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OPORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FANTASPORTO 2020 Oporto Film Festival promotes films that seek new forms and methods of film making. 

40th edition of the Festival to be celebrated from February 28th to March 7, 2020.  

Fantasporto and Porto Pictures Gallery and  the recent ones here  Video Gallery Fantasporto 2017 2018 2019 Watch ambiance and trailers. 2020 Ambiance and Trailers


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Ambiance from the beautifuil city of Porto

  And a longer version with a trip in the tramway, coming back from the sea     ...

Asian Cinema dominates the Fantasporto Awards

FANTASPORTO 40 YEARS  THE AWARDS ASIAN CINEMA DOMINATES  FANTASPORTO OPENS TO THE BIG ISSUES OF TODAY  PORTUGUESE FILM AWARDS GO TO BUNKER, ETIC FILM SCHOOL AND BEHIND THE COIN “Ghostmaster” by Paul Young, a fantasy comedy with heavy touches of gore, won the Fantasy Section in the 40th Porto Film Festival- Fantasporto. A film crew in action. The assistant director, called Akira Kurosawa, is frequently humiliated by all. But what nobody knows is that in a scri...

VIDEO: Meet Julian Richards the man with 18 films at Fantasporto

We met again Julian Richards in Porto, the founder of Jinga Films, who received a Fantasporto career tribute award and a full retrospective of his films, and some of the films he has distributed.       JINGA FILMS IN OFFICIAL SELECTION  Infection – Flavio Pedota -   97’ (Mex) -Jinga I Am Toxic – Daniel de la Vega – 83’ (Arg) Deathcember – Dominic Saxl, Isaac Ezban, Sonia Escolano, Mich...

VIDEO: Interview with Milcho Manchevski for his film Willow: Fantasporto winner

    OFFICIAL DIRECTORS WEEK AWARDS Willow has been awarded with the Manoel de Oliveira Award in the Directors Week  / Directors Week Best Film  Award Willow- Milcho Manchevski – 91’ (República da Macedonia/Hung/Belg) ...

Fantasporto 40th gave its awards

    FANTASPORTO  2020 / 40th OPORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL   AWARDS   FANTASY INTERNATIONAL JURY The International Jury of the Fantasy Section of the 40 th Oporto International Film Festival - Fantasporto  has decided to grant the following awards: Best Film Award Fantasporto Ghostmaster - Paul Young- 91’ (Jap)   Jury’s Special Award Dancing Mary- Sabu – 106’ (Jap)   Best Direction Clarita &...

March 7 in Fantasporto Features in Competition

Grande Auditório   15:30 • Welcome to the Circle- David Fowler -98’ (Can) – fantástico horror- CF- v.o. falad ingl e leg. port. A man and his daughter have a car accident. They are rescued by two woman and a man who seem to have a language fitting a sect- The Circle. Some strange mannequins are scattered in the woods. This Canadian horror film is the director’s first feature.     17:30 • 40 Anos de Fantasporto – Isabel Pina-...

Weston Terray interviewed on PRECARIOUS his debut feature film at Fantasporto 202

Interviewed by Bruno Chatelin at the Festival hotspot : Porto Royal Bridges Hotel     March 1st 16:30 • Precarious- Weston Terray- 106’ (EUA) – fantástico- CF- v.o. leg. port. Henry travels to a small town   to run an errand for his rock collector father. The task quickly grows into a sprawling adventure that catches the attention of the wealthy heiress Ruby and the ambitious newspaper reporter Clark.  A fable set in th...

March 6 in Fantasporto Features in Competition

Grande Auditório   17:00 • Guitarist – Jason Orfalas - 142’ (Filipinas) – ANTESTREIA MUNDIAL- ficção- científica/ acção - CF - v.o. leg.  Ingl e port. In the future, a repressive society of one party only, that only offers poverty and pills to its population, that forbids music and burns books, the difference between life and death is small. Marcelo is a young boy who challenges the militarized system that exploits h...

Valan was a hit with Fantasporto's audience

Valan-Valley of the Angels directed by Béla Bagota and produced by Laszlo Kantor, both in town to attend the premiere March 3rd to a fantastic reception from the audience. The film was nominated in 10 categories at the recent Hungarian Film Awards, (Final awards in just a few days...during Fantasporto! Someone else will have to make a speech on stage back home! They both laughed when i said that!   113’ (Hun) – thriller- Directors Week selection ...

March 5 in Fantasporto Features in Competition

Grande Auditório   17:00 • In the Name of the Mother – Joel Lamangan- 99’ (Filipinas) – SR – drama - ANTESTREIA MUNDIAL- v.o. leg. ingl e port. After her husband’s suicide, it is the widow’s turn to rearrange everybody’s lives. The woman struggles to keep the family united and her business running. Her family cannot escape contacting the violent gangs of Manila. But things don’t go as she hopes for. Lamangan visited the festiv...

March 4 in Fantasporto Features in Competition

Grande Auditório   17:00 • I Am Toxic Pablo Pares– 83’ (Arg) CF- v.o. leg. port. In the year 2101, the chemical war in the northern hemisphere has caused hunger in the south. A man awakes in the middle of hundreds of corpses. In the sky, the planes drop more dead bodies. The Argentinian cinema has a long tradition in terror. Selected for the Brussels, Roterdam IFF, Mar del Plata and Fantaspoa festivals, among others. 19:00 • Omar and Us – ...

Improvised after hour drinks party in Porto

Born in Cork, Ireland Cashell Horgan is a an award-winning filmmaker and artist. His recent fantasy/art-house short film The Clockmaker's Dream has won 22 awards internationally. I have been over ten times to Fantasporto and had never seen that irish pub he found for us, neither did Helena who has lived in Porto for 25 years, and works for the festival. Happy to share film moments with friends from Ireland, South Korea, Hungary and Portugal.   ...

VIDEO: Vassilis Mazomenos Director Exile - Premieres in Fantasporto 2020 40 th anniversary

Vassilis Mazomenos Director Exile - Premiere Fantasporto 2020 40 th anniversary edition in partnership with filmfestivals.com   ...

Anton Bitel's reviews of Fantasporto titles

Anton Bitel is a regular attendee at Fantasporto we both served in the jury last year. He, this year, juries the film from the Directors week. He writes a lot about fantasy and horror and has a spectacular platform https://projectedfigures.com/ where he publishes his reviews, here below a few excerpts on those gathered at Fantasporto.   Entangled (2019) Entangled sets out its stall early, with a voiceover from Loretta (Paloma Kwiatkowski) about the multiverse wh...

VIDEO: Meet the producer of Valan - Laszlo Kantor

Laszlo Kantor is a prolific producer from Hungary, he and I served in the board of the European Film Academy which delivers each year the European Film Awards (tagged the oscars for Europe). He is presenting in Fantasporto his latest film after its world premiere in Warsaw and the 10 nominations it received at the Hungarian Film Awards. Valan-Valley of the Angels - directed by Béla Bagota- 113’ (Hun) – thriller- SR - v.o. leg. Ingl e port. ...

March 3 in Fantasporto Features in Competition

17.00 • Dead Dicks- Chris Bavota, Lee Paula Springer - 83’ (Can)- -fantástico- CF- v.o. leg. port. After Rebecca receives a distressing call from her suicidal brother Richie, she rushed to his apartment and finds him alive and well- surrounded by copies of his own dead bodies. One of the most original stories where fantasy crosses with a tender relationship between brother and sister, not very far from the influence of David Lynch. Selected by Fantasia festival (Montreal) &...

March 2 in Fantasporto Features in Competition

  19:00 • Exile – Vassilis Mazomenos – 110’ (Grécia)- drama- SR- v.o. leg. Ingl e port. A man is rescued from a boat adrift in the sea. From then on, he knows the fate of those who do not exist. Without documents he lives in a house where he is used and frequently abused. Between the truth and the lies, the imaginary and the real, the man without identity remains a puppet at the mercy of others. The director has already been honoured in Fantasporto. ...

March 2 in Fantasporto SHORTS Competition

Selection of shorts to open the afternoon  I Have No Home- Volodymyr Vlasenko – 3’ (Ucrânia) A little boy walks in the forest with fantastic creatures.   Facelift – Jan Riesenbeck, Dennis Stein-Schomburg- 6’ 46’’ (Alem) Who are we? Our face constantly changing or something deeper?   Lady Isobel and the Elf Knight – Cashell Horgan- 8’ (Irlanda) A story of magic in the Irish forests. From the director of multi-awarded &...

Filmfestivals.com returns as a partner to celebrate Mario and Beatriz' 40th edition of Fantasporto

I brought the sun from nowhere, NOT from Paris anyway looking forward to a treat of films starting afternoon and ending late in the night at Teatro Municipal Rivoli, the festival hotspot. There is now a new Hotel hotspot Porto Royal Bridges, 200m from the screening, how better can it be Met for drinks old friends from the festival and enjoyed the first glass of port!... More to come on all ends. ...

A salute to Fantasporto achievement : 40 years of fantastic productions

40 Years of Fantasporto in Portugal’s capital of cinema   The city of Porto, overlooking the River Douro and close to the Atlantic Ocean, and a World Heritage City, welcomes once again one of the most prestigious film festivals in Europe and in the World.  Fantasporto, Porto International Film Festival celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2020 and it will be held in 25th February- 8th March at the Rivoli Theatre, with the support of the Town City Hall.  ...

Fantasporto opening featured in Variety

Full article on Variety   ...

Fantasporto 40 Program Complete

68 COUNTRIES WHICH SUBMITTED FILMS FOR  THE 2020 SELECTION    South Africa , Germany, Argentina, Austria , Australia , Bangladesh, Belgium, Belarus , Bolivia, Bulgaria , Brazil , Canada , Kazakhstan, Chile, China , Cyprus , Colombia, South Korea , Croatia , Cuba, Kurdistan , Denmark, Slovenia , Spain, Uni...

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40th OPORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL runs Feb 28, March 7

The Oporto International Film Festival, specializes in fantasy and science-fiction films in its Official Competitive section.
This Festival also includes the 18th New Directors Week with an Official Competition and a Retrospective section. The Festival’s director, Mário Dorminsky, is preparing, with the help of the Portuguese Film Institute, a program with Portuguese Films for the benefit of the foreign guests in Fantasporto.
The Festival runs now in 5 theatres (2,600 seats altogether ) and screens nearly new 200 feature films each year. The press coverage of the Festival is made by all the most important Portuguese newspapers, radio stations and television networks and by foreign specialized press. This allows press dossiers of about 5000 clippings every year and represents a unique media coverage in Portugal for similar cultural events.

Almost 110,000 entries, per year is the average of the Festival’s past editions.

 

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