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.

"The Mother and the Sea" at Rome Film Festival

15 October 2013
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Rome is the city chosen for the international premiere of "The Mother and the Sea" by Gonçalo Tocha, a production by Curtas Metragens CRL. The film was selected to the competition Cinema XXI of the Rome Film Festival, that will be held between the 8th and 17th of November. Shot at the Vila Chã beach, this project talks about the tradition of the fisherwomen, a peculiar phenomenon of this region. "The Mother and the Sea" was produced by a team of film students of Porto.




Moreover, before the Rome screening, the film can been seen in competition at DocLisboa on November 1st and 2nd. After that THE MOTHER AND THE SEA was also selected to CPH DOX (Dinamarca), Mar Del Plata (Argentina) and Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire em Montreal (Canadá).

+info about the film at the Agência's website

Portuguese cinema in Seville and Amiens

14 October 2013
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A special program of Portuguese films will be held at Seville Film Festival (Spain) and in Amiens Film Festival (France). Both programs were organized by the festivals in collaboration with Curtas Vila do Conde Festival and the Portuguese Short Film Agency.

Extense articles will be included in the Seville Festival publications, and a special issue of about 32 pages will be published by Caimán - Cuadernos de Cine (the new name for Cahiers du Cinéma - España). A seminar on Portuguese filmmaking organized along with the Seville University and encounters between Andalusian and Portuguese professionals, including Agencia and Curtas Vila do Conde, will be other of the activities highlighted by the festival.

"Mahjong" at the Theatres

18 September 2013
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The short film "Mahjong" - a project made by João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata and produced by Curtas Metragens CRL - opens commercially in the Portuguese Theatres at October 3. The film will be shown in addition to the feature film "Interior. Leather Bar" by James Franco and Travis Mathews. "Mahjong" was produced by the project Estaleiro, involving two experienced filmmakers with a team of young students of Porto.

The film unfolds in Varziela, Vila do Conde, Portugal's largest Chinatown and extends the Asian themes of the filmmakers ("Red Dawn", "The Last Time I saw Macau"). Also highlights the hybrid research between fiction and documentary featured in their previous films. It is also an exercise in genre, mixing suspense with dark humor.

Synopsis: "A man wearing a hat and a missing woman. A high-heeled shoe, a blond wig and a Chinese dress. The confrontation between the East Wind and the Red Dragon; the cardinal points switched as in an ultimate Mahjong game."

João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata have worked in the past couple years, but have also developed personal projects. João Pedro Rodrigues is one of the most important authors of the latest Portuguese cinema, with a filmography of several feature films. João Rui Guerra da Mata is a longtime collaborator of João Pedro Rodrigues, but also surprised the film world with his first film: "As the Flames Rose".

"Fernando Who Received a Bird From the Sea" in Brasilia

17 September 2013
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The film "Fernando who Received a Bird From the Sea" - a Curtas Metragens CRL production, directed by Felipe Bragança and Helvécio Marins Jr. - was selected for the official competition of the 46th Festival de Brasília. The film was produced by the project Estaleiro - involving a team of young students from Portugal and Brazil - and had its world premiere at the 21st Curtas Vila do Conde, yet still in a working version. The film to be projected in Brasilia is already a final version of the project.

"Fernando Who Received a Bird from the Sea" is an imaginary dialogue between Portugal and Brazil, in a little Portuguese-Brazilian song. Fernando spends his time between a cafe in the neighbourhood and his small house in Porto. Coming from Brazil he receives a small present that makes him imagine paradise.

The short film is made by Helvécio Marins Jr. (author of another film produced by Curtas Metragens CRL, "The Song of the Nightingale", and author of the acclaimed film "Swirl") and Felipe Bragança (one of the authors of the new Brazilian cinema, responsible, among others, for the feature film "A Alegria"). 

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