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Curtas Vila do Conde marks its 25th anniversary with a special program

22 May 2017
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Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival returns between 8 and 16 of July with a special edition: The 25th anniversary. To mark this date, the festival will present a commemorative program and returns to Auditório Municipal of Vila do Conde, place that witness the birth of the event in 1993.

Throughout these 25 years, Curtas Vila do Conde has been presenting an ecletic programming, screening the major tendencies of contemporary cinema, aiming, at the same time, to be a vanguard festival and also creating an intersection between cinema and other areas of art. In 2017, the festival is preparing a commemorative edition where it still insists on inventing the future, along with celebrating a quarter of a century of history.

One of the initiatives that is part of the 25th anniversary festivities is the presentation of a book that gathers 25 thought, memory and fiction texts, inspired on the experience of their authors at Curtas Vila do Conde. These 25 texts are from 25 individuals from areas such as cinema, music, journalism and literature: José Miguel Gaspar (journalist); Marcos Cruz (journalist), Pedro Marta Santos (writer and journalist); João Lopes (movie critic); Valter Hugo Mãe (writer); Manuela Azevedo (Clã); Eduardo Brito (screenwriter, director and photographer); Francisco Ferreira (movie critic); Inês Meneses (journalist); Inês Nadais (journalist); Jorge Mourinha (journalist); João Faria (designer); Ricardo Alexandre (journalist); Rodrigo Affreixo (journalist); Pedro Paixão (writer); Sabrina Marques (movie critic); Adolfo Luxúria Canibal (Mão Morta); Cláudia Marques Santos (journalist); Miguel Gomes (director); Paulo Furtado (The Legendary Tigerman); Rui Poças (photography director); Tiago Alves (journalist); Daniel Ribas (critic and cinema programmer); António Rodrigues (cinema programmer) e José Vieira Mendes (journalist).

Not just historical visions, these texts are also secrets and memories that intersect with the time at Vila do Conde from each author, as guests and participants of former editions of the festival. Some of those memories bring forth the Auditório Municipal, the place that hosted the first 18 editions of Curtas Vila do Conde and where the festival returns, in 2017. with special sessions, concerts, performances and a photographic exhibition.

Along with the presentation of the book, the 25 authors of each publication where invited to select a film, presented on a previous edition of Curtas Vila do Conde, for a lenghtly Carte Blanche. These choices will be sorted between several film sessions that will screen works from filmmakers like Manoel de Oliveira, Federico Fellini, Jean-Luc Godard, Maya Deren, Artavazd Pelechian, Chris Marker, Hal Hartley, Miguel Gomes, Matthias Müller, Man Ray, Gus Van Sant and João Pedro Rodrigues, amongst others.

As a preview to the festival, on  the 1st of July, Curtas Vila do Conde presents at Cinemateca Portuguesa a special session with a selection of films that are part of this Carte Blanche.

The 25th edition of Curtas Vila do Conde program, that will be announced on the coming weeks, will have as a primary focus the short film competitions - Nationalm International, Experimental, Curtinhas (films to youngsters and children), Take One! (school films) and Music Videos -, a surprising selection of recent films that emerged from different countries. At the In Focus section, the filmography from an acclaimed filmmaker will be screened at the festival. The bold program will, yet again, bet on the intersection between cinema and music at  the Stereo section, where moving images are reinterpreted by bands and musicians in live shows. At Solar - Cinematic Art Gallery, the cinema will be submitted into a gallery context, on a collective exhibition that opens during the festival. Thinking on the public education, Curtas Vila do Conde will promote yet again a film critic workshop and Curtinhas, a section dedicated to the younger audience, with films, ateliers and workshops. The debates with directors and agents of the audiovisual market will still be part of the festival week, providing a space for creative sharing. Also, the usual Panorama sections - Portuguese and European - will screen short films of recent production.

During nine days in July, the festival will be a meeting point between directors, producers, journalists, programmers, students and an enthusiastic audience, on an opportunity to see over 250 films from all around the world and to participate in meetings and debates about the industry with roughly 450 guests and professionals.

The 25th Curtas Vila do Conde has the support from MEDIA/Creative Europe, the municipality of Vila do Conde, from the Ministry of Culture, from the Cinema and Audiovisual Institute (ICA) and several partners, fundamental to the accomplishment of the festival.

Film Criticism Workshop: 2nd Edition

17 April 2017
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Until 31 of May, registrations are open for the 2nd edition of the Curtas Vila do Conde's Film Criticism workshop, which will take place during the festival.

This workshop meets the need to educate new values of film criticism, allowing a dialogue between generations and a platform to develop a critical discussion of the films shown at Curtas Vila do Conde.

The workshop will consist of two phases: the first directed more to learning different modes of criticism and different models of film history (through masterclasses and talks); and the second, in tutorial mode, to follow the festival and the production of texts. This material produced by the participants will be published on the festival web platforms, as well as partners of the press (Público, À Pala de Walsh, A Cuarta Parede).

The workshop will be guided by tutors of the festival communication team and invited national and international press.


Applications are accepted until 31.05.2017

Maximum number of participants: 10

Price: 60 Euros

(Includes the Free-Pass that allows to see all sessions of the festival, except if indicated in the programme).



This is an intensive Workshop where participants are actively involved in the festival, viewing films and writing texts for publication. The Workshop starts on July 7 (Friday) and lasts until July 14 (following Friday), with daily tutorials sessions, film screenings, participation in debates and a daily masterclass with guests.


Tutors: Daniel Ribas e Paulo Cunha

Guest Speakers: Jorge Mourinha, Javier H. Estrada, Nicole Brenez, João Tabarra, Filipa César (among others).

Topics: film review and interviews techniques, modes of film criticism, contemporary cinema, experimental cinema, cinematic art).


The texts produced in the workshop will be published in the online platforms of the festival and other media partners.


Apply to the workshop in this form.

New Curtas Metragens CRL production premieres at 14th IndieLisboa

5 April 2017
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The short film “Exterminator Seed” by Pedro Neves Marques, a new production by Curtas Metragens CRL, will be presented in world premiere at the 14th edition of IndieLisboa - International Film Festival, which runs from 3 to 14 May.

The 26-minute fiction follows a worker from an oil rig evacuated to Rio de Janeiro after a spill that contaminates the Brazilian coast.

An oil spill contaminates the Brazilian coast. Capivara, an offshore oil rig worker, is evacuated back to Rio de Janeiro, where the locals remain ignorant of the incoming disaster. Despite the danger, Capivara wishes only to return to the offshore oil fields. In the city, he is aided by Ywy, a woman who convinces him to travel to her homeland of Mato Grosso do Sul, in search for work in the soya and corn monocultural plantations. There, Ywy tells him about the infertility proper to those transgenic plants and an android like her. But Capivara, a human, is incapable of understanding her.

Pedro Neves Marques is a visual artist, director and writer; he lives between Lisbon and New York. He is the editor of the book, "The Forest and the School: Where to Sit at the Dinner Table?" (Archive Books, 2015), an anthology on anthropology and Brazilian Antropofagia, and the author of the fiction books "Morrer na América" (Abysmo Editora and Kunsthalle Lissabon, 2017) and "The Integration Process" (Atlas Projectos, 2012). Among other venues, he has exhibited at Contour8 Biennial of Moving Image (Mechelen), Fundación Botín (Santander), Sursock Art Museum (Beirut), e-flux (New York), Kadist Art Foundation (Paris), Sculpture Center (New York), Cuenca Biennial (Ecuador), EDP Foundation (Lisbon) and Serralves Museum for Contemporary Art (Oporto), as well as in DocLisboa Cinema Festival and Indie Lisboa International Film Festival. Together with artist Mariana Silva, he runs inhabitants, an online channel for exploratory video and documentary reporting. 

“Cinematic Lab - Solar, 10 years” available in english

21 March 2017
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The version, translated in English, of the book "Cinematic Lab- Solar, 10 Years" is available at Loja das Curtas (online and at Solar - Cinematic Art Gallery). 

Published in 2016, "Cinematic Lab - Solar, 10 years” is a work that joins and pulls itself the purely experimental character of the gallery with the celebration of a decade of searching for new territories of the cinematic art. The book gathers a multitude of texts and interviews from and with some of the authors that contributed for Solar's history, as well as a portfolio of exhibitions and interventions that personify the project as a cinematic art laboratory. Price: 15,00 euros.

Curtas Vila do Conde at SACO - Contemporary Audiovisual Week of Oviedo

10 March 2017
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Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival has prepared a selection of short films to be presented next Thursday, March 16, at SACO - Contemporary Audiovisual Week of Oviedo, which will take place between March 10 and 19 in that Spanish city.

The session is composed by the films "Penúmbria" by Eduardo Brito, "Friends After Dark" by Rita Barbosa, "A Brief History of Princess X" by Gabriel Abrantes and "Small Town" by Diogo Costa Amarante, presented in world premiere at the portuguese competition of Curtas Vila do Conde in 2016, "It Would Piss me Off To Die So Yooooong..." by Filipe Abraches and "Fragments" by José Miguel Ribeiro screened in the "Portuguese Panorama" of the festival that same year.

Friday, March 17, Curtas Vila do Conde will be hosting one of the Spanish festival parties with a DJ Set of Curtas Sound System, a duo composed by Miguel Dias and Sérgio Gomes.


Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival has a strong tradition of music events beyond its core film programme, which can be explained for the festival’s desire for integration of other artistic forms related to cinema, but also for the personal music interests of its team members and programmers. In this particular case, the music proposed by Miguel Dias and Sérgio Gomes is also a good analogy of another important festival feature, the dialogue between history and cutting edge cinema, covering genres from obscure soul and deep funk classics to its electronic counterpoints such as ghetto-funk, glitch-hop and future beats.

Miguel Dias is a record collector interested in all shapes of jazz, soul, funk, latin and african music, specially from the 1960’s and 70’s. He’s also part of the Sete Magníficos, a collective of Porto DJs spinning classic 7" records.

Sérgio Gomes is a DJ since 1998. He has always shown an interest for contemporary and avant-garde electronic music. With its BREAKS lda. label he’s also a promoter of electronic music events in Portugal, and hosts a weekly radio show at RUM.

Letter of Protest and Solidarity

20 February 2017
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In Portugal, film directors, producers, actors, technicians, distributors, film festivals and cinema guilds wrote an open letter to the Portuguese government, for which they received the support of the international community of cinema.


For decades Portugal has distinguished itself in the international film world. Despite being a small country with a miniscule national film market (less than a dozen national feature films are distributed in theatres per year) the percentage of Portuguese films that are shown in international festivals is very high. Systematically, since the 1980’s, Portuguese cinema has been lauded with cinema cycles and tributes; retrospectives about the work of numerous Portuguese filmmakers have been hosted internationally – several of these authors are still active (some subscribing this text), others have unfortunately passed away (João César Monteiro, Paulo Rocha, Fernando Lopes, António Reis, José Álvaro Morais, António Campos and, of course, Manoel de Oliveira). The “miracle” of the high international visibility of Portuguese films in relation to the small number of films produced – throughout decades and generations – is unquestionably due to the merit of the filmmakers, technicians, actors and producers in Portugal. It was also due to a cultural strategy that stimulated the production of a Cinema marked by strong singular proposals and creative freedom.

The cultural policy that allowed for Portugal’s distinctively diverse cinema was established through a Cinema Law and a Public Institute – the ICA. ICA organizes calls for film production financing proposals, defines rigorous participation regulations, establishes evaluation criteria fitting the policy promoted by the Ministry of Culture, and selects the juries to analyze the submissions. The profile for jury members is defined by law as “personalities with recognized cultural merit and impartiality”. Thus, filmmakers and film technicians, as well as film critics, artists, writers, architects, musicians, cultural programmers or university professors were nominated to be part of the board of experts that approve film projects.

From 2013 onwards, a new decree-law (amendment) to the Cinema Law was passed and a new executive board of the Portuguese Film Institute (ICA) was established. This new board, seemingly allergic to it’s responsibility and ignorant of the ICA’s regulatory role, has outsourced the duty of nominating juries to a non-governmental committee composed of delegates with vested interests in the outcome of the support programs: representatives of television stations, cable operators, among others. This corporate committee now has the power to nominate the juries that evaluate and approve film projects financed by ICA, fomenting collusion and a clear conflict of interests since, in many cases, the committee that now selects the jury represents organizations that directly profit from the jury’s selection.

The outcome of this situation has been immediately evident: the requirement expressed in the regulation that jury members be “personalities of recognized cultural merit” has not been met. In recent years some of the jury members for cinema projects are bank managers with connections to cinema and marketing managers of telecom operators.

The current government – hostage to pressures exerted by TV cable operators – is now preparing to approve a new decree-law that perpetuates and exacerbates this problem, endangering the existence of the very cinema that has distinguished Portugal internationally. A very significant group of Portuguese filmmakers and producers stated their opposition to this promiscuous and flawed system, declaring to the government their refusal to participate in jury nominations. They do not wish to influence the appointment of juries, nor do they accept that anyone interested in the outcome of the financing programs can participate in the process. They believe that transparency can only be guaranteed if the nomination of juries is the exclusive responsibility of ICA., They call for the nomination of a directing board of ICA capable of accepting its responsibilities and conscious of ICA’s dual role as the executor of a cultural policy for Portuguese cinema and regulator of this activity.

The subscribers to this protest letter wish to remind the State that Portuguese Cinema is not exclusively a Portuguese concern. Therefore, they wish to show their solidarity with Portuguese filmmakers and producers who are opposed to this process and express their firm repudiation should the decree-law be approved.

Download the Letter HERE.

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