Portugal: Évora International Film Festival to kick off in September

In September, the Évora International Short Film Festival (FIKE) will host a total of 43 films from 20 nations in competition, following the postponement of the 2020 event due to covid-19.


The Évora International Short Film Festival (FIKE) announced in a statement to Lusa News Agency on August 11 that the 17th edition of the festival would screen 43 films in fiction, documentary, and animation categories between September 20 and 25.


According to the announcement, “the short films that will compete in the worldwide competition were picked from 3,116 films from about 120 countries.”

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The festival, which began in 2001 and is now in its 20th year, is organized by the Society of Instruction and Recreation Workers (SOIR) Joaquim António de Aguiar and the Câmara de Évora.


This anniversary calendar will also include other exhibitions from partner festivals, premieres, master courses, seminars, exhibitions, performances, and discussions, according to the promoter.


The 43 films chosen for the competition hail from 20 different countries: Portugal, Switzerland, Jordan, the United Kingdom, Italy, Taiwan, France, Germany, Turkey, Iran, Peru, Spain, Belarus, Poland, South Korea, India, Israel, Canada, Russian Federation, and Brazil.


Sergio Solás, program director of FIC GIBARA Gibara International Film Festival (Cuba), producer Carla Osório (Brazil), Ukrainian Kyrylo Marikutsa, director of KISFF – Kyiv International Short Film Festival, director and screenwriter Anna da Palma (Portugal), and Portuguese filmmaker Vtor Moreira are among the official jury members this year.

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“The Estaço Imagem Jury, comprised of Pedro Borges (producer), Abel Rosa (director of photography and editor), and Jorge Costa Campos (director and documentary filmmaker), will vote on the documentary award,” he said.


According to SOIR Joaquim António de Aguiar, the Audience Award will be given as usual, with jurors consisting of “all spectators present in the festival venues.”


FIKE 2021, directed by Lus Pereira, will focus on “national cinematography, the distribution of first works, and the formation of future directors,” according to the organization.




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