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Fantasporto retuns as the official Media Partner of Fantasporto. 

OPORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FANTASPORTO 2019 Oporto Film Festival promotes films that seek new forms and methods of film making. 

39th edition of the Festival to be celebrated from February 22 to March 2, 2019. 2018 ONLINE CATALOG

Fantasporto and Porto Pictures Gallery and  the recent ones here  Video Gallery Fantasporto 2017 2018: Watch ambiance and trailers.


Robin Aubert (“Les Affamés”) and Kim Jin-Mook (Tue Fiction) win Fantasy and Directors Week top prizes at Fantasporto 2018

Robin Aubert (“Les Affamés”)  

With extremely recent films, some already from 2018,  the 38th Fantasporto screened World premières, International and European premières. Its program was saluted both by the national and international press, corroborated by the juries, as “exceptional”, with most of the directors in  competition  coming to  Oporto, representing about 30 countries.


The Canadian feature “Les Affamés” by Robin Aubert, just won the Best Film Award at the 38th edition of the Oporto International Film Festival, together with the Best Director award, in the fantasy main official section. It is the second time that the director has won at the festival – back in 2006 he won Best Director with his first feature “Saints Martyrs des Damnés”.

The film is set in a remote village in Quebec, the French speaking part of Canada, where people suffer sudden changes and turn against the ones they love most.

The Special Award of the Fantasy Jury and the “Best Cinematography,  went to “November” by Rainer Sarnet, Estonian representative to the Oscars, based on a traditional folk tale set in the long Estonian winter.


The Korean feature “A Day” by Cho Sun-ho, received a Special Mention and tells the story of a father trying to prevent his daughter’s death, reliving the same day incessantly.


Best Screenplay was awarded to Korean “Glass Garden”, de Shin Su-won, a fantasy about a woman scientist studying  human and tree genes.

The Philipino actor Ian Veneracion  was rewarded for his role in “Ilawod – The Water Spirit” by Dan Villegas, with Jessica McLeod  winning Best actress with her performance in  “The Hollow Child”, by Jeremy Lutter.

The Japanese “Ajin – Demi-Human” by  Katsuyuki Motohiro  was awarded Best Visual Effects. The winning Fantasy Short film was the French  “Belle à Croquer”, by Axel Courtière.



South Korean films got top prizes in this 38th edition of the well-known Oporto film Festival . “True Fiction” by Kim Jin-Mook, presented in World Premiere, about an ambitious young politician seeking the protection of an older senator, won the Best Film Award, together with the Best Screenplay award of this official section of Fantasporto.


The Special award of the Jury went to Fantasporto past honoree, Milcho Manchevski, for his feature “Bikini Moon”, telling the story of a Afganistan veteran now living in the streets of New York.

“The Charmer” by Milad Alami, a Danish production got Best Actress award to actress Soho Rezanejad , a story about the problems that Middle East migrants face in Europe  nowadays.

The Best Actor Award went to Eric da Silva for his performance in the Portuguese feature by Luis Diogo, “A Sublime Life”, playing the leading part of a doctor who discovers two radical ways to happiness.


The Egypcian Marwan Hamed  won Best Director for his “Al-Asleyeen / The Originals”,  also presented in World Premiere, a big budget  production about a man whose life is unexpectedly changed after being let go from his bank.


The Official ‘Orient Express’ section was won by  the Japanese  “Ajin – Demi-Human” by Katsuyuki Motohiro, a production coming from Toho, one of the biggest production houses in the world, and telling the fantastic story  of humans who don’t die and  can do whatever they want.

The Special Orient Express award was granted to “Bhoy Intsik” by Joel Lamangan, Philipines,  a film set in the streets of Manila and another great example of the state of the art of today’s cinema coming from this country.



The Audience Award went to

“The Child Remains”, by Canadian Michael Melski,  and the Critics Award  was granted to the  Hungarian feature “The Butcher, The Whore end the One-Eyed Man”, by János Szász.


The feature ”Aparição” by Fernando Vendrell won the top Best Portuguese Film  in Fantasporto 2018. The Catholic University won the Film School competition, with a Special Mention for creativity to the film “Quem Bate à Porta” by Afonso Marmelo coming from ESMAD.




About Fantasporto

Dorminsky Mario


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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