International Competition : Feature films 2017



João Dumans / Affonso Uchôa


André, a young resident of a Brazilian industrial area, happens to find the diary of Cristiano, one of the workers of the aluminium smelter that dominates the area and who has just died alone in his hospital bed. His diary dictates the action of the film, oscillating between the fairytale and the political chronicle of a man who has always lived at the margins of a class-based society. Cristiano’s tale traces a long pathway beginning in prison and ending in the industrial neighbourhood of Ouro Preto where he died, with work on orange plantations, money troubles, exploitation by various bosses, but also very beautiful moments of friendship, music shared, and love. Araby is a filmic fable about the state of invisibility of workers within the mighty capitalist machine – those who have no voice and no rostrum to speak from. A poetic act of resistance.(Elena Lopez Riera)

Affonso Uchõa and João Dumans, who is also a scriptwriter, had already worked together on The Hidden Tiger, co-written by João, and directed by Affonso.
Affonso Uchõa : SF : Designio ( 2009)
FF : Afternoon Woman (2010), The Hidden Tiger (2014)
João Dumans : SF : Everybody has it's on way (2014

Aristides de Sousa, Murilo Caliari, Glaucia Vandeveld, Renata Cabral, Renato Novaes, Wederson Neguinho, Adriano Araújo, Renan Rovida
Affonso Uchôa, João Dumans
Leonardo Feliciano
Pedro Durães, Gustavo Fioravante
Francisco Cesar, Christopher Mack
Art direction
Priscila Amoni
Luiz Pretti, Rodrigo Lima
Vitor Graize, Thiago Macedo Correia

Vitor Graize (Katasia)

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The international competition is open to :

  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd feature films (60 minutes and over)
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd short and medium length films (less than 60 minutes)
  • without distinction of genre : fiction, essay, animation and documentary of creation (films produced for television - shows, television magazines, news coverage - are not eligible)
  • completed after the 1st of September 2021 and having not been commercially released in France (except for short films, which may have been broadcasted on local or specialty channel, exclusively).

Submissions are open until July 31st, 2022.
The decisions of the selection committee will be given y email mid-October, 2022.

Read the competition’s Rules and Regulations

2017 Competition