Juries and awards

Official Juries

International Competition

Feature Film Grand Prize “City of Lisbon”
15.000 Euros

TVCine & Series Channels Special Award
Rights acquisition for Portugal

Claire Simon

Born in London and raised in the south of France. She learned cinema as an editor and directed her first shorts independently and as a self-taught person in the late 70s and early 80s. She discovered direct cinema at the Ateliers Varan in the 90s and directed many documentaries since then. In 1997 her first feature fiction, A Foreign Body, premiered at the Directors’ FortnightShe was the Independent Hero at IndieLisboa in 2014.

James Lattimer

Film curator, critic, and filmmaker. Member of the selection committee of Berlinale Forum since 2011. His most recent independent curation project screened at Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art. His writing has appeared in Cinema Scope, Slant Magazine, Fireflies, MUBI’s The Notebook, Film Parlato, Senses of Cinema and desistfilm. His first short All Still Orbit, co-directed with Dane Komljen, premiered in competition at the 2016 Rotterdam International Film Festival.

Pedro Pinho

Director, writer and producer, he studied at the Lisbon Theatre and Film School, and in Paris and London. He co-directed the documentaries Bab Sebta and Trading Cities, and directed the medium-length The End of the World (IndieLisboa 2013) as well as the feature The Nothing Factory, winner of the FIPRESCI Award at the Directors’ Fortnight. In 2009 he co-founded Terratreme, a production company that in recent years has been playing a central role producing and promoting new directors in the Portuguese panorama.


Short Film Grand Prize
4000 Euros

Macao Tourism Awards: Animation, Documentary, Fiction
500 Euros cada/each

Silvestre Award for Best Short Film
750 Euros

Igor Prassel

Born in 1971. From 2002 on he started to run monthly screenings devoted to animated film at the Slovenian Cinematheque, where he currently works as a film curator. Since 2010 he lectures on History and Theory of Animation Film at the University of Nova Gorica. In 2012 the Slovenian Cinematheque published his book The Filmography of Slovene Animated Film 1952 – 2012. In 2004 he founded the Animateka International Animated Film Festival, where he is since the artistic director.

Joana Barrios

Actress graduated from the Lisbon Theatre and Film School, she undertook postgraduate studies in Barcelona in Film Criticism and Pop Music. She began working with her fetish theatre company, Teatro Praga, in 2008. She was the friendliest nightclub doorwoman ever, at Lux/Frágil. She writes and presents, with André e. Teodósio, the tv show Super Swing, on Canal Q. She has been a blogger at Trashédia since 2009, and in 2017 she launched Nhom Nhom, her first book. It’s a cookbook for kids.

Salla Tykkä

Born in 1973. As a visual artist, she works with film, video and photography since 1996. She graduated in 2003 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, Finland, and participated in the Venice Biennale in 2001. Tykkä has had many solo and group exhibitions in different museums and galleries. Her films are a frequent addition to film festivals. Her short Giant (2014) won the Tiger Award at the 43rd International Film Festival Rotterdam.

National Competition

Allianz Award for Best Portuguese Feature Film
5000 Euros

Best Director in a Feature Film
1000 Euros

Dolce Gusto Award for Best Portuguese Short Film
2000 Euros

FCSH/NOVA New Talent Award
1500 Euros

Brand New Competition

Walla Collective + Portugal Film Brand New Award
2000 Euros in services + promotion and sales

Fabianny Deschamps

Born in 1975. She studied theatre and was an assistant stage manager. In cinema she worked as an art decorator and assistant director, before making her own shorts: Stories of BonsaiIn My BosomThe Deep End and The Edge. Her features, NEW TERRITORIES and ISOLA premiered at the ACID programme, in Cannes. Fabianny also worked as a reader and screenplay consultant for CNC and Canal +.  She is currently President of the Association du Cinema Indépendant pour sa Diffusion (ACID), and is preparing her new two films.

Kim Yutani

Kim focuses on US and World Cinema dramatic features for the Sundance Film Festival, where she’s a senior programmer. She oversees short film programming for the festival, where she has been a shorts programmer since 2006. Kim is also the Artistic Consultant for Outfest Los Angeles, one of the world’s leading events for LGBT cinema, where she was the Artistic Director and the Director of Programming. Prior to her film festival work, Kim was a film critic and freelance journalist focusing on independent film.

António Caldeira Pires

He studied theater at Escola Superior de Teatro do Conservatório Nacional and at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York. As an actor he has worked with Osório Mateus, Nuno Carinhas, Lúcia Sigalho and Richard Foreman, among others. In cinema, he acted in films directed by Luís Noronha da Costa, Cristina Hauser, Manoel de Oliveira and João Mário Grilo. He worked as thater director and teacher. Since 2016, he has regularly exhibited his art work, and is represented in colections from Ar.co and Figueiredo Ribeiro. Currently he works for Gulbenkian Foundation as a coordinator of Performing Arts and Cinema.

Silvestre Competition

Silvestre Award for Best Feature Film
1500 Euros

Penny Lam

Born in Macao in 1988, during the era of Portuguese colony. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Macao and finished an MA in Screen Documentary at Goldsmiths, University of London. He started making films in 2007, working mostly in documentaries. His latest project is the short Illegalist (IndieLisboa 2018). Lam is currently the festival director and curator of the Macao International Documentary Film Festival.

Rüdiger Suchsland

Born in 1968, lives in Berlin, and studied history, philosophy and international politics. He works as a critic and expert for political theory and is a regular contributor to German media outlets. He is a curator at the film festivals of Mannheim-Heidelberg and of Ludwigshafen, and a FIPRESCI member. He directed the documentaries Caligari – When Horror entered Cinema (2014) and From Caligari to Hitler – German Cinema in the Age of the Masses (IndieLisboa 2015).

Mariana Ricardo

Born in 1980. She divides her activity between music and cinema. She is part of the bands They’re Heading West, The Secret Museum of Mankind, and others. She composed and interpreted the soundtracks of the films Xavier and 4 Copas by Manuel Mozos and of The Face You Deserve by Miguel Gomes. She co-signed the script of the films of Miguel Gomes – Our Beloved Month of August, Tabu, Arabian Nights – of João Nicolau – The Sword and the Rose and John From – as well as of Ramiro by Manuel Mozos.

IndieMusic Competition

Schweppes IndieMusic Award
1000 Euros

Gonçalo Frota

He started in 1999, writing about music in the Blitz newspaper and later in the weekly Sol and Time Out. He currently writes for the newspaper Público and is also a contributor to Songlines, a UK magazine. He is the author of the notes of the complete reprint of the work of José Afonso in Orfeu and the preface to the reprint of Bernardo Sassetti’s Unreal – Sidewalk Cartoon. In the last two years, he has been a member of the jury of the Portuguese Association of Theater Critics.

Maria Reis

Lisbon, 1993, professional in Music as songwriter, guitarist, singer and co-founder of the bands Os Passos Em Volta, 100 Leio, Kridinhux and Pega Monstro since the age of 15. Simultaneously she works at Cafetra Records as editor, programmer, designer and producer. In 2017 she debuted solo with the EP “Maria”, the same year she also acted for the first time in the film Aos Nossos Amigos by Afonso Mota.

Pedro Santos

Culturgest’s current music programmer. He had the same role at the Maria Matos Municipal Theatre between 2009 and 2017. He programmed for the festivals Zé Dos Bois’ Atlântico in 1999, Número in 2001 and MadeiraDig in 2004. He co-founded the record store Flur. As a sound artist, with the project Major Eléctrico, he co-created radio as well as music programs for dance performances, having performed live in several countries.

Non-official Juries

The non-official juries are partners of the festival, and attribute awards following their own criteria, within the IndieLisboa 2018 programming.

Amnesty International Jury
Amnesty International Award
(1500 euros)
Miguel Ferreira (Amnesty International Direction)
Ana Cristina Pereira (Journalist)
Hugo van der Ding (Cartoonist)

Árvore da Vida Jury
Árvore da Vida Award for Best Portuguese Film
(2000 euros)
João Pedro Vala (Researcher)
José Tolentino Mendonça (Theologian and poet)
Olívia Reis (Teacher)

Schools Jury
Schools Award
Marta Serôdio – Escola Secundária Virgílio Ferreira
Matilde Almeida – Escola Secundária de Camões
Pedro Gonçalves – Colégio de Artes Casa Pia

Universities Jury
Universities Award
André Francisco – Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa (FLUL)
Duarte Nuno Andrez Nery – Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema (ESTC)
Miguel Revel – Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas – Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Audience Jury
(International Competition, National Competition, Silvestre, Brand New, IndieJunior, Mouth of Madness)
Feature Film Award
(2000 Euros)
Short Film Award
(1000 Euros)
DoctorGummy IndieJunior Audience Award
(500 Euros)