Curtas Vila do Conde is a consolidated film festival, with almost 30 years of careful work and in-depth programming, which allows its national and international affirmation among similar events, especially European film festivals. Firstly, in the field of short films, giving it the necessary dignity and recognition as one of the most vital and genuine ways of making cinema, but also in the field of feature films and in the intersections with different areas of contemporary artistic creation, such as music and visual arts, thus focusing on the plurality of meanings and formulas for the presentation of cinematographic art.

The festival's evolution mirrors the progress of Portuguese cinema in recent decades, contributing significantly to its international projection, while at the same time an exemplary reflection of the cultural development of the Northern Region and a true policy of cultural decentralization.