summarizing all the emotions involved in producing a festival was possible in
just one activity, maybe we could say that the most exciting moment of the
process is selecting the films.
On the one hand, we get to think of the showcases that will make up the schedule and the topics that deserve mention in each context. On the other, we get to watch the short films that were submitted and will be featured in the main showcases – this year we got more than 3,600 films from all continents and most of the Brazilian states.
The multiplicity of voices is such that it triggers a series of reflections and opens the possibility of understanding not only the time of production but also of seeing a glimpse of reality itself.
Even before the protests that have spread across the country in this heated winter, we had decided to do a special program on the Nonconformity Cinema, complemented by a series of recent films in Super 8. In the 1970s, Super 8 was an innovation that facilitated the production, reducing costs and ensuring mobility of the director, which gave rise to the creation of bold and irreverent films that defied production and thinking at the time.
Nowadays, access to the production of moving images is almost universal. And the diffusion of this content is within reach with just a few clicks on the Internet. The challenge is to concatenate a speech –- a new discourse – that stands in the crowd. This year’s Festival schedule, which combines the daring of filmmakers from various times and places, is a good starting point to know what is being done accordingly, in the light of the history of the short film.
Despite budget constraints, the Festival – that remains itself as a guest project of Petrobras Cultural Program, what guarantees its bases – has expanded geographically across the state thanks to the demand from these very locations and to new partnerships. The Government of the State of São Paulo and Sabesp sponsored the intense schedule that will be developed in Sorocaba and Votorantim also thanks to the Sesc, Senac and local partners.
In São Paulo, several points of the Eastern District receive part of the Festival program, thanks to the joint work with the City Department of Culture, as well as debates and exhibitions to be held with partners in communities in the South, East, and North Zone. This partnership also allowed us to carry out another edition of the Kinoforum Workshops – Module II, this time at Praça das Artes, a brand new and gorgeous space which catalyzed young filmmakers from around the city ensuring a record of more 240 entries.
We would therefore like to thank the filmmakers that trusted us their work and all these partners who take an effort to ensure that the Festival reaches audiences increasingly larger and more varied, as well as all friends – visionaries and curators – who participated in the selection process of the films, which yielded long and entertaining conversations and allowed us to find a pitch amidst the multitude of voices and silences the current reality of audiovisual provides us.