17th IndieLisboa: an edition to remember (and that is not over yet)

Perhaps the most atypical edition in our history, which took place between August 25th and September 5th, so far this year has welcomed about 17,000 spectators. An increase of the occupation of the rooms, in a year with the capacity reduced to 50% and less sessions than in an usual edition. There was also space for open-air cinema at Capitolio and on the terrace of Cinemateca, which was a good option for the hot summer nights and to bring many spectators afraid to return to an indoor cinema.

The festival ended on September 11th, after the screening of the awarded films at Cinema Ideal and the end of the exhibition of the Ousmane Sembène and 50 Years of Forum Berlinale Retrospectives at Cinemateca Portuguesa.

245 films were screened in 185 sessions, 36 of which were sold out.

Highlight for the national programming sessions – in particular, Catarina Vasconcelos’ film, The Metamorphosis of the Birds, which sold out the Cinema São Jorge room even before the start of the festival, O Fim do Mundo, by Basil da Cunha that won the National Competition, The Art of Dying Away, by Júlio Alves (which sold out one session and almost sold out the second) – and the national short film sessions, which sold out mostly. In the international field, it is worth noting the sold out sessions of All the Dead Ones by Caetano Gotardo and Marco Dutra (who won the Silvestre Award) or White Riot, by Rubika Shah, who also won the IndieMusic Award. The sessions of the International Short Film Competition were responsible for many sold out sessions, as well as the Ousmane Sembène Retrospective that had all its sessions at the terrace of Cinemateca Portuguesa sold out.

Due to the new festival dates, with schools still closed, it was not possible to bring together the sessions organised by the festival’s educational service. Since it is impossible to keep the calendar due to school holidays, the Cineclube sessions and the school program of the children’s section IndieJunior, which always bring a large portion of the younger audience to the festival every year, will take place from October 6th to 16th, at Cinema Ideal and Cinemateca Júnior rooms, and registration is now open for schools and teachers.

It should be noted, however, that although there is no school component, there was a good number of families attending to the festival this year, highlighting Family Day and the debate-session “When gender identity doesn’t match the gender that was assigned at birth”.

The three industry activities were broadcast online on the Festival Scope Pro platform, of which the strong adherence to the Lisbon Screenings stands out, which registered, for the first time, more than a hundred guests around the world. Still using the online platform, LisbonTalks (only one took place in person, at the Cinemateca Portuguesa) and Directors Talks, with the presence of the festival’s directors.

IndieLisboa will be back in 2021, with a new selection of films produced nationally and internationally. Between April 29th and May 9th, the cinema will return to the city of Lisbon to be a starting point for dialogue, celebration and once again, a meeting point for all who live through cinema.

The first IndieLisboa extensions took place in Arruda dos Vinhos, on September 17th, in Montemor-o-Novo, from September 17th to 24th, Vila Franca de Xira, from September 25th to 27th; Montemor-o-Novo and Seixal – Seixal City Council, from September 22nd to October 13th. More cities to be announced soon.

We also emphasize the importance of making a physical edition happen, with the enthusiastic participation of the audience, with invited directors and with the participation of the national and international industry. The fact that we had more than 35 sessions sold out and many others close to sell out, was a very positive moment with the return of the cinematographic activity in Portugal and with the growing interest of our audience in the cinema that we promote. The final numbers of spectators will be known after the IndieJunior Schools and Cineclube sessions.

See here the best moments of this edition:

Cineclube IndieLisboa 2020: from 9th to 16th of October

As IndieLisboa 2020 ran on new dates this year between August 25 and September 5, it was not possible to keep Cineclube sessions on the same dates due to incompatibilities with the school calendar. For this reason, the Cineclube IndieLisboa 2020 sessions will take place on new dates. From the 9th to the 16th of October, Cinema Ideal and at the Cinemateca Portuguesa will receive the IndieLisboa program for high school and college students.

The Cineclube IndieLisboa has a short and feature film programming carefully thought out in order to correspond to the interests, problems and aspirations of students in Secondary and Higher Education. These sessions are usually accompanied by a debate and are attended by directors, producers or other professionals related to the film in question.

The sessions are available at indielisboa.com/grelhacineclube

The rooms are cleaned after each session and the use of a mask is mandatory. The capacity of the rooms is also reduced to 50%.

The ticket price is 2.5 € per student and teachers do not pay.

For reservations and more information, contact via email cineclube@indielisboa.com

Image: O Fim do Mundo, Basil da Cunha, selected to Cineclube IndieLisboa 2020.

Euro Connection 2021: Submit your short film project

The submissions are open for short films projects to the 12th edition of Euro Connection, which will take place on 2nd and 3rd of February 2021 during the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.

This platform aims to assist partnerships between European producers in the production of short films.

In each country, national correspondents evaluate all submitted projects and choose the finalist project. Registration for the next edition ends on October 20th, 2020.

Projects must meet the following requirements:

– short film of animation, fiction or creative documentary;

– duration up to 40 minutes;

– the project must be partly funded by a third party (external source);

– the producer must be open to international co-productions (suitable project or intended for co-production);

– filming or production should start from June 2020;

A European jury of 3 industry professionals from different nationalities will then elect up to 13 projects to go to the final and pitch during the festival. The list of finalists will be released to the winners by the end of November 2020.

Producers must send their short film projects by 20 October 2020 to the representative of their country. In Portugal, the associated festivals are IndieLisboa and Curtas Vila do Conde. All entries must be sent to:

Miguel Dias – mdias@curtas.pt
Miguel Valverde – miguel.valverde@indielisboa.com.

See here the regulation and application form.

IndieJunior Schools 2020 has new dates: from October 6th to 16th

IndieJunior Schools 2020 has new dates!

After the postponement of the IndieLisboa festival, which was previously scheduled to run between April 30th and May 10th and took place in summer, from August 25th to September 5th, the school program of the IndieJunior section was unable to follow the rest of the festival on the same dates due to incompatibilities with the school calendar. For this reason, today we announce the new dates for the most beloved school program in Lisbon.

IndieJúnior has a programme of short and feature films – fiction, documentary and animation – for the various age groups, including preschool, 1st, 2nd and 3rd cycles. The films are carefully chosen so as to correspond to the interests, problems and inspirations of each age group, with the aim of establishing a relationship between each work and student, leaving space for debate and reflection in school, at home and in life.

Bring your class to the festival! You can guarantee seats for your students through the link

Registration has a price of 1,50€ per student (teachers and auxiliaries are exempt) and payment can be made closer to the day of the screening.

In addition, the schools and teachers not able to bring the students to the venues, this year it is possible to bring the IndieJunior sessions to inside the schools. For these specific cases, we ask to get in touch via email escolas@indiejunior.com

IndieJunior Schools 2020 – 6 ~ 16 October

Here are the Audience Awards

In addition to the awarded films by juries from each section of the festival at the Awards Ceremony, which took place on September 5th, Saturday, at 7 pm in the Small Auditorium of Culturgest, we now get to know the Awards that come from the Public’s vote.

Feature Film Award – 2000 Euros
The Metamorphosis of Birds, by Catarina Vasconcelos

Short Film Award – 1000 Euros
Mardi de 8 à 18, by Cecilia de Arce

IndieJúnior Award – 500 Euros
My Life in Versailles, by Clémence Madeleine Perdrillat and Nathaniel H’limi

Check here the other awards attributed by the jury of the festival.

Image: Mardi de 8 à 18

Awarded Films Screenings: from September 7th to 9th

As always, after the festival, the week continues with awarded films sessions – at Cinema Ideal.

Check here all the information about the sessions:

Cinema Ideal

7 september
7:30 pm Meine Liebe, Clara Jost + O Fim do Mundo, Basil da Cunha | Tickets
10:00 pm A Febre, Maya Da-Rin | Tickets

8 september
7:30 pm White Riot, Rubika Shah | Tickets
10:00 pm Breve Miragem de Sol, Eryk Rocha | Tickets

9 september
7:30 pm Awarded Shorts | Tickets
Ismail Bahri 
Douma Underground,
Tim Alsiofi
Carolina Vieira
Isabel Pagliai
Afonso Rapazote/Bernardo Rapazote
10:00 pm Todos os Mortos, de Caetano Gotardo, Marco Dutra | Tickets

Image: A Febre

Retrospectives happening until Friday at Cinemateca Portuguesa

The festival has come to an end, but in addition to the sessions of the award-winning films that will take place between Monday and Wednesday at Cinema Ideal, some films of the retrospectives of Ousmane Sembène and 50 Years of Forum Berlinale will be screened at Cinemateca Portuguesa until next Friday (11).

7 September, Monday
15:30 Guelwaar, Ousmane Sembène | Tickets

8 September, Tuesday
19:00 Faat Kiné, Ousmane Sembène | Tickets

9 September, Wednesday
19:00 El Cuarto Poder + Angela – Portrait of a Revolutionary, Helena Lumbreras/Mariano Lisa + Yolande du Luart) | Tickets

10 September, Thursday
19:00 Eine Prämie Für Irene + The Woman’s Film, Helke Sander + Newsreel) | Tickets

11 September, Friday
19:00 Xala, Ousmane Sembène | Tickets

Image: Faat Kiné

IndieLisboa 2020 Film Awards

The director Maya Da-Rin wins the Feature Film Grand Prize City of Lisbon with her film The Fever, a film that explores the pressures of a modern and urban lifestyle. The jury of the International Competition also awarded Victoria, by Isabelle Tollenaere, Liesbeth De Ceulaer and Sofie Benoot, with the Special Jury Award TVCine. The Allianz Award for Best Portuguese Feature Film was given to O Fim do Mundo, by Basil da Cunha, whilst the Award for Best Directing in a Portuguese Feature Film was given to A Metamorfose dos Pássaros, by Catarina Vasconcelos. All the while, the Dolce Gusto Award for Best Portuguese Short Film was awarded to Meine Leibe, by Clara Jost. And the FCSH/NOVA New Talent Award disclosed the “cinematic irreverence” of Bernardo and Afonso Rapazote, in Corte. The Short Film Grand Prize was awarded to Tendre, by Isabel Pagliai.

Awards 2020

Caroline Maleville | Cristina Nord | Mamadou Ba

Feature Film Grand Prize City of Lisbon – 15.000 Euros

Maya Da-Rin, Brazil / France / Germany, fic., 2019, 98’

“The jury for the international competition gives the main award to A FEBRE by director Maya Da-Rin. The film follows Justino (Regis Myrupu), a man in his late forties working as a guard in the port of Manaus, on the shores of the Amazon river. Justino is from an indigenous community somewhere deep in the forest, which he abandoned decades ago. His grown-up daughter is about to leave for Brasilia in order to study medicine. A strange fever befalls Justino upon hearing the news, and at the same time, an unidentified beast starts to haunt the neighbourhood he lives in. Maya Da-Rin observes the everyday life of the characters with patience and kindness. Her film shows a great sensitivity for the particular mix of cityscape, river and forest which is so characteristic of Manaus. It also clings to the characters’ perception of the world and embraces a perspective that exceeds Western rationality, however, the film is never at risk of creating a simplistic contrast of modernity versus tradition. Maya Da-Rin’s mise en scène might seem unobtrusive, in fact, it is extremely well crafted. The result is a nuanced and rich film and a highly accomplished exploration of the predicament indigenous people face in contemporary Brazil.”

TVCine Channels Special Award – Copyrights acquisition for Portugal

Isabelle Tollenaere, Liesbeth De Ceulaer e Sofie Benoot, Belgium, doc., 2020, 71’

“Documentaries tend to capture a certain reality. With VICTORIA by Sofie Benoot, Liesbeth de Ceulaer and Isabelle Tollenaere, it’s different. There’s more. There’s dreams, thoughts, stories, and fantasies, there’s an exploration of an imaginary space: a turtle race, the beauty of water fountains in a dry land, black holes that lead to other galaxies, a past that may be somewhat shady, a future that might hold a promise. The film captures the everyday comings and goings of Lashay T. Warren, a young Black man from Los Angeles who has moved to California City, a huge, albeit decrepit place in the desert. At the same time, it immerses into Lashay’s ideas, dreams and reflections, renders them palpable, sharing authorship with him. While moving through the arid scenery, the film evokes the history of the European settlers in America in a casual manner, and it also alludes to film history with all its quests for a better life and its frontier mythology – and again, it does so in a very subtle fashion. The result is a rich and multilayered film, a perfect blend of humbleness, complexity and beauty.”

Joana Pimenta | Jorge Jácome | Nuno Rodrigues

Short Film Grand Prize – 4000 Euros

Isabel Pagliai, France, doc., 2020, 43′

“Somewhere, by a lake, we face the mysteriously violent world of adolescent desire. This film is full of words that create other images, and for a brief moment, three teenagers are the center of a world committed to their intimacy. A world that becomes close to us because the film shortens the distance between a formal rigor and a narrative in which each image hides the secret of a long proximity, of a place of understanding between the camera and the other, of the time of observation. This is a film full of life, which immerses us in the contradiction of affections, in which innocence and perversity are the two points on the map of a game in which the director risks, comes close, takes a stand.”

Best Animation Award – 500 Euros

Nicolas Gourault, France, doc. / anim., 2019, 22’

“Through a hypnotic choreography between archival material and others of digital animation, the film departs from reports of a tragic event that transformed the history of football, to lead us to reflect on the transformations made in the architecture of stadiums and the way they contributed to the weakening of the community phenomenon within the British working class.”

Best Documentary Award – 500 Euros

Tim Alsiofi, Lebanon, doc., 2019, 11’

“Faced with an unthinkable situation of terror, many escape or surrender to simplistic considerations or to a journalistic summaries. The director of this film takes his post and uses the cinematographic possibilities of observation, the ability to anticipate a repetition, to maintain a shot when everyone runs, to find narratives that come from a melancholic familiarity with a place, to create a film that boldly proposes and shares an idea of cinema, a possible politics of image.”

Best Fiction Award – 500 Euros

Paul Heintz, France / China, doc., 2020, 23’

“A good fiction can be more than a “copy of the real”. The jury decided to give the Best Fiction Award to a film that is also a documentary. A creative and inventive portrait of an industry that questions the idea of originality and explores relationships between natural and artificial, east and west, analog and digital, simulation and simulacrum.”

Louise Rinaldi | Michael Wahrmann | Núria Cubas

Allianz Award for Best Portuguese Feature Film – 7500 Euros

Basil da Cunha, Portugal, fic., 2019, 107′

“These are dark and obscure times we live in. Apocalyptic feelings all around us. Light is not easy to find. A film about love and friendship that also raises a subtitle, but clear and direct finger of accusation to an unjust system. For its intimate and sincere, though cruel portrait of an effervescent society that is about to explode and burn us all. The best film award goes to O Fim Do Mundo by Basil da Cunha and his friends.”

Award for Best Directing in a Portuguese Feature Film – 1000 Euros

Catarina Vasconcelos, Portugal, doc. / fic., 2020, 101’

“For the very tender and moving way of dealing with paternal and maternal relationships, love and absence. For it’s creative way of inventing its own biography, playing with images and re-significating them for her own use and memory. For showing us that memory, is what we want it to be; A fiction based on true facts.”

Dolce Gusto Award for Best Portuguese Short Film – 2000 Euros

Clara Jost, Portugal, doc., 2020, 6’

“ ‘The whole world can be found in the corner of the street’, said Russian writer Tolstoy. Through a simple, but not simplistic precise and poetic essay, this film touches life with deep feelings. The banal death of a small tomato (tomatinho) in a corner of a room, shivered us, like no other shot did during this whole week.”

Bernardo Rapazote e Afonso Rapazote, Portugal, fic., 2020, 28’

“The new talent award will be shared by two new talents who are very different from each other, but similar at the same time. Like in life, in their film, they are kids enjoying a game like serious adults. For the playful use of few narrative resources and for the promise of an irreverence cinema pulse, we give the New Talent Award to the Rapazote brothers for CORTE.”

André Miguel Ferreira | Felipe Bragança | Selma Uamusse

The Yellow Color + Portugal Film Brand New Award – 2000 Euros in services + promotion and sales

Carolina Vieira, Portugal, doc., 2020, 10′

“Because it is a film that brings together in a sweet, humorous and delicately critical way, sensations that go through this tumultuous year of 2020, and that leaves in the air a feeling of well-being and reflection on life, on time, on family relationships and on the very meaning of cinema, the jury chose to receive the Brand New Award the film CONTRAFOGO directed by Carolina Vieira.”

Special Mention

João Gonzalez, Portugal, anim., 2019, 6’

“For its great technical achievement, musical and rhythm sense, and for its cinematic refined language, the jury would like to give a Special Mention to NESTOR, directed by João Gonzalez.”

Paulo Cunha | Marta Lança | Pedro Borges | Alexandra Ramires | Filipe Raposo

Silvestre Award for Best Feature Film – 1500 Euros


Eryk Rocha, Brazil / France / Argentina, fic., 2019, 98’

Caetano Gotardo e Marco Dutra, Brazil / France, fic., 2020, 120’

“Celebrating the vitality of Brazilian cinema, at a time when it is gravely threatened, we award two films that stand out for addressing the historical, social and racial complexities of Brazil. We also commend the reflective character and the relevance of these films, against a current tendency to choke and reduce cinema to a culture of entertainment and alienation.”

Silvestre Award for Best Short Film – 1000 Euros

Ismaïl Bahri, Tunísia/ França, doc, fic. 2019, 3’


“Synthesis film about the filmic apparatus itself, where we are invited to look inside the images, in the projected plans and revealed by the hand that leads us and summons poetic images between the real and the imaginary. We see what the hands allow, we see what our knowledge allows.”

Joana Barra Vaz | Jorge Ferraz | Pedro Azevedo

IndieMusic Award – 1000 Euros


Rubika Shah, United Kingdom, doc., 2019, 80’

Posy Dixon, United Kingdom, doc., 2019, 63’

“The jury unanimously decided to give the IndieMusic Award to “Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story” and “White Riot” in ex-aequo. Both are distinguished from other films in competition as cinematographic and documentary objects. In them, essential values ​​prevail for a co-existence in democracy in its fullness. If, on the one hand, “White Riot” addresses the urgent need to combat racism, fascism and intolerance through social collectivity through music; on the other hand, “Keyboard Fantasies” shows us a full life, where the individual prevails serene, fighter and resilient, in union and social harmony, encouraging youth with their musical identity. Both films have the capacity to inspire us and, consequently, to transform.”

Inês Gil | Helena Valentim | P. António Pedro Monteiro

Árvore da Vida Award for Best Portuguese Film – 2000 Euros

Basil da Cunha, Portugal, fic., 2019, 107′

“A deeply humanistic film, a reflexive path around the meaning and value of Life, in times when trends of contempt and exclusion towards the most fragile grow. The aesthetic care of the images, the dynamics of the edition and truly poetic performance of the actors, create a narrative in such an engaging way that it allows to follow the journey of people and communities, in their contradictions and inner aspirations, whose destiny shows a desire for spiritual growth.”

Ivo Canelas | Sandra Dias Pereira

Amnesty International Award – 1500 Euros

Tim Alsiofi, Lebanon, doc., 2019, 11’

“In twelve painful minutes we feel transported into a reality very distant from ours, reminding us of how important is to never stop recording, even when everything around us collapses. The courage of filming under this circumstances and the realistic, but also poetic way the director does it, deserves to be recognised.”

The Audience Awards – Feature Film Award, Short Film Award and IndieJúnior Audience Award – will be disclosed at the end of the festival.

The festival will continue until September 11th with additional sessions at Cinema Ideal, where award-winning film sessions will take place, and at the Cinemateca Portuguesa, with film screenings belonging to the retrospectives of Ousmane Sembène and the 50 Years of Forum Berlinale.

Industry | 17th Edition of IndieLisboa

Industry | 17th Edition of IndieLisboa

From August 31st to September 3rd, IndieLisboa’s industry activities took place, destined to national and international professionals, entirely online. Dedicated to presenting and supporting new films and Portuguese projects of all genres and length, the whole of the three activities, the Lisbon Screenings, Portuguese Film Fund, and Cine Cerca (invited iniciative), presented in 2020 a total of thirty new titles.

To highlight is the strong adhesion to the Lisbon Screenings, an initiative organized by Portugal Film – Portuguese Film Agency in parallel with IndieLisboa, which saw over one hundred international guests confirming their presence in the online screenings, that took place in the Festival Scope Pro platform. Seventeen new Portuguese films were presented, from those six in the process of being finalized, amounting to a very positive overview from those who, together with many international programmers, usually come to Lisbon every year to cover the Lisbon Screenings and who, this year, did it remotely on screen for the sessions for the first time. All the detailed information of the presented films as well as the list of guests and participations can be found below. here.

Here are the winners of the Portuguese Film Fund

Created in 2011, the Portuguese Film Fund is a complementary tool that aims to award prizes of support to post-production of Portuguese Films, a partnership with Escola das Artes, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Porto),Digital Mix Música e Imagem, Fundação GDA, The Yellow Color and Portugal Film – Portuguese Film Agency.
The nine projects selected in this edition, one feature film and eight short films, were made available online on Festival Scope Pro for more than one hundred international guests, who directed an online pitching session of September 1st before an international jury. The jury is made up by Filipe Raposo (musician), Inke Van Loocke (IFFR Pro) and Rosa Spaliviero (Twenty Nine Studio & Production) awarded the following prizes:
€1.500, awarded to a project of any length
Floating Lovers Sing Dormienti, by Diogo Baldaia
Post-production Sound Services for one feature film and one short film
Promised Land, by Margarida Gramaxo
Vexations, by Leonardo Mouramateus
€6.000 for the creation of original music, awarding one feature film (€4.000) and one short-film (€2.000), or, alternatively, three short films (each €2.000)
Floating Lovers Sing Dormienti, by Diogo Baldaia
Vexations, by Leonardo Mouramateus
With Flowers, by Helena Estrela
Two studio days of color grading for a short film
Echo of a Punch in the Bone, by Gabriela Giffoni
Congratulations to all involved!