march 14–27

Archive COMPETITION 2023

10 fiction, documentary and animation films are taking part in this year’s VIFF Competition. Emerging, and some already awarded, directors from Europe in their first or second feature films demonstrate astonishing ambition, skill, and distinctive authorship. They choose different, but important themes, and have a bright outlook, piercing gaze and strong ability to immerse the viewer in the story. The films in the Competition will be judged by an international jury and the Best Film will be awarded a prize of €8 000.

Best Film - LA PALISIADA by Philip Sotnychenko 


La Palisiada
2023 / Ukraine / dir. Philip Sotnychenko
Ля Палісіада
20,000 Species of Bees
2023 / Spain / dir. Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren
20.000 especies de abejas
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
2022 / France, Luxembourg, Canada, Netherlands / dir. Pierre Földes
Saules aveugles, femme endormie
Apolonia, Apolonia
2022 / Denmark, Poland, France / dir. Lea Glob
Apolonia, Apolonia
Bread and Salt
2022 / Poland / dir. Damian Kocur
Chleb i sól
A Cup Of Coffee And New Shoes On
2022 / Albania, Portugal, Greece, Kosovo / dir. Gentian Koçi
Një filxhan kafe dhe këpucë të reja veshur
Remember to Blink
2022 /  / dir. Austėja Urbaitė
Per arti
2022 / United Kingdom, United States / dir. Charlotte Wells
2022 / Spain / dir. Andrea Bagney
Disco Boy
2023 / France, Belgium, Italy, Poland / dir. Giacomo Abbruzzese


Jakub Duszyński
Poland / Lenkija
Artistic Director of Gutek Film
Miguel Valverde
Portugal / Portugalija
Director of IndieLisboa International Film Festival
Dounia Sichov
France / Prancūzija
Film Editor, Actress
Judith State
Romania / Rumunija
Actress, Professional Dancer Due to personal reasons, will not be carrying out jury duty this year.
Laurynas Bareiša
Lithuania / Lietuva
Director, Cinematographer

Since 1998 Jakub Duszyński acts as artistic director at Warsaw-based art house film distribution company Gutek Film. He promoted, overlooked campaigns and released in cinemas in Poland over 350 feature films including classic Ingmar Bergman masterpieces, all films by Pedro Almodovar, Lars von Trier, Asghar Farhadi and Michael Haneke, just to name a few.

Miguel Valverde is the progammer and director of IndieLisboa – International Film Festival, as well as director of Portugal Film – Portuguese Film Agency. He served as a juror of CPH Doxs, Sarajevo, Torino. Producer of two short films and a feature “Aqui, em Lisboa” co-directed by several directors, among them short segments shown in Berlinale and IFFR.

Dounia Sichov studied theater, editing and producing. For the last 12 years, she’s been working with such directors as Abel Ferrara, Denis Côté, Danielle Arbid, Catherine Breillat, Sharunas Bartas and Damien Manivel. Editor of "That Kind of Summer" by Denis Côté (Berlinale), "Return to Seoul" by Davy Chou (Cannes), and "Mariupolis II" by Mantas Kvedaravicius (Cannes, European Film Awards).

Judith State is a professional dancer and actress with a classical ballet foundation. She worked on Cristi Puiu's "Sieranevada" (Cannes Film Festival) and "Malmkrog", Marius Olteanu's "Monsters." (Berlin IFF), Daniel Sandu's "The Father Who Moves Mountains", Liviu Marghidan's "Refuge", Gyuri Kristoff's “Zenith”, and Cristian Mungiu's “RMN” (Cannes Film Festival).

Laurynas Bareiša graduated with Bachelor's degrees in Mathematics and Cinematography. Latest film - SLOW (dir. Marija Kavtaradze, Sundance 2023). His debut film Pilgrims (2022) won Orizzonti Award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival.

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