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", 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.
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.
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 .
After a remarkable journey in the international film festivals, "The Mother and The Sea", by Gonçalo Tocha, arrives for the first time to the Portuguese theaters.
In Lisbon, the documentary will be in exhibition at the Cinema City Alvalade from May 29. In Porto, the film will be presented at Passos Manuel in three sessions: on May 30, with the presence of the director, and on 8th and 9th of June, at 9:30 PM.
Distributed by Agência – Portuguese Short Film Agency, the film was produced by Curtas Metragens CRL in the Estaleiro project with the participation of a group of film students from Porto.