Grand Jury Fiction

For the fourth time in 2024, we will present the Grand Jury Fiction Award. Eight fiction films will be selected from the festival’s full film programme. These are films where cinematography and content go hand in hand. An international jury will declare the winner of €5,000.


The Burdened

In Aden (Yemen), Isra’a and Ahmed put all their efforts into offering a normal life to their three young children. When they find out that Isra’a is pregnant again, they have to make difficult decisions guided only by their family’s interest and against their community’s conservative stance. &nb...

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Green Border

Poignant drama about the horrors refugees face in the forests between Belarus and Poland. We follow, among others, a Syrian family trying to flee into the EU and a Polish border guard having qualms about the brutal treatment of refugees. The film caused a right-wing backlash in Poland. In the treacherous and swampy Bia...

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Guardians of the Formula

Both a stirring Cold War thriller and the true story of the first human bone marrow transplant. A team of Yugoslav physicists is accidentally exposed to a massive dose of nuclear radiation. A Paris oncologist may be the only doctor capable of saving their lives. October 1958, the Cold War is at its peak. A group of yo...

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Tender portrait of a Haitian immigrant family in Miami, facing housing insecurities in a rapidly gentrifying neighbourhood. Xavier dreams of buying a bigger house for him and his wife Esperance. Meanwhile, their son struggles to find his place in not one but two communities, while dealing with his father’s immens...

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Suellen, a Brazilian toll-booth attendant, falls in with a gang of thieves in an attempt to keep her family afloat. She realises she can use her job to raise some extra money illegally for a ‘noble’ cause: to send her son to expensive conversion therapy. Suellen works as a toll booth attendant outside of S...

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In a Mexican border town plagued by neglect, corruption, and violence, a frustrated teacher tries a radical new method to break through his students’ apathy and unlock their curiosity, their potential… and maybe even their genius. Based on a true story. José Urbina López Primary School, a fo...

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While Iranian female judo fighter Leila is performing spectacularly well at the Judo World Championships, she receives an ultimatum from her government. Should she give up, or follow her dream? Nail-biting sports thriller. Midway through the Judo World Championships, Leila and her coach Maryam receive an ultimatum from...

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Terrestrial Verses

Alireza Khatami and Ali Asgari co-direct a powerful compilation of nine encounters of ordinary Iranians with authority. Terrestrial Verses follows people from all walks of life as they navigate the cultural, religious, and institutional constraints imposed on them. A little girl barely tolerating a saleswoman as she&rs...

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Jurre Rompa

Marnie Blok

Marnie Blok (1962) is a former actress, a screenwriter, and recently directed her first film. FRAILER, the last film she performed in, was selected for TIFF 2014. Blok wrote feature scripts for cinema hits such as THE HAPPY HOUSEWIFE, JACKIE and Swedish feature SIMON & THE OAKS. Her series RAMSES won many awards, including the Silver Stool Tail for best screenplay, the Nipkow , the Prix Europa and an Emmy Award for Best Actor. Her series CHILDHOOD DREAMS (a nine-episode epic family drama) was selected for the CANNESERIES festival in 2023.

Fatih Abay

Fatih Abay is the Diversity & Inclusion Officer of the European Film Academy where he is responsible for developing and promoting the European Film Academy's diversity and inclusion strategy. He is trained cultural anthropologist and worked also in civil society organisations on the topics of migration, diversity and anti-racism. Since his youth he is true cinephile and advocates for new voices and stories in film.

Elaheh Nobakht

Elaheh Nobakht is one of the pioneer women in Iranian Cinema. She has produced six feature films and two short films, such as “Dreams’ Gate“, “The Apple Day”, “ Silent House “, Co-producer of "Holy Bread" and "Beloved", amongst others.