Official Competition

Every year, exciting new short and medium-length films compete for the awards of Best Fiction, Best Documentary and Best Experimental. This year BEAST adds a new section and introduces the award for Best Animation. The Official Competition presents works of emerging filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe, a pillar to the festival offer. With each edition, this competitive programme enriches BEAST IFF and its community, introducing new works, new faces through a diverse selection of style and form. From impressive visuals to candid portraits, the Official Competition gives perspective on The New East while being at the core of our festival.

Jury for East Wave and East Doc

Ewa Szablowska (Poland) is an art historian and curator of moving images, and currently the artistic director of New Horizons IFF in Poland. She has been working for festivals and galleries since 2009. At New Horizons IFF, she’s the founder of THE VISUAL FRONT, a showcase for experimental cinema and films made by visual artists. She also founded THE THIRD EYE, a program that explores new perspectives on film and feminism. She has curated a number of retrospectives, thematic programs and country focuses, while also curating expanded cinema exhibitions and writing about cinema, art and visual culture.

Ieva Norvilienė (Lithuania) started producing films during her studies at Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. With professional experience in advertising, short film production and distribution, her aim is to develop advanced ideas and promote meaningful films. Following her team-work with film director Ignas Miskinis on production of short film “Easily and Sweetly” and feature film “Diringas” they founded their own distribution company, TREMORA, in 2005. She’s the producer of multiple acclaimed films, like Kristina Buozyte’s “Collectress” (2008) and the second Ignas Miskinis feature “Low Lights”, which premiered at the International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary in 2009. Ieva is also a member of European Film Academy and Alliance of Cinema Authors of Lithuania.

Rúben Sevivas (Portugal) is a filmmaker born in Chaves, Trás-os-Montes. He studied Cinema at the University of Beira Interior and now attends the Ph.D. in Media Arts at the same institution. Rúben has been a programmer and a jury member in film festivals around Portugal since 2020. His lastest short documentary, “Flor de Laranjeira” (Orange Blossom), just premiered and won the public award at FESTin’s 2022 edition. Rúben is also working on a new short fiction film, “Adeus” (Last Goodbye), currently in postproduction, that will premiere in 2024.

Jury for experimentalEAST and AnimaEAST

Francisco Moura Relvas (Portugal) is a director, producer, screenwriter and editor with a degree in Sound and Image - Video (2008) from Universidade Católica Portuguesa. He completed his Master's Degree in Sound and Image - Television and Screenwriting at the same institution in 2010. Also that year, he began working in television, film festivals and collaborating with film and advertising production companies, where he has held various positions. He ended up specializing in production and later in directing.

Matevž Jerman (Slovenia) is a mutliple-times awarded music video and experimental short film director. Jerman is also a film critic, editor and works at the program department at the Slovene cinematheque. The video album “Remains - Confessions to the ghosts”, which he produced, won the award for the best slovenian music video of the year in 2020 at Tresk Festival and his music video for Niko Novak’s “DNA” received the international Jury's award at the Alternative Film/Video Festival Belgrade in 2020. He is also one of the co-funders of Kraken Short Film Promotion Society, a program director at FeKK - Ljubljana Short Film Festival and a short film curator for several film festivals.

Xu Moru (China/Portugal), a lover of walking and swimming who has a special interest in boredom. Her works emerges in the interdisciplinary space of installation, performance, video, photography, conceptual art, and social practice. She has created a diverse body of artwork that explores urbanity through walking games. Currently the director of the artistic residency De Liceiras 18 (@deliceiras_18) in Porto, Portugal.

East Wave

Eight titles are selected for the EAST WAVE Competition for Short & Medium-Length Film, representing the new generation of young talents and exhibiting enthralling narratives, an ode to creative approach in storytelling. Through powerful, sometimes provocative, gazes, the selected works tackle topics and situations through a wide scope of types of the fiction genre. The program brings forth a special selection of recent films made in the Central & Eastern Europe context, with a highly curated line-up, aimed towards supporting young promising directors.

East Doc

Through the EAST DOC Competition for Short & Medium-Length Documentary, selected works stand as clear windows towards real stories and the tumultuous New East. The official selection presents compelling stories through carefully crafted titles with an exciting range of creativity and dedication in examining the subject. The EAST DOC program includes 9 titles inviting the viewer to discover through the eyes of young emerging filmmakers from the region.


The Competition for Short Experimental Film serves as a platform for works and filmmakers that are focused on narrative, conceptual and technical, and experimentation. The program presents the liberty of play in terms of aesthetics, technical limits, and semiotic boundaries while breaking the popular standard discourse. With 12 selected Central and Eastern European titles, experimentalEAST reflects on the freedom of responding to the need of exploring cinematic horizons and finding genuine ways to create audiovisual art.

Anima EAST

This year we have the debut of a brand-new program, the ANIMA EAST competition! For the very first time, the festival will be featuring an extraordinary selection of animation cinema from Central & Eastern Europe, recognizing animation as a powerful storytelling medium. This programme will showcase 8 short films, shining a spotlight on the rising stars and contemporary works of the animation industry.