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Director Joao Salaviza pictured center. Salaviza won the Palme d’Or Short Film award for his film “Arena” at the Cannes Film Festival 2009 (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images Europe)


Porguese director, João Salaviza, awarded “Best Short Film” at Cannes 2009 for his film, “Arena” Born in Lisbon in 1984, Salaviza majored in cinema at the School of Theater and Cinema, concluding his studies at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. His first short film, “Two People” participated in several international festivals, winning the “Grand Prix Take One” at Curtas is in Vila do Conde.  Works mainly in assembly for film and television.

“It is with great thrill that I confirm my presence in the next edition of the ÉCU. As a young director but also as a lover of the free and independent film, it is inevitable but to feel drawn to this event’s goal of showing the films you can’t see in the commercial circuit. European and author films are alive and there’s a generation that wants to keep making films, but also to be able to show them. We are together in this quest.”

João Salaviza

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