Curtas Vila do Conde at SACO - Contemporary Audiovisual Week of Oviedo

10 March 2017
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Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival has prepared a selection of short films to be presented next Thursday, March 16, at SACO - Contemporary Audiovisual Week of Oviedo, which will take place between March 10 and 19 in that Spanish city.


The session is composed by the films "Penúmbria" by Eduardo Brito, "Friends After Dark" by Rita Barbosa, "A Brief History of Princess X" by Gabriel Abrantes and "Small Town" by Diogo Costa Amarante, presented in world premiere at the portuguese competition of Curtas Vila do Conde in 2016, "It Would Piss me Off To Die So Yooooong..." by Filipe Abraches and "Fragments" by José Miguel Ribeiro screened in the "Portuguese Panorama" of the festival that same year.


Friday, March 17, Curtas Vila do Conde will be hosting one of the Spanish festival parties with a DJ Set of Curtas Sound System, a duo composed by Miguel Dias and Sérgio Gomes.

CURTAS VILA DO CONDE SOUNDSYSTEM

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.

Diogo Costa Amarante awarded at Berlinale

20 February 2017
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“Cidade Pequena / Small Town” by Diogo Costa Amarante has won, last Saturday, the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival.


The jury, made by the geran artist Christian Jankowski, the north-american curator Kimberly Drew and by the Chilean programmer Carlos Núñez, took special note of the several framings of the film that “recalls the attention to detail, present on the paintings of the Italian renascence.”


With the director sister and nephew as stars, “Small Town” is based on a real-life episode where Francisco discovers in school that people have head, torso and limbs and, if the heart stops, they would die. This fiction is a thought process about the awareness over death, time and family.

The 20 minute short film, with Curtas Metragens CRL production, premiered in July 2016 on the 24th Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival and is part of the distribution catalogue of Agência da Curta Metragem.


Present also at the short film competition that took place at the German capital, between 9 and 19 of February, were “Altas Cidades de Ossadas / High Cities of Bone” by João Salaviza – who won the award in 2012 with “Rafa” – and “Coup de Grâce" by Salomé Lamas. “Os Humores Artificiais” de Gabriel Abrantes was the Berlin Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards.

Films from La Semaine de La Critique available at Festival Scope

19 May 2016
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From 20 to 27 May, several short films from the Official Competition of La Semaine de La Critique of Cannes Film Festival will be available for free online viewing around the world in the public platform of Festival Scope: “En Moi” by Laetitia Casta; “Arnie” by Rina B. Tsou; “Ascensão” by Pedro Peralta; “Campo de Víboras” by Cristèle Alves Meira; “Delusion Is Redemption to Those in Distress” by Fellipe Fernandes; “Birth of Leader” by Antoine de Bary; “Limbo” de Konstantina Kotzamani; “Oh What a Wonderful Feeling” by François Jaros; “In The Year of Monkey” by Wregas Bhanuteja; “The Virgin Soldier” by Erwan Le Duc; “Superbia” by Luca Tóth; “From The Diary of a Wedding Photographer” by Nadav Lapid and “Water Steps” by César Augusto Acevedo.


Only 200 tickets per film will be available worldwide.  

"Night Without Distance" Awarded at San Francisco

12 May 2016
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"Night Without Distance" by Lois Patiño won the prize for Best Short Film at the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival, which took place between April 21 and May 5 in the United States. The film, filmed on the border between Portugal and Spain, is a production by Curtas Vila do Conde and is part of the catalog of films distributed by Agência - Portuguese Short Film Agency.

"Night Without Distance" was part of the Golden Gate Awards Competition for short films narratives. About the competition, the jury, consisting of the programmer Laura Thielen; the Vice President of Film Acquisition of Fandor, Amanda Salazar; and the journalist and producer Santhosh Daniel; considered that "these well-constructed representations connected us with the world and our own humanity in an unexpected way."
 
Organised by the San Francisco Film Society, the San Francisco Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the Americas.
 
Produced by Curtas Metragens CRL during the Campus project involving a team of film students, "Night Without Distance" premiered in July 2015 at 23rd Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival. Since then, the short film integrated the circuit of international film festivals, including the Locarno Festival, Toronto, New York and Hong Kong.
 
The film focuses on the border between Portugal and Galicia, developing the stories that inhabit these spaces, including the role of smuggling in the development of both countries.

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