As the first year, the festival is held in theatres in Sevilla, Spain and it distributes movies from France, USA, UK, Turkey, Spain, South Korea, etc.
The official jury of AIFF 2023
Our team is full of passionate film lovers and filmmakers ready to judge the best films of this edition. We use various criterias to decide the best motion picture and we do it in a fair way so we can assure the best quality wins in our festival.
Juan Carlos G.J.
The festival received many special and unique films, but the space and the time available wasn't enough to screen them all. The jury was very careful with each films and considered deeply each one.
Directed by Carlos Jiró
Short Thriller/ Horror
Iván and Héctor have been neighbours for several years but never met until the lockdown due to the pandemic forced them to stay in their apartments.
Happy-go-lucky Iván catches the attention of Héctor, a lonely, ambitious man who is accustomed to always getting what he wants. Feelings of loneliness, need and fear were very present during the pandemic, so Héctor soon tries to take advantage of the situation in order to get closer to Iván.
Directed by Susana Alba
A middle-aged man lives in his car after becoming unemployed and moving away from his family.
After some time living in this situation, the same man begins to run out of resources to be able to buy the food he needs to live, and the car starts to break down and won't start no matter how hard he tries. After these incidents, he begins to reconsider returning home and taking control of his life.
Directed by Guillermo Cabot
A city bus runs through the city. It stops and an Arab couple gets on. He addresses her in a loud, nervous voice. The passengers watch the increasingly heated argument with distrust and concern until one of the passengers decides to intervene: "You, habibi, sit down...".
Directed by Marion Clauzel
The Black Hen
In the warmth of the holiday home, four-year-old Auguste feels abandoned by his mother and turns his attention to the black hen. He goes to the henhouse every morning, as early as possible, to be the first to pick up the egg. But one day, the nest remains desperately empty...
Directed by Mario Mariño
Spain experiences the beginning of its civil war in the summer of 1936, after a coup d'état. In the small city of Logroño, the fascist victory was not long in coming and the majority of republican men and women were arrested. There are not cells for everyone, for this, the provisional government enables improvised spies as a prison. It is in the School of Arts and Crafts of the city, where Pepe, a young school teacher is imprisoned along with other men: peasants and industrial workers. The sound of the outside world will be the only information for him to understand what is happening outside, since his jailers will force them to participate in the macabre game of Las Sacas.
Directed by Kouroughli Sabrina & Vassart Gaetan
On a sunny day, parents will experience the darkest day of their lives. In this drama, two worlds come together: that of joy, relaxation, beach games of vacationers, and the tragedy of parents linked to the disappearance of their child on the other. Trouville-Sur-Mer seemed to us the ideal setting. Nicknamed “the Queen of Beaches” for its huge sandbar, it is a dangerous beach. Drownings are frequent there, although this seaside resort seems at first glance hospitable and festive with its many fun attractions for children. It was essential that it be a scorching day with the presence of many vacationers. This buzzing hive feeling helped heighten the dramatic tension and accentuate the loneliness of father and mother.
Directed by José Carlos, Jiménez Revuelta & Marta Jiménez Revuelta
In a small town in the Sierra de Segura, there is an old electronics genius who is capable of fixing anything. The neighbors know him as Joselito, and
Through his wife they trust him with everything that goes wrong. Every day Mrs. Joselito travels the town with his shopping cart collecting the broken devices. Every day she faces her neighbors assuming fragility of her,
disorientation and of course uselessness. Being a woman, an old woman and “from Joselito” is the only one identity to which you can aspire. However, she is much more than that. While their neighbors on the street see her as a useless woman in the shadow of her husband, at home
keeps an incredible secret.
Directed by Alfredo Campos
An old Eden collect mushrooms and plants in the wood. He remembers that when he was young, met his beloved while the world was being destroyed for the pollution and the nuclear crisis.
Directed by Fabrice Mathieu
In The Shadow
A shadow is telling its life story with his "Wearer", a flesh and bone double, who one day it decides to get rid of...
Directed by Juan Bolea
Pale Monster is a short film inspired by the novel of the same title by Juan Bolea, which was published by Editorial Planeta in 2015. It tells the story of a criminal law firm, their relationships, their ambitions, until a crime will shake them. The victim, a young lawyer, Eloisa Crespo, had a relationship with another colleague of hers, Jerónimo Solans, who will become a suspect in the murder. Fidel Paternoy, head of the office, will be in charge of his defense and, thanks to his success in the last elections, mayor of the city. Despite his good defense, his comrade Jerome will be condemned. But the crime of Eloísa will not really be solved and a surprising final twist will reveal to the viewer the authentic keys of the crime and its true author.
Directed by J. M. Asensio
Like Every Thursday
On Christmas Eve 2020, a girl was involved in a robbery at a gas station where she went every Thursday to pick up something very important to her.
Directed by Manolo Vera
Memories Of Blood
In the far and unforgiving lands of the West, a young woman survives on her own in the wild. As she faces alone the strange dangers that surround her, the memory of her childhood in her hometown comes to her mind. Being just a child, at the height of the threat, her father strove to teach her to be
strong and fend for herself. Despite to her rejection of his harshness and coldness, when tragedy inevitably struck, the girl was forced to learn the lesson the most painful way. The always heartbreaking conflict between love and discipline, between the
claim of one's own identity and the weight of blood.
Directed by Alejandro Bornes
A boy becomes involved in the lives of his mother and aunt, with whom he works in a neighborhood supermarket. They are two sisters outside the social conventions who decide to play life as they please and without thinking about “what people think”. The two have created a matriarchy in which they make the child participate in their shenanigans (flea markets, garbage collection, scrap metal sales...). The boy focuses his attention on finding his dead father. He decides to approach his uncle, an older man who lives alone in his cottage, whom he will help build a photographic machine that can capture the aura of people and things that are no longer with us.
Directed by Daniel Calavera
A woman is prostrated on a dead tree, in the middle of a wasteland, surrounded by branches like spider webs.
He can't move and can only hear his thoughts.
A Creature approaches her, wants to ask her for something...
Directed by Coke Arijo
Walking home alone at night is not a tasteful dish for any woman. Nor for Sofia, who must wait at the stop for her bus to arrive. When a tired art teacher arrives there is a conversation between them in which nobody is who they say they are.
Directed by Carlos Albero
A woman sitting on a comfortable divan has a deep conversation with her psychiatrist, while she tries to delve into the philosophy of good and evil and rambles about the remote possibility of the existence of a god, her psychiatrist does not stop asking her insistently about very dark events of her recent past, what happened to her two children and her ex-husband take the situation to a point of no return where the macabre reality will come to light.
Directed by Josema Roig
Lynn Marie is 7, and she's afraid of a monster outside. Her teenage brother couldn't care less and her Dad is too sleep deprived and overworked. But Dad will have to deal with more than he bargained for when a real noise does startle them.
Directed by Víctor Catalá
Spain, Basque Countries
Helga spends a few days with her grandparents whom she hasn't seen for years, two sinister old men who live in a huge Catalan farmhouse lost in the middle of nowhere.
Directed by Andrés Orozco Quintero
A wasteland is revered and protected as the Garden of Eden from which Adam and Eve were expelled. In the company of a submissive young woman, Joaquín, a teenager thirsty for adventure, longs to discover what the forbidden zone of paradise hides. Tempted by a man who spies on her in a hole where she is thrown when she has her period, Ester, a 33-year-old virgin, wants to explore the pleasure of the body, even though sex is prohibited in the community.
Directed by Youngsun Yoo
Jin-Kyung, a call center counselor for "SOS Call of Hope," turns people's minds, listens to stories, and comforts and supports them in a crisis of suicidal thoughts.
A woman's cold voice came one night. The sound is the voice of Jin-Kyung's dead sister, who ended her life by suicide. The voice of her dead sister chasing after Jin-Kyung is like a cursed nightmare.
Directed by Youngsun Yoo
Ismael sweeps the floor of an amusement park. On the floor, a crumpled sheet of paper with a photo of a missing girl stands out above the rest of the trash. A woman nervously asks if she has seen her daughter and Ismael tells her that she hasn't.
Directed by Cristina Rodriguez Cerro, Rocio Fernandez Nicolas
Seven women united by the demonstrations to erradicate violence against women in the city of Graz, Austria, tell us about their experiences, ideas and opinions about patriarchy, a global reality against which they are fighting.
Directed by Itxaso Díaz
The Burden Upon Me
Care is essential for the sustainability, health and well-being of all people. A task whose weight falls mainly on women who do not usually have family, social or institutional support. The documentary The weight on me collects 5 testimonies and proposes a critical reflection on isolation, the lack of co-responsibility and the need for self-care that these invisible and little recognized tasks imply in our societies.
Directed by Robert Muñoz Rupérez
Dancing with Rosa
At 84 years of age, Rosa realises that she no longer has the strength to take care of her daughter Eva who has Down syndrome, and she struggles to decide whether or not to put her into a care home. In this intimate portrait, we follow Rosa’s pain of indecision and her unique way of coping.
Directed by Arturo Dueñas Herrero
Dajla: cine y olvido
Life is going on in Dakhla, one of the Sahrawi refugee camps in southern Algeria, forgotten for 45 years. Since they cannot go to the cinema, the cinema reaches them: the celebration of Fisahara breaks the monotony. With it come foreigners, politicians, artists, journalists ... The event ends and life (and oblivion) continues. As for 45 years.
Directed by Maria Aizpuru
Shades of Beirut
Lebanon is the country with more refugees per capita in the world, reaching a third of the population. How is this managed? Researchers explain that they are not considered as refugees, but displaced people that can only work in three sectors: construction, agriculture and cleaning. There are no refugee camps, but rented lands they have to pay for. ABDALLAH works in agriculture. He and other relatives used to come from Syria to Lebanon for seasonal labour. Due to the war, they were forced to stay there, and now they are living in tents.
Directed by Ferran Calbet Bigorra
Leading the Way
“Opening the Path” is a metaphor to tell you a story: the experience of 3 people who walk a path on behalf of a whole group of people with cerebral palsy or disabled for other reasons, people who fight every day for a world without physical or imaginary barriers.
Directed by Karin Ortiz Cárdenas
Breathing Under a Cloth
A facemask vendor (53), a public hospital housekeeper (53), and a young worker and student attending online classes (23) invite us to follow their houses, streets, and work to expose how their lives have been hitten by the Covid-19 pandemic. Their perspectives brought to light how this long-lasting outbreak and a system that has not met basic social needs have further affected their realities with no end in sight.
Directed by Marco Carvalho
After The Fire
The year 2020 was relentless for the Pantanal. In the midst of a merciless period of drought, the biome was punished by the worst fires in its history. A year later, residents of the Baía Negra Environmental Protection Area strengthened their community fire brigade to prevent further disasters.
Directed by Samuel Pastor
Mother and twin sons are socially rejected because of being twins.
In the Mananjary region of Madagascar, there is a popular belief that twins are carriers of misfortunes.
Directed by Agustín Claros
If tommorrow you are not here
Directed by Marco Spinelli
From 5 years ago, at the bottom of the Gulf of Cefalù, Sicily, there were a ton of abandoned fishing nets that continued to fish, killing marine animals and suffocating the area. The brothers Andrea and Marco Spinelli, thanks to a collection of money, have carried out the Eurydice Mission, to extract and eliminate the nets. The making of this documentary could be the beginning of an international campaign aimed at recovering the abandoned nets in our oceans. With the creation and dissemination of a documentary (result of our project) we hope to prevent the abandonment of nets in the seas and increase awareness of this serious "global" problem. What the film wants to convey is a testimony of reality, opening a ray of hope through the recovery and conservation of an ecosystem that is now collapsing, raising awareness among people so that they have respect for the sea, but above all contributing information about a problem that is still underestimated.
Directed by Jairo Iglesias
The White Monster
THE WHITE MONSTER tells the story of a girl whose father tells her a story every night. However, one day there is something that does not quite convince the protagonist. Her father tries to show normality without giving it importance, but when he is going to leave the room, her daughter asks him not to turn off the light, because otherwise the monsters will appear...
Directed by Tommaso Diaceri
Evergreen Forest narrates about a special moment in the life of two thirteen-year-old girls, bonded by a strong rare, and beautiful friendship, when they decide to overcome their biggest fear from their childhood days. Valentina and Valeria have fantasied since little girls, about the nature of a deep forest near to their homes. When they were little, a dead dog’s body was found. Since then, that silent army of tall trees had become something different, an invisible spirit.
One day, by the ending of the autumn, Valentina and Valeria, promise to go through it together to prove themselves that is nothing but a childhood tale.
Directed by Hmoud Faris
This World is Wonderful
Directed by Siro Morcillo
April 2022. A young couple has just moved into an old empty house, Manzano and Pia.
From the first night they spend in it, they perceive that there is something that connects them with that place.
A painting hanging on the wall is the only and solitary object left by the former tenants.
April 1979. Casal, a young artist, is working in his studio on his new painting.
Greta, his partner and muse, poses for him.
The brushstrokes on the canvas will be the testimony of that moment years later.
Directed by David Conill
Under the Hands
Throughout our life we are born and die many times. During all this time we collect all kinds of experiences
Directed by Soo-min Park
Jong studies in Uzbekistan and works as a part-time carer. Same as always, he spoon-feeds patients, cleans rooms and also toilet. One day, he gets a call from his friend, Ha-yeong. “I have a job for you. There an one old man who is blind and deaf. He is just waiting for his dying day. Your job is acting like his son and eating dinner with him. It’s for 100 dollars for a day. I’ll send you some details.”
Jong-in decides to eat dinner with Ra-him as his fake-son.
Directed by Rubén Garcerá Soto
Short Thriller/ Horror
A series of crimes is devastating the city and there is only one person who is capable of finding the culprit: Toni Clues. When Mr. and Ms. Mendoza are murdered, their family decides to hire him. But time is against him as new victims begin to appear and the police are nowhere to be see. He will have to use all his track-hunting skills to try to solve the mystery: who is behind such gory deaths?
Directed by Yordana Romero
Short Thriller/ Horror
Nimeni's story starts from the protagonist’s own name: Nimeni, a pronoun with a latin origin that encloses in the Romanian language two thunderously opposite meanings: No one and Someone. In this dark drama this ambivalence envelops the soul of the main character, with an impact that reaches sinister limits.
Directed by Óscar Villarroya
"Tell Everything" is the story of a farewell between a father and his daughter. The spirit of the deceased mother returns home to rescue the last moments they spent together, reminding them that time is running out and that it is necessary to untie the knots, reopen the armor and lift the dam of everything that was left to say. Óscar Villarroya subtly composes this intimate family portrait in a rural Spain of the 80s where saying goodbye is a mystery and where the fear of loneliness becomes a beautiful verse that sings of love and eternity.
Directed by John Doe
An elder lighthouse keeper takes care of what has been his home for years. Old and secluded from society, he's disturbed by mysterious bottled letters. These and an unexpected malfunction make him doubt his job, his life and his existence.
Directed by Alexis Néret
When an unrecognized painter goes insane, he has visions of a muse trying to guide him towards redemption.
Directed by Köksal Içöz
Mehmet and Pablo meet after a long time. What at first seems to be a meeting to celebrate Pablo becoming a father, will end up becoming a very different matter. Everything will change for Pablo after Mehmet asks him for a favor that will mark his life forever.
Directed by Carlota Callén
My First Choice
Blanca thinks that opening up about the sexual problems she has with the father of her son could help to soothe her friend who is about to undergo a medical test.
However, Julia, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, allows herself to be bluntly honest and speak her mind freely about what she really thinks about her friend’s current partner.
The fact that both completely bare their souls to each other makes them reconsider their personal relationships and their very own friendship.
Directed by R. Ruvens
There is Still Dust Under the Congo
David and Roberto, a couple of journalists stationed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, take refuge from the war in a shelter full of rubble. There they will run into Badou, a frightened and friendly child with whom quickly, and thanks to photography, they will make friends with.
War correspondents are worried about making their families suffer constantly. It was always their goal to tell what no one risks telling, but what they would never imagine is that danger would lurk within those devastated walls. Has the time come for them to retreat?
Directed by Sergi González Fernández
Like Anyone Else
Esteban has lost his wife and is about to lose his daughter. Letting her go, however, may be the only way to get her back..
Directed by Julen Higuera Lozano
Short Thriller/ Horror
A mother and her son scrape by in charge of a declining restaurant. Their sordid relationship comes to an end when a strange but important customer arrives, promising to put them out of their misery. Insatiable, this customer will wipe out all the restaurant’s supplies. However, unsatisfied and in search of the perfect dish, he places one last order; meatballs with sauce…