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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.


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VIDEO 39th Fantasporto closed with the Awards Ceremony

IN 2019, THE 39TH OPORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – FANTASPORTO AWARDED  CHINA, POLAND AND THE PHILIPINES.

 

 

CHINESE “LAST SUNRISE” WINS  MAIN FANTASY SECTION.

“Last Sunrise” by Chinese first time director Wen Ren was the big winner of the main section, Fantasy Cinema, of Fantasporto with a sci-fi story about the day the sun stops shining forever.  The Best Director award went to British Julian Richards, for two films, “Reborn” and “Daddy’s Girl”, both in competition, a singular fact for it was the first time in the long history of this festival that a director presented two features and got granted one of the top awards. Also British, “In Fabric” brought the scent of originality with a story about a department store and gathered the Special Award of the Jury. Brazilian director and screenwriter won the screenplay award with ”A Mata Negra” about a girl who lives in the forest. Also in this section, actors Christopher Rygh, from Norway, convinced the jury for his performance in “The Head Hunter”, a feature shot in Portugal,  and Australian Georgia Chara won Best Actress with “Living Space”. Hungarian feature “His Master’s Voice” by Gyorgy Palfi was awarded Best Special Effects with a story about a scientist that discover that, in fact, we are not alone in the universe. The Best Short was “My First Time” by Israeli Asaf Livni.

POLAND’S “WEREWOLF” WINS FANTASPORTO DIRECTORS WEEK

In the Directors Week competition, main honours went to Polish “Werewolf” by Adrian Panek about children released from concentration camps after the end of World War II. The Special Jury of this non -genre attached official section was won by the Phillipino  “Waiting for Sunset” by Carlo Catu, about an unmarried old couple who is asked to help the woman’s long lost husband. This film also won Dante Rivero a Best Actor Award in this section. American Christina Choe brought, in her first feature, a story about a girl who believes she may be Steve Buscemi’s long lost daughter and took the Best Director award home.  Best Screenplay went to Hungarian Balint Hegedûs and Károly Uji Mészáros  for  “X – The eXploited” (Hungria), directed by former  Fantasporto Best Film winner (with “ Liza, The Fox-Fairy”), Meszaros himself who attended the screenings.  Best Actress was won ex-aequo by two Philipino’s actresses, Ai-Ai de las Alas (“School Service”), and Ina Raymundo (“Kuya Wes”).

 

ORIENT EXPRESS REWARDS A TALE OF SORCERY AND A DRAMA IN THE STREETS OF MANILA
 
“THE WITCH: PART 1 – THE SUBVERSION”, by former Fantasporto Winner Hoon-Jong Park’s  Hit feature In  South Korea,  was considered Best Asian film  and “School Service” by Louie Ignacio Lagdameo , Orient Express Special Jury Award, brought the drama of the children begging in the streets of Manila.

Closing the Awards of this 39th edition, The Audience Award went to the American documentary “The Panama Papers” by  Alex Winter and the Critics Award went to Indian environmental conscious “Painting Life “ by Biju Kumar Damodaran, about a film crew which suddenly must face a world without technology in the mountains of the Himalayas.

 “THE HEAD HUNTER” ALSO WINS THE BEST PORTUGUESE FILM AWARD.

The co-production directed by Jordan Downey, “The Head Hunter”, was produced by Kevin Stewart, born in Portugal in the Northwest of Portugal, and shot in his family zone, won the Best Portuguese Film. This is the story of a lonely hunter (a remarkable Christopher Rygh, also primed in the Fantasy Section) taking revenge on the monsters that killed his daughter. In the Film Schools competition, the prize went to Lisbon’s ETIC and a Special Mention rewarded “Cinzas” by Célia Fraga.

A large majority of the representatives of the features in competition attended Fantasporto, which screening over 36 World and International premieres in a total of nearly 200  very recent shorts and features. Fantasporto’s 40th anniversary will be celebrated in 2020.

 

FANTASY INTERNATIONAL JURY

The International Jury of the Fantasy Section of the 39th Oporto International Film Festival - Fantasporto was composed of Milan Todorovic, Anton Bitel, Bruno Chatelin and Josep Maria Contel Ruiz The jury has decided to grant the following awards:
 

Best Film Award Fantasporto

LAST SUNRISE- WEN REN - CHINA

 

Jury’s Special Award

IN FABRIC – PETER STRICKLAND- UK for the level of originality
 

Best Direction

JULIAN RICHARDS for REBORN and  DADDY’S GIRL 
 

Best Actor

CHRISTOPHER RYGH in THE HEAD HUNTER (USA/PORT)
 

Best Actress

GEORGIA CHARA in LIVING SPACE- AUSTRALIA
 

Best Screenplay

RODRIGO ARAGÃO for A MATA NEGRA (BRAZIL)
 

Best Visual Effects

HIS MASTER’S VOICE – GYORGY PALFI (HUNGARY)
 

Best Short Film

MY FIRST TIME – ASAF LIVNI (ISRAEL)
 

Special Mention of the Fantasy Jury:

THE FARE – D.C.HAMILTON (USA)
 
 
 

OFFICIAL DIRECTORS WEEK AWARDS

Manoel de Oliveira Award

The International Jury of the  29th Directors Week –Fantasporto  has decided to grant the following awards:
 

 

Directors Week Best Film  Award

WEREWOLF- ADRIAN PANEK – 88’- POLÓNIA/ALEM/HOL

 

Directors Week Jury’s Special Award

WAITING FOR SUNSET – CARLO CATU – 90’ FILIPINAS

 

 

Directors Week Best Director Award

NANCY – CHRISTINA  CHOE- 85’ – EUA /USA
 

 

Directors Week Best Screenplay Award

BÁLINT HEGEDUS AND KAROLY MESZÁROS  –  X-THE EXPLOITED - HUNGARY
 

 

Directors Week Best Actor Award

DANTE RIVERO – WAITING FOR SUNSET – FILIPINAS/ THE PHILLIPES
 

 

Directors Week Best Actress Award

EX- AEQUO:
AI-AI DE LAS ALAS-  SCHOOL SERVICE – FILIPINAS
INA RAYMUNDO – KUYA WES - FILIPINAS
 
 
OFFICIAL COMPETITIVE SECTION ORIENT EXPRESS 2019

 

Best Film Orient Express

THE WITCH: PART 1- THE SUBVERSION– HOON-JUNG PARK  - COREIA DO SUL 
 

 

Special Jury Award Orient Express

SCHOOL SERVICE – LOUIE IGNACIO LAGDAMEO- FILIPINAS 
 

 

PORTUGUESE FILM AWARD 2019

Best Portuguese Film Award

THE HEAD HUNTER  - JORDAN DOWNEY  -  EUA/PORT
 

 

Best Film School Award

 ETIC/EPI
 

Special Mention for Creativity

CINZAS – CÉLIA FRAGA – ESAP
 
 

Critics Award

PAINTING LIFE - BIJU KUMAR DAMODARAN- ÍNDIA
 
 

Audience Award

THE PANAMA PAPERS- ALEX WINTER - USA

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36th OPORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL runs Feb 26, March 5

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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