In the celebration of our 30th anniversary, in 2019, the Festival’s motto was freedom – to be who you are, to come and go, to speak and hear. Freedom that the short film expresses so well, with an agility that few formats have. Little did we know that the following year we would all be restricted to the domestic environment, having to reinvent the Festival, from production to exhibition.

We cannot help but feel sorry for and sympathize with so many who have gone away due to covid-19, in Brazil and in the world. The impact of the pandemic, not yet fully controlled, will still reverberate for generations.

But we want to celebrate life, which somehow always renews itself. And also culture and art, which are present even in the most difficult times, to remind us of what human beings are best at.

New ways of communicating, relating and loving are emerging, and this is revealed in the thriving production we present, with 200 short films from five continents. We received more than 600 Brazilian entries and more than 2,633 foreign films for selection, in addition to the wide range of special programs we selected, with samples of times and places, voices and territories, for all ages and the most diverse tastes.

The exhibition remains virtual, but new options are available, and we take the opportunity to present this diversity of media in our Short & Market section.

The program is completed with meetings and debates with guests, mediated by our team – which each year faces the challenge of bringing the public to a very special selection of short films.

Once again we thank our partners, who guarantee our celebration. It’s been 32 years of unconditional love for cinema and for the young and renowned filmmakers.

Zita Carvalhosa 

Festival’s director



Spcine is proud to participate in the 32nd edition of the São Paulo International Short Film Festival – Curta Kinoforum. Throughout our partnership, we have followed, as eyewitnesses, the immense contribution of the Festival by disclosing the best productions in short films made around the world – proof of this is that, this year, the curatorship reached a total of 200 short films, from all continents.

This movement only meets Spcine’s values, which are aimed at diversity and plurality of narratives. With a free festival, online and available throughout Brazil, the public will be able to check out a rich program, made up of titles of Brazilian and international origin, including Latin American films, and languages ranging from fiction to documentary cinema.

As we rise as a society from a health tragedy that in Brazil alone decimated more than half a million people, we continue to take precautions and try to return to our usual activities. However, as we prepare for a post-pandemic world, initiatives such as Kinoforum’s contribute so that people can enjoy knowledge and leisure in safety.

To reinforce this movement, we are going to host on our streaming platform, Spcine Play (, 13 films for a period of 90 days. Access will also be completely free.

May we be together and united for better days.

Long live the Festival!

Viviane Ferreira

Spcine director-president



Throughout the history of cinema, short films have played a fundamental role in broadening aesthetic horizons. Due to its concise character, it is open to experimenting with new devices, favors different possibilities for narratives and expands access to the means of production.

It was through the short film that the 8mm films spread across the country, offering images that transcended the Rio-São Paulo axis. New generations of directors have given renewed expressiveness to shorter films. Currently, there is a growing number of peripheral and indigenous filmmakers who use the format as a means of expression.

In this sense, short films can act as bridges of dialogue with other cultural manifestations, in addition to promoting exciting ways of approaching cinematographic culture. Sesc, by supporting the 32nd São Paulo International Short Film Festival, in which it has been a partner since the first editions, reaffirms its commitment to cultural democracy. Through its Digital Platform, it seeks to expand the contact of different audiences with the audiovisual language and emphasize its diversity through the exhibition of national and foreign films. In addition, the training aspect is reinforced through a series of meetings with professionals in lives, debates, workshops and courses.

A metaphor for a cultural environment in permanent expansion, the universe of short films spreads across a multiplicity of genres and styles, accessible to the most varied immersions, whether they are more or less used to the cinema experience. It is about expanding the projection windows of this universe, explaining its multifaceted character and its vocation to bring together artists and audiences.

Danilo Santos de Miranda

Sesc Sao Paulo Regional Director