Round Table

Past and Present – of Portuguese film production

Manoel de Oliveira’s Past and Present from 1971 was the first film produced by the Centro Português de Cinema. That same year, the law that would create the policy of public funding for the production of Portuguese films was passed. A lot has changed ever since: cinema, film-making, production and even more screening formats and distribution. Directors often self-produce themselves, and production takes different directions according to the conceptual approach of each production company. We propose to bring together several industry players for a discussion that will provide an overview of what it means to produce films in Portugal nowadays. Based on the notion of a consistent past and a living present, what future will Portuguese film production bring?


Luís Urbano (representing PCIA – Produtores de Cinema Independente Associados)
Economist by training with a diversified career path, he is currently a producer at the production company O Som e a Fúria. He produced every feature film by Miguel Gomes and films by Manoel de Oliveira, Ivo M. Ferreira, João Nicolau, Eugène Green, Sandro Aguilar, Manuel Mozos, Gonçalo Waddington, Lucrecia Martel, Ira Sachs and João Moreira & Pedro Santo, among others.

PCIA – Produtores de Cinema Independente Associados
This association was established in 2017 and comprises ten production companies: Ar de Filmes, Arquipélago Filmes, Artificial Humors, C.R.I.M., Midas Filmes, O Som e a Fúria, Uma Pedra No Sapato / Vende-se Filmes, Primeira Idade and Terratreme. It stands for a Portuguese authorial, creative and independent cinema, a state-run public cultural policy for the film industry that fosters its activity, and the non interference of private interests.

Manuel Mozos
Was born in Lisbon in 1959 and attended the film course at the Lisbon Theatre and Film School. Worked as editor, screenwriter, script supervisor and assistant director. Since 1989 has directed over 20 fiction and documentary, short and feature films. Collaborates with publications, schools, institutes, universities, cultural and film associations, film clubs and festivals on a regular basis. Has been working at ANIM – Cinemateca Portuguesa since 2000.

Nuno Fonseca (representing ICA – Institute of Cinema And Audiovisual of Portugal)
Advisor for international affairs and policy at the Portuguese national film agency since 2000, and its vice-president between 2005 and 2007. Wide experience in advising and evaluating projects as a member of the Board of Management of the Eurimages Fund and of several juries. Advisor to the Secretary of State for Culture between 1997 and 2000. Visiting professor at the Lisbon Theatre and Film School and a member of the European Film Academy.

ICA – Institute of Cinema And Audiovisual of Portugal
The Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual of Portugal (ICA) is a public institution indirectly administered by the State, with administrative and financial autonomy and its own patrimony, supervised by the State Secretary for Culture, and whose mission is to support the development of cinematic and audiovisual activities.

Pedro Filipe Marques
Was born in Porto in 1976. Has a degree in film directing, a master’s degree in communication and arts, and a postgraduate degree in writing. Directs documentary films and edits since 2000. A Nossa Forma de Vida was awarded at several festivals and Viveiro won the Doclisboa Award for Best Portuguese Competition Film 2019. Works in theatre as playwright, video maker and director. Board member at APR – Portuguese Filmmakers Association between 2016 and 2020.

APR (Portuguese Filmmakers Association)
Founded in 2003, APR is a cultural non-profit association that brings together several generations of fiction, documentary and animation film directors. It promotes the artistic development of Portuguese cinema both in Portugal and abroad. It is involved in the drafting of legislation, advocating creation’s artistic, moral and professional rights and freedoms. It maintains a dialogue with an international network of film organizations and personalities.

Teresa Villaverde
Was born in Lisbon in 1966. Started directing in the early nineties, writing all of her films, which always premiered at Cannes, Venice and Berlin, and were commercially released in Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy and the USA. There have been retrospectives of her work in France, Italy and Portugal. In 2010, she created her own production company, Alce Filmes.

The debate will be moderated by Tomás Baltazar (Doclisba’s Programmer)

DEC 9 / 5.00pm (GMT +0)
Zoom Meetings

• Free admission

• The session will be held in Portuguese, with no translation