Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival is one of the most prestigious film festivals in Portugal, reaching its 26th edition in 2018.

Assuming as main objective the promotion and diffusion of cinematographic and audio-visual works, selected according to a quality criteria, Curtas Vila do Conde focus on the discovery of new films and filmmakers and also on the recognised legacy of Cinema.

Short film competitions with animations, documentaries, fiction films, experimental films and music videos, produced in 2017 or 2018, no longer than 60 minutes (exception made, under 30 minutes duration limit, for Curtinhas – youth and children; Take One! – student films; and music videos), preferably with subtitles in Portuguese or English, are admitted to the various competitions.

Side programs, to be progressively announced, will highlight not only a selection on worldwide contemporary short films but also the relations between shorts and features, music and film or art and cinema.

Awards & Prizes

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

- Great Prize (for the best film in competition);
- Animation Award (to distinguish an animation film in competition);
- Manoel de Oliveira Award (to distinguish a documentary in competition);
- Fiction Award (to distinguish a fiction film in competition).
- Vila do Conde Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards (nomination for the best European short film).

PORTUGUESE COMPETITION

- Best Portuguese Short Film Award (for the best film in the Portuguese competition);
- Best Director Award (to distinguish a director in Portuguese Competition). The films of the Portuguese Competition also run for the International Competition Awards.

Audience Awards

In addition to the prizes awarded by the jury of Portuguese and International Competitions, the festival’s audience will award two films through ranked voting, choosing the best film of the International Competition and the best film of the Portuguese Competition, in both cases corresponding to the highest average

- Audience Award – International;
- Audience Award – Portuguese.

EXPERIMENTAL COMPETITION

This competition is dedicated to experimental films, particularly those that will reveal new approaches to moving images and the development of the language of Cinema. The jury of this competition, composed by a maximum number of 3 recognised professionals, to be designated by the festival board, will attribute the:

- Best Experimental Film Award.

MUSIC VIDEOS COMPETITION

Dedicated competition to music videos of bands or artists of Portuguese origin or produced by Portuguese authors, up to 30 minutes, with a specific jury also composed by a maximum number of 3 recognised professionals to be designated by the festival board, will attribute the prize for:

- Best Music Video.

TAKE ONE! COMPETITION

Dedicated to films up to 30 minutes, directed by Portuguese students, enrolled in Portuguese Universities or in cinema schools or filmmaking courses abroad. The jury of this competition, composed by a maximum number of 3 recognised professionals to be designated by the festival direction, will attribute the:

- Take One! Award.

CURTINHAS COMPETITION

This competition is dedicated to children’s films rated over three years old, and up to 30 minutes. The jury is composed of a large group of children aged from 7 to 13 years old, which will attribute the:

- Curtinhas Award.

* Until the announcement of the final program of the 26th Curtas Vila do Conde, in June 2018, the amounts in cash or kind attributable to each award require confirmation.

Rules & Terms

COMPETITIONS REGULATIONS 2018

ENTERING A FILM IN THIS FESTIVAL IMPLIES THE ACCEPTANCE OF THESE REGULATIONS!

1. MAIN OBJECTIVE AND SCOPE

The 26th Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival, organized by Curtas Metragens CRL – Cooperativa de Produção Cultural CRL, based in Vila do Conde, Portugal, will be held from 14th to 22nd of July 2018. Assuming as main objective the promotion and diffusion of cinematographic and audiovisual works, selected according to a quality criteria, the event will put on focus not only on the discovery of new films and filmmakers but also on the recognised legacy of Cinema.

2. ELIGIBILITY

Animations, documentaries, fiction films, experimental films and music videos, in film (16mm and 35mm) or digital (DCP or video files), produced in 2017 or 2018, no longer than 60 minutes (unless noted exceptions), are admitted to the various competitions.

3. COMPETITIVE SECTIONS AND AWARDS

Jury of Portuguese and International Competition:

The jury of Portuguese and International competitions, composed by a maximum number of 5 recognised professionals to be designated by the festival board, will attribute the following prizes:

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

- Great Prize (for the best film in competition);
- Animation Award (to distinguish an animation film in competition);
- Manoel de Oliveira Award (to distinguish a documentary in competition);
- Fiction Award (to distinguish a fiction film in competition).
- Vila do Conde Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards (nomination for the best European short film).

PORTUGUESE COMPETITION

- Best Portuguese Short Film Award (for the best film in the Portuguese competition);
- Best Director Award (to distinguish a director in Portuguese Competition). The films of the Portuguese Competition also run for the International Competition Awards.

Audience Awards

In addition to the prizes awarded by the jury of Portuguese and International Competitions, the festival’s audience will award two films through ranked voting, choosing the best film of the International Competition and the best film of the Portuguese Competition, in both cases corresponding to the highest average

- Audience Award – International;
- Audience Award – Portuguese.

EXPERIMENTAL COMPETITION

This competition is dedicated to experimental films, particularly those that will reveal new approaches to moving images and the development of the language of Cinema. The jury of this competition, composed by a maximum number of 3 recognised professionals, to be designated by the festival board, will attribute the:

- Best Experimental Film Award.

MUSIC VIDEOS COMPETITION

Dedicated competition to music videos of bands or artists of Portuguese origin or produced by Portuguese authors, up to 30 minutes, with a specific jury also composed by a maximum number of 3 recognised professionals to be designated by the festival board, will attribute the prize for:

- Best Music Video.

TAKE ONE! COMPETITION

Dedicated to films up to 30 minutes, directed by Portuguese students, enrolled in Portuguese Universities or in cinema schools or filmmaking courses abroad. The jury of this competition, composed by a maximum number of 3 recognised professionals to be designated by the festival direction, will attribute the:

- Take One! Award.

CURTINHAS COMPETITION

This competition is dedicated to children’s films rated over three years old, and up to 30 minutes. The jury is composed of a large group of children aged from 7 to 13 years old, which will attribute the:

- Curtinhas Award.

Until the announcement of the final program of the 26th Curtas Vila do Conde, in June 2018, the amounts in cash or kind attributable to each award require confirmation.

4. DEADLINES AND SUBMISSION FEES AT CURTAS.PT

International, Experimental and Curtinhas Competition Submission deadline: 13th April 2018.

Submission Fees:
- completed and paid entries till 12th January 2018 – 12,00 USD;
- completed and paid entries from 13th of January till 16th March 2018 – 15,00 USD;
- completed and paid entries from 17th of March till 13th April 2018 – 18,00 USD.

Portuguese and Music Videos Competition

Submission deadline: 25th May 2018.

Submission Fees:
- completed and paid entries till 12th January 2018 – 12,00 USD;
- completed and paid entries from 13th of January till 16th March 2018 – 15,00 USD;
- completed and paid entries from 17th of March till 25th May 2018 – 18,00 USD.

Take One! Competition

Submission deadline: 25th May 2018.

Free submission.

The festival does not guarantee viewing and appreciation of films received after these dates.

5. SUBMISSION

The submission of films may proceed with the external submission platform:

FilmFreeway

Submitters should proceed following all steps and instructions. Costs associated to the use of the mentioned platform, as well as the complete guidance and filling of submission forms are on the responsibility of the submitter. In the future, other platforms may become available for submission. Any questions should be addressed to Submissions Manager SÉRGIO GOMES, submissions@curtas.pt or by telephone +351 252 638 025 / +351 252 646 516.

6. SELECTION

The festival board will inform the directors of the selected films and the respective copy contacts until 25th May 2018, for the International, Experimental and Curtinhas Competition, or until 8th June 2018, for the Portuguese, Music Videos and Take One! Competition.

After notification of selection, it is required to send immediately, via e-mail or download link, the following materials:

- at least, one high-resolution digital format image of the film;
- the dialogues list of the film (in Portuguese and/or English) for subtitling;
- a written permission from director/producer/distributor to screen the film during the event;
- EPK’s (Electronic Press-Kit) and other promotional materials of the film are optional but equally important.

The absence of notification of film selection from the festival board by the above mentioned dates, will mean that the respective film was not selected for the competitions of the 26th Curtas Vila do Conde. However, efforts will be made so that all candidates are informed via e-mail of the status of their films.

7. SELECTION CRITERIA

The selection committees will consider all submitted films that meet the eligibility criteria described in section 2 of this regulations and correctly submitted, namely regarding section 4 and 5. For the International Competition, the selection committee will consider a quality criteria and the preference for world premieres. The films already included in programs of other Portuguese film festivals or that have already had its public presentation in Portugal will not be considered.

In the Portuguese Competition, the selection committee will consider, above all, a quality criteria. The films already included in programs of other Portuguese film festivals or with commercial distribution in Portugal will not be considered.

For the Take One! Competition, the selection committee will also consider a quality criteria, the preference for national premieres and will take into account a maximum diversity of represented schools.

8. EXHIBITION COPIES

Deadline for reception at the festival of the screening copy of the selected films is 15th June 2018 (International, Experimental, and Curtinhas Competition), or 22nd June 2018
(Portuguese, Music Videos and Take One! Competition).

The screening copies of the selected films must be provided in the following formats:

- film: 16mm or 35mm;
- digital: DCP 2K.

If you do not have a screening copy with any of the above formats, please contact us immediately after selection notification. If a DCP screening copy is KDM protected, it is necessary that a valid KDM key to be provided between the 9th and the 23rd of July 2018.

The screening copy should be provided with a backup media, either blu-ray or a file h264.

Compliance with these characteristics of digital files is important to ensure the screening of the film in the best conditions. The festival is not responsible for the possible need to convert files whose characteristics differ from those above. In the Portuguese and Take One! Competition, the screening copies must include English subtitles. In the case of films with english dialogues, screening copies must include Portuguese subtitles. Any other languages, please, contact us.

9. TRANSPORTS AND OTHER IMPORTANT ARRANGEMENTS

Candidates must cover transportation costs of both preview and screening copies. For both, a clearly visible inscription of “SEM VALOR COMERCIAL / NO COMMERCIAL VALUE “ is necessary on the packages. Any film sent on the festival charge will have its reception refused and automatically returned to the sender. Curtas Vila do Conde will exclusively pay the return transport costs of screening copies, after exhibition at the festival. All screening copies will remain covered under insurance from reception until return. The festival board reserves the right to display excerpts and ‘trailers’ of the selected films in TV channels or broadcast through its website for festival promotion, at most 10% of the total length of the film.

The festival won’t pay for any screening rights of films in competition.

10. VIDEO LIBRARY

All the submitted films in the festival, selected or not for the all competitions, may be included in the Video Library, attended exclusively by the accredited professionals, from 17th to 21st July 2018. It is on the festival board to decide which films will be available in the Video Library, not being assured the inclusion of all submitted films.

11. FESTIVAL EXTENSIONS

The festival organizes extensions in various Portuguese cities from 24th of July to 31st of December 2018. Please state on the online entry form whether to authorise the participation of your film in such sessions, as well as continued care of the copy at the festival during the mentioned period.

12. NONSPECIFIC CASES AND EXCEPTIONS

The festival board reserves the right to consider and decide on any matter omitted in this regulations.

Vila do Conde, October 2017