To celebrate its 20th edition, the Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival commissioned a special programme of four films by four significant directors in the international panorama who maintain a strong connection with the festival: Helvécio Marins Jr., Sergei Loznitsa, Yann Gonzalez and Thom Andersen.
From its inception in 1999, Agência da Curta Metragem has actively participated in the transformation that Portuguese short film underwent. During this period, production of short films increased significantly and so did its acceptance and financing, to the point where, at the beginning of this century, there was talk of a generation shorts. As a consequence of that explosion, new production companies emerged as well as new distribution and exhibition channels.
2009 marks ACMs anniversary, 10 years promoting, programming and distributing Portuguese short films. The occasion allows for a retrospective look at the films that made ACMs history through a touring programme, in Portugal and abroad, that includes the most representative films of this decade.