2017 Summer edition


Showcasing innovative independent cinema from around the world by up-and-coming artists.

In association with Venice Film Week.

Aiming to inspire, motivate and award new talent.

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The Lisbon International Film Festival is a quarterly online film festival meant to showcase innovative independent cinema from around the world by up-and-coming artists.

The festival hopes to be the voice and representation for films with a unique voice and message, regardless of how low the budget might be.

Aiming to inspire, motivate and award new talent.



Lisbon Bull Award (aka ‘Best of the Fest’)
Best Experimental Film
Im Rules (Estonia) by Maria Netti Nüganen

Up close and personal. Maria Netti Nüganen has studied dance, circus, theatre and music. Her interest is to explore the potential of these arts on contemporary performative scene.

Best Narrative Feature Film
RUN / FLUCHT (Germany) by frank blau

Germany. The situation has changed from democracy to a kind of military dictatorship. L., a woman age30, mother of two little children is being blackmailed by the department of homeland-security: She has to hand over a so called terrorist. B. is on the run. She is forced to leave Germany. L. finds B. in the forrests, they walk together.After some time L. realises, that she and B. are in the same desperate situation. Run- a movie about trust, loneliness and the morality of betrayal.

Best Documentary Feature Film
Omar & Gloria (Mexico) by Jimmy Cohen

Omar and Gloria are an extraordinary Danzon couple. Omar relates to the world through Gloria. Gloria relates to the world through her video camera.

Best Portuguese Cinema Now
Nortik (Portugal) by Tiago Iúri

An exploration has to be carried out on the planet Nortik by Jane and her colleagues, but the mission doesn't happen as expected. It consisted in looking for someone superior to us, humans.

Best Animated Feature Film
Release from Heaven (Iran, Islamic Republic of) by Ali Noori Oskouei

In a war torn country, a female writer and teacher has to accompany two of her students on a life changing journey.

Best Narrative Short Film
Three months (France) by Diego Neptali Aldana Torres

A young woman fights untiringly for the custody of her daughter.

Best Documentary Short Film
Eliamani's Homestead (Germany) by Vanessa Wijngaarden

Eliamani’s husband has left her behind at their cowdung home on the Tanzanian savannah in order to look for work, and she has not heard from him for a long time. There has been very little food in the house for weeks, and she and her child have not eaten anything the whole day. All of a sudden Eliamani’s brother-in-law Paolo walks into her homestead with a group of Dutch tourists. Will she and her friend Pendo be able to make some money and buy their families a meal?

Best Underground Film
Marvins Place (Germany) by Julian Bollerhoff

Two unsuccessful, but overambitious young filmmakers are running out of luck with their latest pseudo documentary film project until they find the socially isolated student Marvin. He would do almost anything for a small amount of attention, and they would do everything for a larger amount of fame. From the start this relationship could not be farer away from being mutually beneficial. But when they manage to talk the woman of his unfulfilled desires into the project an orgy of self-destruction unfolds. Her own wounded psyche turns out to be the perfect ally for the cynical cold camera. The unconventional perspective of this short movie brings voyeurism to a painful new level. Against their will the audience is forced to become partners in crime with the filmmakers while watching young Marvin's hopeless struggle. An emotional character study and an incisive satire about the act of filmmaking. It is the dark absurdity when men who could not be less interested in human beings are in the business of selling human emotions.

Best Animated Short Film
Addison Groove - Changa (United Kingdom) by Vector Meldrew

Lose your mind with this warped and wonderful journey through preternatural dance moves.

Narrative Feature Film / Official Selection
The Mother, the Son and the Grandmother (Chile) by Benjamin Brunet

Cristóbal (27) arrives to Chaitén, his birthplace, after the eruption of one close volcano. He will meet in this trip Ana and María, with whom he will build a temporary family, living intimate moments of change.

Narrative Feature Film / Official Selection
Conditional Release (Iran, Islamic Republic of) by Mr. Hossein Shahabi

Kamali , is a middle age man who has been sentenced to 20 years in prison due to undone guilt . After 10 years imprisonment, he has been released conditionally. In the unbridle society in which the legal articles are enforced by money or people's taste , avoidance of any sort of punishable act, , strife and affray is the biggest challenge in front of him .

Narrative Feature Film / Official Selection
My One and Only (Brazil) by JONATHAN ALBERT MURPHY

A beautiful woman, a married man and a stalker. A love triangle of obsession, played out in our world of constant communication.

Documentary Feature Film / Official Selection
GIRLS DON'T FLY (Germany) by Monika Grassl

An airstrip, a hangar and a classroom somewhere in rural Ghana: This is the place where 18-year-old Lydia and 20-year-old Esther hope to achieve their dream: learning how to fly. They have joined the first aviation school for girls in West Africa. There, an ambitious Englishman wants to train young women from rural areas to become pilots. According to the praise it received resulting from vast media coverage, this flying school might be no less than a godsend for young ambitious girls, looking for a future beyond the patriarchal structures of their society. But appearances are deceiving. Yet, during training and everyday life at the Aviation Academy Western ideals collide with African values, and the girls gradually realize, that their dream of flying comes at a price.  The film takes on a critical stance towards the so-called "charity-industrial complex" and, at the same time, respectfully approaches the hopes and fears of its protagonists.

Documentary Feature Film / Official Selection
Unwanted heritage (Croatia) by Irena Skoric

WWII monuments of the ex Yugoslavia, work of best east European artists, once vorshiped, now they and their symbolism have been abandoned, neglected and destroyed. Monuments are silent witnesses to the times when they were built and the people who built them. Through monuments one can trace the history of human kind. Monuments teach us about different customs, religions, cultures, economies, wars and social norms. Had their monuments not been preserved many peoples would have perished without a trace. Thousands of monuments were built throughout the former Yugoslavia in the 1945-1990 period to commemorate the sites where World War II battles had been fought and to promote antifascism. These monuments were once favorite destinations for school trips and political gatherings, as well as a necessary part of all family photos. The main focus of this film is the destiny of these monuments as secondary raw materials.

Documentary Feature Film / Official Selection
My Best (United Kingdom) by Luigi Maria Perotti

George Best is one of the greatest footballers to have played the beautiful game. His tragic death at the hands of alcohol left many issues unresolved within his family, none more so than with his only child Calum. Mirroring his father’s lifestyle, Calum has gone down a path that has left him lost, without direction. On the 10th anniversary of his father’s death, Calum decides to embark down a new road to discover the real George Best. Calum believes that by going through this process he will learn what really made his father tick, and in so doing discover who he really is as his father’s so

Documentary Feature Film / Official Selection
PORNO E LIBERTA' (Italy) by Carmine Amoroso

Between 1960 and 1980, Italian pornographers were not purely interested in money. In this review containing many uncensored excerpts, they link their films - often illegal at the time - with the battle for political, cultural and personal freedoms. They include the pioneer Lasse Braun, who inspired the Danish parliament to decriminalise pornography; Giuliana Gamba, the first female porno director in Italy; and Riccardo Schicchi, who helped porn star Cicciolina (later the muse of Jeff Koons) to become a member of the Italian parliament. Film critic Marco Giusti points out that arthouse films like Last Tango in Paris (1972) transgress the same sexual boundaries. Bernardo Bertolucci declares on archive footage: "Pornography should be entirely liberated!" There’s no mention of abuse in porn productions. There are feminist objections and writer Helena Velena regrets the fact that "show business managed to remove the subversive and vibrant power that porn had".

Narrative Short Film / Official Selection
BLIND SEAM (Iceland) by Eric Du Bellay

Two teenagers, Katrin and Alex, are in a loosy sofa. She asks him why he doesn’t want to sleep with her… Cut ! We are in the middle of film shooting. Eva, 16, is directing...

Narrative Short Film / Official Selection
MEMENTO MORI (Germany) by Nina Schiena

A boy spends hours on a busy holiday-beach. His impressions and thoughts intertwine to a current perception, that is concerned with transience. The cinematic essay `Memento Mori´ understands life and death as a unit and questions the fear of death.

Narrative Short Film / Official Selection
The Animal (Turkey) by Atasay Koc

A woman hits a dog with her car in the middle of damn nowhere. She can not drive off as her son refuses to get into car if she doesn't euthanize the dog moaning in his death agony.

Narrative Short Film / Official Selection
VECINAS (Belgium) by Natalia Sardi

Partly autobiographical, “VECINAS” is the story of two solitudes brought closer by the laws of magnetism.

Narrative Short Film / Official Selection
Wine and Eggs (Turkey) by Sertac Bozkurt

A woman watches out the window of in the house. The excitement that she had when her husband's knock the door shows us that days end would be different than other days.

Narrative Short Film / Official Selection
Dem (Turkey) by YALÇIN DEMİRAĞ

Dem tells the story of Raul who lives with a dilemma of staying or leaving and his wife Imelda and their story with an old accordion out of tune.

Narrative Short Film / Official Selection
Oslo Traffic (Norway) by Johanna Pyykkö

A Norwegian woman and a Romanian woman - who is a victim of sex trafficking - are facing a troublesome night after accidentally killing a sex buyer.

Narrative Short Film / Official Selection
Through the supermarket in five easy pieces (Finland) by Anna Maria Joakimsdottir-Hutri

In this dance film a family tries to manage through the weekly grocery shopping without disintegrating. The moment they enter the supermarket the children go off in separate directions and the parents face the ovewhelming load of merchandise under the time pressure of a closing store. Will they be able to gather the supplies for existence and still come out of the store with all the children? The story is also a metaphor to the five classical elements earth, air, fire, water and aether, of how they strive into different directions but still keep together as one. 

Narrative Short Film / Official Selection
In a Month (Denmark) by Jonas Kærup Hjort

A group of workers on a factory in the middle of nowhere are held indefinitely. The foreman maintains routines until one day he´s had enough. When the phone rings again at full moon with still same news as last time regarding their rescue, he shoots himself. From now on the workers are all alone without a leader and they begin a journey into meaninglessness.

Narrative Short Film / Official Selection
It comes from the Heavens (Cuba) by Odren Romero

In a place where the eyes of God were the only witnesses. Angel a ten year old boy lives with his pregnant mother, his stepfather and grandfather, alone and surrounded by pigs. Angel's bad behavior at school, her grandfather prostrate in a chair, her husband's strong work and her advanced state of pregnancy make Angel's mother not see what is happening beneath the vault of her sky.

Narrative Short Film / Official Selection
Listen (France) by Niko Mikadze

A young boy who became deaf persists in embracing his passion for music. Along with his encouraging mother, he faces the day that might change their lives.

Narrative Short Film / Official Selection
Anima (Spain) by Mariano Schoendorff Ares

A weak-willed 11-year-old kid finds himself forced to play a game of Russian Roulette with a psychotic bully, when the latter takes his 'living' teddy, and only friend, Wallace hostage.

Documentary Short Film / Official Selection
Edu (Brazil) by Cláudio Cruz

This is the story of an young man from Pedernales, Ecuador. His life changed profoundly on April 16th 2016 when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake destroyed his hometown.

Documentary Short Film / Official Selection
Sherry (United States) by Eliane Lima

Sherry is an experimental documentary film which witnesses the private life of Robert, a 75 years old gentleman from Orange County. Every day, Robert transforms himself into a living doll, Sherry. Info: This project began in Fall 2014 when Lucrecia Martel (visiting filmmaker) took a group of CalArts' students to Robert Sherry's house.

Documentary Short Film / Official Selection
Lucy (United Kingdom) by Melinte Reitzema

Imagine being born in the wrong body. Everyday you're fighting. Against society, stigma and yourself. All you want is acceptance. Lucy's story is one of searching for her true self in a world that's not quite ready. When she finally found her place amongst a likeminded community, she also found the confidence to stand by her identity - that of a transwoman. Now living with complete fulfilment, Lucy is ready to share her experience and answer the questions you've probably always wanted to ask. In a film inspired by a truly inspiring human, Lucy bares her struggles and desires. As Lucy, her family and friends talk through their experiences they'll make you question what identity really means and why we still hold prejudices against people we don't even know.

Underground Film / Official Selection
There it comes (Argentina) by Federico Jacobi

“There it comes" is a feature film that chronicles the last days of life of a man who lives alone in a house totally damaged by the passage of time and neglect. The man changes his attitude towards death, which affects the tense relationship he has with the son.

Animated Short Film / Official Selection
Whale Heart (Denmark) by Robert Allen

In an isolated whaling community, a man has developed an ungodly way of preparing himself to kill the creatures upon which his livelihood depends, and now he must initiate his son into their harsh and bloody trade.

Animated Short Film / Official Selection
Little Red Giant, The Monster That I Was (United States) by Laura Harrison

After one too many social dust ups, an unhinged artist, Anna, goes berserk at an academic's barbecue, To add insult to injury, her German Studies boyfriend, Klaus, mansplains about the path of her work, strongly encouraging her to focus on traditional forms such as portraiture. The barbecue becomes an endless trial for Anna, which culminates in an assault. In jail Anna finally receives a sympathetic ear to the tale of her trajectory. A story about transformation through trauma, and the necessity of story telling to transform grief.

Animated Short Film / Official Selection

Animated Short Film / Official Selection
The Placeless Place (United States) by Ati Maier

Live action film, silent and meditative, filmed on location in NYC, with ominous music and images which convey the mysterious and the vernacular. The featured character is the “Space Rider” an orb-helmeted humanoid mounted on a horse in similar headgear. The space rider traverses magically through an uninhabited futuristic landscape ,the location of the sight of the 1965 World Fair in Corona Park, Queens, along the East River underneath the Williamsburg Bridge and arrives at Times Square, where she plants her flag. Surrounded by dense crowds of people and the flickering universe of images and video screens, the seemingly looping movement of the space rider comes to a halt when she has an encounter with the first space rider video” The Map is not the Territory” which appears on one of the digital monitors. A loophole through which the figure of the space rider returns to a deserted, pre- civilized environment on another planet.

Experimental Film / Official Selection
KABOOM (France) by Romain Daudet-Jahan

Blood. Fire. Glitter. Kaboom.

Experimental Film / Official Selection
from this side of space to the other side of the signal (United States) by Benjamin Rosenthal

"from this side of space to the other side of the signal" utilizes footage produced on unique analog equipment from the early history of video during a residency at Signal Culture (a contemporary version of the original Experimental Television Center in Owego, NY), and emerges from a nod to Michael Snow's iconic structural film La Région Centrale. Virtual landscapes pumped through the analog system become caught amidst sets of "meaningless" signs/barriers and violent signals. Computer generated bodies and body parts glistening with video material generated via this system perform actions that queer the line between digital, physical and analog, homoeroticism and violence––entangled in a fragmented high-modernist grid. A voice from the other side of the signal attempts to lure the viewer into some act of connection, of crossing over, only to be perpetually interrupted by barriers of interference.

Experimental Film / Official Selection
Mind Screen An Exportation Within The Deep (New Caledonia) by Moea Creugnet

The call of the aquatic world... shelter to the self, to the vibration of the body and mind. Oniric, experimental and meditative, Mind Screen is a visual journey transcending the viewer’s cinematic experience. Oscillating between moments of sounds and silence, brightness and darkness, of being awake and asleep. Attempting to investigating the gap between the spiritual and the physical.

Portuguese Cinema Now / Official Selection
78.4 Pluto Radio (Portugal) by Tiago Amorim

In the late 80s, in Portugal, Manuel (18 years) and Alfredo (21 years) have been broadcasters for three years at a little pirate radio on the village they live, in the attic of Manuel’s house – the Pluto Radio. After being told by Alfredo that he was interning at an official radio Manuel, not admitting to Alfredo what he really felt about the news he struggles with the dilemma of continuing alone or not at all with the pirate radio they both had started and grew together.

Portuguese Cinema Now / Official Selection
Burning Slow (Portugal) by Joana Carneiro Reis

The pressure of an imminent future leads Lucas to coming into a conflict with those closest to him. An uncertain reality haunted by fear, jealousy and at the same time by the feeling of impotence.

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