Children of the River

Os Meninos Do Rio

  • 2014
  • Portugal
  • 14 mins
  • Portuguese

Short Film Competition

Javiar Macipe
Temple Audiovisuales & Riot Films
Leonardo Duraes, Samira Ramos, Eurico Garcês

In the riverside neighbourhood of Oporto, all the children prove their courage by jumping from the stunning Luis I Bridge into the Duero River. Leo has never done it before. He is different but he is getting tired of everyone thinking he is a coward.

Javier Macipe studied Audiovisual Communication and specialized in Directing at the School of Cinema of Cuba (EICTV). In his career his work has spanned the fields of fiction and documentary, developing hybrid genres among both these areas in his latest works. In 2014 in Portugal he made his short film “Os Menino do rio”, which so far has received more than 70 international awards. Currently, Javier is preparing his  fiction feature film, a co-production between Spain, Argentina and Germany.


Festival Internacional De Filmets De Badalona (Spain) – Best European Short Film
Gualeguaychú Suma Cine – Festival Internacional De Cine De Gualeguaychú (Argentina) – Best International Short Film
Black International Cinema Berlin (Germany) – Best Children’s Film
Nofi – World Festival Of Student And Non-Commercial Films (United States) – Best European Short Film
Festival International De Cinéma De Vernon – La Normandie Et Le Monde (France) – Best Shortfilm & Best Actor
Visioni Corte, Rassegna Internazionale Del Cortometraggio Indipendente (Italy) – Best Actor Leonardo Duraes
Riurau Film Festival (Spain) – Best Director
Festival Kinoarte De Cinema (Brazil) – Best Short Film & Audience Award
Festival Brasil De Cinema Internacional (Brazil) – Best Short Film & Best Cinematography
North Carolina Film Awards (United States) – Director’s Award
Festival De Cortometrajes “Paradiso” De Barrax (Spain) – Best Short Film
Certamen Nacional De Cortometrajes L’alfàs Del Pi (Spain) – Third Prize For The Best Short Film
Festival De Cine De Sant Joan D’alacant (Spain) – Best Short Film
Plein La Bobine, Festival De Cinéma Jeunes Publics Du Massif Du Sancy (France) – Audience Award & Special Mention
Festival De Cortometrajes De Burguillos (Spain) – Best Screenplay
Mostra De Cinema Llatinoamericà De Catalunya (Spain) – Best Short Film
Concurso De Cortometrajes Creatrivas De Rivas Vaciamadrid (Spain) – Best Short Film
Douro Film Harvest (Portugal) – Best Short Film
Concurso De Cortos De Leioa (Spain) – Best Short Film
Enkarzine (Spain) – Best Short Film
Festival De Cine Y Video Independiente “Escobar De Película” (Argentina) – Best Screenplay
Premio Cinematografico Palena (Italy) – Best Screenplay
Festival Joven De Cortometrajes De Huétor Vega (Spain) – Best Short Film
Short Of The Year (Spain) – Promofest Short Film Of The Year

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