31 August – 2 September 2020, online

In 2020, as a result of the global covid-19 pandemic, the industry platform will take place online. By maximizing the potential of remote connectivity the festival aims at attracting more professionals from more distant geographies and thus offering increased visibility to projects. Interested national and international professionals will be able to register free of charge in August.

We will also present again the Portuguese Film Fund  which will award prizes for post-production and original musical creation against a pitch. In 2020 and for the first time, the festival will host an invited external initiative: Cine Cerca, a scriptwriting residency that aims to accompany Francophone and Lusophone filmmakers in the development of their scripts. The four Cine Cerca residents will make a presentation of their projects to attending film professionals.

That the activities and participants of each of these initiatives cross and produce fruits is the motto of IndieLisboa’s industry platform.

Lisbon Screenings

The Lisbon Screenings, organized by Portugal Film – Portuguese Film Agency, is an activity that aims to give visibility to upcoming Portuguese cinema. Concentrating films, producers, directors and international decision makers in one place, the screenings will present a selection of new titles, short and feature films, to directors and programmers of festivals, invited exclusively for the event.

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Portuguese Film Fund 

Created in 2011, the Portuguese Film Fund is a complementary tool to support the post-production of Portuguese films. The teams behind the nine selected projects will appear before an international jury during IndieLisboa to carry on a pitch that will help to define who will take home the awards, namely: financial aid of €1.500 (School of Arts, Catholic University of Portugal (Porto)), sound post-production services (Digital Mix Music and Image), €6.000 for the creation of original music (GDA Foundation), and colour grading services (The Yellow Color).

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Cine Cerca

IndieLisboa joins the first edition of the initiative by integrating the four selected creators in its industry activities with the aim of promoting opportunities for co-production, financing, artistic collaboration and international circulation of their projects currently under development.

Interested professionals can register in August to access the project presentations, the pitching session and schedule one-on-one meetings with directors and producers. The details of the featured films will be published in IndieLisboa’s industry booklet, available for download in August.

Selected projects

Mariana Gaivão, feature, documentary, Portugal, production: Primeira Idade 

Louise et sa mère
Agnès Merlet, feature, fiction, animation, France, co-production: Amorce Films

Malo et les fantômes
Maxime Martinot, feature, fiction, France

The Tuber
Lucas Camargo de Barros, feature, fiction, Brazil, production: Fratura Filmes

Mariana Gaivão 

Born in Lisbon, she studied Photography at Ar.Co and Directing at the Lisbon Theatre and Film School. She began her career as a film editor, having collaborated in films screened and awarded worldwide in festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Venice and Locarno, among others. Her first short film, “Solo”, was awarded the Best Short Film Award at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montreal, who commissions her “First Light”, a carte blanche which opened the festival’s 42nd edition. Her new short film “Ruby” was awarded “Best Director” at Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival and premiered in the Official Selection at IFFR – International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2020.

Agnès Merlet

Agnès Merlet is a French director. After studying Fine Arts in Orléans, she studied at IDHEC and started making short films, among which “Poussière d’étoiles”, which received the Jean Vigo Prize in 1986. Her first feature film, “Le Fils du requin”, received an award at the European Film Awards in 1994, in the Best Film category. The biopic “Artemisia” (nominated for the Golden Globes in 1998) consolidated her international significance as a feminist filmmaker, followed by two genre films, shot in English, “Dorothy”, with Carice Vanhouten (“Black Book”, by Verhoeven) and “The Last Son”, with Rachel Hurd-Wood (“Perfume: The Story of a Murderer”, by Tom Tykwer) and Harry Treadaway (“Fish Tank”, by Andrea Arnold). He is currently developing two films in France, “The Trembling Man” and “Louise et sa mère” (which mixes fiction and animation).

Maxime Martinot

After four years of carpentry training, which started him both in craftsmanship and art history, Maxime Martinot (1989, France) entered a film school in 2008. There he met his future colleagues, with whom he would work on various film projects, exchanging and sharing roles in the crafting process. Between 2012 and 2015 he collaborates with Collectif COMET in Paris, which produces films with a spirit of independence and creative freedom. During his four years of university studies, until 2014, he directed several short films, from essay to experimental. In 2014 he premiered his first feature film, “Trois contes de Borges”, at FIDMarseille, which was later released in cinemas in 2018. He lives and works between Lisbon and Bretagne.

Lucas Camargo de Barros 

Filmmaker, screenwriter, editor and producer, Lucas Camargo de Barros (1987, Brazil) graduated in cinema from FAAP, before starting his master’s degree in Aesthetics and Artistic Studies at NOVA FCSH (Lisbon). His six short films were screened at the main Brazilian festivals and in 2012 he was selected for the Talent Campus Buenos Aires. “Petit mal” (2018), his first feature film co-directed by Nicolas Thomé Zetune, premiered at FIDMarseille in the international competition and was screened at the Brasília Film Festival. Founder-director of Fratura Filmes, he invests in daring projects that deal with love and sexuality with a strong exploration of the cinematographic language, both documentary and fictional, shown at festivals such as Rotterdam, Queer Lisboa, Rencontres de Toulouse, Visions du Réel and Festival do Rio. He lives and works between São Paulo and Lisbon.

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