Valencia’s annual Cinema Jove Film Festival is back this June – a forum for young international filmmakers to meet, and an occasion to showcase the best international cinema directed by young people. From the 20th to the 29th of June, the Cinema Jove Film Festival will take place across various screens in Valencia for its 39th edition. Organised by the Conselleria d’educació Cultura i Esport through the Institut Valencià de Cultura, the Cinema Jove has five official competition sections, all with their respective judges, including:

Long Films

This category features films of 60 minutes or more. There is an international section in which its films constitute a premiere in Spain. The directors of this category must be no older than 40 years old.

Short Films

Films up to 30 minutes long. It is an international selection whose minimum requirement is its premiere in the Valencian Community. As in the Official Feature Film Section, directors must not be over 40 years old.


This features an international selection of series, previously known as webseries, that joined Cinema Jove in 2016. In addition to a competitive section, it consists of talks and round tables around the production of the series.

Audiovisual Meeting Of Young People

This is a national section for short films made by students from 5 to 25 years old. It consists of three categories:

Children: up to 12 years old (students of Infant and Primary school).

Youth: from 13 to 20 years old (ESO and Baccalaureate students).

Amateur: from 16 to 25 years old (students of Image Training Cycles, other training centres and youth associations or personal projects).


In 2023 the competitive section Òrbites has been added, which focuses on non-fiction productions and other languages.

Non-competitive Sections

Cinema Jove also screens a series of non-competitive sections whose theme, always around youth, tends to change with the editions, although several of them are maintained over the years.

Luna de Valencia Award

An honorary award of Cinema Jove is dedicated to a director who is recognised for their own cinematographic style, a recognisable narrative in contemporary cinema. In addition to the director’s visit to the festival, the festival dedicates a retrospective to the whole of their cinematographic work.

High School

This features a series of feature films from the last few decades set in a high school. In addition to the classic American high school imagery, the programme is usually completed with other European or Asian titles.

The Young Man, The Young Woman…

The first period of directors who are now established; the films they directed before they turned 40.

 The Gods of Anime

This features a selection of contemporary and classic anime titles.


Cinema Jove includes Curt Creixent and ProMercat, two sections dedicated to the film industry, i.e. series of round tables, talks, pitch sessions and other professional meetings that encourage learning, partnerships and the creation of new works.

Curt Creixent and ProMercat are dedicated to short and feature films respectively.

The following have participated in the festival: Lynne Ramsay, Mia Hansen-Love, Miguel Gomes, Pablo Trapero, Lone Scherfig, Tomas Alfredson, Ruben Östlund, Álex de la Iglesia, Icíar Bollaín, Alejandro Amenábar, Sigfrid Monleón, Juanma Bajo Ulloa, Marc Recha, Rithy Panh, Matteo Garrone, Thomas Vinterberg, Stephen Frears, Miguel Albaladejo, Miguel Albaladejo, Miguel Albaladejo and others.

Tickets are available to watch these films, which are showing at different locations in Valencia.

 Screenings and Venues:

CCCC Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporània

Calle Museo, 2


Colegio Mayor Rector Peset

Plaza del Forn de Sant Nicolau 4

Encuentro Audiovisual de Jóvenes


Edificio Rialto

Plaza del Ayuntamiento 17





Sección Oficial Largometrajes

Sección Oficial Cortometrajes

Sección Oficial Webseries

Encuentro Audiovisual de Jóvenes

Dioses del Anime

Un Futuro de Cine

Luna de València

Premieres Cinema Jove

Jornadas de Industria


Espai Turia

Plaza de Viriato


La Fábrica de Hielo

C/ José Ballester Gozalvo, 37


Octubre CCC

Calle de Sant Ferran 12


Oficinas Cinema Jove

Plaza de la Almoina 4, 1º



Teatro Principal

Calle de las Barcas 15

Gala Inauguración

Sección Oficial Largometrajes

Cinema Jove:



Screenings and venues:



Report by Jenny Grierson

Article copyright ‘24/7 Valencia’



Oficinas Cinema Jove

Plaza de la Almoina 4, 1º

+34 963 311 047

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