Justino
  • Production: Rodrigo Areias - BANDO À PARTE
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Pedro Sena Nunes
Pedro Sena Nunes
He was born in Lisbon. Film director, cultural programmer, and professor in the fields of artistic creation, documentary and experimental film, Pedro Sena Nunes has directed various projects - documentaries, fiction films and commercials - with the support of ICA/RTP. Co-artistic director of Vo'Arte and co-founder of Companhia Teatro Meridional, he consults and coordinates diverse cultural projects. He integrated the teams of Fragile, Unlimited and European Video Dance Heritage (EVDH). He co-directs the international festivals InShadow – Lisbon ScreenDance Festival, InArt – Community Arts Festival and has programmed Olhares Frontais - Encontros de Cinema Viana do Castelo. His artistic work has had an increasing focus on social practices through expanding dynamics between people with special needs and professional artists. An orchestrator and stage director in various theatre, choreographic and performative projects, Pedro Sena Nunes, was awarded numerous times for his cinematographic, photographic and multidisciplinary works, both in Portugal and abroad. He is, currently, pedagogical coordinator (ETIC) and teacher in the Masters Documentary Cinema (ESMAD). He is a PhD student at the University of Lisbon in Performative Arts and Moving Image and a researcher at GECAPA in the intersecting, experimental areas between body and image.
  • Filmography
  • Ficção (seleção) / Fiction (selection)
  • 1994 - Eléctricos
  • 2002 - Cacilheiros
  • Documentário / Documentary (Microcosmos)
  • 1995 - Margens
  • 1999 - Entraste no jogo, tens de jogar, assim na terra como no céu
  • 2003 - A Morte do Cinema
  • 2005 - Da pele à pedra
  • 2007 - Elogio ao 1/2
  • 2010 - Há Tourada na Aldeia
  • Documentário (seleção) / Documentary (selection)
  • 1997 - Impressões do 3º dia em Glasgow
  • 1997 - Fragments Between Time and Angels
  • 2000 - Lugar à Dança
  • 2008 - Corpo Todo
  • 2009 - A Evolução de Darwin
  • 2013 - Opus Tutti – Enraizar
  • 2013 - 2 and 2, are four
  • 2018 - Qualquer coisa de belo
  • Vídeo Experimental (seleção) / Experimental Video (selection)
  • 1989 - As Imagens de Peter Robinson
  • 1998 - As Palavras derretem-se na água
  • 2001 - Homens Suspensos
  • 2003 - Burdião
  • 2008 - Labirinto
  • 2010 - Hope
  • Instalação Vídeo (seleção) / Video Instalation (selection)
  • 1995 - Efémeros Sentidos
  • 1999 - Nómadas Urbanos
  • Screendance (seleção)
  • 1998 - Devaneios Flutuantes: Carlos Paredes
  • 2009 - Mergulho
  • 2017 - Running Man

RUSSA


Running for the Jean Loup Passek Award for
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT OR MEDIUM LENGTH FILM
BEST PORTUGUESE DOCUMENTARY
russa

João Salaviza, Ricardo Alves Jr. | Portugal, 2018, 20'

Russa returns to Bairro do Aleixo in Porto, visiting her sister and friends with whom she celebrates her son’s birthday. In this brief reunion, Russa returns to the collective memory of her neighbourhood where three of the five towers still remain standing.

  • Photography: Renée Nader Messora
  • Sound: Léo Bortolin
  • Editing: João Salaviza, Ricardo Alves Jr.
  • Production: João Salaviza, Renée Nader Messora - KARÕ FILMES; Ricardo Alves Jr., Thiago Macêdo Correia - ENTRE FILMES; Renée Nader Messora - MATERIAL BRUTO
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João Salaviza
João Salaviza
Lisbon, 1984. Graduated from The National Film and Theater Academy (ESTC) in Portugal, and Universidad del Cine - Buenos Aires. His feature debut MOUNTAIN (2015) had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival - Critics Week and through many other festivals (Rotterdam, San Sebastian, Buenos Aires, S. Paulo, Munich, Angers, Kerala or Montpellier where it won the prize for Best Film), before its commercial release in Portugal and France. João Salaviza directed a trilogy of internationally award-winning short films: RAFA (Golden Bear at Berlinale’12 and Ingmar Bergman Award at Uppsala); ARENA (Palme d'Or at Cannes’09); and CERRO NEGRO (premiere at Rotterdam). His films were selected for the most important festivals, and also presented in places as Centre Pompidou, La Biennale di Venezia of Architecture, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Barbican Centre, Malba Buenos Aires, Fundação Gulbenkian, Casa de America Madrid, Belgrade Museum of Contemporary Art and Artium Basque Museum of Contemporary Art. João Salaviza also directed the experimental short films as STROKKUR (FID Marseille, Belfort, Gijón, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid); HOUSE AT COMPORTA commissioned for the Portuguese architecture national exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2010; HOTEL MÜLLER on the work of Pina Bausch. The short film HIGH CITIES OF BONE is his most recent work, with its World Premiere at Berlinale’17. CHUVA É CANTORIA NA ALDEIA DOS MORTOS, co-directed with Renée Nader Messora, have its premiere due in 2018.
  • Filmography
  • 2018 – Russa (Portugal, Brasil, 19 min)
  • 2017 – High Cities Of Bone (Portugal, 19 min)
  • 2015 – Montanha (Portugal/France, 90 min)
  • 2012 – Rafa (Portugal/France, 25 min)
  • 2011 – Cerro Negro (Portugal, 22 min)
  • 2009 – Arena (Portugal, 15 min)

Ricardo Alves Jr.
Ricardo Alves Jr.
Ricardo Alves Jr. was born in Belo Horizonte in 1982. He is a Brazilian screenwriter, filmmaker and theater director. His works were screened and awarded in several international festivals such as Cannes Critic’s Week, Rotterdam, Locarno, Oberhausen, KarlovyVary, IndieLisboa and Rio International Film Festival. A full retrospective of his short films took place at the Cinémathèque Française, in 2013. In 2016, he released his first feature, Elon Doesn’t Believe in Death, which was contemplated by the Hubert Bals Fund for Script and Project Development in 2012. The film was selected for some of the most important Brazilian film festivals, such as: Festival de Brasília do Cinema Brasileiro (Best Actor Award); Panorama Coisa de Cinema (Best Film Award – Award IndieLisboa); and Semana dos Realizadores in Rio de Janeiro (Jury award). Its international premiere was at the Macao Film Festival & Awards, in China, where it won the Best Artistic Contribution Award. The film had its European premiere at the 2017 International Film Festival Rotterdam, in the Bright Future session. The Ibero-American premiere was in the competition section of the Cartagena Festival, in Colombia. It was also exhibited at IndieLisboa, in Portugal; FICUNAM, in Mexico; and BAFICI, in Argentina.
  • Filmography
  • 2016 – Elon Doesn’t Believe In Death (Fiction, Brazil, 75 minutes)
  • 2013 – Tremor (Ficção, Brasil, 14 minutes)
  • 2010 – Permanências (Documentário, Brasil, 34 minutes)
  • 2007 – Invitation To Dine With Comrade Stalin (Ficção, Brasil/Argentina, 10 minutes)
  • 2006 – Raw Material (Experimental, Brasil, 16 minutes)

RUSSIAN DREAMER


Running for the Jean Loup Passek Award for
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT OR MEDIUM LENGTH FILM
russian dreamer

Dmitrii Vologdin, Ilya Zverev | Russia, 2018, 38'

Year after year the “typical” Russian farmer and enthusiastic Russian patriot Francois Tulikunkiko tries to make ends meet and find an answer to the vital question: Why do people in the Russian countryside live so poorly when the country is so rich? It is a story rich in irony about life in the Russian province far from the busy cities. Francois is a dreamer with great plans, who encounters obstacles everywhere he goes, from habitual indifference to the all-pervasive corruption.

  • Photography: Ilya Zverev
  • Sound: Vladimir Nesgovorov
  • Editing: Ella Livshic
  • Production: Vlad Ketkovich, Alexei Telnov
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Dmitrii Vologdin
Dmitrii Vologdin
Dmitri was born September 9, 1988, in Severodvinsk (Northern Russia). ere he graduated from Physics and Mathematics Lyceum. In 2013 he graduated from Saint-Petersburg State University of Cinema and Television with the degree in Director of Film and on TV (Sergei Petemkin’s Studio). Additionally, Dmitri have studied at the Cinema School of Krzysztof Zanussi in Warsaw in 2010 and in Summer Cinematic School in Huavarilla (Finland) in 2011. In the course of four years he worked with the legendary St. Petersburg composer Oleg Karavaichuk; Dmitri took part in making the documentary Oleg Karavaichuk: Encircling Minstrels. Dmitri took part in Masterschool Documentary campus 2017.
  • Filmography
  • 2009 - Can of Beans, 26 minutos — documentário
  • 2010 - God is All Around, 8 minutos - documentário, ensaio
  • 2011 - Homesickness, 13 minutos — documentário, reportage
  • 2013 - Oleg Karavaichuk: Encircling Minstrels, 55 minutos — documentário, com o apoio de Art-Center Garazh (Moscow)
  • 2013 - Standstill, 18 minutos — documentário
  • 2018 - Russian dreamer, 38 minutos — documentário

Ilya Zverev
Ilya Zverev
Born in city of Vladimir, lived in a far north of Russia. Studied as a philologist, graduated from St. Petersburg Institute of Cinema and Television with a specialization “Director of TV programs”. When working on different TV channels in Russia (while studying) realized that TV programs is not exactly his cup of tea, started to direct documentaries. Ilya have studied at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF (HFF) in 2012. Directed several short documentaries and commercials. Works also as DOP.
  • Filmography

LA STRADA DEI SAMOUNI
Samouni Road


Running for the Jean Loup Passek Award for
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE LENGTH FILM
la strada dei samouni

Stefano Savona | Italy / France, 2018, 126'

In the rural outskirts of Gaza City a small community of farmers, the Samouni extended family, is about to celebrate a wedding. It’s going to be the first celebration since the last war. Amal, Fuad, their brothers and their cousins have lost their parents, their houses and their olive trees. The neighborhood where they live is being rebuilt. As they replant trees and plow fields, they face their most difficult task: piecing together their own memory. Through these young survivors’ recollections, Samouni Road conveys a deep, multifaceted portrait of a family before, during and after the tragic event that changed its life forever.

  • Photography: Stefano Savona
  • Sound: Stefano Savona
  • Editing: Luc Forveille
  • Production: Penelope Bortoluzzi, Marco Alessi, Cécile Lestrade
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Stefano Savona
Stefano Savona
Stefano Savona was born in Palermo in 1969. After studying archaeology and anthropology in Rome and Cambridge and working as an independent photographer in 1997 he started producing and directing documentaries and video installations. His first feature length documentary, Notes from a Kurdish Rebel, produced in 2006 by Arte France, gained the International Jury Prize at the Cinéma du Réel in Paris. His intimate chronicle of the 2008 war in Gaza, Cast Lead, obtained the Special Jury Price at the Locarno Film Festival 2009. In the same year he launched a campaign for the gathering of the filmed testimonies to be included into Il Pane di San Giuseppe, a visual archive for the preservation and the transmission of the oral history of rural civilization in Sicily counting to date around 200 hours of edited contributions. In 2010 he founded with Penelope Bortoluzzi Picofilms, a company with which he has been producing all his subsequent films. Among these Palazzo delle Aquile, awarded with the Grand Prix du Cinéma du Réel in 2011 and included in the Acid selection at Cannes Film Festival 2011, and Tahrir Liberation Square that, after its premieres in Locarno and at New York Film Festival was theatrically released in France and won the David di Donatello and the Silver Ribbon for best documentary in Italy.
  • Filmography
  • 2011 - Tahrir, Liberation Square
  • 2011 - Palazzo delle Aquile
  • 2010 - Spezzacatene
  • 2009 - Cast Lead
  • 2006 - Notes from a Kurdish Rebel

SELFIE


Running for the Jean Loup Passek Award for
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE LENGTH FILM
selfie

Agostino Ferrente | Italy, 2019, 85'

Alessandro and Pietro are 16 years-old and live in Naples, district of Traiano where, in the summer of 2014, Davide Bifolco, also 16, was shot by a policeman who mistook him for a fugitive. They are inseparable friends, Alessandro works as a waiter in a bar, Pietro dreams to become a hairdresser. Alessandro and Pietro accept the director’s proposal to shoot themselves with an iPhone, commenting live on their own daily experiences, their close friendship, their neighbourhood – now empty, in the middle of summer – and the tragedy that ended Davide’s life.

  • Photography: Alessandro Antonelli, Pietro Orlando
  • Sound: Benni Atria
  • Editing: Letizia Caudullo, Chiara Russo
  • Production: Marc Berdugo, Barbara Conforti (Magneto)

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Agostino Ferrente
Agostino Ferrente
Born in 1971 in Cerignola, Italy. Agostino Ferrente is a director, producer and artistic director. Before becoming involved in cinema, he was an editorial coordinator for magazines and news programs addressed to communities of Italians living abroad. After gaining a degree in the DAMS in Bologna and attending Ermanno Olmi’s Ipotesi Cinema, he directed short films and music videos and produced them with his company Pirata Manifatture Cinematografiche. He’s also part of the multiethnic band L'Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio. In 2001, collaborating with ten accomplices, he founded the group "Apollo 11" in Rome, which saved the historical Apollo cinema theatre from becoming a bingo hall. By promoting film, music and writing, the group turned it into one of the liveliest cultural centres in Italy’s capital city, the first with an ongoing program dedicated to cinema of the real. He is currently working on his first non-documentary feature film.
  • Filmography
  • 2019 - Selfie, 78 min, documentário
  • 2013 - Le Cose Belle, 88 min, documentário, com Giovanni Piperno
  • 2006 - L’orchestra Di Piazza Vittorio, 93 min, documentário
  • 2004 - Scusi, Dov’è Il Documentario?, documentário, coletivo
  • 2000 - Intervista A Mia Madre, 52 min, documentário, com Giovanni Piperno
  • 1999 - Il Film Di Mario, 45 min, documentário, com Giovanni Piperno
  • 1994 - Opinioni Di Un Pirla, curta-metragem
  • 1993 - Poco Più Della Metà Di Zero, curta-metragem documental

SISTERS OF THE TREES


Running for the Jean Loup Passek Award for
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE LENGTH FILM
sisters of the trees

Camila Menéndez, Lucas Peñafort | Argentina, 2019, 82'

Among the arid lands of Rajasthan, surrounded by marble mines, there is an oasis: a small town called Piplantri, where women are no longer afraid of giving birth to a girl. Since 2005, every time a girl is born in Piplantri, 111 trees are planted in her name to celebrate the occasion. A man named Shyam Sunder Paliwal lost a 16-year-old daughter and decided to plant a tree in his memory. In her pain, he could not believe that sometimes people could end their own daughter's life, just for economic reasons. Then he realized that trees should be planted not to commemorate death, but to celebrate the lives of all girls. That’s how the idea was born: he convinced the villagers, one at a time, that the basis of a bright future was to grow trees, take care of water and educate girls.

  • Photography: Camila Menéndez
  • Sound: Lucas Peñafort
  • Editing: Santiago Esteves, Camila Menéndez
  • Producer: Victoria Chales

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Camila Menéndez
Camila Menéndez
Camila Menéndez is graduated as director of the ERCCyV (Regional film and video school, Mendoza, Argentina) and continued her studies with Professor Miguel Pérez (The Lost Republic I and II) in his assembly workshop and dramatic structure. Since 2010, she has worked as an independent editor for several production companies and television channels in Mendoza and Buenos Aires, such as Baraka Cine, Pandito Films, Shango Films, Channel 7 of Mendoza, Obol, Acequia TV, Señal U. She edited the films "La pasión de Verónica Videla "(2011), (Panorama selection Cinelatino Festival of Toulouse) and" Los ojos llorosos "(2018) by Cristián Pellegrini. Also in "Necronomicón" (2017) by Marcelo Schapces, and the documentaries "Madam Baterflai" (2014) and "With flower´s name" (2018) by Carina Sama. She has directed the documentary short films "Biofertilizers" (2013, Tecnópolis TV), "Vol I: Antonio" (2018) and "Vol II: Lavalle" (2017). She was a participant in the 12th edition of Buenos Aires Talent Campus. She has worked as curator and audiovisual artist since 2009. He has obtained the Diploma in Creative Documentary Studies, at the Barcelona Cinematographic Observatory.

Lucas Peñafort
Lucas Peñafort
Lucas Peñafort is graduated in Cinematography at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. He worked as a sound designer, editor and producer in the documentaries directed by Martín Solá: Caja cerrada, Hamdan and La Famila Chechena, winner of the award for the best film at the Madrid Film Festival, Nyon Visions du Reel and Docs Barcelona . He has participated in the installation of traveling video together with Antje Ehmann and Harun Farocki; Workers: "Leave your workplace" in more than ten cities. He gave an ethnographic film workshop to the community leaders in San Martín Chile Verde (Guatemala). Currently he collaborates with the LODO platform that focuses on the interdisciplinary dialogue of artists since 2014, working with performance, multichannel video installations and theater.

TERRA


Running for the Jean Loup Passek Award for
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT OR MEDIUM LENGTH FILM
terra

Julia Kushnarenko | Russia, 2018, 30’

In 2012 the production at the Bovanenkovo gas field on the Yamal Peninsula, a remote section of Siberia, had begun. The industrial zone had been located right on the historical migration route of the indigenous reindeer herders- Nenets. Now they wade through the industrial zone to get the summer pastures.

  • Photography: Julia Kushnarenko
  • Sound: Julia Kushnarenko
  • Editing: Julia Kushnarenko
  • Production: Julia Kushnarenko, Maxim Arbugaev
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Julia Kushnarenko
Julia Kushnarenko
Julia Kushnarenko was born in Moscow and studied directing at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography. She has completed courses at Moscow’s Scream School in visual effects compositing. She works not only as a documentary director, but also as a cinematographer and an editor. Julia is fascinated by exploring characters in all their contradictions. In 2017 Julia with Veronika Sher founded International Dance Short Film Festival BODYSCOPE.
  • Filmography
  • 2017 - MOTOR, short documentary, 12'
  • 2016 - THE FANTOMS, short film, 6'
  • 2015 - IT'S ME, short film, 27'
  • 2011 - THE STOP, short film, 9'

DER PATRIOT
The Patriot


Running for the Jean Loup Passek Award for
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT OR MEDIUM LENGTH FILM
der patriot

Katja Fedulova | Germany, 2018, 30'

At the age of 21, Vasily Vlasov became the youngest parliamentarian in the Russian Duma. Given his abundant confidence and self-assured manner, he could have been a refreshing new voice. But Vasily’s ideals are rooted in the deeply conservative party LDPR which is viewed by some as fascistic.

  • Photography: Sergei Amirdzhanov
  • Sound: Elena Pertosyan
  • Editing: Calle Overweg
  • Production: Katja Fedulova
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Katja Fedulova
Katja Fedulova
Katja Fedulova was born in Leningrad, USSR in 1975. In 1993 Katja went to Germany and started her studies at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel. She earned her degree there in 2000 and moved to Berlin. She started her studies in cinematography in 2001 at the German Academy for Film and Television Berlin (dffb) Her award-winning graduation documentary "Ladies of Fortune" receives nationwide theatrical release in 2012.
  • Filmography
  • 2012 - Ladies of fortune, documentary, feature, graduation
  • 2015 - My Name ist Khadija, documentary, middle long
  • 2017 - Faith Hope Love, documentary, feature
  • 2018 - The Patriot, documentary, short
  • 2019 - Kirill Serebrennikov, documentary, middle long
  • 2019 - Summer Guests, documentary, feature, in development

THE WAR ON MY PHONE


Running for the Jean Loup Passek Award for
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE LENGTH FILM
the war on my phone

Elke Sasse | Germany / Switzerland, 2018, 90'

Hundreds of thousands of people have fled Syria to Europe since 2015. They live among us, and yet they are “not really here”. Every minute their mobile phones may be transmitting messages and videos from Syria; the war is always present on their phones and they can’t do anything about it. The film portrays four people in Europe torn between these two realities and gives an intimate insight into daily life in Syria through private messages and videos from people inside the war zone:

  • Photography: Jakob Stark
  • Sound: Pascal Capitolin, Karsten Höfer
  • Editing Janine Dauterich
  • Production: Holger Preusse
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Elke Sasse
Elke Sasse
Elke Sasse studied literature in Berlin and worked as a journalist for radio and tv before focusing on documentary films. Her films centre on people from all walks of life: She documented the daily life of garlic farmers in China or dancehall pensioners in Berlin. She accompanied homeless people on their way through Germany and former slave workers waiting for justice. She found 100 places called Berlin worldwide, filmed old Ukrainian women on a bank discussing politics and searched for the leftovers of the Berlin wall all over the world. Her last film #MyEscape got several awards. It documents escape routes to Europe by using the videos the refugees themselves filmed during their escape journeys.
  • Filmography
  • 2016 - #MyEscape, 90’
  • 2015 - One Day in Worldwide Berlin, 90’
  • 2014 - Worldwide Berlin, Web-documentary and event
  • 2010 - Babske Radio, 78’
  • 2009 - Where is the wall?, 87’
  • 2008 - Who’s afraid of Europe?, 83’

TINY SOULS


Running for the Jean Loup Passek Award for
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE LENGTH FILM
looking at others

Dina Naser | Jordan / Qatar / France, 2019, 85'

After escaping the Syrian war, a free-spirited young girl and her family must navigate confined life when stranded in Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan. Over four years, the director follows her characters’ lives within barb-wired camp walls, capturing the resilient shift from childhood to adolescence, along with many states of adapting and survival in between, leading up to the eventual clash that threatens their fate.

  • Photography: Hasan Abu Hammad, Dina Naser
  • Sound: Antonin Dalmasso
  • Editing: Najwa Khachimi, Qutaiba Barhamji
  • Music: Ronald Heu
  • Color Grading: Hazem Berrabah
  • Production: Dina Naser
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Dina Naser
Dina Naser
A Jordanian director, writer, and producer with Palestinian roots, Dina Naser holds a BA in Art and Graphic Design. Following her passion for filmmaking, she was granted the scholarship for DOCNOMADS Mobile Documentary School for a two-year MA programme in Lisbon, Budapest, and Brussels. She worked her way through a variety of television and film productions, until she began to direct and produce independently. Her first works are inspired by stories from her homeland. Her short documentary film ‘Shamieh’ (2011) portrays an aging Palestinian woman living in the Zizya refugee camp in Jordan. Her award-winning ‘One Minute’ (2015) tells the story of a woman living in Gaza while it was under attack in 2014. ‘Sea Wash’ (co-director, 2016), a short experimental film, pictures refugees who lost their lives at sea. ‘Tiny Souls’, a documentary project first realized in a nine-minute format, will be Naser’s first feature length film.

TIO TOMÁS, A CONTABILIDADE DOS DIAS
Uncle Thomas, Accounting For The Days


Running for the Jean Loup Passek Award for
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT OR MEDIUM LENGTH FILM
BEST PORTUGUESE DOCUMENTARY
tio tomás

Regina Pessoa | Portugal, 2019, 13'

From Regina’s personal and visual memories, a tribute to her uncle Thomas, a humble man with a simple and anonymous life. This is my acknowledgment how one does not have to be somebody to become exceptional in our life.

  • Photography / Animation: Regina Pessoa, André Marques, Alexandre Braga, Sylvie Trouvé, Dale Hayward, Marc Robinet, Soukaïna Najjaranne, Nils Delot
  • Sound: Normand Roger
  • Editing: Abi Feijó
  • Production: Ciclope Filmes - Abi Feijó; ONF/NFB - Julie Roy; Les Armateurs - Reginald de Guillebon
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Regina Pessoa
Regina Pessoa
Coimbra (Portugal), 1969 Painting Degree at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, 1998 Co-orientation of several animation workshops since 1992 In 1992 she starts working in animation: - Animation, in the film "The Outlaws", by Abi Feijó, 92/93 - Animation and graphic research in the film "Fado Lusitano", 94/95 - Sand animation in the film “Stowaway”, by Abi Feijó, 2000. In 1996 she starts directing. Her films obtained a vast recognition, winning countless awards and becoming inescapable references. All her films are in the Portuguese National Cinema Plan, being studied by children and young people in Schools in Portugal. In 2016 became Senior Lecturer at FILMAKADEMIE - Germany. In 2018 became member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  • Filmography
  • 1999 - A Noite
  • 2001 - Odisseia nas Imagens
  • 2005 - História Trágica com Final Feliz (Tragic Story with Happy Ending)
  • 2012 - Kali o pequeno vampiro (Kali the Little Vampire)

WASH ME PLEASE


Running for the Jean Loup Passek Award for
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT OR MEDIUM LENGTH FILM
wash me please

Ali Nikfar, Saeed Mayahy | Iran, 2018, 6'

She decided to go out and took pictures from demonstrations in street.

  • Photography: Masoud Kazerouni
  • Sound: Saeed Mayahy
  • Editing: Ali Nikfar
  • Production: Ali Nikfar
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Ali Nikfar
Ali Nikfar
Born in Bushehr southern of Iran and this is their fifth short film as director.
  • Filmography
  • 2012 - White
  • 2014 - Plastic Date
  • 2018 - The Fishnet And Fish
  • 2018 - Wash Me Please

Saeed Mayahy
Saeed Mayahy

CINEMA


Guest Film
cinema

Rodrigo Areias | Portugal, 2014, 9'38''

A man prepares an old ritual in a temple abandoned by its followers.

  • Photography: Jorge Quintela
  • Sound:
  • Editing: Rodrigo Areias
  • Production: Rodrigo Areias - BANDO À PARTE
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Rodrigo Areias
Rodrigo Areias
Rodrigo Areias began his studies in Management at the Portuguese Catholic University, graduated in Sound and Image at the School of Arts with specialization in image. He also specialised in Direction on the Tisch School of Arts at New York University and on the production Eurodoc program. He has developed throughout his career, creative work in the field of the independente cinema, in fiction and documentary, alternating with other works of video art and video clips for some of the best bands in the Portuguese rock scene (The Legendary Tiger Man, Wray Gunn, Dead Hand, Sean Riley, D3o, etc..) and various other projects. As a producer, he began his career in 2001 and has since produced and co-produced over 70 short, long, videos and documentaries. He has produced renowned authors like Edgar Pêra, João Canijo and FJ Ossang and young directors as André Gil Mata, João Rodrigues and Jorge Quintela. He also co-produced with Brazil, England, France, Germany and Finland. As a director, among several films, stands out Tebas (feature film) and Corrente(short film) which were represented in over fifty international film festivals and were awarded a dozen times. His second feature film premiered in Official Competition at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and was awarded awith a honorable mension. He was responsible for the film production of Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture where film directors such as Jean-Luc Godard, Aki Kaurismaki, Peter Greenaway, Manoel de Oliveira, Pedro Costa and Victor Erice where included.
  • Filmography
  • 2018 - Hálito Azul (Blue Breath) – Documentário - 75'
  • 2018 - Pixel Frio (Cold Pixel) – curta-metragem ficção - 15'
  • 2016 - Ornamento & Crime (Ornament & Crime) – Longa-metragem ficção - 90'
  • 2015 - O Guardador (The Keeper) – curta-metragem ficção - 15'
  • 2014 - Cinema – Curta-metragem ficção - 9'- 35mm
  • 2013 - 1960 – Documentário -70'- super 8mm
  • 2012 - Estrada de Palha (Hay Road) – longa-metragem de ficção
  • 2012 - Domesticada(Tamed) – curta-metragem ficção co-realizada com Paulo Furtado
  • 2010 - Golias – curta-metragem documental -10'- Super 8mm
  • 2008 - Corrente (Flow) – curta-metragem ficção -16'- 35 mm
  • 2008 - Tebas- longa-metragem ficção - 75'
  • 2007 - D. Afonso Henriques- O Conquistador – Documentário televisivo - 50'
  • 2004 - Tempo Suspenso – curta-metragem experimental - 9'

CIDADE PEQUENA Small Town


Guest Film
cidade pequena

Diogo Costa Amarante | Portugal, 2016, 19'

Returning to Vila do Conde, where he previously presented Rosas Brancas (2013), Diogo Costa Amarante once again explores the theme of family bonds and memories in a story interspersed with more intriguing and disturbing episodes. Cidade Pequena is a film primarily based on very audible sounds and photography, particularly night shots, which create an intimate and immersive atmosphere that aims to draw the audience into its world. Within this relationship, the intervention of the two different narrators is essential in setting the rhythm of the film and emphasising its unusual and interesting duality.

  • Photography: Diogo Costa Amarante
  • Sound: Diogo Costa Amarante, Miguel Cordeiro
  • Editing: Diogo Costa Amarante
  • Production: Diogo Costa Amarante
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Diogo Costa Amarante
Diogo Costa Amarante
Diogo Costa Amarante graduated in Law before making his debut with the documentary Jumate, screened in numerous international festivals and won various awards. In 2009, he participated in the Talent Campus of the Berlinale. His film The White Roses was screened at the Berlinale Shorts in 2014. Graduated in cinema at the Tisch School of Arts in New York. Won the Best Short Film Golden Bear with the Small Town at the Berlinale 2017.
  • Filmography
  • 2016 - Cidade Pequena (Small Town)
  • 2014 - As Rosas Brancas
  • 2012 - Down Here
  • 2009 - Barcelona Film Project: We Have Legs/Time Flies
  • 2009 - En enero, quizás
  • 2007 - Jumate

SINAIS DE SERENIDADE POR COISAS SEM SENTIDO Signs Of Stillness Out Of Meaningless Things


Guest Film
sinais de serenidade

Sandro Aguilar | Portugal, 2012, 28'

According to the perpetual lunar calendar: “When the embers or fire sparks catch to the pot of water, it signifies wind. When the hills echo very loudly and the sea creates great noise, it signifies tempestuous winds and storms at sea. When, at dawn, dense fog is formed, it signifies serenity for two days.” Let’s wait and see.

  • Photography: Rui Xavier
  • Sound: Pedro Melo
  • Editing: Sandro Aguilar
  • Production: Sandro Aguilar, Luís Urbano, O Som e a Fúria
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Sandro Aguilar
Sandro Aguilar
Sandro Aguilar was born in 1974 in Portugal. He is a producer and editor. He studied cinema at the Superior School of Theater and Cinema and is co-founder of the film production company "O Som e a Fúria".
  • Filmography
  • 2017 - Mariphasa
  • 2015 - Undisclosed Recipients
  • 2015 - Bunker
  • 2014 - False Twins
  • 2013 - Dive: Approach And Exit
  • 2011 - And They Went
  • 2010 - Mercúrio
  • 2010 - Voodoo
  • 2007 - Arquivo
  • 2005 - A Serpente
  • 2003 - S/Título
  • 2003 - From Head To Tail
  • 2002 - Remains
  • 2001 - Corpo E Meio
  • 2000 - Sem Movimento
  • 1997 - Estou Perto
  • 1997 - Cadáver Esquisito

MENINA


Guest Film
menina

Cristina Pinheiro | France, 2017, 100'

The story revolves around Luisa Palmeira, born in France from Portuguese immigrants. In 1979, Luisa is ten years old. Almost a grown-up in the eyes of her illiterate mother, she remains just a little girl to her hard-drinking father.

  • Photography: Tristan Tortuyaux
  • Sound: Utku Insel
  • Editing: Isabelle Manquillet
  • Production: Mathieu Bompoint
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Cristina Pinheiro
Cristina Pinheiro
Cristina Pinheiro was born in Tours, France, where her parents settled down after leaving Portugal. She grew up with a double culture that conditioned his love for language. She began her career as an actress and in 2002 made her first short film, Marina Death. In 2012, she makes the short film Liga, produced by Easy Tiger with interpretation by Helena Noguerra and Nanou Garcia. Menina is her first feature film. The argument is selected at the International Festival of Arguments before it takes place in the summer of 2016 with a French-Portuguese cast comprising names such as Nuno Lopes, Beatriz Batarda and young Naomi Biton.

DOMUS


Frontal Shot 2018 . Film Residency
domus

Inês Silva | Portugal, 2019, 14'

There is a place suspended by the currents of the river Minho that overflows the desire to cross the border and run towards new horizons. This is what the small community of Melgaço faces every day - with those who decide to leave. Although there are those who row against the current, to return home.

  • Directing, Editing, Color Grading: Inês Silva
  • Director of Photography, Editing, Sound Mixer: Henrik Ferrara
  • Sound Director: Jéssica Monteiro
  • Cast: Verónica Solheiro
  • Music: "Esse Olhar que era só teu" kindly provided by DEAD COMBO
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domus
Group Biography
Henrik Ferrara, Inês Silva and Jéssica Monteiro were university graduates at the School of Media, Arts and Design from 2015 to 2018. They became friends earlier on and worked on various academic projects together. In 2018, during the Frontal Shot Residency, they got together professionally for the first time to produce the documentary Domus. Currently they are working in the fields of video, photography, film, performance and installation in the metropolitan area of Porto and Braga.

DIREITO POR LINHAS TORTAS
Getting there in a roundabout way


Frontal Shot 2017 . Film Residency
escrever direito por linhas tortas

Martina Tzvetan | Portugal, 2019, 14'

This documentary depicts the story of two men and their respective paths, obstacles, disappointments and achievements that, despite the similarities of their roots, have taken rather different directions.

  • Directing: Martina Tzvetan
  • Director of Photography: Mariana Quaresma
  • Sound Director: Vasco Silva
  • Editing, Color Grading: Vítor Hugo
  • Support: VoArte
  • Cast: Padre José Alberto Sousa, João Paulo Rodrigues

Group Biography
With different experiences, Martina Tzvetan, Mariana Quaresma and Vasco Silva joined in together at the Frontal Shot residency in Melgaço to continue their practice in documentary cinema. They sought pathways and solutions that would respond to the various challenges that have been set forth. They are currently working in different fields. Vítor Hugo was responsible for the editing, sound mixing and colour correction of the documentary.

O ÚNICO DIA QUE NÃO REPETIMOS
The Only Day We Don't Repeat


Frontal Shot 2018 . Film Residency
o único dia que não repetimos

Maria Inês Rodrigues | Portugal, 2019, 17'

From the top of northernmost Portugal, the August sun strikes the prehistoric ruins that remain yet to be filmed. The inhabitants waiting for the beginning of the funeral ceremony are protected from curious glances. This is the reconversion of a memory through the mysteries to which we have no access except by the passage of time.

  • Directing, Photography: Maria Inês Rodrigues
  • Editing, Image Assistance, Special Effects: Joana Baptista
  • Sound Capture: Diego Zon
  • Sound Design: Rolando Babo
  • Cast: Dorinda Domingues, Dorinda Pinheiro, Francisco Esteves, José Pinheiro, Maria Adelina Gonçalves, participantes Melgaço Radical
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o ]unico dia
Group Biography
Maria Inês Rodrigues was born in Porto in 1994. She currently attends a Master's Degree in Directing at Escola de Cinema. This is her first film. Joana Baptista is a videographer and post-producer of documentary video and video clips. This is her latest project. Diego Zon is a director and screenwriter. His latest film, Running Waters, competed at the Berlinale Shorts in the 66th edition of the festival.

SABOR SALGADO
Salted Flavour


Frontal Shot 2018 . Film Residency
sabor salgado

Vasco Trabulo Bäuerle | Portugal, 2019, 8'

Reality and fiction intersect. The myth is reborn.

  • Directing, Editing, Photography: Vasco Trabulo Bäuerle
  • Sound Capture, Sound Mixer: Filipe Moreira
  • Photography, Color: João Dias
  • Cast: Maria Clara dos Santos Araújo, Inês Jonas, Jéssica Monteiro
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sabor salgado
Group Biography
Filipe Moreira, Multimedia Course level IV, from the Multimedia Institute; Graduated in Sound and Image at UCP Porto; Instrument, Musical Training and Joint Classes degree by the Musical Conservatory of Porto; Teacher and Multi-Instrumentalist. João Dias was born in 1996 in the city of Chaves. He was a man of Sciences until he discovered Photography and Cinema. Currently finishing his Degree in Sound and Image at the Catholic University. Vasco Trabulo Bäuerle was born in 1998 in Porto. Graduated in Sound and Image from the School of Arts at Catholic University of Porto. He is currently finishing his final degree project, a fiction film titled “Auspice”.

TONINHO, O RINGO D'ARMANDA
Toninho, Armanda’s Ringo


Frontal Shot 2018 . Film Residency
toninho

Emanuel V. da Silva | Portugal, 2019, 14'

Dislocated in a time when the photographed image of others prevails, Ringo, the aged boy of his mother Armanda, meanders unphotographable on the streets and roads of Melgaço. He invariably collides with unresolved crossroads: where the past, the present, and the foreknowledge of an empty future jostle one another. Crossroads where Ringo’s star shines one moment and fades on another. Where night appears and the dawn forgets.

  • Directing, Photography, Editing: Emanuel V. da Silva
  • Sound Capture, Director's assistant: Luís Miguel Portela
  • Sound Design and Re-recording Mixing: Filipe Moreira
  • Color Grading: Miguel Cervan
  • Cast: António "Ringo" Rodrigues, Ilda Dias, José Henrique Domingues
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Emanuel V. da Silva
Group Biography
They met at the Film Residency and fate determined they would get together to make a film. They have in common the fact that they both come from areas other than the cinema and image - Luis worked in marketing for several years, before turning to photography, his true passion, as his main activity. Emanuel works in IT and directed a couple of short films during the master's degree course that is nearing completion. They both have a special liking for stories and coincide in the passion they place in their artistic representation.