Lambchop at Curtas Vila do Conde

7 May 2015
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The American band Lambchop is going to perform at Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival in July in a film-concert that sets the start of the band's European tour.  The group lead by Kurt Wagner will hit the stage on the last day of the Festival, 12th July, at 22:00 at Teatro Municipal de Vila do Conde. It will be one of the band's rare performances in Portugal.


The Nashville band known for their alternative country-rock sound and gloomy tone is going to score live a Bill Morrison film produced by Curtas Metragens CRL. Using his found footage re-montage technique, Morrison takes a trip through Portuguese silent films between 1910 and 1930, making use of the abundant archive of the Cinemateca Portuguesa. It will be the world premiere of this filmmaker's surprising work. 


On the second part of the show Lambchop fans will have the opportunity to listen to some of the band's songs. With over two decades and 11 studio albums Lambchop stands out internationally by defying conventions with a mix of rhythms and experiences that result in unique performances of rare beauty.  


Tickets cost between 12 and 18 euros and are already available at Bilheteira Online and at the Teatro Municipal. 

Lambchop's concert is a part of Curtas Vila do Conde's Stereo section, endorsed by FNAC. In this film-concert section, bands are invited to score and perform live, merging film and music. For the 23rd edition several shows from various musical genres are already confirmed  with artists like You Can’t Win, Charlie Brown; Frankie Chavez; Garcia da Selva (with guest Norberto Lobo) and  Bruno Pernadas & Ensemble.


Portuguese band You Can't Win, Charlie Brown is going to score a 1914 silent film called "War is Hell" (Maudite soit la guerre) directed by Alfred Machin. The film, a unique hand-painted copy, tells the amazing story of war's rivalry and an impossible love. Frankie Chavez will continue the stroll through history scoring Allan Dwan's film "The Good Bad Man" dated from 1916. The work starred by Douglas Fairbanks scrolls the American West history and was supervised by D.W. Griffith. Bruno Pernadas Quinteto in turn, will perform over a Buster Keaton classic film, "Steamboat Bill, Jr.", dated from 1928. These three shows are also Curtas' homage to the history of Cinema. Garcia da Selva, along with Norberto Lobo will score a selection of film excerpts called "Framed by a Second", built from material from authors such as Cláudia Varejão, Gabriel Abrantes, João Nicolau, João Onofre, Julião Sarmento, Miguel Soares, Natcho Xeca, Salomé Lamas, Sandro Aguilar e André Trindade.


Also in this framework, we would like to outline the Music Video Competition, now centred on Portuguese production. The winner will receive the FNAC Best Music Video Award in the amount of 750 Euros. Constantly trying to keep up with genre evolution and filmmaking, Curtas Vila do Conde has been including in its programme music video screenings from some of the most prominent Portuguese artists who stand out on this field. 



In its 23rd edition Curtas Vila do Conde will continue to present the best of contemporary cinema in special screenings that will be announced soon. The various competitions will continue to offer the Festival's most diversified screenings, expressing the current state of the world through short film. Curtas Vila do Conde will take place between the 4th and 12th July at Teatro Municipal de Vila do Conde. The Festival's free pass is available for 33,75€ until May 31st, and 40,50€ after that date. During the Festival the price rises to 45 euros. This general pass guarantees a 50% discount on tickets to Lambchop's concert and free access to all of the remaining screenings and film-concerts.


Curtas Vila do Conde is supported by Vila do Conde City Council, Secretário de Estado da Cultura, Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual, Creative Europe - Media Programme and other partners, which were vital to carry out the Festival.

Farewell, Master!

9 April 2015
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We considered him immortal. A filmmaker has died with 106 years old and with a work that spans almost the entire history of the twentieth century. A filmmaker with an oeuvre extended along 80 years, between “Labor on the Douro River” (1929-1931), his first film, and “The Old Man of Belém” (2014), his closing work. Manoel de Oliveira has died! The great Portuguese filmmaker is one of the most respected directors in cinema’s history and also a dear friend of Curtas Vila do Conde.

At the Festival, Manoel de Oliveira was a constant presence over the years. He patronized the event since its first edition and was precisely with his films that the 1st Curtas Vila do Conde began in 1993, devoting a special retrospective. There were screened: "Labor on the Douro River" (1931), "Famalicão" (1940), "The Artist and the City" (1956), "O Pão" (1959), "As Pinturas do meu Irmão Júlio" (1965) and "A Caça" (1963). The Documentary Award, which is given annually, has his name.


He was often in the festival to present his films. Several of these visits he had direct contact with the audience through conversations or debates. Manoel de Oliveira enjoyed very much talking to the public to share his love for cinema. For example, in 1995, by the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Portuguese cinema, during the 3rd Curtas Vila do Conde, he participated in a debate about contemporary cinema in a panel also composed by Gus Van Sant, Mikhail Kobakhidze and Jon Jost.


And Oliveira was also very curious, observant to what was going on in the new cinema. For him, the Festival was also a place for the discovery of authors. It was with this cinephile curiosity that Manoel de Oliveira came to Curtas Vila do Conde in 1997 – in a retrospective dedicated to Alexander Sokurov –, with a voracious desire to know the work of the Russian author. As part of this special program, the two filmmakers had a long conversation about film, art and religion, which was recorded on video.


It is this conversation - later published in the book Pure Cinema: Curtas Vila do Conde 20 Years After – that we make available in a PDF file (version in Portuguese and English):


Presenting films, discussing them with the audience, seeing with curiosity everything new that appeared in contemporary cinema, Oliveira was a frequent spectator, often accompanied by his dear friend Father Prof. João Marques, another beloved figure of Curtas Vila do Conde and who died also three weeks ago. Another curiosity the is that it was indeed with "The Divine Comedy", that was held the first screening of the Vila do Conde Cinema Club in a newly opened Auditório Municipal, still and always with Oliveira physical presence.


There are many other stories, submerged by time, but Manoel de Oliveira will always be with us as living memory of cinema and as a symbol of a great artistic freedom. This freedom will always be primary objective of the Festival.


Farewell, master. We will continue to see your films.

Curtas Vila do Conde: Last Call For Entries

7 April 2015
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Submissions for the International, Experimental and Curtinhas competition at the 23rd Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival, are reaching the deadline: 10th April 2015.

Taking place from 4 to 12 of July 2015, the festival accepts new short films produced in 2014 or 2015; within the duration limit of 60 minutes (unless noted exceptions) ; film (35 or 16 mm) or video.

You can submit your new films in the following competitions:

International (fiction, documentary and animation);
Portuguese (Portuguese films of fiction, documentary and animation);
Experimental (films that defy narrative and technical conventions);
Music Videos (music videos from portuguese artists/producers);
Curtinhas (films for kids until 30 minutes);
Take One (productions until 30 minutes by Portuguese film students).

Please check the complete regulations before applying.
Online submission at:

Radu Jude wins silver bear at Berlinale

16 February 2015
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The Romanian Radu Jude won the Silver Bear for Best Director of the 65th Berlinale - Berlin Film Festival with the film "Aferim." The filmmaker was in the International Competition of Curtas Vila do Conde in 2008 with the short-film "Alexandra" and, last year, with "It Can Pass Through The Wall".

Photo: Richard Hübne

Óscars 2015 - The Nominees

20 January 2015
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 Two short films, presented in the latest edition of Curtas Vila do Conde, are in the list of nominees to the prestigious Academy Awards.


 "The Dam Keeper" by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi, winner of an Honorable Mention at Curtinhas competition, is nominated for Best Short Film Animation and "La Lampe au Beurre de Yak (Butter Lamp)" by Wei Hu, screened in Vila do Conde in the "Short Matters" program, is in the running for Best Short Film!

The winners will be announced at the official ceremony on 22 February.

European Film Awards

5 December 2014
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Once again, the winner of Vila do Conde Short Film Nominee For The European Film Awards is one of the nominees for the awards that will be revealed on December 13th in Berlin.This year's award was for "Panique au Village: La Bûche de Noël” by Vincent Patar and Stephane Aubier.

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