IndieLisboa’s industry activities are dedicated to introducing and supporting new Portuguese films and projects of all genres and formats.
In 2021, while the festival takes place in the theatres across the city of Lisbon, the professional platform will be held entirely online for the second consecutive year, from August 25 to 27.
Every year, the latest films, currently in post-production, are exclusively presented to an audience of film professionals invited for the Lisbon Screenings and the Portuguese Film Fund, alongside a selected group of projects in development presented in the PLOT section, the professional script lab that returns to the Industry programme this year.
The Lisbon Screenings, promoted by Portugal Film – Portuguese International Film Agency, aim at introducing a curated selection of new Portuguese films, currently looking for a world, international or national premiere. Bringing together under the same virtual roof films, producers, directors and international decision makers, these screenings present a selection of recent films, short and feature films, to directors and festival programmers, sales agents, national and international distributors, invited exclusively for this purpose.
The film selection will be announced on August 3.
PORTUGUESE FILM FUND
The Portuguese Film Fund, created in 2011, is a complementary tool of support to the post-production of Portuguese films. The teams of the ten selected projects will pitch them before an international jury that will help define the winners of the prizes at stake, namely: financial support of €1.500 (Escola das Artes, Universidade Católica Portuguesa – Porto), sound post-production services (Digital Mix Música e Imagem), €6.000 for the creation of an original soundtrack (Fundação GDA), and image post-production services (The Yellow Color).
> Full programme here
PLOT – PROFESSIONAL SCRIPT LAB
The 6th edition of the PLOT – Professional Script Lab, once again a partnership between Squatter Factory and IndieLisboa, presents six feature film fiction projects, coming from Portugal, Argentina, Brazil and Spain. The filmmakers will have the chance to broaden their narrative skills and enhance their creative voice, under the mentorship of Ada Solomon, romanian producer, Anna Ciennik, french script doctor, Marcelo Gomes, brazilian filmmaker, Marika Kozlovska, international marketing adviser, and Affonso Gonçalves, brazilian editor:
Both the Portuguese Film Fund as well as the PLOT participants’ work will culminate in a pitching session taking place on August 27 at 2pm (local time) via Zoom. The pitch is open to all professionals interested upon registration and does not require industry accreditation.
> Full programme here
LISBONTALKS UNIVERSIDADE LUSÓFONA
Lastly, the LisbonTalks, with the support of the Universidade Lusófona, round up the programme for this online edition, with talks around Portuguese cinema and the festival’s focuses and retrospectives. The conversations will take place from August 30 until September 5, having as their main common theme this year the promotion, distribution and film exhibition in Portugal.
The only in-person events will be the two discussions inspired by the work of subversive filmmaker Sarah Maldoror, who is this year’s highlight in the festival’s retrospective. Namely, the round table Négritude, identities and human rights, organized by the Fundação Mário Soares e Maria Barroso, taking place on September 2 at 5pm, at the gardens of the Fundação and the talk Sarah Maldoror’s Cinema, with Annouchka de Andrade, on September 3 at 6pm, at the Cinemateca Portuguesa’s terrace.