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Carte Blache to João Nicolau at Curtas Vila do Conde

15 April 2019
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As part of the celebration of its 20th anniversary, Agencia - Portuguese Short Film Agency presents the initiative "Carte Blanche to Portuguese Filmmakers", which is travelling to Portuguese film festivals, from north to south of Portugal, in the timespan of a year, with special screenings of 21st century Portuguese short film cinematography. Curtas Vila do Conde participates in the initiative with invited director João Nicolau, who will  present a Carte Blanche during the festival, held from July 6th to 14th.

 

The "Carte Blanche to the Filmmakers" is a Portuguese cinema cycle, thought to be an inverted process, by inviting the people who think and create cinema - the filmmakers - to put themselves in the role of a programmer and make a revisitation to Portuguese Cinema by conceiving a short film program.
This project, carried out by the Agencia with the participation of twenty Portuguese film festivals and the indispensable collaboration of the filmmakers who accepted the challenge, has the financial support of the Film and Audiovisual Institute and is meant to be another significant step in a set of future initiatives towards film culture.
The celebration of the 20th anniversary of Agencia will also include the publication of a book on Portuguese cinema of the 21st century, coordinated and edited by Daniel Ribas and Paulo Cunha, Portuguese cinema researchers with extensive bibliography and regular collaborators Curtas Vila do Conde. This book, scheduled to be release in October, will feature texts by Augusto Seabra, Haden Guest, Adrian Martin, Leo Goldsmith, Roger Koza, Carmen Gray, Cíntia Gil, Iván Villarmea, Tiago Baptista, Pascale Cassagnau, Olivier Cotte and Martin Pawley.
This project carried out by the Agencia, with the participation of the participating festivals and the indispensable collaboration of the filmmakers who joined the challenge, has the financial support of the Film and Audiovisual Institute and intends to be another significant step in a set of future initiatives in favor of our film culture.
 

 

Short films on ANIMATIC

9 January 2019
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The films "Água Mole" by Laura Gonçalves and Alexandra Ramires (Shah), "Ride" by Paul Bush and "Entre Sombras" by Mónica Santos and Alice Guimarães are selected for the ANIMAC Festival taking place in Spain from February 21 to 24 .
ANIMAC is an international animation festival in Lleida since 1996, which has become a reference in the creation of new cinematographic and animation techniques.
"Água Moler" will be featured on the official festival program and "Ride" and "Entre Sombras" are included in the session "MONOGRAPHIC SESSION STOP MOTION 1", a special selection of this edition.

Films of the Agencia candidates for nominations of Cesar awards

7 January 2019
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"Entre Sombras" by Alice Eça Guimarães and Mónica Santos and "Como Fernando Pessoa Salvou Portugal" by Eugène Green are candidates for nominations for the César film awards, awarded by the French Film Academy.

The animation film "Entre sombras" by Alice Eça Guimarães and Mónica Santos and "Como Fernando Pessoa Salvou Portugal" by Eugène Green are candidates for nominations for the César film awards, awarded by the French Film Academy.

"Entre sombras", which won the Audience Award at the Curtas Vila do Conde festival in July, uses the technique of pixilation and stop motion with real actors, with interpretation by Sara Costa and Gilberto Oliveira.
The film has already been screened at various festivals, and has won a prize at the Animafest in Zabreg, Croatia, and the special jury prize at the Hiroshima Animation Film Festival in Japan.
Also in the list of pre-selected prizes, in the category of best short film, is the Portuguese co-production "Como Fernando Pessoa saved Portugal", by the director Eugène Green, with Carloto Cotta as the Portuguese poet.
The film premiered worldwide at Curtas Vila do Conde, and was also screened at the Locarno Festival in Switzerland.
The 44th edition of the César is scheduled for February 22.

Agência da Curta Metragem at Clermont-Ferrand

25 January 2018
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The 40th edition of the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival starts on February 2, with three Portuguese short films in competition. The Short Film Agency will be present once again at the Festival's Market to promote Portuguese production at one of the most prestigious event dedicated to short films in Europe.

"Coelho Mau", the latest short film by Carlos Conceição, was selected for the National Competition. The film, a Portuguese-French co-production (First Age and Epicenter Films), deals with the relationship between two brothers (João Arrais and Júlia Palha), an absent mother (Carla Maciel) and her lover (Matthieu Charneau), who waver between imminence of death and the astonishment of his desires.

Leonor Noivo's film, "Tudo O Que Imagino", will be featured in the International Competition. The short film, produced by Terratreme Filmes, accompanies a group of friends in the neighborhood of Alcoitão, "BDA", in the period of adolescence, school and last summer before the world of work.

Besides the works by Carlos Conceição and Leonor Noivo, distributed by Agência, the festival of Clermont Ferrand also selected a third Portuguese film: "A Gis" by Thiago Carvalhaes, which will be presented at the International Competition.

In Euro Connection, the European forum for film co-production that takes place every year during the festival of Clermont-Ferrand, Portugal will be represented by director Xá (Alexandra Ramires) with the project "Elo", produced by Bando à Parte. This is the second short film by the filmmaker who performed the animation "Água Mole", with Laura Gonçalves, presented at the Cannes Film Festival.

This platform aims to develop partnerships between producers, investors, sponsors and televisions. Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival and IndieLisboa - International Independent Film Festival are the Portuguese festivals associated with the Euro Connection where, in previous years, projects by Zepe ("The Cycle"), João Vladimiro ("Do Cradle for the Cova "), João Salaviza (" Rafa "), Leonor Noivo (" September ") and José Miguel Ribeiro (" Papel de Natal "), among others, were presented.

As in previous years, Agência will be present in Clermont-Ferrand through a promotional stand in the Short Film Market. The event, held in parallel to the festival, receives, each year, more than 3300 professionals of the film sector making this a space of extreme importance in the dissemination of Portuguese cinema. In addition to promoting and publicizing the more than 400 works represented by the Agency, this will be an opportunity to present the news added in 2018 to the catalog of distributed films.

The presence of Agência da Curta Metragem at Clermont-Ferrand is supported by Instituto Camões, Portuguese Embassy in Paris, ICA (Instituto do Cinema e Audiovisual), Government of Portugal, Favaios and Douvicoisas.

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