Arquiteturas Film Festival, had its first edition last year. The festival aim was to disseminate and promote Portugal abroad. the The Portuguese architectural heritage was presented and promoted , highlighting Lisbon, a open minded city to creative and international dialogue.
Between April 1 and August 1, 198 entries were received to be chosen for Architecture Film Festival 2013, held 26-29 September in Lisbon.
In this first edition 110 films from 29 different countries, including 30 national productions were displayed: Portugal, United States, Slovenia, Mexico, Belgium, Switzerland, Cape Verde, Brazil, Chile, Spain, England, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Mexico, Germany, Australia, Canada, Russia, Finland, Japan, Italy, Czech Republic, Albania, Korea, Turkey, Denmark, France and China.
The festival began with two pre-events in the week before the premiere, the first took place in MusicBox and featured an audiovisual performance from the London collective Overlap, inspired by architectural metamorphoses. The second was the result of a partnership with the Portuguese Cinematheque, where an editing of archive images of the Alvalade neigborhood construction was followed by a short film by renowned Portuguese filmmaker João Pedro Rodrigues, “The Morning of St. Anthony” were displayed.
The Cinema City Alvalade space was not only the display of short and feature films. In the festival’s five days 1200 people attended a forum for discussion of the relations and possible intersections between architecture and cinema.
This first edition organized various events parallel to the exhibition of films, among them stood out Intersections – informal conversations between architects and filmmakers which took place in a transformed space by designer Bruno Carvalho with cork. Names like Manuel Graça Dias, João Mário Grilo, Luís Santiago Baptista, Luís Urbano, Diogo Seixas Lopes Almeida and Bruno attended these informal conversations.
This space named Cinema Cork Box, opens up in the first day with a Speed Networking Session where architects and filmmakers exchanged experiences and knowledge in a short period of time. Also incorporated in the same space, the Architects Book Project, which is presented in Ipad Jukebox built into the cork installation: over 200 film clips that explore the relationship between the fictional character of the architect throughout the history of cinema. Zoom In, happened inside the screening rooms, we invited three emerging Portuguese architecture studios, Ateliermob, 18:25 Atelier and Atelier Moov + DASS for informal talks on architecture, film, photography, etc.
To create a socio cultural dynamics in the Alvalade neighborhood two initiatives were created in which neighborhood residents and visitors were able to exchange ideas and stories. A guided tour by architect Rui Mendes (New City New Cinema) which toured local neighborhood determinants spots, that directly relate to films, and an activity for children conducted by architect Rita Catarino, who took the little ones to find out what makes a sustainable neighborhood .
The guests of the festival exceeded the expectations of the organization, with the international participation of 30 directors, producers and architects that came from the Netherlands, Italy, Austria, England, etc. We received about 80 reporters, producers, artists, designers, architects and professionals in the fields of cinema and architecture, who participated in several parallel activities over the five days of the festival.
Some of the names that made the list were the architect and curator Pedro Gadanho and Marco Brizzi, Giorgio Scianca, Keith and Marie Zawistowski from Technological University of Virginia and Alexandra Areia.
With a jury composed by Pedro Gadanho, Manuel Mozos, Joana Ferreira, Guy Edmonds and Marco Brizzi, the festival ended the first edition in Lost in Lisbon, where twelve films were awarded.