Jô Serfaty (Brazil)

Jô Serfaty is a Brazilian director and screenwriter. She holds a Master’s Degree in Filmmaking from the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro. She has directed and written five short films: Confete (2012) and A ilha do farol (2017), co-directed with Mariana Kaufman; Peixe (2013), with Diogo Oliveira; Sobre a mesa (2015); and Imóvel (2016), co-directed with Isaac Pipano. Her short films experiment with hybrid languages, merging documentary and fiction. Her first feature film, Um filme de verão (2019), premiered at the Tiradentes festival and received the award for best film at the L’alternativa film festival in Barcelona and Transcinema in Peru, in addition to receiving six honorable mentions at film festivals such as Brasilia, Doclisboa, Mar del Plata and Janela Internacional do Cinema de Recife. Jô’s works have been screened at the Lincoln Center in New York, the Gothenburg Film Festival, Documenta Madrid and the Edinburgh Film Festival, among many others. Since 2021 she is part of the documentary selection committee of the Sundance fund and acts as a mentor for DOCSP (Brazil). She is currently developing her second feature film, Borda do mundo.

Borda do mundo [co-written with Guilherme Zanella] In a town being swallowed by the sea, the stories of three women intersect among the ruins.