About Festival


The Valencia International Film Festival – Cinema Jove is a festival that takes place annually in Valencia in June. It is accredited by the FIAPF in the category of “Specialised Competitive Festivals”.

The festival is a forum for young international filmmakers to meet, and its vocation is to showcase the best international cinema directed by young people.

Cinema Jove is organised by the Conselleria d’Educació Cultura i Esport  through the Institut Valencià de Cultura.

Cinema Jove has five official or competition sections, all of which have their respective juries.


Films of 60 minutes or more. International section whose films constitute a premiere in Spain. Directors must be no more than 40 years old.


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.


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 on the production of series.


National section for short films made by students from 5 to 25 years old. This is the foundational section of Cinema Jove. It consists of three categories:

Children’s: up to 12 years of age (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 will be added, focusing on non-fiction productions and other languages.


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 Cinema Jove award dedicated to a director who is recognised for his or her 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 his film work as a whole.

High School

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

El Joven, La Joven…

The first period of directors who are now established; the films they directed before they turned 40. In other words, films that could have competed in the Official Section of Cinema Jove. The cycles The Young David Lynch, The Young Agnès Varda, The Young Coen Brothers… were shown.

The Gods of Anime

A selection of contemporary and classic anime titles.


Cinema Jove includes Curt Creixent and ProMercat, two sections dedicated to the film industry, i.e. a series of round tables, talks, pitch sessions and other professional meetings that encourage learning, alliances 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, Sean Baker, 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, Miguel Albaladejo and others.