Due to support by the Italian Institute for Culture, Instituto Cervantes, Embassy of Portugal and the Camoes Institute, as well as the Cultural center of Iran, guests from Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Iran whose films are part of the Main competition program will be attending the festival.

Italian sociologist and director Stefania Muresu will present her film Princesa, about a human trafficking victim from Nigeria. Her approach is multidisciplinary, reflected in this film that uses narration about a single human destiny to tell us something about contemporary beliefs as well as global socioeconomic trends.

Marco Huertas, director of the film Navras, is an author of TV commercials for brands such as Heinz, Xiaomi or Carrefour. His body of work has received more than 100 awards worldwide. As an actor he starred in Manspreading (2018, dir. Abdelatif Hwidar), pre-selected for the Academy Awards. His film Navras is an essay on memory, which explores the approach to life and death in Far East Asia. This experimental documentary short was shot in five countries in the course of three years.

Ico Costa was named one of the most talented Portuguese directors of his generation. His film Timkat presents us an extraordinary Ethiopian holiday - a celebration to commemorate the baptism of Christ in the river Jordan in order to save all mankind.

Marjan Khosravi had a noted appearance in the Student competition of last year’s IFEF, but this year her film is competing for the Grand prix. A Dream of a Horse sets us in the patriarchal reality of rural Iran. Her film’s hero, Shahnaz, wants to write, whereas her father intends to marry her off in order to insure a better quality of life for the family. Dreams and practical reality collide. As director, Marjan Khosravi has consistently shown a tendency, as well as a distinct sensibility, to studying women’s destinies in her films.


Authors from nearby countries will attend the festival as well.


Croatian director Aleksej Pavlovsky, with whom the IFEF audience is well acquainted, will be present this time in the role of producer and co-writer. The film Once Upon an All Saints’ Day, directed by Ljiljana Mandić, shows us the resilience of tradition through the example of customs practiced on All Saints’ Day and All Souls Day.


Vladimir Bocev, ethnologist and curator at the Museum of Macedonia, will present his film There’s neither Horn nor Hoof Left. In it, he shows us a method of transport in mountainous terrains, characteristic for the Balkan peninsula. Once a common feature of mountain life is now dying out.


After the screenings, authors will take questions from the audience.