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Portuguese shorts awarded in Monstra

21 March 2018
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Short films distributed by Agência da Curta Metragem won five awards in Monstra – Animation Film Festival of Lisbon, revealed the organisation during the Closing Ceremony, held in Cinema S. Jorge, Lisbon. 

The film “A Sonolenta”, by Marta Monteiro, received the SPA/Vasco Granja Award for Best Portuguese Film. In the same category, "Água Mole", by Laura Gonçalves and Alexandra Ramires (Xá), received an honorable mention. This short-film also won the Award for the Best Portuguese Short-film.

“Das Gavetas Nascem Sons”, by Victor Hugo, was selected the Best Experimental Short-film, and "Surpresa", by Paulo Patrício, received the Audience Award for the Best Film in National Competition.

"Uma Manhã na Feira", produced by Curtas Metragens CRL and directed by students of ESMAD – Escola Superior de Media, Artes e Design and from the 12th grade of Escola Secundária José Régio, under the orientation of Laura Gonçalves and Alexandra Ramires (Xá), conquered the award for Best Portuguese Shorty. 

Two of the winning shorts, – “Supresa” and “Água Mole” – can be found in an interactive format in the collective exhibition of Animar 13, at Solar – Galeria de Arte Cinemática, until May 19.

Curtas Vila do Conde at SACO

7 March 2018
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Curtas Vila do Conde – Festival Internacional de Cinema will be presenting a special program with four short films to screen at SACO – Semana del Audiovisual Contemporáneo de Oviedo, taking place from March 16th to 25th, in that Spanish city.

The screening, that will happen on March 24th, at Teatro Filarmónica, is composed by the films “Coup de Grâce”, by Salomé Lamas, “Água Mole”, by Alexandra Ramires (Xá) and Laura Gonçalves, “Fuligem”, by David Doutel and Vasco Sá and also “Coelho Mau”, by Carlos Conceição.

Miguel Dias, director of the Curtas Vila do Conde international Film Festival, and Salette Ramalho, responsible for the Portuguese Agency of Short Film, distributor of the selected short films, will present the session.

On the same day, March 24th, Curtas Vila do Conde will be hosting one of the Spanish festival parties with a DJ Set by Curtas Sound System, a duo composed by Miguel Dias and Sérgio Gomes.


Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival has a strong tradition of music events beyond its core film programme, which can be explained for the festival’s desire for integration of other artistic forms related to cinema, but also for the personal music interests of its team members and programmers. In this particular case, the music proposed by Miguel Dias and Sérgio Gomes is also a good analogy of another important festival feature, the dialogue between history and cutting edge cinema, covering genres from obscure soul and deep funk classics to its electronic counterpoints such as ghetto-funk, glitch-hop and future beats.

Miguel Dias is a record collector interested in all shapes of jazz, soul, funk, latin and african music, specially from the 1960’s and 70’s. He’s also part of the Sete Magníficos, a collective of Porto DJs spinning classic 7" records.

Sérgio Gomes is a DJ since 1998. He has always shown an interest for contemporary and avant-garde electronic music. With its BREAKS lda. label he’s also a promoter of electronic music events in Portugal, and hosts a weekly radio show at RUM.

Agência da Curta Metragem at Clermont-Ferrand

25 January 2018
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The 40th edition of the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival starts on February 2, with three Portuguese short films in competition. The Short Film Agency will be present once again at the Festival's Market to promote Portuguese production at one of the most prestigious event dedicated to short films in Europe.

"Coelho Mau", the latest short film by Carlos Conceição, was selected for the National Competition. The film, a Portuguese-French co-production (First Age and Epicenter Films), deals with the relationship between two brothers (João Arrais and Júlia Palha), an absent mother (Carla Maciel) and her lover (Matthieu Charneau), who waver between imminence of death and the astonishment of his desires.

Leonor Noivo's film, "Tudo O Que Imagino", will be featured in the International Competition. The short film, produced by Terratreme Filmes, accompanies a group of friends in the neighborhood of Alcoitão, "BDA", in the period of adolescence, school and last summer before the world of work.

Besides the works by Carlos Conceição and Leonor Noivo, distributed by Agência, the festival of Clermont Ferrand also selected a third Portuguese film: "A Gis" by Thiago Carvalhaes, which will be presented at the International Competition.

In Euro Connection, the European forum for film co-production that takes place every year during the festival of Clermont-Ferrand, Portugal will be represented by director Xá (Alexandra Ramires) with the project "Elo", produced by Bando à Parte. This is the second short film by the filmmaker who performed the animation "Água Mole", with Laura Gonçalves, presented at the Cannes Film Festival.

This platform aims to develop partnerships between producers, investors, sponsors and televisions. Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival and IndieLisboa - International Independent Film Festival are the Portuguese festivals associated with the Euro Connection where, in previous years, projects by Zepe ("The Cycle"), João Vladimiro ("Do Cradle for the Cova "), João Salaviza (" Rafa "), Leonor Noivo (" September ") and José Miguel Ribeiro (" Papel de Natal "), among others, were presented.

As in previous years, Agência will be present in Clermont-Ferrand through a promotional stand in the Short Film Market. The event, held in parallel to the festival, receives, each year, more than 3300 professionals of the film sector making this a space of extreme importance in the dissemination of Portuguese cinema. In addition to promoting and publicizing the more than 400 works represented by the Agency, this will be an opportunity to present the news added in 2018 to the catalog of distributed films.

The presence of Agência da Curta Metragem at Clermont-Ferrand is supported by Instituto Camões, Portuguese Embassy in Paris, ICA (Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual), Government of Portugal, Favaios and Douvicoisas.

ANIMAR 13 highlights animation of the real

23 January 2018
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Solar – Galeria de Arte Cinemática, in Vila do Conde, will host the 13th edition of ANIMAR, educative project that includes a colective exhibition for every age. The opening will happen on February 10, at 3:00 p.m., and the entrance is free.

Opening on the next February 10, the exhibition ANIMAR 13 gets together works by Paulo Patrício, Pedro Neves and Marta Monteiro and the duos Alexandra Ramires (Xá) and Laura Gonçalves and Joana Nogueira and Patrícia Rodrigues, highlighting the contamination between animation cinema and documentary in the national cinematographic panorama. In this edition, Animar aims to link the universes of the real and fantasy, through animations based on real stories and characters, but also through the ficcionalization of documental images. 

The exhibition is based on the films "Água Mole", by Alexandra Ramires and Laura Gonçalves, "Pronto, Era Assim", by Joana Nogueira and Patrícia Rodrigues, "Surpresa", by Paulo Patrício and "A Praia", by Pedro Neves, that will jump from the screen to the walls. These will also be others objects related to the process of the film production as props, stage scenes, costumes, etc.

The curatorial propose aims to expand the films from their traditional territory, transposing the aesthetics atmospheres and narratives to an interactive space, as an installation, in which the viewer is invited to participate. 

Alongside the exibition at Solar - Galeria de Arte Cinemática – daily open form 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. -, ANIMAR 13 also presents, until May, a complementar programme that includes cinema sessions for schools and families, guided visits to the exhibition, workshops and ateliers.

The opening of the cinema cycle will take place on February 25, with the screening of the last film by Thierry Frémaux, "Lumière!: L'Aventure Commence", at the Municipal Theater, in partnership with Cineclube Vila do Conde. The documentary brings together several excerpts of the restored copies of Lumière, establishing itself as a gateway to the history of cinema and to cinephile that is also an purpose of Animar.

Animar promotes every year workshops destinated to the scholar community of the northern Portugal, and also long-term ateliers, excusively destinated to the schools of Vila do Conde. Ateliers will happen under the orientation of the directors Joana Nogueira and Patrícia Rodrigues, Paulo Patrício and Pedro Neves. The films generated from these activities will be premiere at the Closing Party of ANIMAR 13, on May 20. 

The formative programme is supplemented with open workshops in comics by Joana Estrela and printing technics by Oficina Arara. 

The 13th edition of Animar is supported by Câmara Municipal de Vila do Conde, Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual (programa Despertar), Governo de Portugal (Cultura), Argatintas, Viarco and Cineclube de Vila do Conde. This is an initiative of Curtas Vila do Conde – Festival Internacional de Cinema team.

"Russa", by João Salaviza and Ricardo Alves Jr., and "Madness", by João Viana, in Berlinale Shorts

10 January 2018
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“Russa”, by João Salaviza and Ricardo Alves Jr, “Madness”, by João Viana and “Onde o Verão Vai (episódios da juventude”, by David Pinheiro Vicente will join the competition of short films in the 68th Berlinale – International Film Festival that will be held from 15th to 25th February.

The Berlinale has announced yesterday the official selection for the Berlinale Shorts, exclusively dedicated tot he short features. “Russa”, by João Salaviza and Ricardo Alves Jr, “Madness”, by João Viana and “Onde o Verão Vai (episódios da juventude”, by David Pinheiro Vicente were the three portuguese films selected for this international competition, out of 22 films from 18 countries.

Winner of the Golden Bear in 2012, Salaviza gets together with Ricardo Alves Jr. to present the film “Russa”, short film directed by four hands during an artistic residency at Bairro do Aleixo, in Porto, promoted within the program Cultura em Expansão. The film treats the story of an old inhabitant that comes back to this neighbourhood, meeting again with family and friends but also the colective memory of this place, that preserves only three of five original towers.

The selection of “Madness”, by João Viana, also marks the return of the Angolan director to the screens of Berlinale, after showing “Tabatô”, in 2013. Co-produced by Papaveronoir and Les Films de l’Aprés-Midi, this short film reflects upon the political and social situation of Mozambique today, through the story of Lucy, interned women in an asylum.

Besides the works by Salaviza and Alves Jr and by João Viana, distributed by Agência da Curta Metragem, the festival of Berlin also selected another portuguese film: “Onde o Verão Vai (episódios da juventude)”, by David Pinheiro Vicente.

Portuguese cinema will also be present in Berlinale through the participation of the director Diogo Costa Amarante, winner of the Golden Bear 2017, in the jury of Berlinale Shorts, side by side with Jiody Mistry and Mark Toscano.

Portuguese short film selected for Euro Connection 2018

7 December 2017
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The short film Link, by Xá and produced by Bando à Parte is one of the 15 projects selected among the 24 finalist films nominated this year that will be pitched during Euro Connection 2018.

The next edition of Euro Connection will take place on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 February 2018 during the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market (France).


Here is the full list of projects selected by the Euro Connection 2018 European correspondents:

Machines of Loving Grace, Viki Alexander (Horse&Fruits), Austria
Dusk, Laura Vandewynckel (Walking the Dog), Belgium
The Man in Two Minds, Mathias Broe (73collective), Denmark
Dark Side of the Earth, Urmas Reisberg (Exitfilm), Estonia
Baby With a Playlist, Juho Luukkainen (Kaiho Republic), Finland
Above The Law, Bryony Dunne (Kennedy Films Ltd.), Ireland
Yashar’s Journey, Sébastien de Monbrison (Les films de l’autre cougar), France
What We Know So Far, Sylvain Cruiziat (eeproductions UG), Germany
Just a Map, András György Dési & Gábor Móray (Focus Fox), Hungary
The First Lessons, Beppe Leonetti (Incandenza Film), Italy
Perpetual Child, Stephanie Sant (Shadeena Entertainment), Malta
Whose Daughter Are You?, Astria Aakra (Big Spoon Animation AS), Norway
Link, Xá (Bando à Parte), Portugal
Mountain Flood, Kristijan Krajncan (EnaBanda), Slovenia
Bacha Posh, Bahar Pars (Nordisk Film Production), Sweden

Euro Connection is the European Short Film Co-production Forum taking place each year at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market. This business platform aims at fostering partnerships between European production companies, funders and broadcasters for short film projects.


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