New Directors | doclisboa

With the end of a cycle, a new path begins. In doclisboa’s Closing Cerimony, the new directors of the festival were announced: Joana Gusmão, Joana Sousa and Miguel Ribeiro.


Joana Gusmão studied English Literature at Porto University and holds an MA in Text and Performance Studies from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art/King’s College, London. Following her studies, Gusmão was selected for the Young Artists Program at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, undertook a film directing course at PCFE Film School (Czech Republic) and the documentary workshop at EICTV (Cuba). In 2013, Gusmão was selected to take part in Emerging Producers at Jihlava IDFF and in 2015 she was part of Berlinale Talents. Active as a producer since 2011, she joined Doclisboa Film Festival in 2014 and has been working at the Festival as executive director and programmer of the Green Years section since 2016.


Joana de Sousa is a filmmaker and film curator. She holds a degree in Communication Sciences from the NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Right after finishing her studies, in 2010, she worked as a producer in two editions of Queer Lisboa – International Queer Film Festival. Since 2011, she is a member of Rabbit Hole, a Lisbon-based collective and artistic platform for creation and experimentation. In 2012, she was awarded a scholarship to attend the international MA in Documentary Filmmaking – DocNomads. Her graduation film, Bétail (2014), was screened and awarded in several film festivals worldwide. She is currently Programme Coordinator and Programmer of Doclisboa – International Film Festival and has participated as a curator and jury in festivals and art spaces in Lisbon, Oporto, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Tel Aviv and Copenhagen.


Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Miguel Ribeiro studied Communication Sciences, in NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Since 2012 and until now, he is holding duties as a programmer and programme coordinator of Doclisboa – International Film Festival. He is also currently part of the executive board of Apordoc – The Portuguese Documentary Association.
He is a former member of the artistic collective Rabbit Hole, an artistic platform and collective for creation, experimentation and curatorship. Through several collaborations, Miguel has developed a series of curatorial programmes between film, performance and visual arts and is a regular presence in panels, talks and festival juries – such as Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife, Málaga Film Festival, among others.