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The Mother and The Sea in Rotterdam Film Festival

17 January 2014
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The film "The Mother and the Sea", by Gonçalo Tocha, was selected for the Rotterdam Film Festival to be held from January 22 to February 2 in the Netherlands. The documentary will be shown in My Own Private Europe section, which aims to rediscover the identity of Europe through the personal view of several European filmmakers.

The film was also chosen to open the 13th edition of the Festival of Documentaries of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), which will happen between 14 and 28 February in New York. The Portuguese documentary will be shown on the first day of the festival which this year will feature 30 international films. 

The documentary, produced by Curtas Metragens CRL in the Estaleiro project with the participation of a team of cinema students from Porto, describes the day-to-day of “fisherwomen” in the beach of Vila Chã, in Vila do Conde.

Winner of Curtinhas nominated for the Oscars

16 January 2014
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"Room On The Broom", by Max Lang and Jan Lachauer, winner of the prize Mar Shopping of Curtinhas competition in the last edition of the Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival has just been announced as one of five nominees for the Oscars in the category of best Short Film Animated.


The British animated film tells the story of a witch and her cat that were "happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind blows away the witch's hat, then her bow, and then her wand”.

The Curtinhas competition prize, supported by Mar Shopping, was awarded the "Room On The Broom" by a jury composed exclusively of children who, together, decided the best film in the competition. In the awards ceremony, the jury gave the trophy to the filmmaker Jan Lachauer, present at the Festival.


Max Lang that also directed "Room On The Broom", is not unknown to Curtas Vila do Conde once he has presented the animated short film "The Gruffalo", in the 2010 edition’s competition of the Festival.


Curtinhas is the kids’ dedicated permanent section of the Festival, that with a program designed specifically for children includes, in addition to the competition, a children's play area and several workshops, approaching the young generation to the cinematic universe. The mini-festival occurs because of Animar, an educational program, whose next edition returns from February 15 to June 1, 2014.

"Abismo", by Leonor Noivo at Euro Connection 2014

4 December 2013
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"Abismo", by Leonor Noivo, was the selected project to represent Portugal at Euro Connection 2014 on 4 and 5 February 2014, in Clermont - Ferrand (France). As usual, the Portuguese projects were evaluated by the festivals representing Portugal in Euro Connection: Curtas Vila do Conde and IndieLisboa.

The Euro Connection is a forum for co - production of short-films, which takes place every year during the Short Film Market of Clermont- Ferrand. This forum promotes presentations and meetings between producers, financing institutions and television channels for co-productions of short-films between European countries. The organization, in association with MEDIA Desk France and the CNC (Centre National de la Cinématographie), receives the support of the MEDIA program and PROCIREP.

In this 6th edition of Euro Connection, the meetings between professionals will take place on 5th of February, representing an important opportunity for producers and directors seeking support for their projects.

The short-films by Leonor Novo have been presented in different editions of Curtas Vila do Conde. The last work of the director, "A Cidade e o Sol" was awarded with a honorable mention at the festival's Portuguese competition in 2012. 

European Film Awards 2013

3 December 2013
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Next December 7, Berlin receives the 26th edition of the European Film Awards, organized by the European Film Academy. The short-films in competition were selected in combination with different European short films festivals including Venice, Rotterdam, Clermont-Ferrand, Berlin, Tampere and Krakow. Once again, the winner of "Vila do Conde Short Film Nominee For The European Film Awards" at Vila do Conde will run for the European Prize, and this year the distiction went to "CUT", by Christoph Girardet and Matthias Müller.

The experimental film by Germany's Christoph Girardet and Matthias Müller had its world premiere at Curtas Vila do Conde 2013, and is one of 15 nominees for Best European short-film.

Different films shown at Curtas Vila do Conde are also nominated: "AS ONDAS", by Miguel Fonseca, the only Portuguese film in contest; "LETTER", by Sergei Loznitsa; and "A STORY FOR THE MODLINS", by Sergio Oksman, the winner of the International Competition of Curtas Vila do Conde 2012.

The winners, selected by over 2500 professionals of the European Film Academy, will be announced on December 7 at the official ceremony .

Portuguese short films awarded

27 November 2013
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Several Portuguese short films were awarded last weekend in different Spanish film festivals: “Luminita” by André Marques; “Má Raça”, by André Santos and Marco Leão; “Mahjong” by João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata; and “Outro Homem Qualquer” by Luís Soares.

The film “Luminita” by André Marques was twice awarded in the 51st International Film Festival of Gijon with the award for Best Screenplay and Special Jury Prize. In Barcelona, the short film “Má Raça”, by André Santos and Marco Leão, won the  award GAC for Best Screenplay at the 20th edition of L’Alternativa, Independent Film Festival of Barcelona.

In Bilbao, “Mahjong” by João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata, produced by Estaleiro, was awarded with the Mikeldi Plata at the Festival Internacional de Cine documental y cortometraje. At the same festival, the animation “Outro Homem Qualquer” by Luís Soares received the Mikeldi de Oro.

Short Film Day, the Great Celebration of Short Film!

25 November 2013
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In less than a month arrives, for the first time in Portugal, the SHORT FILM DAY, the great celebration of short film, an event that was born in France in 2011 and will be held simultaneously in over forty countries around the world.

Albufeira, Barcelos, Braga, Cascais, Coimbra, Constância, Faro, Figueira da Foz, Funchal, Guimarães, Leiria, Lisboa, Matosinhos, Porto, Redondo, Santo Tirso, Sardoal, Senhora da Hora, Tavira, Vila do Conde, Vila Nova de Gaia and Viseu are the cities that will participate in the first portuguese edition of the SHORT FILM DAY.

During the day of December 21, there will be presented at different locations a selection of films with national and international productions, for adults and children. Having the humor as reference "This is not a Funny Program" is a collection of fun short films that promise hilarious versions of European comedy. The sessions "Curtas Portuguesas 1" and " Curtas Portuguesas 2" will screen a selection of the best recent national short films, reflecting the quality of Portuguese cinema. Thinking in the younger audiences, "Curtinhas" presents a collection of hilarious short films for an evening well spent in family.

The exhibition of short films during this short, but intense, day provides an opportunity to discover a large number of filmmakers and their works. In Portugal, the initiative, that is already a success around the world, is organized by Agência - Portuguese Short Film Agency.

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