Curtas 2012: an Anniversary Edition

28 December 2011
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Curtas Vila do Conde is already preparing its twentieth edition. Curtas 2012 will be a big festival to commemorate a round date and a very special program is being prepared! Therefore, next year will be a great year for Curtas. One of the most significative initiative is a special program dedicated to Stanley Kubrick, with an exhibition and screening of short-films, both of the american author and from other directors and artists inspired by his work. From 7 to 15 July 2012, at Vila do Conde.

Stereo Films at Festivals

25 November 2011
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The films produced for the Exhibition Stereo (a production of Estaleiro, a cultural project of Curtas CRL) were selected for several international film festivals and will have, therefore, its première outside Portugal in the last days of November. This exhibition was shown at Solar - Cinematic Art Gallery and, at the same time, Curtas Vila do Conde curated a section of films with a strong relation between cinema and music (Jem Cohen or Bruce Conner were two of the projected authors).


The group première of the six films will be at the 49º FICXixón – Gijon International Film Festival, which takes place until 26th November. Moreover, one of these productions – “Strokkur”, by João Salaviza (and music by Norberto Lobo) – will be also screened at Paris in the Rencontres Internationales Paris/Madrid/Berlin at its Closing Ceremony; and was selected for the international competition of Festival International du Film de Belfort – EntreVues.


Stereo was an exhibition which allowed the joint work of six pairs of directors and visual artists with musicians. Took part of the exhibition: João Salaviza + Norberto Lobo; Sandro Aguilar + Black Bombaim; Rodrigo Areias + The Legendary Tigerman; Bruno de Almeida + Manuel João Vieira; João Onofre + Adolfo Luxúria Canibal; and Gabriel Abrantes + Pedro Gomes.

Pedro Costa selected for Festivals

27 October 2011
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The main prize in the Portuguese Competition of Curtas 2011, "O Nosso Homem" ("Our Man"), by Pedro Costa, was selected for two international festivals.

In the end of this week, the film will be screened at DocLisboa (28 and 29 October), in Riscos' section. The film will also be screened at Curtas Cinema - in a program curated by Curtas Vila do Conde - and that starts today (27th October) - at Rio de Janeiro.

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Portuguese cinema at Brazil

19 October 2011
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Curta Cinema – International Short Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro, one of the most important festivals dedicated to short films, curated an extensive retrospective of Portuguese films, called FOCUS ON PORTUGAL. The Festival will take place from 28 October to 6 November. Curtas Vila do Conde is on of the entities associated to this retrospective, which has been curated by Agência - Portuguese Short Film Agency. Moreover, one of Curtas' directors - Dario Oliveira - will be a member of the jury at the Festival's competition.

Within this extensive program, Agência in collaboration with Curta Cinema, Curtas Vila do Conde, IndieLisboa and Onda Curta RTP, scheduled a series of five sessions. In addition, Curta Cinema invited the filmmaker Miguel Gomes to be the director IN FOCUS and the production company O Som e a Fúria for a special presentation, also in collaboration with the Agência.

The chosen films for Curtas Vila do Conde's session are a selection of the best of Portuguese cinema which has been screened at the Festival in the past years, joining consecrated directors (Pedro Costa), emerging (João Nicolau and Basil da Cunha) and recent revelations (Bernardo Nascimento).

Rapace, João Nicolau, 25'
North Atlantic, Bernardo Nascimento,15'
Nuvem, Basil da Cunha, 30'
O nosso homem, Pedro Costa, 24'

Remains, Sandro Aguilar 12'
Voodoo, Sandro Aguilar, 30' - 35mm
Sem movimento, Sandro Aguilar, 17' - 35mm
Cântico das criaturas, Miguel Gomes, 24' - 35mm

Entretanto, 25' - 35mm
Kalkitos, 17' - 35mm
Inventário de natal, 23' - 35mm
31, 27' - 35mm

The External World nominated for Cartoon D'Or

7 September 2011
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Candidates were announced for Cartoon D'Or 2011 - Best European animated short film. Among the nominees are some films that were shown in Curtas Vila do Conde. "The External World", by David O'Reilly, screened in the international competition of Curtas 2011 is one of them. "Mobile", by Verena Fels, and "The Gruffalo", by Jakob Schuh & Max Lang, are also competing for the prize, which will be given Sept. 15, in Poland.

This award is one of the most prestigious international awards for animation and has already awarded authors such as Nick Park, Virgil Widrich or David O'Reilly. Abi Feijó received an honorable mention for the film "Os Salteadores" in 1994 and José Miguel Ribeiro even received the top prize for "A Suspeita" in 2000, signaling the high quality of Portuguese animation.

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Curtas 2011 - Top Ten

19 July 2011
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Top Ten from the Audience Award, at Curtas 2011.

1. Apele Tac 4.28
2. Petit Tailleur 4.14
3. North Atlantic 4.08
4. Las Palmas 4.00
5. The External World 3.89
6. Killing the chikens to scare the monkeys 3.88
7. Scenes from the suburbs 3.81
8. Maybe 3.75
9. O Sapateiro 3.74

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