SHORTCUTZ FIGUEIRA DA FOZ JURY
NOVELIST, ANIMATOR, ILLUSTRATOR AND MUSICIAN
Among them the short film “Dois Di·rios and a Azulejo”, based on the work of the Portuguese poet Mário de Sá Carneiro and performed jointly with Luís Alvoeiro and Jorge Margarido in 2002, which won two honorable mentions (Cinanima and Famafest) and a prize from the public, and “O Desalmado,” an episode of the series Histórias de Molero (2003), an adaptation of ‘What Molero says’ about Dinis Machado.
He also published his first novel in 2008, ‘A Carne de Deus – Aventuras de Conrado Fortes e Lola Benites’ (Bertrand),
which was followed by ‘The Encyclopedia of the World Story’ (Quetzal Editores) in 2009, winner of the Camilo Castelo Branco Grand Prize.
His book ‘A Boneca de Kokoschka (The Kokoschka Doll)’ won the EU Prize for Literature.
Currently working on the next feature film that will be fiction.
He has worked frequently in Escola da Noite in shows directed by António Augusto Barros, Avelino Neto and Pierre Voltz.
However, his work includes participations in collective plays of texts by Raymond Carver, Sam Shepard and Charles Bukowski; in the theater he worked with the directors António Durães, António Augusto Barros, Pierre Voltz, Jorge Silva Melo, Pedro Carraca, António Simão, Dinarte Branco, Alexander Gerner, Teresa Sobral, João Didelet; in the cinema worked with the directors Jo„o M·rio Grilo, Jorge Paix„o da Costa, JosÈ Nascimento, Joaquim Leit„o, Laurence Barbosa, Valeria Sarmiento, André Marques and also in the television where he participated in the series “Até Amanhã Camaradas”, “Bocage”, “Equador”, “Bem-Vindos a Beirais”, among others and still in the novel “Deixa que te leve”.
He also wrote plays like “POSSO PEGAR FOGO ¿ CIDADE, MÃE?” which was included in the show “Absurdos Contemporâneos” by QatrelColectivo and still Húmus that made for the homonymous project of Carlos Zíngaro and Paulo Raposo.
For being an artist not only of representation but also of the art of writing he translated for the United Artists the pieces “THE DUMB WAITER” by Harold Pinter and “STITCHING” by Antony Nielsen with the support of the Scottish Arts Council, and for the Jump Cut production company, “ALICE IN BED” by Susan Sontag.
15 years later, he’s a director, cinematographer and in-house creative at Timelapse-Media, which he founded with a childhood friend in 2003.
They mostly work in commercial video for large national and international clients and already have dozens of awards from Media & Advertising, Clube dos Criativos, and internacional festivals among them the great Luso Creativity Award in 2015.
Also starring in the cinema as a director of photography, the following films by Luis Albuquerque – “Fugiu Peter Pan”, “Dom (film)”, “Where words escape”.
He holds a degree in Communication and Public Relations and a Masters in Communication and Journalism at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Coimbra.
He was an image reporter for SIC Television since 2001.
In 2005, he made his documentary debut with “Ainda Há Pastores?” with which he won more than a dozen national and international awards.
In 2009, he premiered “Pare, Escute, Olhe” at the deactivation of the Tua’s train line, another multi-award winning documentary.
Already in 2014 he released his last documentary feature “Pára-me de repente o pensamento / Suddenly my thoughts halt” already winner of the Caminhos Cinema Português 2014 Festival.
He is currently documentary director in the production company “Até ao fim do mundo”
DIRECTOR & MUSICIAN
His first debut in the cinema world was “Fugiu Peter Pan”, which he directed together with Luís Pereira and João Traveira, in 2010.
Two years later, 2012, he launches his second film where he directed and producted, “Dom”, a film of homage to two friends who lost in a car accident.
On the screen, it is his third achievement, the film “Por onde escapam as palavras”, a dramatic film linked to the terrorism that director considers “a tribute to all of them as early deaths, but, above all, a message from one to all who survive them”. This is a special publicity film for Luis Albuquerque because it was held in his city.
He attended the Lisbon Higher School of Theater and Cinema, where he completed the Training Course for Actors, and was later a member of the Metropolitan’s Grandchildren and the Lisbon Puppets.
He worked with the Cornucópia Theater under the direction of Miguel Guilherme, Stephan Stroux and Luis Miguel Sintra.
He also participated in the projects “Olho”, “Depois de Uma – Teatro?”.
His participation in the United Artists is characterized by the interpretation of pieces of great international and national names such as Bertolt Brecht, Harold Pinter, Antonio Onetti, Samuel Beckett, William Shakespeare, Jon Fosse, Jose Maria Vieira Mendes or Miguel Castro Caldas.
In the cinema he had the privilege of working with the directors Teresa Villaverde in the films “Três Irmãos”; Edgar Pêra in “Manual de Evasão – LX94”, “A Konspiração dos Mil Tîmpanos”; João Pinto, Florence Strauss, Tiago Guedes and Frederico Serra “O Ralo”, “Alta Fidelidade” and “Coisa Ruim”; Manuel Mozos, José de S· Caetano, Leonel Vieira and in the movie of João César Monteiro “Vai e Vem”.
Since 2006 he has been present in Vodafone’s “Roucos” campaigns, working with actor Luis Gaspar.
Already in 2017 was awarded by the Sophia Awards, which aim to recognize the best national production.
SÉRGIO DIAS BRANCO
He lectured at the New University of Lisbon and the University of Kent, where he obtained a doctorate in Film Studies.
He is an integrated researcher at the Instituto de Filosofia da NOVA (IFILNOVA), a collaborating researcher at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the 20th Century (CEIS20) at the University of Coimbra, and a guest member of the Oxford University Film Analysis Group, “The Magnifying Class”.
His research work focuses on the aesthetics and poetics of works of moving image, in their relations with philosophy, history, Marxism, and religion.
He is a member of the Board of AIM – Association of Image Researchers in Motion since 2014.
He is working on two new books: The Image Awe: Cinema, Motion, Thought and Writing in Motion: Critical Notes on Movies.