Curtas Vila do Conde Productions in Festivals

27 September 2012
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2012 was a celebration year with the twentieth anniversary of Curtas Vila do Conde and the ambitious Campus / Estaleiro programme. In total, were premiered in 20th Curtas Vila do Conde 8 productions. These are films that are now beginning to make an important international circuit. After the tribute held in the Locarno Film Festival in August, there is now the Rio Festival in Brazil, which will pay homage to the festival, screening the eight productions. Also, several of these productions will be screened at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal (Canada) and DocLisboa, among other festivals.

The four productions made for the 20 Years of the Festival are: "Miracle of Saint Anthony", by Sergei Loznitsa, "Reconversion", by Thom Andersen, "The Song of Nightingale", by Helvécio Marins Jr., and "Land of My Dreams", by Yann Gonzalez. The four Campus/Estaleiro productions are: "Obligation", by João Canijo; "A River Called Bird", by Luís Alves de Matos; "The Road as a Street", by Graça Castanheira; "Ashes, a Fire Essay", by Pedro Flores.

List of festivals where these productions will be screened:
- Festival do Rio, Brazil: the eight films.
- Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal, Canada: "Miracle of Saint Anthony" and three Campus/Estaleiro films ("A Road as a Street", "A River Called Bird" and "Ashes, a Fire Essay".
- DocLisboa: "Miracle of Saint Anthony" (in competition); "Reconversion" (Riscos section); four Campus/Estaleiro production, in hommage to Curtas Vila do Conde. 
- Festival dei Popoli - International Documentary Film Festival, Italy: "Ashes, a Fire Essay" and "A Road as a Street", both in competition.
- Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada: "Reconversion", in Panorama.
- Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Switzerland: "Land of My Dreams", in competition.
- BFI London Film Festival: "Reconversion", in panorama.
- Taiwan Int. Documentary Festival: "Miracle of Saint Anthony", in panorama.

The film "Reconversion" will also be screened in the cycle "Cinema e Arquitetura", in Guimarães (16th October).

Curtas' 20 Years productions
Campus/Estaleiro productions 

Curtas Vila do Conde at Cinemateca

7 September 2012
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Also in celebration of twenty years of Curtas Vila do Conde, the Portuguese Cinematheque promotes, during the month of September, two sessions of homage to the festival. Curtas Vila do Conde sessions in Lisbon will be the 18th September (Portuguese winning films) and 19th September (productions Curtas Metragens CRL), in Room Félix Ribeiro at 19 hours.

Awarded films at the 18th September
A VIAGEM A CABO VERDE by José Miguel Ribeiro
RAPACE by João Nicolau
ENTRETANTO by Miguel Gomes


Productions Curtas Metragens CRL in the 19th September
BEACON by Matthias Müller and Christoph Girardet
REMAINS by Sandro Aguilar
DIECE MINUTI ALLA FINE by Daniele Cipri and Franco Maresco
STROKKUR by João Salaviza e Norberto Lobo
BABY BACK COSTA RICA by Gabriel Abrantes

Best Of - Photos 20th Festival

31 July 2012
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The photos of the 20th Curtas Vila do Conde, in a selection of the best pictures of this edition.

TOP 10 / Audience Award

18 July 2012
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Top Ten from the Audience Award / 20th Curtas Vila do Conde.

1. Les Enfants de la nuit, by Caroline Deruas
2. I Morti di Alos, by Daniele Atzeni
3. La vie parisiense, by Vincent Dietschy
4. Os vivos também choram, by Basil da Cunha
5. Flamingo Pride, by Tomer Eshed
6. Edmond etait un âne, by Franck Dion
7. Baggage, by Danis Tanovic
8. Les amours perdues, by Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm
9. Without Snow, by Magnus von Horn
10. A Fábrica, by Aly Muritiba

The year of the Portuguese

16 July 2012
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The Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival ended on Sunday and surpassed the best expectations of the organization. But despite the closing of the 20th edition, Curtas Vila do Conde continues to be talked about and have yet things to see!

Given the success with the premiere of the film "Obrigação" by João Canijo with the room completely full and with numerous people who were not even able to purchase the ticket in time to watch, Curtas Vila do Conde decided to have a new session scheduled for next Saturday, at 17h00, at the Teatro Municipal de Vila do Conde.

We recall that the director João Canijo was Caxinas filming a documentary about the women of the fishermen. The film is called "Obrigação" and the director intends to use this material to make a feature film whose world premiere will happen at the 21st edition of the Curtas Vila do Conde.

The film "Obrigação" is one of several campus productions, a section of the Estaleiro project developed by Curtas Metragens CRL, joining experienced Portuguese filmmakers with production teams made up of students or recent graduates of audiovisual courses.

Four of these films were presented during the 20th Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival, in this celebration year.

Curtas Vila do Conde will be the subject of a special tribute in the 65th International Film Festival of Locarno in southern Switzerland, that happens between 1 to 11 August. "Tribute to Curtas Vila do Conde" is the name of the special program dedicated to the festival and that includes the screening of the four films commissioned by Curtas, directed by four directors relevant in the contemporary landscape and who have a strong relationship with the festival. The four films are: LAND OF MY DREAMS by Yann Gonzalez, O CANTO DO ROCHA (The Song of Rocha) by Helvécio Marins Jr., O MILAGRE DE SANTO ANTÓNIO (The Miracle of Saint Anthony) by Sergei Loznitsa; and RECONVERSÃO, by Thom Andersen.

According to Nuno Rodrigues, director of the Curtas Vila do Conde, this special program in Locarno means "recognition for the work done by the festival over 20 years." At the same time, "is a clear commitment to a set of four films and four authors who have already reached a level able to honor the work of the Festival of Vila do Conde and arriving this way to Locarno, a major international film festival", states Nuno Rodrigues.

The prize-giving ceremony of the festival took place on Saturday night. The Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival has, this year, a track record that honors the Portuguese cinema!

"Os Vivos Também Choram", by Basil da Cunha, won the Best Film Award at the Portuguese Competition and was one of the winners of the Onda Curta RTP2 Prize. Also in Portuguese Competition was awarded an Honorable Mention to "A Cidade e o Sol", by Leonor Noivo.

"A Comunidade", by Salomé Lamas won the Prize for Best Documentary. And "Manhã de Santo António", by João Pedro Rodrigues, was awarded the prize for best European short film (nomination for the European Film Awards in the category of short film, organized annually by the European Film Academy).

The official competition jury, composed by Margarida Cardoso, Graça Castanheira, Ed Lachman, Adrian Sitaru and Martin Pawley, awarded the International Competition in three categories: Animation, Documentary and Fiction. Noteworthy is the Grand Prize winner "Cidade de Vila do Conde ', awarded to the best film in competition, worth 2,000 euros, sponsored by the city of Vila do Conde. The winning film was the documentary "A Story for the Modlins", by Sergio Oksman.

By the time of the awards ceremony, the festival had already exceeded by 10 percent the number of spectators recorded last year.

Tribute to Curtas Vila do Conde in Locarno

16 July 2012
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The Locarno International Film Festival did a hommage to Curtas Vila do Conde, screening a special program with the four short films commissioned for the celebration of ours 20 Years (in the two screening sessions, the films had 420 spectators). The festival of Locarno is one of the largest film festivals in Europe and will take place from 1 to 11 August.

This tribute will then be composed by the screening of the four productions of Vila do Conde: "Land of My Dreams" by Yann Gonzalez, "O Milagre de Santo António", by Sergei Loznitsa, "Reconversão", by Thom Andersen; and "O Canto do Rocha", by Helvécio Marins Jr. These four films had its world premiere in the 20th Curtas Vila do Conde with great public success and critical acclaim.

This international premiere was an important place for Curtas Vila do Conde and specially for the films, that are now starting to receive invitations for other international festivals.

Also in this edition of the Locarno Film Festival will be screened other Portuguese films: "O Dom das Lágrimas" by João Nicolau; "O Que Arde Cura", by João Rui Guerra da Mata; "Zwazo", by Gabriel Abrantes (the first two were shown in the Portuguese Panorama of the 20th Vila do Conde, the third in the Portuguese Competition). Also selected was the new feature film of João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata: "A Última Vez que Vi Macau".

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