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Red Desert Films

Red Desert is an audiovisual production company based in Porto, Portugal, that focuses its activities in the production of documentaries and fiction. It has award-winning films shown at major film festivals nationally and internationally.


Cold Water

Original Title (If different): 
Água Fria
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June, 2012
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Pedro Neves was born in Leiria in 1977. He graduated in Communication Science, did a post graduate course in Documentary (2002) and a masters in Culture and Communications, specialising in Documentary, where he wrote a dissertation about documentary in the 1974's portuguese revolution, in Porto University. He is a free-lance journalist since 1999. He collaborates with the Expresso newspaper. In 2007 he attended a course on documentary direction in the International School of Cinema and Television in San António de Los Banõs, in Cuba. In 2007 he directed his first documentary entitled “Gazing out to sea” (a olhar o mar – Portugal) and he won the public prize from the Festival of Cinema and Video in Vancouver, Canada. The same year, he co-directed a school short-film documentary “In the Barber's” (En la Barberia – Cuba). He Directed eight short film documentaries in black and white for Expresso Multimedia which form the work “Poverty in Porto” (Pobreza no Porto). In 2008 he founded an audio visual company (with Carlos Ruiz) called Red Desert. In 2009 he directed the documentary “The Forgotten” (awarded in International Festival Extremadoc, in Spain) and presented in Fantasporto (PT), Doclisboa (PT). In the same year he edited and was the cnematographer of “Roots”, by Carlos Ruiz, which was the best film in Independent Film Festival Bragacine (PT) and in the International Festival Filminho (PT). In 2010 he directed the documentary “Disagreements”, presented in Panorama do Documentário Português (PT). In 2011 he directed the short documentary “Cold Water”, presented so far in Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Fest (PT), DocLisboa (PT), Shortcutz Porto, Curtas Belo Horizonte International Film Fest (BR), in the international Competition of Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival, International Film Festival of Guadalajara (Mexico), Mecal Short Film Fest fo Barcelona (Spain) and Regard Sur le Court Métrage (Quebec, Canada).

Film director: 
Pedro Neves
Pedro Neves
Pedro Neves
Pedro Neves
Film photographer: 
Pedro Neves, José Bacelar
Gustavo Bacelos
Film synopsis: 
Disillusionment helps the feet enter the cold water. It’s like a whisper indifferent to the distorted music that echoes round the beach. Disillusionment makes these people beg to heaven what they cannot achieve on earth. How many are the dreams they dare not dream?
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Under $10 000
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MOV, Digibeta, HDCAM
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Festival selections: 

Vila do Conde International Short Film Festival (Portugal), 2011
Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival (Brasil), 2011
Doc Lisboa International Short Film Festival (Portugal), 2012
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France), 2012 Luso-Brasileiro Santa maria da Feira (Portugal), 2012 Shortcutz Porto (Portugal); 2012 Extremadoc Documentary Festival (Spain), 2012
Guadalajara International Short Film Festival (Mexico), 2012
Regard sur le Court Metrage (Quebec, Canada), 2012
Mecal Short International Film Fest (Barcelona, Spain), 2012 Filmets Badalona Film Festival (Spain, 2012 Documenta Madrid International Documentary Festival (Spain)

Awards received: 
Mecal Short International Film Fest (Barcelona, Spain) - Special Mention (2012)<br /> Documenta Madrid - international documentary film festival (Madrid, Spain) - Honorable Mention from the Juri (2012)
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Film distribution
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Pedro Neves
Red Desert R. Granja de Lordelo, 41-cave 4150-382 Porto Portugal
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Pedro Neves
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