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Call for Entries Extended Deadline

1 May 2021
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Call for Entries for the 29th Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival competitions are extended until May 6th.

You will be able to submit new films in any competition (International, Portuguese, Experimental, Music Videos, Curtinhas, Take One!) during the next days using the code DeadlineWaiverCurtas2021 only in FilmFreeway.

New short films produced in 2020 or 2021 are accepted, with a maximum duration of up to 60 minutes (except where noted), in film (35 or 16 mm) or digital (DCP).

Don't miss this unique opportunity to be part of one of the most prestigious film festivals in Portugal, that celebrates the sharing of cinema experiences and discoveries in the theater and in other spaces.

More information and regulations of the competitions here.

"Name Above Title" at the Sevilla Festival

12 November 2020
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"Name Above Title", the most recent film by Carlos Conceição, was selected for the competitive section "Permanent Revolutions" at the 17th edition of the Sevilla Festival, to be held from 6-14th November. 

After premiering at the 28th edition of Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival, "Name Above Title" has its international premiere at Sevilla Festival.

With an original title inspired by the gialli - a sub-genre of Italian horror very popular in the 70's - the satire follows Candice, a Candide a cold and seductive serial killer that falls in love with a girl who just committed suicide. The film shows little more than 24 hours in the life of the protagonist whose peaceful life is transformed by an accident that turns him into an instant social network star.

Written and directed by Carlos Conceição,  "Name Above Title" fits into the visual and narrative universe created by the filmmaker, in which symbolic fetishism and sadism stand out as well as the lugubrious ambiences and the subversive surrealist tone. 
"In our times, videos shared on social media often present themselves as unquestionable truths, but it's very frequent that another perspective, showing one or two seconds more, radically changes the narrative." - says Carlos Conceição - "As citizens/spectators, we are permanently invited to do the editing and re-learn the world that way".

Carlos Conceição is a regular presence at Vila do Conde – where he has been an author In Focus (2019), a member of the Take One! competition jury (2014), and premiered several of his works, such as “Serpentarius” (2019) and “Bad Bunny” (2017)

"Our Kingdom" at the Torino Film Festival

11 November 2020
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"Our Kingdom", Luis Costa's latest short film, will have its italian premiere at the 38th edition of the Torino Film Festival to be held from November 20-28, in Turin.

Produced by Bando À Parte and distributed by the Agência - Portuguese Short Film Agency "Our Kingdom", directed by Luís Costa, which had its world premiere at the 28th Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival, being also selected for the Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal, is inspired by the novel of the same name by Valter Hugo Mãe. The film is set in a wonderful kingdom, where the Devil supposedly does not exist and a child wanders through a granite village.

 

"Creating a film from a previous work always presupposes a natural challenge to manage the reference and the distance from it". - explains Luís Costa - "Even though it does not formally follow the narrative structure of Valter's book, "Our Kingdom" tries to compose a kind of visual poem that carries the weight of the literary work, working the idea of a suspended time and space through the characters and the universe that surrounds them".

 

“Our Kingdom” marked the return of Luís Costa to Curtas Vila do Conde, where he previously presented “The Everlasting Man” (2017, National Competition), “Fontelonga” (2013, Take One!), and the Super8 music video “Bearbug” (2017, codirected by Miguel da Santa). 

 

The Torino Film Festival was established in 1982 by Professor Gianni Rondolino and has, since, occupied a fundamental place in the international panorama, promoting new ways of making Cinema. Throughout its history, the festival has celebrated emergent talents such as Luca Guadagnino, Nicholas Winding Refn, Miguel Gomes, and many others. In its 38th edition, the festival will take place online.

"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.

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