The Caminhos do Cinema Português festival, which is taking place in Coimbra, has already opened the entries for the competition section of its 25th edition, which will award a career prize to a figure who has had a “striking role” in the national cinema.
The career prize, titled “Ethos,” aims to “recognize someone with a powerful role in Portuguese cinema,” not just a “milestone” in the national scene, but also “open new doors for their peers,” said the coordinator of the festival’s programming, João Pais.
“It does not necessarily have to be a filmmaker, it could be a producer or an actor,” he added, noting that the 25th edition of the festival this year will feature “a few more surprises.”
However, registrations for the competitive sections of the festival are already open, being free until 31 May.
Subsequently, until July 31, applications cost ten euros for short films and 20 euros for longs, he said.
Films that only debuted after the last day of last year’s festival, December 3, can run for the festival.
The festival continues with the Paths selection (main competitive section) and the Essays selection (section aimed at productions in an academic context), while also maintaining the non-competitive Other Olhares section, intended for experimental and experimental cinema.
“In spite of the constraints, especially financial, we have seen an increase in the cinematographic genres.” This was seen in the last edition, in which both author’s movies and more films were seen for masses. always increasing, “says João Pais.
For the programmer, the Portuguese filmmakers show “incredible resilience, which adapts their budget to a Portuguese reality,” noting that more and more in the festival an increase in the diversity of works produced.
The Caminhos do Cinema Português festival will take place from 22 to 30 November in Coimbra.