Jury and Guests



  • Adrián Silvestre

    Filmmaker / Spain

    Filmmaker and producer, Adrián Silvestre studied cinema and communication in Madrid, and also studied a P.D. in Contemporary Art and Visual Culture at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. He also studied Cinema Production at Escuela de Cine y TV de San Antonio de los Baños, in Cuba. Los Objetos Amorosos is his second feature film, and is included in this year's Best Feature Film Competition.

  • Camila José Donoso

    Filmmaker / Chile

    While studying film-making, Camila José Donoso (Chile, 1988) wrote and directed short films and video performances. Nowadays, she runs and teaches in Transfrontera, a South American experimental film school, and collaborates directly with Ignacio Agüero. With Casa Roshell, she will compete for the Best Movie of the Queer Art Competition Award. 

  • Carlos Conceição

    Filmmaker / Lisbon

    Carlos Conceição (Angola) has studied Directing at Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema (2006). In 2005, he starts directing music videos and art videos. In 2014, he was the subject of an integral exhibition at the Cinémathèque Française, in Paris. His new movie, Coelho Mau (2017), is competing at this year's Queer Lisboa for the Best Short Movie Award.

  • Carlos Juliano Barros

    Filmmaker / Brazil

    Carlos Juliano Barros is a journalist and documentary filmmaker, founder of Repórter Brasil, an organization focused on human rights. Together with Caio Cavechini he is the director of the film Entre os Homens de Bem (2016), in Competition this year for the Award of Queer Lisboa 21's Best Documentary.

  • Cecilie Debell

    Filmmaker / Denmark

    Cecilie Debell graduated from Roskilde University in 2015 with a degree in Journalism, and has since worked in television, where she has made entertainment programmes and documentary series. Previous projects include productions in India and New York. My Mother Is Pink, in Competition this year for the Best Documentary Award, marks her film debut.  

  • Chus Sarrión

    Assistant Director / Spain

    Chus Sarrión was the Assistent Director of Shu Lea Cheang during the making of Wonders Wander (Queer Focus - Shu Lea Cheang)

  • Claus Matthes

    Producer / Germany

    Claus Matthes is producer of the movies Berlin Drifters (Hard Nights) and Fluidø (Queer Art / Queer Focus), both present in this year's festival program.

  • Cosimo Santoro

    Distribuidor / Itália

    A Festivals Booking and International Sales Agency,The Open Reel aims to support and develop independent cinema of all genres on an international level. The Open Reel wants to enlarge the visibility of those independents productions not supported by a staff devoted to develop their circulation and their positioning to festivals, events and sales. 

  • Elene Naveriani

    Filmmaker / Switzerland

    Elene Naveriani (Tbilisi, 1985) received her BA in Visual Arts at Tbilisi State Academy of Art in 2007. In the following years she studied on the Master Program Critical Curatorial Cybermedia, and also Cinema in Haute Ecole d'Art et de Design. 

  • Erika Anne Coleman

    Actress / Sweden

    Erika Anne Coleman is one of the actress starring in "My Gay Sister", by filmmaker Lia Hietala, one of the short films competing this year for Queer Lisboa 21's Best Short Movie Award.

  • Federico Strate Pezdirc

    Filmmaker / Spain

    Federico Vladimir Strate Pezdirc (Buenos Aires, 1983) is a visual artist. His work has been shown at the Pompidou Cent­er (Paris), British Film Institute (London) or MARCO (Vigo). He has received the Auditorio de Galicia award, the project award INJUVE and the Gas Natural Unión Fenosa visual arts grant. With Introducing the Star: The Choir Girls' Diaries, co-directed along with Pablo Esbert Lilienfeld, they compete this year for the Best Movie of the Queer Art Competition Award.

  • Francesca Delise

    Distributor / Italy

    A Festivals Booking and International Sales Agency,The Open Reel aims to support and develop independent cinema of all genres on an international level. The Open Reel wants to enlarge the visibility of those independents productions not supported by a staff devoted to develop their circulation and their positioning to festivals, events and sales. 

  • Gastón Salgado

    Actor / Chile

    Actor Gastón Salgado is Beto in Fernando Guzzoni's Jesús, feature film competing this year for the Best Movie of the Official Competition Award. 

  • Hiroki Iwasa

    Sound, Photography, Editing / Japan

    Hiroki Iwasa its responsible for the sound, photography and editing of Berlin Drifters, which makes part of this year's Hard Nights.

  • Inês Silva

    Filmmaker / Portugal/UK

    Inês Alves (Caldas da Rainha, 1987) has a BA in New Communication Technologies from the University of Aveiro and an International Master in Cultural Studies. She is at the moment attending a Master in Documentary Film at the University of Arts London. She has been involved in several artistic, cultural and pedagogic projects. Her short documentary It's (Not) Just Another Party makes part of this year's European Film School Movie Competition - In My Shorts.

  • Jo Sol

    Filmmaker / Spain

    Jo Sol began his work as a writer and filmmaker at the end of the 1980s. Initially focused upon visual anthropology, he developed diverse productions in the free format of video essay practiced in India, Cuba, and Mexico. His works have combined experimental practices with feature-length documentaries with a strong sociopolitical agenda. His film Vivir y Otras Ficciones makes part of this year's Best Documentary Competition.

  • Joana Alves

    Filmmaker / Portugal

    Joana Alves (Bragança, 1994) studied Sound and Image at the Catholic University of Porto where she made the short film O Livro de Tudo and the documentary A Espera in its degree.

  • João Pedro Barriga

    Filmmaker / Portugal

    João Pedro Barriga was born in Lisbon, where he graduated in cinema at Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema. He has participated in the production of several cinematographic projects in areas like directing, cinematography, editing or production. Currently he’s directing a documentary about traditional musical instruments from Portugal.

  • Jonas Amarante

    Producer / Brazil

    Fascinated by the universe of documentaries, he made films, studied Documentary Filmmaking at MET Film School and postgraduate studies in documentary film at the FGV. He currently works as Director, Director of Photography and Executive Producer. He is the producer of Tailor, the short film by Calí dos Anjos at this year's Best Short Film Competition.

  • José Agostinho

    Filmmaker / Portugal

    José Agostinho (Coimbra, 1995) studies Sound and Image at the Superior School of Arts and Design of Caldas da Rainha, which is part of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria.

  • Koichi Imaizumi

    Filmmaker / Japan

    Kôichi Imaizumi began his career in 1990 as an actor in the pink film (Japanese romantic porn film) industry. Imaizumi made his first gay film in 1999, and since then, has been consistently making gay films on an independent basis. His film Berlin Drifters makes part of this year's Hard Nights.


  • Lia Hietala

    Filmmaker / Sweden

    Lia Hietala (Stockholm, 1993) directed her debut short film, If I Say No, in 2015. With My Gay Sister she will be competing for this edition' Best Short Movie Award. She is currently working on her debut feature film, September 1st 2016.

  • Marcelo Caetano

    Filmmaker / Brazil

    The films of Marcelo Caetano (Belo Horizonte, 1982) have been screened in Rotterdam, Clermont-Ferrand, IndieLisboa or Montreal. He has already worked with Anna Muylaert (in Mãe Só Há Uma), Gabriel Mascaró (in Boi Neon), Hilton Lacerda (in Tatuagem) and Kleber Mendonça Filho (in Aquarius)Corpo Elétrico is his first feature film, and is included in this year's Comeptition for Queer Lisboa 21's Best Feature Film.

  • Mattia De Marco

    Producer / Italy

    Mattia de Marco is the producer of the movie Loris Sta Bene, by filmmaker Simon Bozzelli, that will be competing this year for the Award of Best European Film School Movie - the In My Shorts Competition.

  • Maxime Feyers

    Filmmaker / France

    Maxime Feyers is a director and producer based in Brussels. His first short film, Come What May, was programmed in more than 50 festivals around the world. He has been working for film festivals in Belgium and Japan. He also teaches film courses at Raindance Film School. Along with Séverine de Streyker, he directed "Calamity", in Competition this year for the Best Short Movie Award.

  • Pablo Esbert Lilienfeld

    Filmmaker / Spain

    Pablo Esbert Lilienfeld (Madrid, 1981) is choreog­rapher and musician. His work has been selected at Aerowaves Europe and has been shown internationally in festivals such as FIDCU (Montevideo), During TEFAF (Maastricht), B-Motion (Italia), El Grec (Barcelona) or 321 La Alhóndiga (Bilbao). His movie co-directed with Federico Vladimir Strate Perzdirc, Introducing the Star: The Choir Girl's Diaries, is included in this year's Queer Art Competition.

  • Pedro Gonçalves

    Filmmaker / Portugal

    Pedro Gonçalves (Almada, 1995) is now finishing his graduation in the Lisbon School of Film and Theatre. His short film Onde foi a minha sorte won the National Competition Prize of the Córtex Festival, in Sintra.

  • Peter Friedman

    Filmmaker / Paris

    Peter Friedman did his undergraduate work at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, where his thesis film received an Academy Award nomination. He then studied screenwriting and directing at Columbia University. After that he edited a variety of independent films and television shows and was nominated for an Emmy for Best Documentary Editing. He lives in Paris and New York City.

  • Ricardo Branco

    Filmmaker / Lisbon

    Ricardo Branco was born in 1992 in a small town in Portugal. In 2010, he published his first novel Amor Combate and in 2016 he premiered his first film 1500 at the BFI Flare. His second film, Fora de Campo, premiered at the Portuguese Cinemateque in 2017. He is also creator and curator of the cultural festival Escrever nas Margens. Rute is his third film, this year competing for the Best European School Film of the "In My Shorts" Section.

  • Ricky Mastro

    Filmmaker / Brazil/France

    Ricky Mastro received his first degree in Drama from the University of Washington, in 2000. After returning to Brazil, he specialized in cinema and has since then written and directed seven short films. He is one of the creators of Recifest, the first LGBT film festival in Recife, and a film programmer for DIGO - International Festival of Sexual and Gender Diversity in Goiás. His short-film La Tapette is included in this year's European School Film Competition - In My Shorts.

  • Rob Eagle

    Filmmaker / UK

    Rob Eagle is a director and producer of documentary films, audio documentaries and virtual reality. Since 2009, he has worked with researchers and academics to turn their work into short films for the wider public. With Harding & his Camera he competes in the Best Short Film Section.

  • Samira Elagoz

    Filmmaker / Finland

    Samira Elagoz (Helsinki, 1989) is an artist currently based in Amsterdam. She graduated as a choreographer rom the Amsterdam University of the Arts in 2016. During the last years she has meticulously explored the possibilities of encounters with strangers through screens, lenses and cyberspace. Her movie Craigslist Allstars is inclued in this year's Queer Art Competition.

  • Shu Lea Cheang

    Filmmaker / Paris

    Born in Taiwan in 1954. Living in New York during the 1980s and 90s she relocated to Europe since 2000 and is based primarily in Paris. As an active artist in experimental video and net art since the early 80s, her practice combines artistic concerns with hot-button social issues, defined by her peripatetic and information-era existence, dealing with techno body, queer politics and digital commons issues. Approaching these concerns in a variety of mediums – film, video, installation, webspaces – the outputs are as varied as cyberspace itself. Queer Lisboa 21 dedicates its Queer Focus section to her oeuvre, and will include her latest feature "Fluidø" as part of the Queer Art Competition.

  • Simone Bozzelli

    Filmmaker / Italy

    Simone Bozzelli (Silvi, 1994) graduated from Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (Milan) in Media Design and Multimedia Arts. In 2015, his first short film, Mio Fratello, won the Bologna Youngabout Film Festival and the Flaiano Award. Loris Is Fine is his graduation project, and it's in Competition this year for the "In My Shorts" - Best European Film School Award.

  • Sky Deep

    Filmmaker / Dj / USA / Germany

    Sky Deep is a Berlin based music producer, DJ, musician, filmmaker and activist born in the USA. Outside of filmmaking, Sky Deep runs her record label, Reveller Records. As a community and arts activist, created the Reclaim the Beats Festival in Berlin, and is also a member of the female:pressure collective, an international network of female artists in the fields of electronic music and digital arts. Enactone, included in the Hard Nights section, marks her directorial debut, and Sky will be the main Dj of the Closing Party of the Festival.

  • Yan England

    Filmmaker / Canada

    Born in Montreal, Yan England started his career as an actor at the age of 8, acting in many canadian TV series. In 2013, he got an Oscar nomination for Henry, short film that, along with Moi, gave him numerous international awards. 1:54 is his first feature film.


  • Ana Moreira

    Actress / Porto

    Since 1998, she collaborates with the filmmakers Teresa Villaverde, João Botelho, Jorge Cramez, Eugène Green, Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Aragão, Salomé Lamas and Miguel Gomes. She was awarded Best Actress in the films Os Mutantes and Transe, by Teresa Villaverde, and in Adriana, by Margarida Gil. in national and international film festivals. She has collaborated with several film festivals as a jury. In theater she participated in projects of the company Primeiros Sintomas, was co-founder of the company Voz Humana where she co-staged the piece A Voz Humana, by Jean Cocteau, and participated in Margot, mémoires of a Reine Malhereuse, staged by Marie Mignot. Still in 2017, she directed the short film Aquaparque.

  • António MV

    Artist / Lisbon

    António MV, graduated in Visual Arts from ESAD, Caldas da Rainha. He works as a visual and multimedia artist, having participated in exhibitions and video shows in Portugal and in several other countries. He is one of the creators of BELA TV and one of the founding members of the school of moving image Deus Ex Máquina. He has collaborated on shows and films as creator, performer, video artist, set designer and costumer.

  • Carlota Lagido

    Choreographer / Lisbon

    Carlota Lagido, born in 1968, is a dancer, choreographer, costume designer, and a dance and stage design teacher. Her work as a choreographer is multidisciplinary. It deals with identity and autobiographical context issues. From 1998 to 2014 she created LILITH; HISTÓRIAS QUE A MINHA MÃE NUNCA ME CONTOU (2000); NOTFORGETNOTFORGIVE (1999-2009); DISNASTIDOG, alongside Vitor Rua and João Galante (2001); BB and BB2 (2004); UGLY (2003); SELF (2004); MONSTER (2009); THE IMPORTANCE OF NOTHING (2012); A ROOM FULL OF DIRT, alongside Miguel Bonneville (2013); RO.GER (2014). In 2015, she staged the theatre play HOTEL FLAMINGO. In 2016, she created 50 TONELADAS (DGArtes).

  • Colby Keller

    Actor / Michigan

    Colby Keller is a visual artist, blogger, and adult actor with a BA in Anthropology from the University of Houston and an MFA in Studio Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art. A ten year porn veteran, Keller has appeared in over 90 adult titles. His most recent endeavor, Colby Does America, is a highly ambitious & hugely collaborative art project that entails the filming of erotic art pieces in all 50 states, and several provinces in Canada. Whether in front of the camera, or behind it, Keller hopes this project will help him to further explore the representation and commodification of sexuality in today's society. 

  • Francisco Moreira

    Editor / Lisbon

    Francisco Moreira (1981) lives and works in Lisbon, where he studied Sociology (ISCTE) and Cinema (ESTC). Since 2008 he works in editing and annotation, collaborating regularly with the production companies Terratreme and O Som e a Fúria – in Portugal – and Teia and Anavilhana – in Brazil – in the film, television and visual arts fields. He worked in projects that were part of many national and international film festivals, such as IndieLisboa, Doclisboa, Berlinale, Cannes Directors' Fortnight, Viennale, Cinéma du Réel and Fid Marseille.

  • Isabel Abreu

    Actress / Lisbon

    She graduated in theater from the Lisbon Theatre and Film School. In addition to her winning career as a theater actress, Isabel Abreu also gained notoriety and recognition for her television and film work. In 2015, she was awarded in the category of Best Portuguese Cinema Actress by Caminhos do Cinema Português. In cinema, she worked with directors such as Sandro Aguilar in Zona (2008), Voodoo (2010), Sinais de serenidades por coisas sem sentido (2012) and Bunker (2015); Tiago Guedes and Frederico Serra in Entre os dedos (2008); Tiago Guedes in Coro dos Amantes (2014); Mariana Gaivão in Solo (2012), among others.

  • João Onofre

    Artist / Lisbon

    João Onofre was born in Lisbon, in 1976, where he lives and works. He studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts Lisbon and he concluded the Master of Fine Arts at Goldsmiths College in the United Kingdom, in 1999. He has exhibited individually at the MoMA Contemporary Art Center (New York), MNAC (Lisbon), CGAC (Santiago de Compostela), Joan Miró Foundation (Barcelona), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Marlborough Contemporary (London) or Kunstpavillion (Munich). He has been involved in numerous international collective exhibitions. His work is included in several public and private collections, including: Center Georges Pompidou - MNAM/CCI, Paris; MACS – Serralves Museum, Porto; Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, among others.

  • João Villas-Boas

    Actor / Oporto

    Master in Social Psychology from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the Faculty of Coimbra, João Villas-Boas completed the Acting Course of ACT – School of Actors in 2010. In 2016, he studied at the École des Maitres, guided by Christiane Jatahy. He attended the summer course of the dance school P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels. In theater, as an actor, he highlights the work with Luís Miguel Cintra, Christiane Jatahy, Jorge Andrade, Miguel Loureiro, Gonçalo Amorim, António Pires, Jean-Paul Bucchieri, Daniel Gorjão and Martim Pedroso. In cinema, he worked with Raul Ruiz, Valéria Sarmiento, Vicente Alves do Ó, André Santos and Marcos Leão and António-Pedro Vasconcelos.

  • Jorge Jácome

    Filmmaker / Lisbon

    Jorge Jácome (1988) is a filmmaker, graduated in ESTC (2010) and in Le Fresnoy – Studio national des Arts Contemporains (2016). In his works he investigates relations between utopias, melancholy, disappearance and desire. His films have been shown in several festivals (Curtas - V. Conde, Premiers Plans d'Angers, Côté Court, EMAF - Osnabrück, BIEFF, among others) and exhibition contexts in Palais de Tokyo and in La Maison Européenne de la Photographie. In 2017 he won the York University Award for Best Student Work on Screen with Fiesta Forever at Images Festival, Toronto, and the New Talent Award with "Flores" at IndieLisboa.

  • Luísa Homem

    Filmmaker / Lisbon

    Lisbon, 1978. She studied Communication Sciences/Cinema at FCSH-UNL and Paris 8 University. She attended the Ateliers Varan, PCCA – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. She directed art and institutional films, the TV series Um Dia No Museu (RTP2) about Art Museums in Portugal; she codirected As Cidades E As Trocas (with Pedro Pinho) and São Tomé: No Trilho Dos Naturalistas (with Tiago Hespanha). She collaborated in the editing of several films, most recently A Fábrica de Nada by Pedro Pinho. She is currently working on a film about the geographer Suzanne Daveau and a feature film. She is the founding partner of Terratreme. Since 2011 that she collaborates with the course Cinema/Image in Motion of Ar.Co.

  • Marcos Rocha

    Festival Director / Fortaleza, Brazil

    Psychologist; Director of the Fábrica de Imagens – educational actions on citizenship and gender; Articulator of the Latin American Network on Gender and Culture; Member of the Gender Working Group of the National Commission of Pontos de Cultura; General coordinator of the Mostra Internacional Audiovisual Curta o Gênero, of the International Seminar on Gender, Culture and Change, of the Ponto de Outros Olhares – Equity and Diversity and of the CACTO – Culture, Art and Communication for the Promotion of Gender Equity and Affirmation of Sexuality; Organizer of the Gênero, Cultura e Mudança and Outros Olhares book collections; Audiovisual director with experience in script, production and direction.

  • Nádia Henriques

    Art Director / Lisbon

    Nádia Henriques was born in 1980 in Lisbon. She graduated in Social Anthropology at ISCTE and studied also at VU, in Amsterdam, and then she studied Cinema in the areas of Directing and Editing at the ESTC, with an exchange at FUC in Buenos Aires. She worked in more than 50 cinematographic productions as Director of Art or Directing Assistant, among other functions, with directors like João Salaviza, João Botelho, João Pedro Rodrigues, Edgar Pêra, Sandro Aguilar, Paulo Rocha, Pedro Caldas, Mariana Gaivão, Margarida Cardoso, Leonor Novio, Cláudia Varejão, Márcio Laranjeira, Salomé Lamas, Miguel Clara Vasconcelos, Miguel Gomes, among others.

  • Pedro Bessa

    Producer / Oporto

    Having had the first contact with the audiovisual world through amateur cinema, it is in 1979 that Pedro Bessa integrates RTP. For the last 24 years, he has been involved in various types of television programs in the field of operational production in sectors, such as information, theater, sports, musicals, childlike, talk shows and fiction. In 2003, he assumes functions in the executive production area, where he continues to develop in RTP the most diverse types of programs in Portugal and also abroad, having under his responsibility the Operations Production Department and later the Production and Realization Department of RTP in Porto. He is currently a program producer at RTP2.


  • Ricardo Vieira Lisboa

    Filmmaker and Cinema critic / Lisbon

    Ricardo Vieira Lisboa was born in Lisbon in 1991. He holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science and he’s also a Master in Film Directing and Dramaturgy. He has been a guest programmer at IndieLisboa – International Independent Film Festival since 2013, and a film critic at À pala de Walsh, a site which he co-founded. He has produced communications, academic articles and organized programs dedicated to the new names of Portuguese cinema. As a director, he has produced and directed experimental short films and video-essays, including Children, Madonna and Child, Death and Transfiguration, winner of the In My Shorts award at Queer Lisboa 2016.

  • Rui Filipe Oliveira

    Producer / Lisbon

    Born in Lisbon in 1962. From 1979 to 1982, he collaborated in different technical areas in several television and film projects. After graduating from the Humanities Faculty of the Lisbon University, he worked as a high school teacher. In 1988 he started working at RTP as assistant director, and in 1995 he started working there as producer. During his career at RTP he has been responsible for producing different TV shows, from fiction to documentary, so as live music shows, sport, and entertainment. 

  • Sara Carinhas

    Actress / Lisbon

    Born in Lisbon in 1987. She premiered as an actress in 2003, having since worked in theatre with stage directors Adriano Luz, Ana Tamen, Beatriz Batarda, Cristina Carvalhal, Daniel Gorjão, Fernanda Lapa, Luís Castro, Marco Martins, Nuno Cardoso, Nuno Carinhas, Olga Roriz, Ricardo Pais, Victor Hugo Pontes, among others. In film, she worked with filmmakers Alberto Seixas Santos, Manoel de Oliveira, Pedro Marques, Rui Simões, Tiago Guedes and Frederico Serra, and Valeria Sarmiento. In 2013, she signs the staging and adaptation of Virginia Woolfs’ The Waves. The is the recipient of the Special Mention Award of the Theatre Critics Association, the Portuguese Golden Globe for Best Actress, and the SPA - Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores Award for her performance in the monologue A Farsa (2015).    

  • Sérgio Tréfaut

    Filmmaker / Brazil/Portugal

    Born in Brazil in 1965 from a French mother and a Portuguese father living in exile. Following a Master in Philosophy at the Sorbonne (Paris), he became an awarded director of documentaries screened in Portuguese cinemas and in festivals worldwide: Outro País (1999), Fleurette (2002), Lisboetas (2005), The City of the Dead (2009), Alentejo, Alentejo (2014), Treblinka (2016). His first fiction Journey to Portugal (2011) with Maria de Medeiros and Isabel Ruth also received international prizes. From 2004 to 2010 Sérgio Tréfaut directed Doclisboa – International Film Festival.

  • Yann Gonzalez

    Filmmaker / Paris

    Born in 1977, Yann Gonzalez premiered his first feature Les Rencontres d’après minuit (You and the Night) at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival’s Critic’s Week. The film was also selected in many festivals including Milano And Athens where it won the main prize. Between 2006 and 2012, and after working as a film critic, Yann directed six short films screened in many international film festivals, including Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. He just finished his last short, Islands (2017), and is currently working on his second feature film, Knife + Heart.