Gabriel Abrantes

Gabriel Abrantes, born in 1984, postgraduate Studies, Fine Arts, Le Fresnoy, Studio national d’arts contemporains, Tourcoing, France, 2007-2008; Exchange Program, Fine Arts, L’École National des Beaux-Arts, Paris, FR, 2005; Bachelor Fine Arts, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, NY, USA, 2002-2006. Gabriel Abrantes has regularly shown his work at museums such as the Tate Britain (London), the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), the MIT List Visual Arts Center (Boston), Museu Serralves (Porto), and the Kunst-Werke (Berlin). He has had over a dozen individual exhibitions in museums and galleries and participated in dozens of collective exhibitions. In 2016 he was a commissioned artist of the Bienal de São Paulo (Brazil) and in 2014 of the Binnal d’Image Mouvement - Centre d’art Contemporain de Geneve (Switzerland). His videos are regularly screened at festivals, commercial cinemas and on television. He have been awarded prizes at prestigious international festivals, such as the Berlinale and the Locarno Film Festival. He lives and works in New York and Lisbon. Gabriel Abrantes’s relationship with Curtas Metragens CRL has already a long history, with several participations in the Portuguese competition of Curtas Vila do Conde IFF, receiving a special mention by Fratelli in 2011, and the realization of Baby Baby Costa Rica, a short co-production Metragens CRL and Mutual Respect, as part of the Shipyard project, also in 2011.

Ben Rivers

Ben Rivers, born in 1972, is an artist and filmmaker based in London. Rivers recently won the second EYE Art Film Prize 2016, the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize, 68th Venice Film Festival for his first feature film Two Years At Sea; and the Baloise Art Prize, Art Basel 42. His work has exhibited in numerous museums, galleries and festivals worldwide. His latest feature film, The Sky Trembles and the Earth is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers, premiered at Locarno International Film Festival. Between 1995 and 2005 he co-programmed Brighton Cinematheque. Ben Rivers is one of the authors of Curtas Vila do Conde IFF, selected several times and winner of the experimental competition, with Ah, Liberty! (2008), in exhibition with Ben Russell in Solar - Cinematic Art Gallery, with Ruins / Rites / Runes (2015), participates this year in the international competition with the short film Urth.

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