An exciting film festival comes to Valencia once again, showcasing the unique talents of young directors from across the globe. Cinema Jove, the Valencia International Film Festival, is an annual event held in Valencia. It has received accreditation from the FIAPF as a “Specialized Competitive Festival.” It’s organised by the Conselleria de Turismo, Cultura y Deporte through the Institut Valencià de Cultura. This is the 38th edition of the festival, which will take place from June 22 to July 1, 2023. The festival serves as a meeting forum for young international filmmakers, aiming to present the finest works of young directors from around the world. Its mission is to exhibit the best international cinema directed by young people, from short films and webseries to anime pieces. Every year, Valencia becomes this meeting point as the most interesting and creative films are brought out into the limelight. The event presents quality cinema for people from all walks of life; Cinema Jove is now among the top most important international film festivals held in Spain. ‘Cinema Jove’ has different competition sections, all of which have their respective judges:

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

Viewers can enjoy short films made by young directors that are no more than 30 minutes long. This is an international selection where the minimum requirement is its premiere in the Valencian Community.


This features an international selection of series 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 the foundational section of Cinema Jove. 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 kindergarten and elementary school).

Juvenile: from 13 to 20 years old (ESO and Bachillerato 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 recognized for their own cinematographic style, a recognizable 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 decades that take place 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…

This section shows films from directors who are nowadays celebrated – but with a twist. This shows the films they directed before they turned 40 years old. In other words, the films that could have competed in the Official Section of Cinema Jove. For example, The Young David Lynch, The Young Agnès Varda and The Young Coen Brothers.

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:

 CCC Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporània

Calle Museo, 2

El Joven Godard


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 Jóvene

Dioses del Anime

Un Futuro de Cine

Luna de València

Premieres Cinema Jove


Espai Turia

Calle Conde Montornés, 15

High School


La Fábrica de Hielo

C/ José Ballester Gozalvo, 37


Octubre CCC

Calle de Sant Ferran, 12


Teatro Principal

Calle de las Barcas, 15


Gala Inauguración

Sección Oficial Largometrajes


 Report by Emily Bray

Article copyright ‘24/7 Valencia’



Oficinas Cinema Jove

Plaza de la Almoina 4, 1º



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