Diversity marks the 7th edition of the international short film festival Leiria Film Fest, which features 63 films between March 11th and 15th in Leiria and Batalha.
The festival was presented this Tuesday at the Monastery of Batalha, marking the creation of an extension in the municipality.
The organizer Bruno Carnide highlighted the fact that the final selection deals with a set of “controversial topics”, related to gender issues, racism, climate problems, personal relationships, politics or terror.
We usually look at the films we have and say that, taken as a whole, they are about the x or y theme. This year it is not possible to put them in a drawer. They reflect today's society ", constituting" a very fragmented set, on controversial topics ", stressed the director of Leiria Film Fest.
In all, among the more than 900 applications submitted, there are 25 short films selected for the different prizes in the competition. Together with the special sessions – one curated by Edgar Pêra – there are 63 films to be shown in theaters in Leiria, between March 11th and 13th, and in Batalha, March 14th and 15th, some in national and world premiere.
For Bruno Carnide, the number of directors that will be present in this seventh edition is also relevant, namely the Romanian Bogdan Muresano and Portuguese-Guinean Welket Bungué: “They are important names and their presence enriches the festival. Virtually all directors will be present. It is the first edition in which this happens ”, said the director, admitting that this is an“ achievement ”of the organization.
According to Bruno Carnide, in the first editions of the festival, Leiria was a destination rejected by some filmmakers from Lisbon and Porto.
“They said that coming to Leiria was like going to a village… In these seven years, the festival has changed mentalities in the national territory. It is a struggle that we have had all these years. It is no longer strange for a director from Lisbon to want to show his film in Leiria or to want to be present at the festival, without having to pay someone for that ”, he concluded.