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Short film ‘Porque este é o meu ofício’ awarded at the Monstra Festival

The Portuguese short film ‘Porque este é o meu ofício'(Because this is my craft), by Paulo Monteiro, today won the Portuguese Society of Authors / Vasco Granja Award for Best Portuguese Short Film at the Monstra – Lisbon Animation Festival, the organization announced.

The festival, taking place in the 18th edition since March 20 in Lisbon, ends on Sunday, after displaying more than 500 animated films from around the world, with a large slice of Canadian cinema.

Still, according to the prestigious recordings announced today, ‘This Magnificent Cake’ by Marc James Roels and Emma de Swaef (Belgium, France and Holland), received the RTP Grand Prize for Best Feature Film.

In the Portuguese competition, the jury, composed of three directors – the Canadian Wendy Tilby, the Portuguese Catarina Sobral and the Belarusian Olga Titova – considered that “Because this is my job”, a tribute to the filmmaker’s father, “has everything: beauty and of course craft. It’s a solid movie with the right balance between good storytelling and technique. ”

The Portuguese film ‘Entre Sombras’, by the directors Alice Guimarães and Mónica Santos were elected by the public in this category.

Honourable mentions were also awarded to ‘À Tona’, by Filipe Abranches, and ‘Agouro’ by David Doutel and Vasco Sá.

In the feature film competition, ‘This Magnificent Cake’ by Belgian filmmakers Marc James and Emma De Swaef, winner of the Best Feature Film Grand Prix RTP of the Monstra 2019 won the judges of the festival in this category.

“The tragic, dark and ironic commentary on colonialism and racism both disturbs and is comical. Brilliantly executed and sumptuously animated, it is filled with a dreamlike light that creates a unique universe that we will never forget.” Janet Perlman, Wilson Lazaretti, Olivier Calvert, Lara Pereira and Alexandra Ramires, who comprise the panel of judges of this competition.

Also in the Feature Film Competition, the film ‘Mirai’, by Japanese master Mamoru Hosuda, received the Best Film for Children and Youth Award and the Brazilian film ‘Tito e os Pássaros’ by Gustavo Steinberg, André Catoto and Gabriel Bitar (Brazil), received the Public Prize.

The Best Soundtrack and Special Jury Prize went to ‘The Tower’ by Mats Grorud (Norway, France, Sweden).

The Monstra Grand Prize for International Short Films was attributed to the film ‘The Egg’, a co-production between France and Denmark by Martina Scarpelli.

Honourable Mention was given to ‘Mitya’s Love’ by Svetlana Filippova Russia), Best Soundtrack went to ‘Bloeistraat 11’ by Nienke Deutz (Belgium, Netherlands), Best Experimental Film for ‘Paul Bush Ride’ United) Best Portuguese Short Film for ‘Agouro’ by David Doutel, Vasco Sá.

The Special Jury Prize went to ‘Bloeistraat 11’, by Nienke Deutz (Belgium, The Netherlands).

In the category of Curtíssimas, dedicated to films with less than two minutes, the winners were the films ‘Cupidculous’, Panop Koowat (International Competition), and ‘Home Dog’ by Emanuel Barros (Best Portuguese Short Film – FNAC Prize).

In the Student Competition, Bexy Bush Bush’s short film ‘Mend and Make’ received the International Short Film Award – Carl Zeiss Vision Award, and ‘Tele-Sofia’ by Ana Fernandes, Manuel Sá and Nuno Mendanha received the Carl Zeiss Vision Award for Best Portuguese Student Short Film.

The Best Monstrinha Movie Award went to Kathryn Jankowski’s “The Metamorphosis of a Bottle Cup” (Canada).

The 18th edition of the Monstra Festival ends on Sunday when it is possible to see the winning films at Cinema São Jorge in Lisbon at 6:00 p.m. and at 8:00 p.m., and at Cinema City Alvalade at 8:00 p.m. ) and at 10:00 pm (long).

Fernando Galrito, artistic director of Monstra, also announced the dates of the Festival for 2020, which will take place between 18 and 28 March.

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