"Uncle Thomas, Accounting for the days" EFA finalist

10 November 2020
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"Uncle Thomas, Accounting for the days", Regina Pessoa's latest film is one of the five nominees in the category of Best European Short Film at the 33rd edition of the European Film Academy (EFA) Awards.

"Uncle Thomas, Accounting for the days" is being promoted and distributed by the Short Film Agency, with a co-production between the Portuguese Ciclope Filmes, the Canadian ONF / NFB and the French Les Amateurs, which also had an important role in the production of Phil Davies. The film is a touching tribute to an everyday poet and a testament to the director's love for her eccentric uncle. The 13-minute film combines various animation techniques such as stop-motion and digital animated engraving. "That means a lot to me, coming from a dysfunctional family in a lost village in a small country like ours." - says Regina Pessoa. "It has been a long and arduous journey since I started drawing as a child and I thank all those who helped me on this path, both professionally and personally. Above all, I dedicate all my love and thanks to my uncle Tomás, who this film is dedicated to, a humble and somewhat eccentric man who has lived a simple and anonymous life. It is not necessary to be a famous person to become important in our lives."

Candidates for the EFA award in the short film category are selected in partnership with 24 European film festivals, with Curtas Vila do Conde being the network's Portuguese event. In each festival, the jury chooses the best European short film in competition, with “Uncle Thomas, Accounting for the days" getting its nomination at the Riga International Film Festival, in Latvia. This nomination marks the first trip to the European Film Academy Awards for Regina Pessoa, renowned director of "The Night" (1999), "Tragic Story with Happy Ending" (2005), and "Kali, the little vampire" (2012).

The winners will be revealed during the EFA virtual ceremony at 7 pm on 10 December, after voting for the 3800 members of the academy.

Winner of "My Generation" is one of the nominees of the Oscars 2020

13 January 2020
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The film "Nefta Football Club" by Yves Piat and Damien Megherbi, winner of the program "My Generation" of Curtas Vila do Conde, is among the five nominees for the category “Best Short Film” of the Oscars 2020.

"My Generation", the new competitive section of Curtas Vila do Conde, is especially directed to the age group between 14 and 18. The short films of this section were selected by a group of 12 students from Vila do Conde and Póvoa de Varzim High Schools.

"Nefta Football Club" portrays the story of Abdallah, a soccer fan, who finds in the desert a mule that carried drugs, that he believes to be detergent. Abdallah decides to use the "detergent" to draw the marking lines on his football field. 

The awards ceremony for the 92nd Oscars will be held on February 9 in Los Angeles.

Carlos Conceição wins the Revelation Award at Doclisboa

28 October 2019
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"Serpentarius", first feature film by Carlos Conceição, was awarded with the Tv Cine New Talent Award DocLisboa that took place from 17th to 27th October in Lisbon. Carlos Conceição was the second director "in focus" of the 27th Curtas Vila do Conde, where all his films were screened, including the national premiere of the award-winning "Serpentário".

The film was presented on the 25th October within the festival's section entitled New Visions, whose program aims to discuss borders and limits with films from different times that question the contemporary nature of cinema.

The New Talent Prize is given to the director of the best first feature film of the event's whole program, except retrospectives and cinema of urgency, and was awarded by the jury composed of Aya Koretzky (director, Portugal), Sofia Bohdanowicz (director, Canada) and Veton Nurkollari (artistic director of the Dokufest Festival, Kosovo).

“Serpentarius" a Luso-Angolan co-production, represented by Agência - Portuguese Short Film Agency, follows a young man who drifts through a post-disaster African landscape in search of his mother's ghost, and is led by the actor João Arrais with the participation of Isabel Abreu (voice).

The film had its world premiere at the Forum section of the Berlinale an it won the Nuove Visione Award at Sicilia Queer in Italy, the Burgas Film Festival Audience Award in Bulgaria, the Best Editing Award and a Special Mention for Best Film at the Filmadrid Festival, as well as a Nouveaux Alchemists Special Jury Mention at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma.

Leonor Teles and Gabriel Abrantes finalists of European Film Awards

23 October 2019
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"Dogs Barking at Birds" by Leonor Teles and "The Marvelous Misadventures of the Stone Lady" by Gabriel Abrantes are among the five finalists of the European Film Awards, in the category of "Best Short Film". The winners will be announced on 7th December.

"Dogs Barking at Birds", produced by Uma Pedra no Sapato and promoted internationally by the AGÊNCIA – Portuguese Short Film Agency, was commissioned and financed by the Municipality of Porto, within the scope of the project “Cultura em Expansão”, and entirely shot in the city of Porto. The film follows the summer days of Vicente and his family, forced to leave their home in central Porto, due to real estate speculation. 

To get to this short list, the juris of 19 festivals from all over Europe, of which Curtas Vila do Conde is the only Portuguese festival included, chose a nominee that now resulted in 5 finalists. "The Marvelous Misadventures of the Stone Lady", by Gabriel Abrantes, was awarded and chosen by the jury of the 27th Curtas Vila do Conde as candidate to the nominees of the European Film Awards. The short film was also rewarded with the “Great Prize Fiction” and the "Audience Award" at the festival.

These awards recognize the excellence of films produced in Europe and are awarded annually by the European Film Academy, composed of around 3,500 professionals in the field. The 32nd ceremony of the European Film Awards will be held in Berlin, Germany, on 7th December.

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