Carlos Conceição honored at Amiens Film Festival
The director Carlos Conceição, author of the award-winning short films “Good Night, Cinderella”, “Meat” and “Versailles” is the filmmaker in focus in the Pygmalion program of the 34th Film Festival in Amiens, France.
The section dedicated to emerging names of European cinema will present a full retrospective of the work of the director and organize a masterclass with Carlos Conceição during the Festival. Within the retrospective, the French festival will edit in DVD the short films by the Portuguese filmmaker – “Meat”, “Inferno,” “Versailles” and “Good Night, Cinderella” – for international distribution.
In 2015, by invitation of the Amiens Festival, Carlos Conceição will also be part of an artistic residency at the Villa Medici in Rome, for the development of a new project.
“Good Night, Cinderella”, the latest short film by Carlos Conceição, born in Angola, had international premiere in Semaine de La Critique of the latest edition of the Cannes Film Festival. The film, an adaptation of the classic tale, is, in the words of Fabien Gaffez, critic and programmer Pygmalion section, a “glamor Sade ironic tale that in its avowedly limited resources, signals the beginning of the illustrious career of a great filmmaker affecting its audience deep and sublime. “
A year before, “Versailles” was the only Portuguese short film to premiere in competition at the prestigious Locarno Festival 2013.
Having performed all his films on the margins of state or institutional support, Carlos Conceição considers this show in Amiens a “very stimulating to publicize the work done and the value form, since in Portugal national cinema seems to happen increasingly in relatively closed circles. “
The Festival of Amiens runs this year between 14 and 22 November. Over the 34 editions featured several Portuguese participants having, in 1993, assigned to the principal of Fernando Lopes “The Wire Horizon” movie premium.
"Reconversion" is now available on DVD
“Reconversion” by Thom Andersen is now available on DVD in our online store and Portuguese FNAC’s. This edition which marks the beginning of the partnership between Curtas Vila do Conde and FNAC is on sale for 4 euros and includes as extras the short film “Vulgar Fractions” by Peter Bo Rappmund and 20 movie frames. Subtitles: English / Español / Português.
“Reconversion” portrays 17 buildings and projects by Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto Moura, accompanied usually by his own writings. It is a search for his architecture, without critical commentary.
Only the tour guide at Braga Stadium offers generalizations, which fit that work well enough, but it may be the exception, not the rule. Souto Moura has the last word: “If there is nothing there, I invent a preexistence.”
Technically, “Reconversão” combines the crudeness of proto-cinema with the hyperrealism of digital cinema, bringing us back to the ideals of Dziga Vertov. Shooting only one or two frames per second and animating the images, in the manner of Muybridge, produces greater resolution, although not necessarily a greater sense of reality, and brings attention to the movements of water and vegetation that generally pass unnoticed.
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Portuguese Cinema in Argentina
In collaboration with the Portuguese Short Film Agency, MONSTRA – Lisbon Animated Film Festival will present the MONSTRA IN ARGENTINA – Portuguese Animated Cinema, 9-12 October at the MACBA – Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires.
Divided into five programs, the show will present animated films by Pedro Serrazina, Abi Feijó, Fernando Galrito and João Ramos de Almeida, Nuno Amorim, Cristiano Mourato, Regina Pessoa, Nuno Beato, Pedro Brito, José Miguel Ribeiro, Paulo D’Alva, Joana Toste, Vasco Sá e David Doutel, Filipe Abranches, Zepe and Humberto Santana.
"Street Road" awarded at the Architecture Film Festival
The short film “Street Road” by Graça Castanheira, won the award for Best Documentary at the 2nd edition of the Architecture Film Festival which took place between 24 and 28 September in Lisbon.
The documentary was produced by Curtas Metragens under the Shipyard project involving a group of film students from Porto who joined the technical team of the film.
In “Street Road” run-up to national roads, with their peculiar landscape – seismograph of passing time. Read by looking warned geographer Álvaro Domingues, a journey through Portugal, as it is.
Luminita wins the Grand Prix at Drama Film Festival
Luminita, by André Marques, won the Grand Prix at the 20th Drama International Short Film Festival, held between 15 and 20 September in Drama, Greece.
In the words of the Official Jury, “Luminita” is an excellent film about a reality we can’t avoid. In an unsentimental story with realistic atmosphere we are taken into the difficult and intimate room of saying farewell. A room that opens our deepest feelings. The winning film represents excellent skills of filmmaking on all levels including direction, acting, photography, use of music and a powerful symbolism in storytelling.an excellent film a reality we can not avoid. A sentimental story with a realistic atmosphere are taken to task difficult and intimate to say goodbye. “The movie theater is excellent skills at all levels, including direction, acting, photography, music and the use of a powerful symbolism in storytelling.”
This is the sixth award that Luminita receives after the “Audience Award” at the Festival Curtas Vila do Conde, “Special Jury Prize” and “Best Script Award” at the International Film Festival of Gijón, “Honorable Jury Mention” at the Festival Luso-Brasileiro de Santa Maria da Feira and “Award for Best characterization” Fic Bueu Festival in Spain.
Luminita is also named by the Portuguese Academy of Cinema for the Sophia Award ceremony that takes place on 8 October at CCB.
Luminita will debut in five more cities, after exhibitions in Lisbon and Setúbal, the film will be presented in Porto, Évora, Figueira da Foz, Coimbra, Braga, with distribution by Media Filmes.
Agency Films at Sophia Awards 2014
Four films promoted by the Portuguese Short Film Agency, are nominated to the Sophia Awards 2014 by The Portuguese Academy of Cinema. The short-fim “Carrotrope”, by Paula D’Alva, competes in the category of Best Short Animation, while “Far From Eden” by Carlos Amaral, “Gambozinos”, by João Nicolau and “Luminita” by André Marques, are nominated in the category of Best Short Fiction.
The winners of the 2014 Sophia Awards will be announced on October 8th at Centro Cultural de Belém, in Lisbon.
The Short Film Day is back in December
After a successful debut in Portugal in 2013, we are preparing another edition of The Short Film Day the great celebration of short film.
In Portugal, the event is held by Portuguese Short Film Agency.
25th São Paulo Short Film Festival
The 25th edition of the Short Film Festival of São Paulo began last Wednesday, August 20, and runs until the end of the month in Brazil.
“Fernando who won a Bird from the Sea” by Felipe Bragança and Helvécio Marins Jr., “Gambozinos”, by João Nicolau, “Carosello” by Jorge Quintela and “Three Weeks in December” by Laura Gonçalves, are selected for the exhibition .
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Portuguese short films awarded in Iberian Film Festival
The short films “Far From Eden” and “Wild Haggis” were awarded in the 20th edition of the Iberian Film Festival which took place between 16 and 19 July in Badajoz, Spain.
Carlos Amaral’s film “Far From Eden” won the award for Best Cinematography held by Paulo Castilho while “ Wild Haggis” by João Nicolau was awarded with the prize for Best Original Music created by Mariana Ricardo.
Also the short film “Carrotrope” by Paul D’Alva joined the competition of the Festival which this year selected 21 films, three of them filmed in Portugal.
Manoel Oliveira’s new film at La Bienale in Venice
“The Old Man of Belém”, the latest short film by Manoel de Oliveira, has been selected for the Venice International Film Festival – La Biennale, which takes place in Italy from August 27th to September 6th.In a 21st century park bench, Oliveira unites Don Quixote (Ricardo Trepa), the poet Luís Vaz de Camões (Luís Miguel Cintra) and the writers Teixeira de Pascoaes (Diogo Dória ) and Camilo Castelo Branco (Mário Barroso). “Together, carried by telluric waves of thought, they wander between past and present, glory and defeat, emptiness and alienation, chasing that most unreachable of stars.”
The film, distributed by the Agencia – Portuguese Short Film Agency, was produced by O Som e a Fúria (Portugal) and co-produced by Epicentre Films (France).
"Luminita" arrives to the cinemas in July
The short-film “Luminita” by André Marques will be in the Portuguese cinemas from 31 of July, in complement to Corneliu Porumboiu’s feature “When evening falls on Bucharest or Metabolism”.
Filmed in Romania, “Luminita” follows the reunion of Two brothers, who haven’t spoken in years, and meet at their mother’s funeral where they must deal with their mourning family, their obligations as sons and their own feelings of loss.
The film won the Audience Award at the 2013 edition of Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival, the Special Jury Prize and the Best Screenplay Award at the Gijón Film Festival and also a Special Jury Mention at the Film Festival Luso-Brazilian.
Laura Gonçalves awarded at Femina
The director Laura Goncalves won the “Best International Female Participation Award” in Femina – International Women’s Film Festival, held between 14 and 19 July in Brazil, with the film “Three Weeks in December”.
According to the Festival, “we are all fruits of shared moments, during which gestures, words and love are transmitted from generation to generation. Therefore, we offer the prize for best international female highlighted for Laura Gonçalves, for the way that she turns into filmic record her memories in “Three Weeks in December”.
The film is an animated diary of the three weeks spent in Belmonte, Portugal. The short film was developed during a Masters in Animation at Bournemouth Arts University in England.
Films promoted by Agência awarded at Curtas Vila do Conde
The 22nd edition of Curtas Vila do Conde ended yesterday with several movies of Agência – Short Film Portuguese Agency honored at the Award Ceremony of the Festival.
“Golden Triangle”, by Miguel Clara Vasconcelos, was the winner of the Portuguese Competition of the Festival. The film, shot in Paris, reveals memories, encounters and feelings of the travels that led Sheylla to the French capital.“Soot”, by the duo David Doutel and Vasco Sá, was rewarded twice: the animation won the Audience Award SPA – Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores and the awards for Best Portuguese Director.
“Good Night Cinderella”, screened on a non-competitive section of the Festival, also received the TAP award for the Best Portuguese Fiction Medium-Length Film.
In Take One! Competition, dedicated to school films, the big winner was João Niza Ribeiro with the film “Manifesto dos Danados”. The film is now part of the catalog of works promoted by Agência – Short Film Portuguese Agency.
"The Gravedigger" receives honorable mention in Black & White
The short film “The Gravedigger”, by André Gil Mata, won an honorable mention in the 11th edition of the Black & White Festival, which ended on May 24.
The director of this film that tells “a story, narrated in the moonlight, about a child born monster” was present at the awards ceremony.
Red Dawn censored
The Agência – Portuguese Short Film Agency wants to express publicly its indignation regarding the exclusion due to censorship of the Portuguese short film “Red Dawn”, by João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata, imposed by the Chinese authorities in the exhibition WHERE IS CHINA / ONDE É A CHINA? presented in Beijing. In order to erase any trace of the film, the catalogues of the event were also confiscated.
The Agencia would like to express it’s solidarity with the filmmakers and regrets the diplomatic inertia seen at the event, which had the presence of the President of the Portuguese Republic at the opening in China, and which got its official sponsorship.
“Red Dawn” is a poethic and visualy exciting documentary, mostly observational, that captures the reality of the rituals of preparation of the animals for consumption in Macau’s famous Red Market’s , in early morning.
Regina Pessoa at "Golden Nights"
“Kali , the Little Vampire” by Regina Pessoa, was selected for the panorama “ Golden Nights” which takes place between 16-18 June, in Paris.
The panorama , organized by César – Academy of Arts and Techniques of Cinema in partnership with UNESCO ( United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ), selects every year , the best international short films . The next edition will be presented in three days 48 films from 25 countries , distinguished by the major film academies from around the world .
“Kali, the Little Vampire” has dozens of awards, having been selected for more than one hundred festivals worldwide , including the Annie Awards and the Cartoon D’Or film .
The short film , which closes a trilogy about childhood , tells the story of a boy , unlike the others, who dreams of finding your place in the sun . As the moon goes through different phases , Kali also has to face his fears and inner demons to , in the end, find the passage to the light . One day he will disappear … or maybe it’s just another phase of change .
"Luminita" selected to three festivals
“Luminita”, a short film directed by André Marques will have its US premiere at the Palm Springs International ShortFest, that will be held from the 17th to the 23rd June.
At the same time, “Luminita” will have its British premiere at the East End International Film Festival, that will be held in London from the 13th to the 25th de June. The screening will be taken taken place on the 21st at 2:30pm at the famous london theatre Genesis.
Finally, in Portugal the film will be screened at Festroia together with some other Portuguese short films: “The Waves” by Miguel Fonseca,“Three Weeks in December” by Laura Gonçalves, “On the Dragons Flake” by Ivo Ferreira and “Far from Eden” by Carlos Amaral.
"The Mother and the Sea" in the theaters
The feature film “The Mother and the Sea”, by Gonçalo Tocha will be on May 29 in exhibition at Cinema City Alvalade, in Lisbon. The film, hailed by critics worldwide, will also be presented in three sessions in Porto at Passos Manuel.
After a remarkable journey in the international film festivals, the film by Gonçalo Tocha arrives for the first time to the Portuguese cinemas. In Lisbon, “The Mother and the Sea” will be in exhibition at the Cinema City Alvalade from May 29. In Porto, three sessions will be presented at Passos Manuel: the May 30, with the presence of the director, and the 8th and 9th of June, at 9:30 PM.
The documentary, filmed on the beach in Vila Chã, Vila do Conde, tells the story of the fisherwoman women of that place now represented by Gloria, the only woman who still goes to the sea. Through conversations, the film reveals how the predecessors of Glory defied tradition and obtained fishing licenses, dedicating their lives to fishing and the love for the sea. “It remains nine boats and one fisherwoman. In lands of brave people of the sea, we shot the fishing passion, the passion for the sea”.
First presented at the 21st edition of Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival, “ The Mother and the Sea” had his world premiere at the prestigious Festival of Rome. The film was also screened at Doc Lisboa, where he won the prize for best feature film, and was part of the selection of film festivals Mar del Plata (Argentina ) , CPH DOX (Denmark ) , RIDM Montreal (Canada ) , Rotterdam ( Netherlands) , and others. Recently, the documentary was chosen to open the “Documentary Fortnight 2014” at MoMa – Museum of Modern Art in New York .
"Goodnight Cinderella" at Semaine de la Critique du Festival de Cannes
The short film “Goodnight, Cinderella”, by Carlos Conceicao, was selected for the Semaine de la Critique, that will be held during the Cannes Film Festival, beetween 15 and 23 of May. This 30minute ficton film will be presented in the short and medium length film of Semaine de la Critique, that aims to reveal and follow the new generation of authors, and will compete dor 2 awards together with 9 other films. The british director Andrea Arnold will be the president of the 53rd Semaine de la Critique jury.
“Goodnight Cinderela” is a satire that adapts the famous fairy tale presenting it in the prince’s perpective. “There is a parallel established between socio-political state of the country in the second half of the Nineteenth century and the phase in which we live” states director Carlos Conceição concerning the origin of the film.
The film, stars David Cabecinha, Joana de Verona and João Cajuda.
"The Mother and the Sea" awarded at the 6th Cineport
“The Mother and the Sea”, by Gonçalo Tocha, received the Trophy for Best Editing in Documentary Film at the 6th edition of the Festival of Portuguese Language Countries ( Cineport), which ended yesterday in Brazil .
The feature film was selected among all films released in 2013 in the countries of Portuguese language by a jury of critics and journalists from Brazil, Portugal and Africa, including Rui Tendinha (SIC), Carla Henriques (RTP and RDP Africa) and Luísa Sequeira (journalist and producer of the Festival Shortcutz Portugal) .
Filmed on Vila Chã beach, in Vila do Conde, the documentary tells the story of the “fisherwoman”, a vanished community now represented by Gloria , the only woman who still goes to the sea: “ There remain nine boats and one fisherwoman. In the land of brave seafarers, we shoot the fishing passion, the passion for the sea. “
The film was produced by Curtas Metragens CRL, at Estaleiro project, with the participation of a team of film students from Porto.
Monstra 2014: Awarded Films
The Animated Film Festival Monstra ended yesterday in Lisbon with the award of two films represented by the Portuguese Short Film Agency.
“Three Weeks in December”, by the young filmmaker Laura Gonçalves, won the buy fifa coins Junior Jury Prize for Best Portuguese Student Short Film. The film is an animated diary of the three weeks that the filmmaker spent in Belmonte, in Portugal.
“Carratrope”, by Paulo D’Alva has won the PA-Portuguese Society of Authors | Vasco Granja award. “Carrotrope is a new optical toy. Agglutinates the carousel and thraumatrope, two objects that represent the cyclical movements of life. Meanwhile, a man drinks and time passes at a rate of 24 frames per second.”Both animated films are in the exhibition “Rua Animada” at Solar – Cinematic Art Gallery in Vila do Conde until 1st June, as part of the 9th edition of the project Animar.
Miguel Gomes retrospective at Istanbul
The 33th edition of the Istanbul Film Festival, the most important film festival in Turkey, takes place between 5 and 20 April and will present a retrospective dedicated to the work of the Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Gomes.
Included in the program “From the World of Festivals”, the “Redemption + Shorts” session will present the latest short film by Miguel Gomes, “Redemption”, followed by “Canticle of all Creatures” “31”, “Christmas Inventory” and “Meanwhile”.
Miguel Gomes became internationally known after directing the feature film “Tabu”, also presented in the previous edition of the Istanbul Film Festival.
"The Last Time I Saw Macao" on DVD
The film “The Last Time I Saw Macao”, by João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata, is now available on DVD in France and the United States .
The French version, edited by Epicentre Films, includes extras like the short films “Red Dawn “ and “China China”, the biography of directors and a photo gallery . In the United States, in addition to interviews and other extras, FIFA Ultimate Team Coins the DVD edited by the Cinema Guild, also includes the short films “Red Dawn “ and “ Mahjong ,” the latest work of the two filmmakers produced by Estaleiro.
“The Last Time I Saw Macao”, tells the story of a man who receives in Lisbon an email from a friend which he haven’t seen for years, Candy , asking him to meet her in Macau , fifa 15 coins where strange and frightening things are happening . The man lived in Macau for many years where he spent the best times of his life. This trip also a return to his memories.
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The Mother and The Sea in Rotterdam and New York
The film “The Mother and the Sea”, by Gonçalo Tocha, was selected for the Rotterdam Film Festival to be held from January 22 to February 2 in the Netherlands. The documentary will be shown in My Own Private Europe section, which aims to rediscover the identity of Europe through the personal view of several European filmmakers.
The film was also chosen to open the 13th edition of the Festival of Documentaries of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), which will happen between 14 and 28 February in New York. The Portuguese documentary will be shown on the first day of the festival which this year will feature 30 international films.
The Fake Watches, produced by Curtas Metragens CRL in the Estaleiro project with the participation of a team of cinema students from Porto, describes the day-to-day of “fisherwomen” in the beach of Vila Chã, in Vila do Conde.
Luso-Brazilian short film in Berlinale
The short film “Fernando who received a Bird from the Sea”, by Felipe Bragança and Helvécio Marins Jr. , was selected for the Berlinale, the International Film Festival of Berlin , held 6-16 February in Germany .
The film will be screened at the 9th edition of the Forum Expanded, a parallel section to the Festival which this year has the theme the question “ What do we know when we know where something is? “. This section of the festival starts on February 5 and will present about 50 works from 20 countries around the world.
“Fernando who received a Bird from the Sea” is a little Portuguese-Brazilian song. Fernando spends his time between a cafe in the neighbourhood and his small house in Porto. Coming from Brazil he receives a small present that makes him imagine paradise.
The film, produced by Curtas Metragens CRL in the Estaleiro project, involved a team of film students from Portugal and Brazil. The world premiere of the short film took place in the latest edition of Curtas Vila do Conde, in 2013.
The Portuguese Short Film Agency in Clermont - Ferrand Festival
The Portuguese Short Film Agency will be present in the next edition of the largest and most important European festival dedicated to short films, the Festival of Clermont – Ferrand, which will take place between January 31 and February 8 in France.
The presence of the Agency in Clermont – Ferrand will, once again, promote the Portuguese short films through a set of activities in 29º Short Film Market taking place during the festival: the installation of a promotional stand, the distribution of a catalog to distributors, television and festivals with information about the films produced, and daily promotion of national cinematography to the professionals in the festival.
The media coverage of the event and the presence of about 3300 professionals from around the world make the Clermont – Ferrand Short Film Market privileged and important in the promotion of Portuguese cinema.
The participation of the Short Film Agency in 36th edition of the Festival is supported by the Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual, Instituto Camões, Embassy of Portugal in Paris and Niepoort.
Bucharest Film Festival with Portuguese Program
The Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, in Romania, begins today and will feature a program dedicated to the Portuguese cinema, organized in collaboration with The Portuguese Short Film Agency.
The program entitled “The Portuguese cinematic miracle,” will integrate movies represented by the Agency: LAND OF MY DREAMS, by Yann Gonzalez, THE GRAVEDIGGER, by André Gil Mata and TO THE WOLF OF MADRAGOA, by Pedro Bastos.
The program shows the creative boom of Portuguese cinema in recent years despite the lack of financial support and will be presented by a representative of the Agency, also member of the jury of the festival.
In the competitive section of the Romanian festival will be screened THE KING’S BODY, by João Pedro Rodrigues, and AS THE FLAMES ROSE, by João Rui Guerra da Mata.
The short film WILD HAGGIS, by João Nicolau, will be presented at the special program of the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.
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Portuguese Short-films awarded at Luso Brazilian Film Festival
The 17th edition of the Luso-Brazilian Film Festival, held from 1-8 December in Santa Maria da Feira, awarded five short-films from the Portuguese Short Film Agency.
CAROSELLO, by Jorge Quintela, won the award for best short-film. LUMINITA, by André Marques, received an honorable mention from the Jury of the festival. The Revelation Prize was awarded to REI INÚTIL, by Telmo Churro. VERSAILLES, by Carlos Conceição, won the Critic’s Prize and GAMBOZINOS, by John Nicholas, won the Prize of Film Clubs!
The Great Celebration of Short Film is coming!
In less than a month arrives, for the first time in Portugal, the SHORT FILM DAY, the great celebration of short film, an event that was born in France in 2011 and will be held simultaneously in over forty countries around the world.
Albufeira, Barcelos, Braga, Cascais, Coimbra, Constância, Faro, Figueira da Foz, Funchal, Guimarães, Leiria, Lisboa, Matosinhos, Porto, Redondo, Santo Tirso, Sardoal, Senhora da Hora, Tavira, Vila do Conde, Vila Nova de Gaia and Viseu are the cities that will participate in the first Portuguese edition of the SHORT FILM DAY.
During the day of December 21, there will be presented at different locations a selection of films with national and international productions, for adults and children.
Having humor as a reference “This is not a Funny Program” is a collection of hilarious short films of european comedy. The sessions “Curtas Portuguesas 1” and “ Curtas Portuguesas 2” will showcase a selection of the best national short films of the last years, reflecting the quality of Portuguese cinema. Thinking of our younger audiences, “Curtinhas” presents a collection of fun short films for an afternoon well spent in family!
Two special events held in Porto and Guimarães will be the start of this initiative at 00h of the 21st, where we will celebrate non-stop with films and music this short but innovative formate.
Several Portuguese short films were awarded last weekend in different Spanish film festivals.
The film “Luminita” by André Marques was twice awarded in the 51st International Film Festival of Gijon with the award for Best Screenplay and Special Jury Prize.
In Barcelona, the short film “Má Raça”, by André Santos and Marco Leão, won the award GAC for Best Screenplay at the 20th edition of L’Alternativa, Independent Film Festival of Barcelona.
In Bilbao, “Mahjong” by João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata, produced by Estaleiro, was awarded with the Mikeldi Plata at the Festival Internacional de Cine documental y cortometraje. At the same festival, the animation “Outro Homem Qualquer” by Luís Soares received the Mikeldi de Oro.
The Short Film Day
On December 21st, 2013, it will be held in Portugal for the first time THE SHORT FILM DAY the great celebration of short film, an event that was born in France in 2011 and is now is held in 20 countries.
The shortest day of the year, the winter solstice, inspired the idea to promote short films for local audiences, encouraging public screenings in several places. Whether online, in cinemas or on different public places, the presentation of short films during this short but intense day provides an opportunity to discover a large number of filmmakers and their works.
It’s on this day that creativity is based on the richness of the films and the imagination of the organizers, and diversity is presented and is put into practice initiatives to promote cinema in short format, to encourage new creators and professional practices, increasing admirers of the format and facilitating access to culture.
THE SHORT FILM DAY is a unique initiative that will introduce the best Portuguese short films (but not only!), with all its richness and diversity. This initiative is developed in Portugal by AGENCIA Short Film Agency that assumes a role of high importance in the international projection of Portuguese short films through its promotion action either from film festivals and events of similar nature or by organizing initiatives and special retrospective programs.
"The Mother and The Sea" premieres internationally
Rome is the city chosen for the international premiere of “The Mother and the Sea” by Gonçalo Tocha, a production by Curtas Metragens CRL. The film was selected to the competition Cinema XXI of the Rome Film Festival, that will be held between the 8th and 17th of November.
Shot at the Vila Chã beach, this project talks about the tradition of the fisherwomen, a peculiar phenomenon of this region. “The Mother and the Sea” was produced by a team of film students of Porto.
Moreover, before the Rome screening, the film can been seen in competition at DocLisboa on November 1st and 2nd. After that THE MOTHER AND THE SEA was also selected to CPH DOX (Dinamarca), Mar Del Plata (Argentina) and Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire em Montreal (Canadá).
"Mahjong" in Theatres
MAHJONG, the latest film by João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata, has commercial debut in Portugal on October 3rd in addition to the feature film “Interior. Leather Bar” by James Franco and Travis Mathews.
MAHJONG is a production by Curtas Metragens CRL, that organizes Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival and was developed by the directors with a team of students under the project Estaleiro.
MAHJONG had its international premiere at the Locarno Festival last August and debuted in the United States along with The Last Time I Saw Macau, also directed by João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata.
The film was shot in Varziela, Vila do Conde, Portugal’s largest Chinatown, and extends the Asian themes emphasizing hybrid research between fiction and documentary presented in the directors’ previous films. It is also an exercise of genre, mixing suspense with humor.
Portugal in Montreal
The Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2013 that will be held in Montreal, Canada, from 9-20 October selected four Portuguese short films for its international competition program.
Portugal will be represented by Mahjong, by the duo João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata, To The Wolf of Madragoa, by Pedro Bastos, Dive: Approach and Exit, by Sandro Aguilar and finnaly Jorge Quintela will present Carosello, winner of Curtas Vila do Conde 2013.
Award in Brasília
The film “Fernando Who Received a Bird from the Sea” – produced by Curtas Metragens CRL and directed by Helvécio Marins Jr. and Felipe Bragança – was awarded at the Brasilia Film Festival with Best soundtrack (for Gustavo Fioravante and O Grivo).
The jury was composed by the director and editor Caetano Gotthard, the director, producer and screenwriter Camilo Cavalcante and the director, producer and animator Cesar Cabral.
The 46th Festival de Brasilia was held between 17-24 September. “Fernando Who Received a Bird from the Sea” is a co-production between Portugal and Brazil.
Sandro Aguilar's retrospective in Berlin and Nova Iorque
The filmmaker Sandro Aguilar is currently the guest of the DAAD program in Berlin. On this occasion, a retrospective of all his short films will take place at Arsenal cinema in Berlin on the 29th and 30th August and will be presented by the author himself.
In October, it will the Lincoln Center in New York to present the short films by this director as part the section Views of the New York Film Festival. The programmer has defined them as “Beautiful, distinctive, rigorously precise uniquely poetIc works of art.”
Regina Pessoa at Animamundi
Anima Mundi International Animation Festival, the most important International Animation Festival in Brazil invited the Portuguese filmmaker Regina Pessoa for an “Animated Chat” and also to present a Masterclass “From Stone to Pixel” where she will exhibit her three animation short films. The artist will bring to the Brazilian audience a insight of her experience in animation.
Free streaming of Portuguese short films
DocAlliance channel (http://dafilms.com/) will launch an online event dedicated to Portuguese cinema in collaboration with the Agency – Portuguese Short Film Agency.
From August 5th to 11th it will be possible for everyone to see all the following films on free streaming:
MIRACLE OF SAINT ANTHONY, Sergei Loznitsa
RED DAWN, João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata
THE COMMUNITY, Salomé Lamas
A ROAD AS A STREET, Graça of Castanheira
A RIVER CALLED BIRD, Luís Alves de Matos
ASHES, AN ESSAY ON FIRE by Pedro Flores
THE SONG OF THE NIGHTINGALE, Helvécio Martins Jr.
RECONVERSION, Thom Andersen
OBLIGATION, João Canijo
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Miguel Gomes in Venice
“Redemption”, the most recent short film by Miguel Gomes was selected to the 70th edition of La Biennale di Venezia.
The film, a 26-minute fiction is a co-production between France, Germany and Italy, will be screened out of competition, and marks the debut of Miguel Gomes festival in Venice, having his works previously been selected (and winning) in festivals such as Berlin, Cannes, Locarno, Toronto and São Paulo.
“Redemption” follows four characters in different times – a child in Portugal in 1975, an elderly man in Milan in 2011, a father in Paris in 2012, a bride in Leipzig in 1977 – in search of redemption, according to the synopsis of the production O Som e a Fúria.
more info at: http://www.labiennale.org/it/cinema/70-mostra/film/
Portuguese films in Locarno
Several Portuguese short films were selected for the next Festival of Locarno. All of them had premiere at the 21st Curtas Vila do Conde. The Locarno Film Festival is one of the most prestigious film festivals and takes place from 7 to 17 August in the Swiss town of Locarno.
In the competitive section Pardi di Domani, dedicated to short films, was selected “Versailles” by Carlos Conceição. For the section out of competition were selected “Mahjong”, by João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata and “O Corpo de Afonso”, by João Pedro Rodrigues. Basil da Cunha will be jury in the section Pardi di Domani.
Portuguese cinema will also be seen in the last feature film (posthumous) by Paulo Rocha, “Se eu Fosse Ladrão… Roubava”, along with a tribute to the director, with the screening of the classic films “Verdes Anos” and “Mudar de Vida”. Finally, Joaquim Pinto will present “E Agora? Lembra-me” at the Festival international competition.
+ info: http://www.pardolive.ch/
Portuguese program in Hollywood
The Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival, with the help of Agência, prepared a program that will pay tribute to Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival.
The Festival will be held from July 31st to August 4th and will screen the following films curated by Guest Artistic Director Dario Oliveira, director of Vila do Conde IFF, stated Artistic Director, Sandro Fiorin:
- “Rapace”, by João Nicolau
- “Arena”, by João Salaviza
- “O Coveiro”, by André Gil Mata
- “Sinais de Serenidade por Coisas sem Sentido”, by Sandro Aguilar
- “Manhã de Santo António”, by João Pedro Rodrigues
- “O Que Arde Cura”, by João Rui Guerra da Mata
- “North Atlantic”, by Bernardo Nascimento
Meetings with directors at Curtas Vila do Conde
Continuing an event started in 2012, Agência – Portuguese Short Film Agency promotes daily encounters with Portuguese directors. These debates aimed to directors who have films at the Portuguese competition or at Estaleiro screenings are a opportunity to discuss the films with the Festival’s audience.
-Tuesday, 9 – 16:00: Gonçalo Tocha, João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata, Felipe Bragança e André Tentúgal.
-Wednesday, 10 – 16:00: Paulo d’Alva, Sérgio Ribeiro, Filipa César, Tiago Rosa-Rosso e Ivo M. Ferreira.
-Thursday, 11 – 16:00: André Guiomar, Pedro Caeiro, David Bonneville e André Marques.
-Friday, 12 – 16:00: João Viana, João Pedro Rodrigues, Pedro Bastos e João Nicolau.
-Saturday, 13 – 16:30: Jorge Quintela, Carlos Conceição, Telmo Churro e Carlos Amaral.
These meetings take place at the Lounge Curtas, Teatro Municipal de Vila do Conde.
"Kali, The Little Vampire" nominated to Cartoon d'Or
The short animated film “Kali, the Little Vampire” by Regina Pessoa is one of the six films nominated for the Cartoon d’Or 2013.
The Cartoon D’Or, with the value of 15,000 € is the most prestigious and wanted award for European animation films. The ceremony for the Cartoon d’Or Award 2013 will be held this year in Toulouse on 19th September.
More info at: http://www.cartoon-media.eu/index.php integrated into the Cartoon Forum.
“Kali, the Little Vampire” was recently awarded with an Honorable Mention (Entertainment Category) at the National Multimedia Prize 2013 – Portugal
More info at: http://www.apmp.pt/258-premio-nacional-multimedia-vencedores-2013.html
"Gambozinos" receives the Illy Prize
Gambozinos, by João Nicolau, received the Illy Prize for Best Short Film at the Directors’ Fortnight, in Cannes.
The Illy Prize for short film was awarded by a jury composed by director Leila Kilani, film critic and director Isabelle Regnier, the Illy communication coordinator Lucia Dore-Ivanovitch, Illy artistic director Carlo Bach, and chaired by the actor Louis Garrel.
The Directors’ Fortnight is a non-competitive section, but their sponsors reward the selected films, which are presented at the closing session of the event.
Portuguese Films in Cannes
The new work by João Nicolau, GAMBOZINOS, was the Portuguese short film selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Festival.
The film will be exhibited as world premiere on May 23rd at the Theatre Croisette and on May 25th at Studio 13.
The Director’s Fortnight aims to discover and promote films by young authors and to celebrate the work of established directors. João Nicolau is back to the Directors’ Fortnight, where he has already presented the short RAPACE (2006) and CANÇÃO DE AMOR E SAÚDE (2009). GAMBOZINOS follows the adventures of a 10 year old boy in a holiday camp.
Besides GAMBOZINOS, Agencia has a program entitled “New Portuguese Films” at the Short Film Corner with 6 other Portuguese short films.
Also in Cannes, Miguel Gomes and João Pedro Rodrigues are members of different juries and Basil da Cunha premieres his first feature film.
Portuguese Contemporary Cinema Program in Brazil
The 2nd Portuguese Contemporary Cinema Program will take place this year in Recife, 21-26 May at the CAIXA Cultural, in Rio de Janeiro, from 24 May to 6 June at the Instituto Moreira Salles, and São Paulo, 16-28 July at the CAIXA Cultural.
A selection of 18 Portuguese features and 7 short films produced from 2000 until today will be presented in the program. The event will feature also a new retrospective section and other exciting new works that will bring closer Portuguese Cinema to the Brazilian audience. Among other films, the event will screen KALI, O PEQUENO VAMPIRO by Regina Pessoa, OS OLHOS DO FAROL by Pedro Serrazina, A PISCINA by Iana Ferreira and João Viana, and O NOME E O N.I.M by Inês Oliveira.
O SOM E A FÚRIA presents 3 SHORT FILMS
After an interesting career through international film festivals, 3 short films of 3 Portuguese directors will premiere in theaters: “Sinais de Serenidade por Coisas Sem Sentido”, by Sandro Aguilar, “As Ondas”, de Miguel Fonseca e “Solo”, de Mariana Gaivão.
Restless Future - Portuguese program in Dresden
Agência – Portuguese Short Film Agency prepared a retrospective program entitled “Restless Future” to be screened at the next edition of Filmfest Dresden, that will be held 16-21 April in Germany.
The Portuguese program, that will be composed of the following films: REMAINS by Sandro Aguilar, O QUE ARDE CURA by João Rui Guerra da Mata, 31 by Miguel Gomes and RAPACE by João Nicolau, will be presented by a representative of the Agencia and aims to address the vitality of Portuguese Cinema which has come to conquer the most demanding audience of the most prestigious film festivals in the world through short film format.