Partners contributed to the success of another edition

24 July 2014
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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.



Spot 22nd Curtas Vila do Conde

2 June 2014
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Music Videos Competition is back

2 June 2014
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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 .

"The Mother and The Sea" in the theaters

22 May 2014
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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.

Presentation Party: 22º Curtas Vila do Conde

23 April 2014
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 The 22nd Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival will be a great Party! With Football at "Offside", an "Antonioni Adventure" and much of the best contemporary cinema.

This year, the festival heads to the capital for the first presentation party at IndieLisboa.

The festive appetizer will be on April 29, Tuesday, at 23h00, and will feature DJ sets from Nuno Lopes and Sergio Gomes.  Free Entrance

Dj Nuno Lopes

Born in Lisbon in 1978. Actor by profession, began his career as DJ in 2006. If initially it was just for fun, quickly began playing in his own name as Tha Lovely Bastards (with Mad.Mac) at various festivals and clubs throughout Portugal and in some European cities. His eclectic style is mainly characterized by a crossover between maximal and raw beats.

Sérgio Gomes (BREAKS lda./ MegaBass)

Founder of BREAKS lda. and member of the collective MegaBass, Sérgio Gomes has been for years one of the main promoters of new electronic music in Portugal.

Film-concert of "Bucking Broadway" at Matosinhos

11 March 2014
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On April, the Cine -Teatro Constantino Nery in Matosinhos receives the film-concert “Bucking Broadway" by John Ford, with an original soundtrack by Zelig, presented during the previous edition of Curtas Vila do Conde.


Reportedly lost, just like much of John Ford's silent films, "Bucking Broadway" is the legendary director's sixth film. It was restored and digitalized after being discovered by CNC (Cinematography French Centre) in 2002.


In the 21st edition of the Festival, the Portuguese band Zelig accepted the invitation to write and perform a new original soundtrack for the film.

Formed by Peixe (guitar) - former guitarist of Ornatos Violeta, Nico Tricot (flute, percussion and keyboards), Eduardo Silva (bass) - the bassist of Pluto, and José Marrucho (drums), Zelig develops original music for almost a decade.


John Ford is one of the most important filmmakers in the history of cinema and one of the major exponents of classical Hollywood cinema. His name is also synonym for westerns, the film genre that he devoted himself throughout his career.


In the cast of "Bucking Broadway" there are some of the major stars of the silent film era like Harry Carey, famous for his roles in Westerns. Carey plays the character of Cheyenne Harry, a cowboy from a ranch in Wyoming in love with the boss's daughter, who decides to leave for New York with Captain Thornton, a millionaire visiting the ranch. But quickly the young girl discovers that life in the city isn't what she longed for. The broken-hearted Cheyenne sets out to search for his loved one, freeing her from Captain Thornton's claws and from the big metropolis' extravagant and decayed way of life.

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