In addition to new films and activities, there is also something new in the festival’s awards. Besides the IndieJunior Porto Grand Prize and the Audience Award, there is the new Impact Award by University of Porto.
Here are the festival’s awards and juries:
IndieJunior Porto Grand Prize
Awarded by the International Competition Jury (1.250€)
ProChild CoLAB Researcher against poverty and social exclusion
Born in Porto, in 1975, she has a degree in Sociology of Organizations from the University of Minho. She worked as a sociocultural animator at the Fundação para o Desenvolvimento do Vale de Campanhã, Porto (1998-2001). She was an Adjunct Professor at the Paula Frassinetti School of Education (2001-2019). She is a Master in Childhood Sociology (Institute of Child Studies, University of Minho)
and a PhD in Child Studies, specializing in the Sociology of Childhood, within the scope of citizenship and child participation. She participates in different professional networks in the field of childhood sociology and has been coordinator of the Sociology of Childhood Thematic Section of the Portuguese Sociology Association since December 2018.
She is currently a researcher at ProChild CoLAB, in Guimarães. Research areas include the sociology of childhood, children’s rights, public policies for children, child poverty, community intervention, socio-educational work with children and young people and families.
João Gonzalez (Porto, 1996) is a director, animator, illustrator and musician, trained in classical music. He took his degree in Multimedia at ESMAD in Porto, where he
graduated in 2017 and made, as a final course project, his first short film, “The Voyager”, which features a live piano performance whenever possible, simultaneously with the screening of the film, by the director himself.
Recipient of a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in 2018 he entered the Masters in Animation at the Royal College of Art, in London, where he directed “Nestor” as the first-year film of the course. Together, these two films have already received more than 20 National and International awards at film festivals, as well as more than 100 official selections at festivals around the world, some of which qualify for Oscars and BAFTAs. He is currently in the process of finalising his third film.
Graduated from Animation course in Fine Arts Faculty, Lisbon in 2009, works for Sardinha Em Lata Studio as animator and final artist at “Journey to Cape Verde”, directed by José Miguel Ribeiro; “The Shoemaker” by David Doutel and Vasco Sá and “Independent Mind”/ by Marta Monteiro. Also worked at “Who’s this Hat” by Joana Toste, Gomtch Gomtch; and “M” by Joana Bartolomeu, Bando à Parte. In 2012 completes the MA Degree in Animation at Arts University College of Bournemouth, where she directs her first animation short “Three Weeks in December”.
Impact Award by University of Porto
Awarded by the University of Porto Jury (1.000€)
International PhD Student and Researcher
Daniel Damasceno Floquet is a PhD student in Literature at Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto (FLUP). He currently holds a PhD scholarship, awarded by the FCT, supporting his dissertational project on the representations of violence in the novels of the Portuguese writer Maria Velho da Costa and the Irish writer Edna O’Brien, which is supervised by Prof. Dr. Rui Carvalho Homem and co-supervised by Prof. Dr. Ana Luísa Amaral.
He has also interest in gender studies, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Irish studies, and Comparative Literature in general. Prior to joining the PhD program at FLUP, he received a MA Degree from the same Faculty, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature and Linguistics from Federal University of Ceará.
Originally from Brazil, he has 10 years of experience as a Portuguese teacher, teaching Literature and Grammar to students from different ages.
Researcher at CETAPS – FLUP
Joana Caetano is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto (Portugal) and research member of CETAPS (Centre for English and Anglo-Portuguese Studies). She has published book chapters, articles and reviews in the areas of Utopian Studies, Anglo-American Studies and Food Studies.
From 2016 to 2019, Joana Caetano was the research assistant of the ALIMENTOPIA / Utopian Foodways Project, a project on Utopia, Food and the Future, funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and the European Programme Compete 2020.
In 2019, Joana Caetano was granted a PhD scholarship by FCT to pursue her research on utopian foodways and gender in Ursula K. Le Guin’s Hainish Universe. This PhD project is manifold, since it also entails outreach activities and the development of multimedia resources for non-academic audiences.
Collaborator of Casa Comum – Cultural Project of the University of Porto
Susana Serro, born in Porto in 1973, was interested in the arts and discovering the world from a very early age. For this reason she has always lived torn between her two great passions: science and art. Despite her academic career having been in the field of science (graduated in Geology from FCUP), her growing interest in the visual arts has led her over the years to collaborate with several film festivals in the city. She started collaborating with the University of Porto in 2013, joining the Culture Unit team to develop educational and cultural service activities. Since the creation of Casa Comum, a cultural project of the U.Porto, she has coordinated several activities related to cinema and audiovisuals, establishing partnerships with the main festivals and national film shows.
Audience Award for Best Film
Awarded by the audience (500€)