Curtas Vila do Conde is back. From July 14 to 22, the international film festival will once again occupy the northern coastal city with a diversified program, intersecting cinema, music and fine arts.

Besides the Portuguese and International Competitions, there will be time and space for feature films within the section "From Shorts to Features", which will present a set of films directed by prestigious filmmakers.

One of the novelties for this 26th edition is the expansion of Take One! Competition to an international context. Thus, Curtas Vila do Conde will receive for the first time short films by students from six European countries, besides Portugal. For the children, the festival annually prepares the section Curtinhas that includes films aimed at children over 3, 6 and 10 years.

Focused on the vanguards and its cinematic extensions, the festival promotes again a competition devoted to experimental cinema and another one to music videos. One of the main characteristics of Curtas Vila do Conde has been the stimulus, over the years, to the creation of musical compositions to get along with the films, inviting renowned musicians from the national and international scene to conceive soundtracks either for classical works of the history of cinema or for recent experimental works. Here have been bands such as Tindersticks, Lambchop or Mão Mortas.

Through the In Focus section, Curtas Vila do Conde has been rediscovering cinema, with retrospectives of major authors such as Gus van Sant, Peter Greenaway, Alexandr Sokurov, Olivier Assayas or Miguel Gomes. In fact, the festival has been a stage for the national cinema to the world, welcoming recognized directors like Manoel de Oliveira, Fernando Lopes, Pedro Costa or João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata, but also the young heirs of the shorts generation: João Salaviza, Gabriel Abrantes, Salomé Lamas, among others.

During the year, Curtas Vila do Conde's team develops an educational project that includes workshops and other activities for the student community. In the same direction, during the festival workshops of film criticism and expanded cinema with special guests will be held.

Finally, the Solar - Cinematic Art Gallery will be the epicenter of a program that will intersect the worlds of cinema and the visual arts.

Films, exhibitions, debates, concerts, master classes, workshops, video library... In July, Vila do Conde will be again a meeting point for several agents of the film industry: programmers, journalists, filmmakers, and, of course, a wide audience.