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"Reconversion" now available on DVD

14 October 2014
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"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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Making Of 22nd Curtas Vila do Conde

22 September 2014
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During nine intense days of July, Vila do Conde became once again the Portuguese capital of cinema! Curtas Vila do Conde thanks all the institutions, companies, partners, media, staff, volunteers and of course all movie lovers who visited us for making the 22nd edition of the Festival possible! 

We count on you in July 2015!

"É o Amor" at Sophia Awards 2014

17 September 2014
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“É o Amor", by João Canijo, was named by the Portuguese Academy of Cinema to Sophia Awards 2014 in five categories: Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Editing.


The feature film resulted from an order o Curtas Metragens, responsible for Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival, to the Portuguese director João Canijo in the Estaleiro program, involving a group of young film students who joined the team of the film.


The winners will be known on October 8.

Partners contributed to the success of another edition

24 July 2014
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Curtas Vila do Conde counted, once again, with the indispensable support of partners who contributed to the success of the 22nd edition of the Festival.

In this edition, Curtas Vila do Conde had three new awards - the DigiMaster Award for best Portuguese director and the TAP Portugal Award for the two Best Portuguese Fictions - giving more than ten trophies.


In addition to the support of partners such as BPI bank, Mar Shopping and Pixel Bunker, Curtas Vila do Conde also had the sponsorship of new entities.


In the International Competition, Jameson Irish Whiskey sponsored the Best Film Award and the winemaker Aveleda named the Audience Award for best film chosen by the public. The SPA - Portuguese Authors Society also awarded the public award in the Portuguese Competition. Smiling, IPDJ - Instituto Português do Desporto e Juventude, Restart - Instituto de Criatividade, Artes e Novas Tecnologias and Agência da Curta Metragem awarded the young director João Niza Ribeiro, winner of the Competition Take One! (School films).


 Celebrating the World Cup and the 75 years of the club, Rio Ave FC supported the program “Offside” bringing to Portugal the Austrian photographer Josef Dabernig to include the stadium of Rio Ave in the exhibition "Sports grounds and Stadiums ", which was presented at the Municipal Theatre during Curtas Vila do Conde. Also the Portuguese Cinematheque joined this special program giving some movies where the football is the central narrative element.


In stereo program, sponsored by FNAC Portugal, movies and music shared the same stage with several film-concerts interpreted by emerging bands such as Sensible Soccers, peixe:avião, Filho da Mãe and Jibóia.  


Kelly Reichardt was the director In Focus of Curtas Vila do Conde. With the support from TAP Portugal, the American filmmaker was at the Festival to present her feature films.



Botton dressed the moviegoers with the official shirt of the festival and Beeverycreative surprised the winners of the competitions with trophies printed in three dimensions.


For nine intense days Vila do Conde became the capital of the cinema and some of the directors headed to Portugal with the support of several embassies: Austria Embassy, the Romanian Cultural Institute, ANCINE, Denmark Embassy, Secretary of Culture of Spain and Goethe Institut.

Some students of ESMAE – Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo, IPP – Instituto Politécnico do Porto, Universidade Católica do Porto, Universidade Fernando Pessoa and of Escola Secundária José Régio de Vila do Conde had the opportunity to live the experience of Curtas Vila do Conde applying the knowledge taught during the school year.


Curtas Vila do Conde, cannot fail to mention the support of Salvador Caetano/Toyota,  Cartão Jovem, Junta de Freguesia de Vila do Conde, VCoutinho, UPS, Hotel Santana, Cision, O Forninho, IMANcowork, Boa Boca, Ach Brito, ACP – Automóvel Clube de Portugal, Ana Aeroportos, Metro do Porto, Turismo do Porto e Norte de Portugal, Red Bull ando f the several media partners who contributed to the divulgation of the Festival.


Curtas Vila do Conde also has the patronage of Câmara Municipal de Vila do Conde, Governo de Portugal and ICA- Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual, essential to the realization of this International Film Festival.



Spot 22nd Curtas Vila do Conde

2 June 2014
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Music Videos Competition is back

2 June 2014
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The connection between cinema and music has been prove in recent years as one of the most important contemporary artistic manifestations assuming therefore a prominent place on the Curtas Vila do Conde . This year, the Music Videos competition returns to the festival now in a new format devoted exclusively to Portuguese creations.

Nuno Rodrigues, co - director of Curtas Vila do Conde, points out that "during the last two years , there have been increasingly creators from the cinema , advertising and design, investing in this form of audiovisual creation, which has contributed to the growing improving of the quality of the latest films created in this area. We have been witnessing a very strong commitment of the musicians and bands in the choices and challenges posed to the creators of this format," which justifies the creation of a competitive section in Curtas Vila do Conde dedicated exclusively to the Portuguese production of music videos .

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