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OPORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FANTASPORTO 2023 Oporto Film Festival promotes films that seek new forms and methods of film making. 

43rd OPORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – FANTASPORTO 2023  February 24 -5 March 2023

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New home for Fantasporto 2021 postponed to April 26-May 2

41st PORTO INTERNACIONAL FILM FESTIVAL | FANTASPORTO 2021 WILL BE HELD IN THE HISTORICAL CENTRE OF THE TOWN, NEAR THE DOURO RIVER FROM 26th APRIL TILL MAY 2nd Fantasporto barely escaped the effects of the pandemic in 2020 which was starting at the time in Portugal, and was able to celebrate its 40thanniversary. Unfortunately, for the 2021 edition, the festival had to be postponed, unable to start on the scheduled dates due to the pandemic and the long period of lockdown that followed, with all ...

Fantasporto postponed to late spring

Considering the circumstances imposed by the present lockdow in Portugal that will continue till the end of this month, FANTASPORTO/ 41st Porto International Film Festival has made the decision to postpone the event and maintain the 2021 edition in person, with a live audience. Cinema is to be seen preferentially inside theatres, on a big screen. Fantasporto’2021 continues its mission to bring audiences and film creatives together, to celebrate cinema in the best possible way. ...

The Anthology Book about the 40 years of Fantasporto

The Anthology I made about the 40 years of Fantasport arrived today. Anyone who has been there over the years now has to order and then find out from the hundreds of photos if your face and name are there. Everything you wanted to know and didn't know yet. It's 606 pages, but it could have been many more. New Cinema Edition supported by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and CMP. The book that records the cinephilic activity of my life and Mario, designed by Jo ãoo. And it celebrates ...

COVID Fantasporto updates and consequences

BREAKING NEWS / LAST HOUR INFORMATIONS   Dear Friends,  Greetings from Porto.  On the 15th January the country was put in lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, at least till the 15th February. All Cultural events have been suspended and theatres were closed. However, we hope that as soon as the lockdown ends, we will be able to resume the normal activity, therefore being able to have Fantasporto in the announced dates- 25th February till 7th March – at the R...

Fantasporto (Oporto International Film Festival) will meet it s audience at Rivoli Theatre

FANTASPORTO 2021 from February 26th till March 6th INSPIRING WORLD CINEMA RETURNS TO PORTO   Considering the circumstances imposed by the present pandemic, FANTASPORTO/ 41st Porto International Film Festival has made the decision to maintain the 2021 festival edition in person, with a live audience. Cinema is to be seen preferentially inside theatres, in a big screen. Fantasporto’2021 continues its mission to bring audiences and film creatives together, to celebrate cinema i...

Big contestation in the film sector in Portugal as Government tries to pass new film law

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Portugal is the first country of the European Union to try to approve legislation regulating the European Directive that urges national governments to make multinational companies providing streaming services (OTTs) to contribute to the development of the national production.   Portuguese Government’s proposed bill will not force international streaming services (Netflix, HBO, etc.) to contribute with taxes, and exempts OTTs as well from the payment of any levy to the national Fil...

Fantasporto 2021 calling

SUBMISSIONS CLOSE DECEMBER 1st (feature films) and NOVEMBER 1st (fantasy short films)   Fantasporto 2021 | 41st Porto International Film Festival reminds you that the entries for the next edition of this festival will close December 1st, for Feature films for all sections, and November 1st for Fantasy Shorts in competition.  The 41st edition of the event will be from Feb 26th - 6th March 2021 To submit a film (mandatory): Go to www...

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) &...

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