Spain's youth-oriented International Cinema Jove Film Festival of Valencia (June 16-23) has unveiled a list of 80 short films and 10 feature films which will compete this year in the two parallel official sections of its 16th annual edition.
All of the films are made by directors under 35 years of age. Though many films have previously screened in other countries, and some have already won awards at festivals such as Berlin and Sundance, none have premiered in Spain.
The ten features, chosen from among 69 entries to compete for the festival's $16,500 (Pts3m) Valencia Moon award, include:
Berlin Is In Germany Dir: Hanes Stor (Ger)
Im Juli Dir: Fatih Akin (Ger)
Solo Por Hoy Dir: Ariel Rotter (Arg)
Chopper Dir: Andrew Dominik (Australia)
Memento Mori Dir: Min Kyu and Kim Tae-Young (Kor)
Flickering Lights Dir: Anders Thomas Jensen (Den)
Sanam Dir: Rafi Pitts (Iran)
101 Reykjavik Dir: Baltasar Kormakur (Ice/UK)
Scarlet Diva Dir: Asia Argento (It)
25 Watts Dir: Pablo Stoll (Uru)
Also new to this year's Cinema Jove festival is the "film master award," sponsored by Universal Studios, which will send a young Spanish director under 30 years old to Universal's Los Angeles headquarters for a 15-day, hands-on internship. The winner will be selected by a jury of film professionals. The programme is already active in festivals in Italy, Germany and France. A total of 80 shorts including 13 animated films were chosen from among 551 entries.
Cinema Jove is funded by the Valencia Youth Institute (Institut Valencia de la Joventut).