João Salaviza (Portugal)

Born in Lisbon in 1984. He studied cinema at Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema in Lisbon and completed his studies at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. His first short film, “TWO PEOPLE”, 2005, was selected for several festivals and won the Take One Award in Vila do Conde. In 2009, with “ARENA”, he won the Palme d’Or for best short film at the Cannes Film Festival and the award for best Portuguese short film at IndieLisboa. He then participated in several renowned international festivals such as Tribeca, Rotterdam, London and Pusan (PIFF). In 2010, he finished “HOTEL MüLLER” (based on the work of Pina Bausch) and “CASA NA COMPORTA” for the Portuguese entry in the 12th International exhibition of Architecture – Venice Biennale. He is currently working in the short “CERRO NEGRO” for the programme Próximo Futuro from Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. In the summer of 2011, Salaviza will shoot the short “RAFA” to be followed by the pre production of his first feature film.


  • 2011 *STROKKUR*, Portugal, 7'16''
  • 2009 *ARENA*, Portugal,15'
  • 2004 *DUAS PESSOAS (TWO CLOSE)*, Portugal, 9'
  • 2012 *RAFA*, Portugal, 20'
  • 2012 *Cerro Negro*, Portugal

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