Watch Films Online

Curtas Vila do Conde, returns this year to the same period to which we have become familiar, between the 16th and 25th July, to be presented in the same format adapted to the new reality and cultural consumption habits, just like last year. The Portuguese international festival dedicated to cinema occupies again the northern coastal city with a diversified program that will combine cinema, music and the visual arts, and which will once again have as central venues the Municipal Theater of Vila do Conde, the Municipal Auditorium and Solar - Cinematic Art Gallery, but it will also promote a set of initiatives in an online format, thus expanding its area of action and allowing the meeting between the audience and filmmakers to also take place in a virtual environment, in a safe and close manner. In this way, sessions in VoD format will be programmed, as well as debates and interviews taking place online.


The main focus of Curtas' programming is dedicated to its competitions: International, in which we can watch an exhibition of the best short films produced during the last year worldwide; Portuguese, with premieres of films that showcase the best done in Portugal; Experimental, dedicated to the vanguard and innovation of the format; Music Videos, which explores the connection between music and the seventh art, and Take One!, which features new directors and school films.

Other initiatives are also a hallmark of the festival: the section “From Shorts to Features”, will present a set of feature films made by prestigious filmmakers; the In Focus program, which dedicates a space to the discovery and homage of a director of great contemporary relevance; the recent Cinema Revisited section, retrieves and enables viewing in a cinema works of undeniable value to the history of Cinema.

The programming of the Stereo section is always one of the most awaited each year for its production of new and exclusive film-concerts, inviting renowned musicians from the national and international scene to mix classic works from the history of cinema, having presented in the recent past names like Thurston Moore, Tindersticks, Kurt Wagner and Lambchop, Tom Verlaine, UFO, Arto Lindsay, Dean & Britta and the Portuguese The Legendary Tigerman, Linda Martini, Sensible Soccers, Mão Morta and Orelha Negra.

One of the vertices of the festival takes place in the Solar - Cinematic Art Gallery space, which will be the stage for an exhibition that will cross the worlds of cinema and visual arts, and where illustrious artists have exhibited their work recently, such as Isaki Lacuesta, Ben Rivers and Ben Russell, João Rui Guerra da Mata and João Pedro Rodrigues, Gabriel Abrantes, Joana Pimenta, Jonathan Uliel Saldanha, Matthias Müller and Christoph Girardet, Nicolas Provost, Daniel Blaufuks, Gustav Deutsch, Bill Morrison, Tsai Ming-liang, Peter Tscherkassky and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

There is also space for the young ones, with initiatives such as My Generation, a competition in which films are chosen by students from schools in the region and who then produce texts on the selected films, and Curtinhas, which includes films aimed at children of 3, 6 and 10 years - in addition throughout the year, the Curtas Vila do Conde team develops an educational project that includes ateliers and workshops aimed at the school community. There are also initiatives related to the film industry and its professionals, such as Curtas Pro, sessions and debates dedicated to the sector itself.

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