Jury and Awards


International Feature Film Competition Jury

Feature Film Grand Prize City of Lisbon
15.000 Euros

Delphine’s Prayers, Rosine Mbakam
This film extends an important lineage of feminist nonfiction, asking us to listen to a woman who narrates her life with agency and dignity. A powerful act of co-creation between the filmmaker and her subject, Delphine’s Prayers reflects on positionality, complicity, and the intersections of race, class, and migration. The jury commends Mbakam’s careful deployment of mise-en-scène; voice, and cinematography.

TVCINE Special Award
Rights acquisition for Portugal

The Inheritance, Ephraim Asili
A film that creates a space of gathering for the voices, histories, and artistic practices of Black liberation. With humour, insight, and commitment, it poetically imagines future possibilities and communities.

Bas Devos

Bas Devos was born in Zoersel, Belgium in 1983. He is first and foremost a filmmaker.  After making four short films, he completed his debut feature film, Violet (2014). The film screened in Generation where it won the Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International Jury. His second feature, Hellhole (2019) premiered in Berlinale Panorama and won the prize for best director in Hong Kong. Later that year he finished Ghost Tropic (2019) starring Saadia Bentaïeb which had its world premiere at the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes. Since 2008 Bas has also worked as a Light Designer for dance and theater. He teaches film in Brussels at the LUCA School of Arts.

Erika Balsom

Erika Balsom is Reader in Film Studies at King’s College London. She is the author of four books, most recently a monographic study of James Benning’s 2004 film Ten Skies (Fireflies Press, 2021). Her critical writing appears in publications including Artforum, Cinema Scope, and 4Columns. In 2018, she was the recipient of a Leverhulme Prize.

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Joana Craveiro

Joana Craveiro is a playwright, actress, director and anthropologist. She holds a Ph.D. from Roehampton University. She founded Teatro do Vestido in 2001 and has directed it ever since. In her work, she uses the methodologies of oral history and anthropology to investigate and create plays, performances and various texts. She is an associate researcher at IHC / Nova and an adjunct professor at ESAD.CR. She is interested in everything that has to do with memory, life stories and Portuguese political history.

International Short Film Competition Jury

BetClic Short Film Grand Prize
4.000 Euros

Keep Shiftin’, Verena Wagner
For its sensitive portrayal of modern-day alchemists. For its rigorous and unique gaze, and for immersing us in a transfixing universe that feels fantastical despite its non-fictional reality.

Best Animation Short Film Award
500 Euros

Thank You, Julian Gallese
This is a tale of birth and death, composed in the freshest and most seemingly effortless way. It creates a deep sense of familiarity by elevating the banality and randomness of everyday life into something altogether different. It’s an invitation to a party, but not everyone is invited.

Best Documentary Short Film Award
500 Euros

Seeking Aline, Rokhaya Marieme Balde
Reclaiming a narrative can be hard. By plucking an important story from the confinement of the local, and showing the global the origins and forms that empowerment can take, this filmmaker does just that. And not least by subverting and testing the limits of the cinematic language.

Special Mention
Ain’t no Time for Women, Sarra El Abed
Celebrating femininity is an intimate ritual that is not necessarily about aesthetics alone. It is about valuing your place in the world as a woman, and never taking for granted certain rights that can be hijacked from you in a moment. We want to give this film a special mention not only for its sensitive and personal portrayal of this subject, but also because we are concerned that in 2021, this film is just as pertinent as ever.

Best Fiction Short Film Award
500 Euros

Come Here, Marieke Elzerman
How to want and not need. How to love and not depend. How to be alone, but not lonely, and how to stay without looking for emergency exits. For its emotional, subtle approach to questions unique to the human condition. For its perfect casting, and for our sincere hope this filmmaker keeps creating.

Special Mention
Lonely Blue Night, Johnson Cheng
Communication can not always take place through language. In fact more often than not, the sincerest confessions come from the most surprising of gestures. For its meticulous structure, and for its very controlled and trenchant gaze.

Bianca Lucas

Bianca Lucas is a filmmaker and programmer of the European Shorts section at the Sarajevo Film Festival. Of Polish and Australian origin, she was born in 1989 in Switzerland. She graduated from Goldsmiths College, in 2010 with a degree in Media and Communications and specialisation in Film Studies. In 2017, she graduated from a three-year filmmaking course at the Film.Factory, helmed by Hungarian director Béla Tarr. Her films have been screened at festivals such as Rotterdam, New Horizons, Premiers Plans d’Angers, and Winterthur. She is part of the Bistrik7 Film Collective.

Mariana Gaivão

Born in Lisbon, she studied Photography at Ar.Co and Directing at ESTC. Her short films have been screened and awarded in festivals worldwide, including IFFR – Rotterdam, Palm Springs, ZINEBI, Oberhausen, DocLisboa, Curtas – Vila do Conde, among many others. Her latest short, Ruby, awarded Best Director in Curta – Vila do Conde and Best Creative Short at Medfilm Festival, premiered in cinemas in several countries, including Brazil and Iceland. Her most recent work, currently in production stage, is based on the intersections and contradictions of collective and personal/familiar memory of contemporary Europe.

Réka Bucsi

Réka Bucsi graduated from MOME Budapest in 2013. Her films were screened in competition at various festivals including Berlinale, Annecy, SXSW and Sundance. Réka’s debut film LOVE was nominated for Best Short Film at the European Film Awards. Her film Solar Walk won the Audi Short Film Award at the Berlinale 2018. She was a speaker at Pictoplasma, Pratt Institute NYC, FMX Germany and a guest teacher at CalArts. Her clients include Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Netflix and FX Networks.


National Competition Jury

Best Portuguese Feature Film Award
5.000 Euros

Jack’s Ride, Susana Nobre
Through the story of a man who wishes to spend his retirement in his own country, the director managed to capture the struggle of a certain part of Portuguese society that emigrated during the dictatorship and returned to their homeland after decades. The tenderness and warmth in which the director shows the care of the main character goes beyond the silver screen and touches the audience’s heart.

Best Director in a Portuguese Feature Film
1.000 Euros

Simon Calls, Marta Sousa Ribeiro
The award goes to the debuting director, who was able to capture not only the mental but also the physical development of a young boy over the course of five years, who has to cope with the separation of his parents. A distinctive formal approach significantly helps to sensitively show the whole range of basic human emotions.

Dolce Gusto Award for Best Portuguese Short Film
2.000 Euros

What Remains, Daniel Soares
A beautifully shot contemplative and touching story about an old man living alone who decided to sacrifice the last living being he lives with.

The Yellow Color New Talent Award
1.500 Euros

The Shift, Laura Carreira
The surgically precise direction depicts a strongly emotional story that shows the hopelessness and cruelty of work insecurity and the fragility of the living conditions in which we live.

 Daniel Vadocky

Daniel Vadocky has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Trnava and in Film Studies from the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. He has lectured on Philosophy and Aesthetics at the Department of Film and has published articles on world cinema, film history and theory in various magazines and newspapers. He is a Programmer of the short film competition at the Art Film Fest in Slovakia. He also works as Sales Agent for Negativ Film Productions in Prague.

Mercedes Martínez-Abarca

Mercedes Martínez-Abarca is a film programmer and consultant. She has worked since 2009 at International Film Festival Rotterdam, where she is currently a programmer and a selection committee member for the Hubert Bals Fund. Mercedes is also part of the selection committee for Primer Corte and Copia Final of Ventana Sur / Marché du Film de Cannes. In the past, she coordinated the Holland Film Meeting Co-production Platform, worked at the sales agency Fortissimo Films and collaborated with film festivals and co-production platforms such as Abycine Lanza and Gijón International Film Festival.

Ramiro Ledo Cordeiro

He is the founder and director of Atalante, a distributor company created in 2021 that combines in its catalog first films and films that are part of the history of cinema. Since 2019 he has also been managing partner and programmer of Cinema Duplex in Ferrol (Coruña). Previously, he directed the Numax cooperative (since 2014), being responsible for the areas of cinema and distribution. His work as a film entrepreneur was recognized with an award by Europa Cinemas.


Brand New Competition Jury

Brand New BetClic Award
1.500 Euros + Portugal Film promotion and sales

Hunting Day, Alberto Seixas
A micro-narrative that embodies what cinema is:  make-belive, imagination, questionning reality through fiction. The jury was impressed by the aesthetic and the timing of the actions. In a few minutes the filmmaker created a sensory experience with a strong sense of camera work and framing.

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Delphine Jeanneret

Delphine Jeanneret was recently appointed co-head of the cinema department at Geneva University of Art and Design HEAD. She has more than 15 years of experience as a programmer and curator in film festivals, where she also developed several workshops for upcoming filmmakers. After Fribourg IFF, Neuchâtel IFFF, Solothurn FF, she is now part of the artistic committee at Winterthur, Locarno (Open Doors section) and La Fête du Slip in Lausanne. She holds an MA in History of art and English & American literature, as well as a DAS in cultural management.

Maria João Mayer

Maria João Mayer is the founder of the production company Maria & Mayer. Mayer is internationally renowned for discovering new talents in Portugal (such as João Salaviza and Gabriel Abrantes) and for offering others, such as Margarida Cardoso, Marco Martins, and Flora Gomes, the opportunity for developing their work freely. She recently produced Diamantino (2018), the surprising feature film by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt, winner of the 2018 Critics’ Week Grand Prize at Cannes.

Mia Tomé

Mia Tomé is a Portuguese actress born in 1994. She was awarded the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s grant Specialization and Valorization in Arts to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York. She graduated from Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema (2015), and finished her master’s degree in Cinema and Education at Faculdade de Belas Artes de Lisboa (2018). She worked with Lígia Soares and João Pedro Mamede in several theatres. In cinema she worked with Manuel Mozos, Eugenne Green and João Salaviza.
She wrote a weekly chronicle in Expresso – Vida Extra, and she’s currently the author and host of the podcast and tv show Querem Drama?.


Silvestre Features Jury

Silvestre Award for Best Feature Film
1.500 Euros

By the Throat, Effi & Amir
A subject rather hard to narrate is told with convincing fluidity and a creative use of an arsenal of multiple media in the service of an urgent issue which is clearly and cleverly addressed. The directors look at human movement from an angle hardly touched upon before, employing linguistics in a political context which is both rare and precious. A moving, constantly thought-provoking work of archive-based cinema, they have looked at our world today with fresh eyes, and for once, with «fresh ears».

Special Mention
Forest – I See you Everywhere, Bence Fliegauf
A laborious construction of a mise-en-scène suited to universal stories about personal problems, written and performed with special vigor, drama and brilliance.

Anabela Moutinho

Anabela was born in Coimbra in 1959. She belonged to the Direction of the Cineclube de Faro between 1992 and 2015, where she promoted intense activity in the programming and organization of cinematographic events. Since 1993, she has collaborated, as a judge, in several film festivals, as well as in public calls for granting support to film production or training in Portugal.

Ehsan Khoshbakht

Ehsan Khoshbakht is a film curator and filmmaker, writer and architect. He co-directs the festival of film history and film restoration, Il Cinema Ritrovato, in Bologna. He has authored, edited and contributed to more than ten books, in Persian and English, on subjects ranging from film and architecture to film and music. Based in London, Ehsan’s short documentaries for television were produced for BBC World Service, often involving the use of archival material which also became the main approach he took in making his first feature documentary, Filmfarsi (2019). An architect by training, Ehsan maintains blogs on jazz (which he calls his first passion) and film.

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Maria do Carmo Piçarra

Maria do Carmo Piçarra is a researcher hired at ICNOVA / FCSH and a professor at UAL. She holds a PhD in Communication Sciences, is a journalist and film programmer. Among other books and articles, she published Projectar a ordem. Cinema do Povo e propaganda salazarista 1935 – 1954 (2020), Azuis ultramarinos. Propaganda colonial e censura no cinema do Estado Novo (2015) and Salazar vai ao cinema I e II (2006, 2011). She coordinated, with Jorge António, the trilogy Angola, the birth of a nation (2013, 2014, 2015) and, with Teresa Castro, (Re) Imagining African Independence. Film, Visual Arts and the Fall of the Portuguese Empire (2017).

Silvestre Shorts Jury

Silvestre Award for Best Short Film
1.000 Euros

One Image, Two Acts, Sanaz Sohrabi
A fascinating, captivating and educating piece of art that manages to transform archival and historic images into a poetic and political examination of the relation and struggles between countries and their colonial powers. It uses a self-ethnographic perspective and a complex formal structure, guiding the gaze of the viewers in an extremely clever way and with the means of cinema.

Palma, Alexe Poukine
A beautiful film that was realized with love, delicacy and sensitivity, based on a great idea of filming an already lived situation, showing the complexities of life and relationships. We roam around with the brilliant actresses and take part in an intense, sometimes traumatizing, but always loving experience that the director amazingly captures for the big screen.

Daniel Ebner

Daniel Ebner (1981) is the co-founder and Festival Director of Vienna Shorts. He has a Master’s degree in Political Science and studied Cultural Studies and Film Studies in Vienna and Berlin. Daniel has been a cultural editor and film critic at APA Austrian Press Agency. He is the co-producer of the football short-film reel Eleven Minutes (A/CH 2008), a film advisor for the state of Vorarlberg, co-founder of the Association of Austrian Film Festivals and the initiative Fair Festival Work Now, and also works as a film and art curator.

Maíra Zenun

Maíra Zenun is an immigrant artist, mother, Brazilian poet in transit. She was born in Rio de Janeiro, she was created in Petrópolis, grew up in Brasilia and since 2016 she is from the Sintra Line, Amadora, Portugal. Student of the Master in Artistic Photography at IPCI, she holds a PhD in Sociology of Culture at UFG, with the thesis A Cidade e o Cinema [Negro]: the FESPACO Case, about the largest and oldest film festival taking place in Africa. Since 2016, she coordinates and curates film programmes, such as the Mostra Internacional de Cinema na Cova – Africa and its Diasporas.

Rita Cruchinho Neves

Born in Lisbon. Degree in Architecture, Universidade Lusíada. At 11 years old, she joined the first animation course at ACARTE-Gulbenkian. Animation film studies at the University of Bristol and Escola Superior de Belas Artes, Lisbon. Animator in short films of several directors, awarded in international festivals. She founded the multidisciplinary atelier MODO, as a director, architect and designer. Vígil (2015) and Lengalongas (TV series, 2019) are some of her most recent works.


IndieMusic Jury

Prémio IndieMusic
1.000 Euros

Sisters with Transistors, Lisa Rovner & 9 Sevilles, Pedro G. Romero e Gonzalo García Pelayo
By approaching unavoidable themes of the social context in which we live in, but at opposite poles, one with a more rational and documentary perspective, the other more organic and visceral, we consider that aesthetic coherence, narrative consistency and thematic relevance are on the same level in both.

Cláudia Guerreiro

Born in Lisbon in 1980. Graduated in sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon in 2004, after attending 4 years of the SNBA drawing course, and completed a master’s degree in scientific illustration in 2012. Since 2005 she has been working on projects of animation cinema, in the construction of puppets, sets and props, for directors such as José Miguel Ribeiro and Nuno Beato. In a close relationship with music, she has some publications on records by Filho da Mãe, Linda Martini and PAUS. She plays bass in Linda Martini.

Yaw Tembe

Yaw Tembe, born in Swaziland, graduated from the Lisbon School of Music (2018) in the Jazz course, and from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Porto in Sculpture, has developed a work characterized by the exploration of the concepts of transience and fragility in a process that has crossed several areas of creation – music, visual arts, video and dance. Since 2020, he is a programmer for music and sound arts at Teatro do Bairro Alto.

© Luísa Ferreira

Yen Sung

Yen Sung is a pioneer of Portuguese dance music and has been a vital presence in Lisbon’s house scene since the early 90s, first at the legendary Frágil club, and later in Luxfrágil, where she’s still one of the main residents. At a time when it was still uncommon for women to command the dancefloor behind the decks, Yen became a symbol of fierce determination and undeniable taste for a new generation of Lisbon clubbers and DJs. Yen Sung has toured internationally and locally, cementing her reputation with stone-cold house music sets.


The non-official juries are partners of the festival, and deliver awards following their own criteria within the IndieLisboa 2021 programming.

Amnesty International Jury

Amnesty International Award
1.500 Euros

Radiograph of a Family, Firouzeh Khosrovani
The film draws a profound portrait of a country, Iran, from the (masterful) reconstruction of the filmmaker’s family history, from her parents’ marriage to the present day. A family torn between the secularism of the father and the Islamic orthodoxy of the mother. In a world, and in a geography, where extremism increasingly shapes the future of society, Khosrovani’s family, despite the gap that separates the parents, extols a message of tolerance, proving to us that religion and secularity, constituting legitimate life choices, don’t have to be imposed, and each one of us, in freedom, can assume their own conduct. The director, growing up within this dichotomy, is a good example of this free choice. Formally, “Radiograph of a Family” exhibits an original expression, whose mainstay is the visual metaphor of a house that, transformed into a guiding thread in the narrative, reveals to us the different political times in Iran. The photographic survey, the visual archive and the sound underpin this magnificent journey into the (apparently) inaccessible spectrum of tolerance.


Pedro Coelho



Romeu Costa


Sandra Pereira

Amnesty International Board Member

Árvore da Vida Jury

Árvore da Vida Award for Best Portuguese Film
2.000 Euros

Sopro, Pocas Pascoal
«Life begins every second of the day»: the conviction of the co-protagonist of this documentary runs through a narrative burned by poetry. The desperation for the slowness of a State that is insensitive to misery is balanced by the tenderness and tenacity of a simple and humble family, which, in the night of tears, and in the imminence of a world that extinguishes with a groan, is illuminated by the “perpetual star”, the ultimate and imperishable hope. With a fair look that never falls into sentimentality, the director conveys the bonds that unite human beings to nature, shaken by climate change sparked by the seduction of comfort and money, and shows how Portugal, also with the courage and wisdom of immigrants, it has within itself the seeds to rise from the ashes.

Inês Gil

Filmmaker and teacher

Rui Martins


Audience Jury

International Competition, National Competition, Silvestre, Brand New, IndieJúnior, Mouth of Madness

Feature Film Award
1.500 Euros
Ladies of the Wood, Claus Drexel

Short Film Award
1.000 Euros
You’re Dead, Hélène, Michiel Blanchart

IndieJúnior Audience Award
500 Euros
Inkt, Erik Verkerk e Joost van den Bosch


Portuguese Film Fund Jury

1.500€ Financial support (Escola das Artes, Universidade Católica Portuguesa – Porto)

• Périphérique Nord, by Paulo Carneiro (Vento Forte, Head-Geneva, Switzerland / Portugal)
A young car aficionado travels 2000km north and meets some of his fellow countrymen, who have been forced to leave their country; together, they share a love for cars.

6.000€ Sound post-production services (Digital Mix Music and Image)

• Between Light and Nowhere, by Joana de Sousa (Primeira Idade, Portugal)
For weeks, Shade hasn’t been sleeping well. Unexplainable lights appear in the sky. Shade seems to be floating, in an intermediate state in which the reality of the world around them does not sustain itself.

• Kinté Bô, by Sofia Borges (Oxalá Filmes, Portugal / São Tomé e Príncipe)
The island is inhabited by ghosts that interfere with everyday life. There is a debt from the past that plagues the fishing activity of Bumba and the future of the population.

6.000€ or (2.000€ for three short films) for the creation of an original soundtrack (GDA Foundation)

• Between Light and Nowhere, by Joana de Sousa (Primeira Idade, Portugal)
For weeks, Shade hasn’t been sleeping well. Unexplainable lights appear in the sky. Shade seems to be floating, in an intermediate state in which the reality of the world around them does not sustain itself.

• Saturn, by André Guiomar e Luís Costa (Olhar de Ulisses, Cimbalino Filmes, Portugal)
Saturn tells the story of Caveirinha, a humble fisherman who lives in a difficult social housing. Immediately after the death of his son at the sea, he faces the difficulty of burying him with dignity.

• The Bath, by Maria Inês Gonçalves (Maria Inês Gonçalves, Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola, Portugal/Spain)
The baby plays with the boat in the bathtub. Suddenly, the boat turns around. Suddenly, the boat isn’t the boat in the bathtub anymore, but the boat in the sea. Suddenly the baby isn’t the baby anymore but it’s me.

Image post-production (The Yellow Color)

• Ultimate Bliss, by Miguel de Jesus (C.R.I.M, Austrália, Qatar, Portugal)
A film-diary and an exercise of memory, about a future that is as remote as it is wild.

Daniel Ebner

Sung Moon

Salvador Sobral