The prize of the 25th edition of Curtas Vila do Conde was given to a Portuguese film by Marta Mateus.
The jury of the international festival considered the film "Farpões baldios" "a work as luminous as it is demanding" that "revives a line of works where childhood unlocks the sufferings, the errors and the virtualities of the past, a tradition that we owe, among others, to Manoel de Oliveira, António Reis and Margarida Cordeiro, Teresa Villaverde ". The short film also won the DCN Beers Grand Prize of the International Competition.
In the same competition, "My Burden" by Niki Lindroth von Bahr won the prize for Best Animation; "O Peixe" by Brazilian Jonathas de Andrade was considered the Best Documentary and "Les Îles" by Yann Gonzalez was awarded the trophy for Best Fiction. The Niepoort Audience Award was attributed by the viewers to the "Retouch" of the Iranian Kaveh Mazaheri.
The Spanish Laura Ferrés won the European Best Short Film Award with "Los Desheredados". The film was thus nominated for the European Film Academy's European Film Awards.
In the National Competition, which had 16 Portuguese films in competition, the winner of the BPI Award and Pixel Bunker was "Où En Êtes-Vous, João Pedro Rodrigues?" By João Pedro Rodrigues, a film that, according to the jury, Capable of blowing up everything, and as soon as possible, "debating with the self-portrait of humanity itself, a general undertaking that is cinema, while shifting the principles of autobiography.
Also for the second consecutive year, the director Rosa Barba won the Experimental Competition, with her new film "From Source to Poem". The Jorge Oculista Group Award was awarded "for the intelligence of its visual and sound proposal, the creation of a non-linear constellation of images and sounds from the world's largest multimedia archive, where the presence of text and typography appear in constant transformation, reflecting the Interests of the artist regarding the permanent loss of essential information". Also in the Experimental Competition, an Honorable Mention was awarded to Lois Patiño for the film "FAJR".
At the Curtinhas, section for youngsters where the jury is composed of children, the MAR Shopping Fair Award was presented to "Revolting Rhymes, Part One" by Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer. In this competition were also distinguished with honorable mentions the films "Jubilee" of Coralie Soudet, Charlotte Piogé, Marion Duvert, Marion El Kadiri and Agathe Marmion; "Lost In Spring" by Fred Leao Prado Wall and "Mindenki" by Kristof Deak.
João Nicolau won the Musical Video Competition with "Old Habits" by Minta & The Brook Trout.
In the Take One! Competition, dedicated to school films, they were given to the short film "De Gente Se Fez História" by Inês Pinto Vila Cova, the IPDJ Prize, the Smiling Prize, the Short Film Agency Award and the Restart Prize . Ricardo Pinto de Magalhães won the Kino Sound Studio Award for Best Director for the "Delphine Trapped" school film.
The winning films repeat, this Sunday, in the Municipal Theater of Vila do Conde, in several sessions. The winners will also be presented, in different cities of the country, through the extensions of the festival that start tomorrow.