"Our Kingdom" at the Torino Film Festival

11 November 2020
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"Our Kingdom", Luis Costa's latest short film, will have its italian premiere at the 38th edition of the Torino Film Festival to be held from November 20-28, in Turin.

Produced by Bando À Parte and distributed by the Agência - Portuguese Short Film Agency "Our Kingdom", directed by Luís Costa, which had its world premiere at the 28th Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival, being also selected for the Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal, is inspired by the novel of the same name by Valter Hugo Mãe. The film is set in a wonderful kingdom, where the Devil supposedly does not exist and a child wanders through a granite village.


"Creating a film from a previous work always presupposes a natural challenge to manage the reference and the distance from it". - explains Luís Costa - "Even though it does not formally follow the narrative structure of Valter's book, "Our Kingdom" tries to compose a kind of visual poem that carries the weight of the literary work, working the idea of a suspended time and space through the characters and the universe that surrounds them".


“Our Kingdom” marked the return of Luís Costa to Curtas Vila do Conde, where he previously presented “The Everlasting Man” (2017, National Competition), “Fontelonga” (2013, Take One!), and the Super8 music video “Bearbug” (2017, codirected by Miguel da Santa). 


The Torino Film Festival was established in 1982 by Professor Gianni Rondolino and has, since, occupied a fundamental place in the international panorama, promoting new ways of making Cinema. Throughout its history, the festival has celebrated emergent talents such as Luca Guadagnino, Nicholas Winding Refn, Miguel Gomes, and many others. In its 38th edition, the festival will take place online.

"Uncle Thomas, Accounting for the days" EFA finalist

10 November 2020
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"Uncle Thomas, Accounting for the days", Regina Pessoa's latest film is one of the five nominees in the category of Best European Short Film at the 33rd edition of the European Film Academy (EFA) Awards.

"Uncle Thomas, Accounting for the days" is being promoted and distributed by the Short Film Agency, with a co-production between the Portuguese Ciclope Filmes, the Canadian ONF / NFB and the French Les Amateurs, which also had an important role in the production of Phil Davies. The film is a touching tribute to an everyday poet and a testament to the director's love for her eccentric uncle. The 13-minute film combines various animation techniques such as stop-motion and digital animated engraving. "That means a lot to me, coming from a dysfunctional family in a lost village in a small country like ours." - says Regina Pessoa. "It has been a long and arduous journey since I started drawing as a child and I thank all those who helped me on this path, both professionally and personally. Above all, I dedicate all my love and thanks to my uncle Tomás, who this film is dedicated to, a humble and somewhat eccentric man who has lived a simple and anonymous life. It is not necessary to be a famous person to become important in our lives."

Candidates for the EFA award in the short film category are selected in partnership with 24 European film festivals, with Curtas Vila do Conde being the network's Portuguese event. In each festival, the jury chooses the best European short film in competition, with “Uncle Thomas, Accounting for the days" getting its nomination at the Riga International Film Festival, in Latvia. This nomination marks the first trip to the European Film Academy Awards for Regina Pessoa, renowned director of "The Night" (1999), "Tragic Story with Happy Ending" (2005), and "Kali, the little vampire" (2012).

The winners will be revealed during the EFA virtual ceremony at 7 pm on 10 December, after voting for the 3800 members of the academy.

Curtas travels around the country with award-winning films

14 October 2020
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The 28th edition of Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival ended last October 11th, with the closing ceremony and announcement of the awarded films. This year, as in the previous ones, Curtas Vila do Conde tours the country again with a selection of some of the best films of this edition. The "Best of Curtas" will screened some of the awarded films, and the "Curtinhas" session, dedicated to the youngest, is composed of small and fun films thought for the whole family.

The extensions of the 28th Curtas Vila do Conde depart on October 15th and will last until February 2021, in different cities throughout the country: Lisbon, Porto, Silves, Vila Real, Viseu, Odivelas, Madeira, Pombal and Évora.

In the program "Best of Curtas" will be presented the films "Elo" by Alexandra Ramires (winner of the prize for Best Animation), "Hidden" by Jafar Panahi (winner of the prize for Best Documentary), "Dustin" by Naïla Guiguet (winner of the prize for Best Fiction) and "Physique De La Tristesse" by Theodore Ushev ( winner of the prize for Public).

For the little ones, the session "Curtinhas" presents a selection of this festival competition where the jury itself is composed of children: "Au Large" by Mathilde Pepinster, "Black & White" by Jesús Pérez and Gerd Gockell, "The Witch and the Baby" and "O 28" by Otalia Caussé, Geoffroy Collin, Louise Grardel, Antoine Marchand, Robin Merle and Fabien Meyran, "Tobi and the Turbobus" by Verena Fels, Marc Angele, "Mathilda and the Spare Head" by Ignas Meilunas and "Luce & Me" by Isabella Salvetti.


In Lisbon and Porto, the Cinemateca Portuguesa and the Cinema Trindade, after having received the 17 films of the National Competition, are now showing a special program of two sessions. At the Cinemateca Portuguesa, the first session includes the films "Noite Turva" by Diogo Salgado, "O Rio Invisível" by Pham Ngoc Lân, "Dustin" by Naïla Guiguet, "Hidden" by Jafar Panahi. At Trindade Cinema, the program aligns with "Our Kingdom" by Luis Costa, "The Invisible River" by Pham Ngoc Lân, "Dustin" by Naïla Guiguet, "Hidden" by Jafar Panahi. The second session, scheduled at the Cinemateca Portuguesa and Cinema Trindade, includes "Elo" by Alexandra Ramires, "South" by Morgan Quaintance and "Physique De La Tristesse" by Theodore Ushev.

Extensions Calendar:


Cinemateca Portuguesa

15, 16 Oct - Special Program


Cinema Trindade

19, 20 Oct - Special Program


Teatro Mascarenhas Gregório

24 Oct - "Best of Curtas”, “Curtinhas”


Shortcutz Vila Real

3 Nov - "Best of Curtas”


Shortcutz Viseu

6 Nov - "Best of Curtas”


Centro Cultural Malaposta

Dec - "Best of Curtas"


Screenings Funchal

5 Dec - "Best of Curtas”


Auditório Municipal de Pombal

13, 20, 27 Feb 2021 - "Best of Curtas”, "My Generation", "Curtinhas”"


Direção Regional da Cultura do Alentejo

19, 20 Feb 2021 - "Best of Curtas”, "My Generation", "Curtinhas”

Awards 28th Curtas Vila do Conde

11 October 2020
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The 28th edition of Curtas Vila do Conde was announced today at the closing ceremony of the festival. "The Unseen River" by Vietnamese Pham Ngoc Lân was the winner of the International Competition Great Prize. In the National Competition the big winner of the Best Film Award was Diogo Salgado with "Noite Turva". Discover the remaining winners below.




Best film in competition, worth 2.000 euros

Pham Ngoc Lân · Vietname/Laos · 2020 · FIC · 23’


Prizes for the best film in competition in each category



Alexandra Ramires · Portugal/França · 2020 · ANI · 12’ 


Jafar Panahi · França/Irão · 2020 · DOC · 19’


Naïla Guiguet · França · 2020 · FIC · 20’



For the film of the International Competition with the best average vote in the audience poll


Theodore Ushev · Canadá · 2019 · ANI · 27’





2.000 euros


Prize Pixel Bunker

2.500 euros, in services, sponsored by Pixel Bunker Lda

Diogo Salgado · Portugal · 2020 · FIC · 14’


PRIZE Kino Sound Studio

4.000 euros in post-production services awarded to the best director, sponsored by Kino Sound Studio


Sandro Aguilar · Portugal/Canadá · 2020 · DOC · 30’



SPA – Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores

For the film in the Portuguese Competition with the best average vote in the audience poll, 1.500 euros, sponsored by SPA - Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores



Luís Costa · Portugal · 2020 · FIC · 15’



One of the jury awards will be chosen as candidate to the nominees for the European Film Awards, short film category



Denise Fernandes · Portugal/Suíça · 2020 · FIC · 18’



The best film in the Take One! Competition will be awarded the following prizes:


PRIZE Showreel

1.500 euros in services and rental of equipment, sponsored by Showreel


PRIZE Instituto Português do Desporto e da Juventude

600 euros, sponsored by the Instituto Português do Desporto e da Juventude (IPDJ)


PRIZE Restart

Training and/or means of production and post-production with technical equipment or spaces, 500 euros, at Restart


PRIZE Agência da Curta Metragem

The awarded film will be distributed and promoted by Agência - Portuguese Short Film Agency, including its submission (and respective fees) to an international circuit of film festivals. 

Francisco Dias · Portugal · 2020 · DOC · 9’
Escola das Artes – Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Honourable Mention:

Afonso Rapazote, Bernardo Rapazote · Portugal · 2020 · FIC · 29’
Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema


Prize for the best portuguese director, 2.000 euros, in services, sponsored by Blit

Lucas Tavares · Portugal · 2020 · DOC/EXP · 7’
Ubi Cinema – Universidade da Beira Interior



PRIZE Coloreffects

For the best film in the Music Videos Competition, Sony equipment (Camera + lens),  worth approximately 1,150 euros, offered by Coloreffects

Pedro Coquenão, Manuel Lino · Portugal · 2020 · 3’




PRIZE Experimental

Para o melhor filme da Competição Experimental

For the best film in the Experimental Competition


Morgan Quaintance · Reino Unido · 2020 · DOC/EXP · 28’




For the best film in the Curtinhas Competition, elected by a group of thirteen children, aged between 8 and 12



Taylor Meacham · EUA · 2020 · ANI · 7’


Menção honrosa M/3


Jesús Pérez, Gerd Gockell · Suíça/Alemanha · 2020 · ANI · 5’


Menção honrosa M/6


Verena Fels, Marc Angele · Alemanha · 2019 · ANI/FIC · 7’


Menção honrosa M/10


Isabella Salvetti · Itália · 2019 · FIC · 10’




The film with the best average resulting from audience voting in the festival and high school screenings will be the winner of My Generation



Arvin Kananian · Suécia · 2020 · FIC · 15'

A new version of Curtas, with more venues and an online program starts this Saturday

2 October 2020
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The 28th edition of Curtas de Vila do Conde starts this Saturday, October 3rd. A festival with a special format, committed to the new times, but where the actuality and urgency of the program are again the main focus of the event that wants to be the stage for the dissemination of what is best done, experienced or reinvented in short format cinema. With simultaneous extensions to Porto, Lisbon and Faro and a program with more than 200 films and exclusive content available online, Curtas de Vila do Conde reaffirms the importance of meeting, cinema, theater, in a time where social interactions are compromised. A well justified concern in a selection that puts, side by side, consecrated directors and new voices and that rehearses a transversal look for what is done in film schools, in the international panorama and inside the doors of the country. Identities, history, feelings of belonging, individual freedoms and acquired rights are some of the strong dishes of the more than 261 films that will mark the different sections of the festival. 

Marking the beginning of Curtas the national premiere of Casa de Antiguidades, first feature film by João Paulo Miranda Maria. A story about prejudice and racism in the South of Brazil, interpreted by the historical António Pitanga. In focus will also be the work of Spanish artist Isaki Lacuesta, multi-verse with a body of work that crosses several artistic languages. Along with the selection of films, the festival proposes an exhibition of the author at Solar - Galeria de Arte Cinemática. With opening on October 3, at 16h00, the set of pieces in exhibition highlights the diversity of the work of the Catalan artist and filmmaker, including some unpublished. Special word also for the New Voices section, created this year and dedicated to the young directors Elena Lopez Riera, Ana ElenaTejera and Ana Maria Gomes.
Section opened in 2019, Cinema Revisitado bets on special programs that visit the history of cinema. A look at the work of Jean-Luc Godard as head of Fox's press office and a special session on One Week, by Buster Keaton, are some of the bets for 2020. Note of attention also for the program The Greats Don't Leave the Short, with works by João Pedro Rodrigues, Yorgos Lanthimos, Jonathan Glazer and José Luis Guerin. In the Short Feature Film section, it will also be possible to watch one of the most talked about films of the year First Cow, by Kelly Reichardt, and the previews of Heirs of Saramago: ep. Valter Hugo Mãe e Vencidos da Vida, the next film by Rodrigo Areias. The Stereo section is marked by the premiere in the continent of Guanche, a cine-concert by The Legendary Tigerman, Pedro Maia and Íris Cayatte. 
The 28th edition of Curtas also integrates a national and international competition with the best that has been done during the last year, an experimental competition that looks at the most irreverent and challenging side of cinema, a music video competition and a competition composed of films made in a training context. For the youngest and families, Curtinhas continues to bet on training and fun for children and young people, with a vast program of sessions, which includes a selection of films made by students from schools in the region.
The complete program of Curtas de Vila do Conde, as well as the details about the online program, can be consulted in the event's website or in the mobile application available for download at Apple Store and Google Play. The online edition of the festival is available at: https://online.curtas.pt.

Curtas with more than 150 films available online

28 September 2020
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Looking to the future, Curtas migrates partially to online for a month, allowing everyone to live the festival safely in their homes.

In addition to the sessions in Vila do Conde, Porto, Lisbon and Faro, Curtas regards the online as an opportunity to extend its programming to the whole country.

The digital pass of Curtas gives access to more than 150 films, including short and feature films of fiction, animation, documentary and experimental, and exclusive content, such as conversations with the directors of the competition and special programs, and even some films only available in the online version.

Each film is available the day after its premiere in Curtas, and for a period of two weeks, or until it reaches a maximum capacity of 524 spectators.

For those who follow Curtas abroad it will also be possible to access around 60 of the films in the programme and all the interviews made with the directors.

Digital pass (access to the whole programme online): 10€

Short films:  1.20€

Feature Films: 2.40€

Available only from 3 October, at http://online.curtas.pt.

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