It's approaching the deadline for submission of new short films for the international, experimental and Curtinhas (films for kids) competitions. The final date for submissions is April 12. In office of Curtas Vila do Conde, we have been receiving, in recent months, hundreds of films that will now be evaluated by the selection committee.
For these competitions, we accept new short films produced in 2012 or 2013, within the duration limit of 60 minutes, in film (35 or 16 mm) or video. In the international competition, we accept films in three categories: fiction, documentary and animation.
Moreover, the deadline for the Portuguese and Take One! (school films) Competitions is at May 24.
The 21th Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival will take place from 6 to 14 of July 2013. For submissions or regulations, follow http://festival.curtas.pt/submissions/.
Curtas Vila do Conde will be attending the next Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, held from 1 to 9 February. Curtas Vila do Conde will share a stand at the Short Film Market along with Agência - Portuguese Short Film Agency and Guimarães 2012 - European Capital of Culture. The aim of this presence is to promote the twentieth anniversary of the festival, as well as the eight films produced in 2012 (four commissioned by the festival and four others produced under the project Campus/Estaleiro). Likewise, both the Agency and the Guimarães 2012 will promote their films on the largest world market for short film.
After the world premiere at the 20th Curtas Vila do Conde, the film "Reconversão", by Thom Andersen, is having a remarkable international career. It is being highlighted, now, in the United States, with a screening at the Museum of The Moving Image and reference in The New York Times and Film Comment. The film was a commission of twenty anniversary of the festival and discusses the work of architect Eduardo Souto de Moura.
In the online edition of the "Film Comment" magazine, "Reconversão" was included in the Top 50 (in the 23rd position) of the Best Undistributed Films of 2012 in the United States of America. In addition, The New York Times devoted an article on the film for the film premiere in New York, at a session of the series First Looks at the Museum Of The Moving Image. The article presents the film as an analysis of the function of decay and ruins in architecture, through the works of Eduardo Souto de Moura. It relates the film also within the wider work of Thom Andersen and his willingness to look at objects in ruins and the role of architecture in people's lives.
According to the newspaper, "Reconversão is a combination travelogue and architectural study. (...) Most of the film is composed of rapid-fire, Muybridge-esque strings of still images, broken up by “live-action” sequences depicting the disparate uses to which Souto de Moura buildings are put over the course of time".
Curtas Vila do Conde has been honored after the celebration of twenty years of the Festival. Since August, those tributes were made at: Locarno, Montreal, Rio de Janeiro and DocLisboa, with screenings of the productions commissioned by the Festival. This November, there were two other festivals that celebrated our anniversary: Janela Internacional de Cinema, in Recife (Brazil), and the Festival of Seville (Spain).
In the first case, in Recife, the Janela Festival, which takes place between 9 and 18 November, presented four films commissioned for the celebration of 20 Years: "Miracle of Saint Anthony", by Sergei Loznitsa, "Reconversion", by Thom Andersen, "The Song of Nightingale", by Helvécio Marins Jr., and "Land of My Dreams", by Yann Gonzalez. in Seville, in the context of a focus on Portuguese cinema, Curtas Vila do Conde presented a programme including "The Road as a Street" by Graça Castanheira, "A River Called Bird", by Luís Alves de Matos, and "Miracle of St. Anthony" by Sergei Loznista.
In addition to these tributes, the Curtas Metragens CRL productions were selected for several film festivals:
- "The Song of Nightingale": Córtex - Short Film Festival Sintra
- "Miracle of St. Anthony": Mortra - São Paulo
- "Land of My Dreams": Festival Winterthur and Córtex - Short Film Festival Sintra
- "Ashes, a Fire Essay" Festival dei Popoli and Festival Lusobrasileiro.
- "A Road as a Street" Festival dei Popoli, Caminhos do Cinema Português and Festival Lusobrasileiro.
The films nominated for best short film at the European Film Awards have been announced. The European Film Awards is an initiative of the European Film Academy (which joins near 2700 European film professionals). The nomination of short films is made in association with several European short-film festivals, including Curtas Vila do Conde. As announced during our festival, the nomination at Curtas 2012 was "Morning of St. Anthony" by João Pedro Rodrigues.
This is the complete list of nominated short-films:
by Rolando Colla
Switzerland, 17 min, fiction
by Yorgos Zois
Greece, 10 min, experimental
BACK OF BEYOND
by Michael Lennox
UK, 25 min, fiction
MANHÃ DE SANTO ANTÓNIO
directed by João Pedro Rodrigues
Portugal, 25 min, fiction
SESSIZ / BÉ DENG
L. Rezan Yeşilbaş
Turkey, 14 min, fiction
by Vladimir Leschiov & Kaspar Jancis
Latvia/Estonia, 13 min, animation
by Attila Till
Hungary, 20 min, fiction
VILAINE FILLE MAUVAIS GARÇON
by Justine Triet
France 2011, 30 min., fiction
by Albert Sackl
Austria 2011, 23 min., experimental
L’AMBASSADEUR ET MOI
by Jan Czarlewski
Switzerland 2011, 15 min., documentary
MITEN MARJOJA POIMITAAN
by Elina Talvensaari
Finland 2011, 18 min, documentary
by Darren Thornton
Ireland 2011, 17 min, fiction
SUPERMAN, SPIDERMAN SAU BATMAN
by Tudor Giurgiu
Romania 2011, 11 min, fiction
DEMAIN, ÇA SERA BIEN
by Pauline Gay
Making of the 20th Curtas Vila do Conde. A video prepared by the students from the TCAV course of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto.