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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.

"Russa", by João Salaviza and Ricardo Alves Jr., and "Madness", by João Viana, in Berlinale Shorts

10 January 2018
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“Russa”, by João Salaviza and Ricardo Alves Jr, “Madness”, by João Viana and “Onde o Verão Vai (episódios da juventude”, by David Pinheiro Vicente will join the competition of short films in the 68th Berlinale – International Film Festival that will be held from 15th to 25th February.

The Berlinale has announced yesterday the official selection for the Berlinale Shorts, exclusively dedicated tot he short features. “Russa”, by João Salaviza and Ricardo Alves Jr, “Madness”, by João Viana and “Onde o Verão Vai (episódios da juventude”, by David Pinheiro Vicente were the three portuguese films selected for this international competition, out of 22 films from 18 countries.

Winner of the Golden Bear in 2012, Salaviza gets together with Ricardo Alves Jr. to present the film “Russa”, short film directed by four hands during an artistic residency at Bairro do Aleixo, in Porto, promoted within the program Cultura em Expansão. The film treats the story of an old inhabitant that comes back to this neighbourhood, meeting again with family and friends but also the colective memory of this place, that preserves only three of five original towers.

The selection of “Madness”, by João Viana, also marks the return of the Angolan director to the screens of Berlinale, after showing “Tabatô”, in 2013. Co-produced by Papaveronoir and Les Films de l’Aprés-Midi, this short film reflects upon the political and social situation of Mozambique today, through the story of Lucy, interned women in an asylum.

Besides the works by Salaviza and Alves Jr and by João Viana, distributed by Agência da Curta Metragem, the festival of Berlin also selected another portuguese film: “Onde o Verão Vai (episódios da juventude)”, by David Pinheiro Vicente.

Portuguese cinema will also be present in Berlinale through the participation of the director Diogo Costa Amarante, winner of the Golden Bear 2017, in the jury of Berlinale Shorts, side by side with Jiody Mistry and Mark Toscano.

Curtas Vila do Conde presents special program at Kasseler Dokfest

3 November 2017
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On November 18th Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival will present a special programme at Kasseler Dokfest with several films produced by Curtas Metragens CRL: "Strokkur" by João Salaviza, "Exodus" by Nicolas Provost, "Undisclosed Recipients" by Sandro Aguilar, "Night Without a Distance" by Lois Patiño and "The Dockworker's Dream" by Bill Morrison. The session International film festivals in profile: Curtas Vila do Conde will be presented by Mário Micaelo, co-diretor of the festival. 

The festival, dedicated to documentary films, runs from November 14 to 19 in Germany.

3 New Portuguese Short Films in the Theaters

5 September 2017
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The short films "Small Town" by Diogo Costa Amarante, "Bad Bunny" by Carlos Conceição and "Farpões Baldios" by Marta Mateus, awarded and screened in several film festivals, will premiere on September 14 in the portuguese theaters with distribution by Midas Filmes.

"Small Town", by Diogo Costa Amarante, a co-production by Curtas Metragens CRL, won this year's Golden Bear for best short film at the Berlin Film Festival. This programme also includes two films that premiered this year in Cannes: "Bad Bunny", a fiction by Carlos Conceição on the relationship between two brothers, and "Farpões Baldios", the first film of Marta Mateus, which reflects on rurality and work.

The three films were presented at Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival, where Marta Mateus received the Grand Prize of the International Competition.

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