The 27th edition of Curtas Vila do Conde took place between the 6th and 14th of July. One of the biggest highlights of the festival happened on the first day with the Portuguese premiere of the long-awaited “Bacurau”, a film by Kleber Mendonça e Filho and Juliano Dornelles, recently awarded the Cannes Film Festival with the Jury Prize, which was attended by Kleber Mendonca Filho that present the film before a crowded room. Curtas was also attended by Todd Solondz, one of the biggest names in independent American cinema, and also in the program In Focus, the promising Portuguese director Carlos Conceição, who also debuted his first feature film, "Serpentario".

The Stereo program was once again one of the festival's most vibrant moments, offering unique and unrepeatable shows. Thurston Moore, the headliner, merging with Maya Deren's universe as presented a memorable performance. The Heliocentrics, Montanhas Azuis + Pedro Maia, Sereias, Marta Navarro + Tiago Cutileiro, Rainer Kohlberger and a documentary about Portuguese rock band Mão Morta have also accomplished to satisfy the expectations for film and music lovers who once again came to Curtas. The parties also mobilized the most resistant, ending the festival’s nights in the best way.

At the competitions, the juries and the audience made their choices. There were several awards given to several short films, especially “Los que Desean” by Spanish Elena López Riera, winner of the DCN Beers great Prize of the International Competition, “Ave Rara”, by Portuguese Vasco Saltão, voted Best Film of the National Competition, with the OralMED and Pixel Bunker Prize, and “Les extraordinaires mésaventures de jeune fille de pierre”, by Portuguese Gabriel Abrantes, winner of the Audience Prize and candidate for the European Film Awards and also the Movistar+ Prize. Also featured were Alexandre Siqueira (director of the animation “Purpleboy”), Mariana Gaivão (director of “Ruby”), Australian Pia Borg (director of the documentary “Demonic”), Belgians Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar (directors of “Panique au Village - La foire agricole ”), British Jane and Louise Wilson (filmmakers of the experimental“ Suspended Island ”), Tomás Paula Marques (filmmaker of “Em caso de fogo”), Maria Teixeira (filmmaker of “Inside Me”) and Francisco Lobo (director of the music video “Mesa para dois no Carpa - David Bruno”). A group of children was responsible for choosing the Mar Shopping Matosinhos Award from the Curtinhas competition, distinguishing the Belgian animation "Bamboule" by Emilie Pigeard.

During 9 days, the 27th Curtas Vila do Conde offered 106 sessions with 270 films (255 short films and 15 feature films) from 46 countries of all continents, six concerts, one exhibition, six conferences and thematic tables, 12 Q&A with Portuguese and foreign directors, nine parties and three workshops. During the 2019 edition, 391 professionals from 28 countries attended the event, including 79 filmmakers in competition or special programs, and 86 film professionals (programmers, exhibitors, critics and journalists, among others). In total, around 20,000 participated in the event at cinema sessions, concerts, visitors to the exhibition and participants in the Curtinhas program and on other parallel activities.

But Curtas 2019 is not over yet! Over the coming months, various extensions of the festival will bring the best films of the 27th edition to several Portuguese and foreign locations, in partnership with other promoters, celebrating the diversity and quality of the programming presented, the overwhelming majority in national premiere and several in world premiere. The exhibition “O Caso Caligari” will also continue to be exhibited at Solar - Cinematic Art Gallery until September 7, ready to celebrate cinema and permanent dialogue with other forms of artistic and cultural expression.

While we are waiting for everyone to visit Solar or the various extensions planned for the coming months, the Curtas programming and production team is already preparing the 28th edition, scheduled for July 11-19, 2020. It will be a long walk, only possible with the help of numerous sponsors and institutional support, but it will surely be worth it thanks to the film enthusiasts who make Curtas a moment to celebrate cinema. If not before, we will wait for you all within a year. See you soon!