The Special Programs gather honors and partnerships of the Sao Paulo ISFF with filmmakers and Brazilian and international institutions. The program begins with a retrospective of director Jorge Furtado, motivated by the 30th anniversary of the short film “Ilha das Flores”, considered the best Brazilian short film by Abraccine (Brazilian Association of Film Critics). It also presents the work of the duo Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, who transit their experimentation from Recife to Europe, passing through the main film and art festivals in the world.
A partnership with Oberhausen Festival brings a selection of films focusing on urban environment. From the Finnish low temperatures, in partnership with the Tampere Festival, comes the program "Women who came from the cold". “Women and Colors” is a selection of recent works by Brazilian women filmmakers made by director Carla Gallo. With the Korean Busan Festival, two shows: one of award-winning director Bong Joon-Ho's films, and one bringing together curated films from the Festival. From Canada come films from the Wapikoni project, a collection of films produced by filmmakers from the most diverse native ethnic groups in the country. Program “Time is fiction”, featuring current short films that have time as a fundamental part of the narrative, and the traditional “Horror on screen” complete the Special Programs.