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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.