Winner of Curtinhas nominated for the Oscars

16 January 2014
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"Room On The Broom", by Max Lang and Jan Lachauer, winner of the prize Mar Shopping of Curtinhas competition in the last edition of the Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival has just been announced as one of five nominees for the Oscars in the category of best Short Film Animated.


The British animated film tells the story of a witch and her cat that were "happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind blows away the witch's hat, then her bow, and then her wand”.

The Curtinhas competition prize, supported by Mar Shopping, was awarded the "Room On The Broom" by a jury composed exclusively of children who, together, decided the best film in the competition. In the awards ceremony, the jury gave the trophy to the filmmaker Jan Lachauer, present at the Festival.


Max Lang that also directed "Room On The Broom", is not unknown to Curtas Vila do Conde once he has presented the animated short film "The Gruffalo", in the 2010 edition’s competition of the Festival.


Curtinhas is the kids’ dedicated permanent section of the Festival, that with a program designed specifically for children includes, in addition to the competition, a children's play area and several workshops, approaching the young generation to the cinematic universe. The mini-festival occurs because of Animar, an educational program, whose next edition returns from February 15 to June 1, 2014.

"Abismo", by Leonor Noivo at Euro Connection 2014

4 December 2013
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"Abismo", by Leonor Noivo, was the selected project to represent Portugal at Euro Connection 2014 on 4 and 5 February 2014, in Clermont - Ferrand (France). As usual, the Portuguese projects were evaluated by the festivals representing Portugal in Euro Connection: Curtas Vila do Conde and IndieLisboa.

The Euro Connection is a forum for co - production of short-films, which takes place every year during the Short Film Market of Clermont- Ferrand. This forum promotes presentations and meetings between producers, financing institutions and television channels for co-productions of short-films between European countries. The organization, in association with MEDIA Desk France and the CNC (Centre National de la Cinématographie), receives the support of the MEDIA program and PROCIREP.

In this 6th edition of Euro Connection, the meetings between professionals will take place on 5th of February, representing an important opportunity for producers and directors seeking support for their projects.

The short-films by Leonor Novo have been presented in different editions of Curtas Vila do Conde. The last work of the director, "A Cidade e o Sol" was awarded with a honorable mention at the festival's Portuguese competition in 2012. 

"The Mother and the Sea" at Rome Film Festival

15 October 2013
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Rome is the city chosen for the international premiere of "The Mother and the Sea" by Gonçalo Tocha, a production by Curtas Metragens CRL. The film was selected to the competition Cinema XXI of the Rome Film Festival, that will be held between the 8th and 17th of November. Shot at the Vila Chã beach, this project talks about the tradition of the fisherwomen, a peculiar phenomenon of this region. "The Mother and the Sea" was produced by a team of film students of Porto.

Moreover, before the Rome screening, the film can been seen in competition at DocLisboa on November 1st and 2nd. After that THE MOTHER AND THE SEA was also selected to CPH DOX (Dinamarca), Mar Del Plata (Argentina) and Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire em Montreal (Canadá).

+info about the film at the Agência's website

Salaviza and Gomes win in Berlin

20 February 2012
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Portuguese cinema and the short film are, again, in the center of the international film scene. In the 62th edition of the Berlin Film Festival, João Salaviza and Miguel Gomes won major awards, proving that the present moment of Portuguese film is creatively original. In both cases, both directors are also important part of the history of Curtas Vila do Conde as a festival that reveals some of the new talents of Portuguese cinema.

In the case of João Salaviza, it is the second major award that the young filmmaker wins after the Palme d'Or for "Arena". With "Rafa" - the film screened at this Berlinale - Salaviza wins the Golden Bear for best short film. In Curtas Vila do Conde, Salaviza won, in 2005, the main prize of  Take One!, a film competition for schools, with the project "Two People". Last year, the author presented, in partnership with the musician Norberto Lobo, the short-film "Strokkur", integrated in the Stereo's project (commissioned by Estaleiro and whose debut took place in Curtas Vila do Conde 2011) and already with a good international career.

Miguel Gomes is a historical name of Curtas Vila do Conde, with appearances in several years in the national competition, which he won in 2006 with "Canticle of all Creatures." His first work, "Meanwhile," had also been awarded in 1999, the prize for best director. In Berlin, with his third feature film, "Tabu," Gomes won two important prizes: Alfred Bauer Prize, awarded to a film that opens new perspectives for  cinema; and the FIPRECI Prize, awarded by the critics present in the festival.

These awards, in one of the most prestigious international festivals, are the culmination of several years of an intense film activity, that once again prove the international vitality of Portuguese cinema.

+info: full list of awards

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