Volunteers - Curtas 2022

18 May 2022
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Every year, Curtas Vila do Conde team is made up of volunteers who contribute to making the Festival a cultural event of reference in Portugal and abroad. Once again, for the 2022 edition, we are waiting for your application!
For a week, you will have the opportunity to participate in a very important cultural event, which will also be something unforgettable for you. To apply, carefully read the regulation below and fill out the form.
From July 9th to 17th, in Vila do Conde, we will all be together, safely, for another edition!

1. Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival volunteers will have the opportunity to participate and be involved in an event of international projection, which will allow them to have direct contact with directors, producers, journalists, artists, among others;
2.   It is also an opportunity to collaborate with one of the most important cultural events in Vila do Conde and in the country, in which you can also leave your mark and contribution;
3.  Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older, have a sense of responsibility, demonstrate interest, dynamism, ease of communication (preferably also in English), willingness to help others and openness to collaborate throughout the Festival;
4.  Volunteers will play an important role in the Festival's structure, fulfilling various functions, according to needs: support for production, communication, public relations and guest greeting, doors and entrances, catering, transport, among others;
5.  To submit your application, fill in the form below completely;
6.  After the submission period, you will be contacted for an interview and, if selected, you will receive training and information about your role at the festival;
7.  If you are chosen, you will receive a Free-Pass that gives you access to all Festival sessions, so you can see everything (with exceptions noted in the program) after your working hours. You will also receive festival merchandising and catering;
8. Join us! 
For more information, you can contact us via email info@curtas.pt or telephone 252 646516.

Cinema for kids!

9 May 2022
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Between May 24 and 27, Curtas Vila do Conde will invade Vila do Conde Theatre with a set of sessions dedicated to children and teenagers.

Specially designed for schools, the School Festival - Curtinhas & My Generation will present the most recent works of the competitions Curtinhas and My Generation of the 30th Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival. Entries for schools from all over the country are already open and can be made through this form. 


Taking place between July 9 and 17, the Vila do Conde festival is preparing an edition that brings the short film to the big screen again, in a year that marks 30 years of existence. 



School Festival - Curtinhas & My Generation

Dates: 24 - 27 May 2022

Venue: Theatre of Vila do Conde

Session Times: 09:45 | 11:00 | 14:45 | 16:15

João Gonzalez takes Portuguese animation to Cannes

20 April 2022
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"Ice Merchants", from the young Portuguese director João Gonzalez, will have its world premiere at Festival de Cannes. The short film will compete at Semaine de La Critique of the festival, which takes place between May 17 and 28. 

João Gonzalez' most recent film, "Ice Merchants", has been selected for Semaine de La Critique, a section of Festival de Cannes, which this year celebrates its 61st edition. "Ice Merchants" is one of the ten short films in competition in the section of the French festival.

After the awarded "Nestor" and "The Voyager", "Ice Merchants" is João Gonzalez' third film and his first as professional director, with the support of the Portuguese Cinema and Audiovisual Institute. Besides being director, art director and animator (with the collaboration of Polish animator Ala Nunu in this film), João Gonzalez was also instrumentalist and composer of the soundtrack, with the participation of Nuno Lobo in orchestration and a group of musicians from ESMAE. The sound-design is by Ed Trousseau, with recording and mixing by Ricardo Real and Joana Rodrigues. A Portuguese, Polish, French and English team worked on the colouring of the film. 

Being a Portuguese, English and French co-production, the film was produced by Bruno Caetano at Cola - Coletivo Audiovisual, in co-production with Michaël Proença from Wild Stream, in France, and with the Royal College of Art in the UK. It is distributed by Portuguese Short Film Agency.

François Reichenbach, António Campos and Alain Resnais in Curtas Vila do Conde's Cinema Revisited programme

29 March 2022
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Programmes celebrating the centenary of birth of António Campos and Alain Resnais, a special programme about François Reichenbach's work (developed in co-production with Casa do Cinema Manoel de Oliveira) and the unique screening of "The Outsiders - The Complete Novel" are some of the highlights of this year's programme of Cinema Revisited, Curtas' section dedicated to directors and works that mark the history of cinema. Taking place between July 9th and 17th, the Vilacondense festival is preparing an edition that brings short films back to the big screen, in a year that marks 30 years of existence. 

Traveller, musicologist, collector, curious, François Reichenbach was a little bit everywhere, without always being interested in everything he saw. Some would say that he mastered the ability to be in the right place at the right time and that, as such, whenever he turned on his camera something extraordinary happened. His documentary work is marked by a remarkable capacity for observation and a keen sense of humour, as well as a constant desire to portray bodies, document landscapes and cities, and record their sounds and voices. In a co-production with Casa do Cinema Manoel de Oliveira from the Serralves Foundation, Curtas Vila do Conde dedicates to him, this year, a retrospective cycle that will look at part of his work, which will integrate about twenty films to be shown in Oporto and in Vila do Conde, among which "Nus Masculins", "L'Amerique insolite", "Les Marines" and "Prisons in America". 

António Campos is one of the first filmmakers in Portugal to dedicate himself to the practice of documentary film from the perspective of visual anthropology. To understand his work today is to look at the place and the evolution of the genre in Portugal, but also to understand the unique way in which he filmed the country that extends beyond the large cities in the 1960s and 1970s. Considered a filmmaker on the margins, a loner, Campos is today seen as one of the leading exponents of Portuguese documentary cinema, and his work has been the subject of retrospectives and studies in recent years, as well as a digitalization effort within the Digitization Plan of Portuguese Cinema of the Cinemateca Portuguesa and the FILMar/EEA Grant project. In a partnership with the Cinemateca Portuguesa, Curtas Vila do Conde presents, in this edition, a special programme that marks the centenary of his birth, which includes, among others, "Almadraba Atuneira", "A Invenção do Amor", "Um Tesoiro" and "Gente da Praia de Vieira". 

This section, dedicated to looking at and re-contextualising the great classics of cinema, will also celebrate one hundred years since the birth of Alain Resnais, the greatest name of the Nouvelle Vague and one of those responsible for the modernity of European cinema at that time. The cycle that Curtas dedicates to him will show four short films: "Nuit et brouillard", "Guernica", "Le chant du Styrène" and "Toute la mémoire du monde". 

To close this Cinema Revisited programme, we must also highlight the screening of "The Outsiders - The Complete Novel", where Francis Ford Coppola revisits the film based on the novel by S.E. Hinton, adding 20 minutes of footage that bring the beginning and the end of the feature closer to the story told in the book that inspired it. 

More information about Curtas Vila do Conde's programme will be revealed in the coming months.

Curtas at Clermont-Ferrand

31 January 2022
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Back to Clermont-Ferrand, Curtas Vila do Conde is represented in a promotional stand at the Short Film Market, taking place in parallel with the International Short Film Festival of Clermont-Ferrand.

The market is an extremely important space for the promotion of Portuguese cinema and receives, every year, more than 3300 professionals from the film sector. 

Sensible Soccers at Vila do Conde's Theater

22 December 2021
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It's called "Manoel" and focuses on two seminal works by Manoel de Oliveira. The band's show, at Teatro Municipal de Vila do Conde, will take place on January 22nd, at 21:30.

Celebrating a decade of activity, Sensible Soccers present a film-concert that focuses on "Douro Faina Fluvial" and "O Pintor e a Cidade", two films by Manoel de Oliveira that, 25 years apart, share the same central theme: Oporto.


The band proposes a meeting between its musical language and the unique universe of one of the most acclaimed Portuguese filmmakers. The show gave its name and origin to Sensible Soccers' most recent album, "Manoel", and intends to establish bridges between the three fundamental vertices that make up the project's ideology - the films that serve as its pretext, the music that will unite them, and the Porto that offers them the scenario.


The show is organized by Curtas Metragens C.R.L. and supported by Vila do Conde Municipality. 


Tickets available here.

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