The calls for film projects in development  are now open and running until the 31st of May for the 9th edition of Arché – Space for Thinking and Creative Development which will take place between October 19th and October 29th within the scope of Doclisboa International Film Festival.

The Arché programme includes project development workshops with tutors, as well as a pitching session, one-to-one meetings with film professionals and other complementary activities. Participants also run for Arché awards that aim to promote the films’ production and finalization.

Until May 31st, calls for projects are also open for the itinerant programme RAW: Residencies Arché→Work, organized by Arché and Márgenes Film Festival (Madrid, Spain).

RAW includes the participation in Arché (19th – 29th October) and in Márgenes/Work – Márgenes’s development lab (24th – 28th November). In the time between the two festivals, the participants will be in artistic residency.

This year, the artistic residency will be divided into two different moments: the first moment will take place in Lisbon (30th October – 15th November), where the selected participants will work on the development of their projects, with personalized online monitoring given by tutors assigned to each participant. In the second moment, in Residencia El Azahar in Trujillo (16th – 23rd November), aims to deepen the encounter between the participants of the Creative Residencies and those of the Criticism and Research Residencies. Each author will be able to continue working on their projects, although amidst a community guided by a collective

sense, interconnecting creation and thought – plus the relation with the place – and conducted by experienced professionals. This particular moment of the artistic residency and the place where it unfolds are key axes on which we want to cement the first steps of this experience.

Arché and RAW target emerging directors from Ibero-american countries and from Italy with film projects that encompass a strong implication in the domain of the real – projects that are able to experiment with the potential and boundaries of its documental matrix.

Projects must be submitted through Arché’s website, free of costs. Arché is organized by Apordoc – Associação pelo Documentário (the Portuguese Association for Documentary). Among the list of former Arché projects are several awarded films like “The Metamorphosis of Birds”, by Catarina Vasconcelos (Fipresci Award 2020i), or “Calls from Moscow” by Luis Alejandro Yero (Berlinale 2023).

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