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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public.
The BAFTA's annual film awards ceremony, which takes place in February, is known as the British Academy Film Awards or "the BAFTAs". They are awarded for the best work – of any nationality seen on British cinema screens – during the preceding year.
Two of the awards categories are BAFTA Award for Best Short Film and BAFTA Award for Best Short Animation. These awards celebrate innovative and experimental short fiction and non-fiction films and animation.
The British Council is proud to invite you to discover the 2017 BAFTA Shorts, the best British short films of the year.
The British Council created a touring programme called “The BAFTA Short Film Nominees”. This has run for several years in Spain, and in 2017 for the first time in Portugal. More than 10.000 people regularly enjoy this programme of films which each year presents the most outstanding British film productions. From comedy to tragedy, from documentaries to fiction, from stop-motion to animation; the formats, themes and genres contained in these shorts reflect the diversity of creativity “made in the UK”.
The 2017 selection includes seven shorts with subtitles in Portuguese (not suitable for under 16’s) with a total running time of 90 minutes. You can see them here:
- 17 October 2017 – Aveiro University
- 24 October 2017 – Beira Interior University
- 16 November 2017 – Porto University
- 13 January 2018 – Biblioteca Municipal Palácio Galveias – 18.00
- 27 January 2018 – Biblioteca Municipal Palácio Galveias – 15.00
- 02 February 2018 – Biblioteca Municipal de Marvila – 21.00
- 03 February 2018 – Biblioteca Municipal de Marvila – 21.00
- 21 February 2018 – Évora University – 16.00
- 10 March 2018 – Museu do Dinheiro – TTBC
Watch the 2017 trailer video above.
If you run an arts venue, museum or educational centre and you are interested in screening this film pack please get in touch with Isabel.Lopes@pt.britishcouncil.org
Queer Lisboa – International Queer Film Festival
Queer Lisboa is the first Portuguese Film Festival dedicated exclusively to screening gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and transsexual themed films, a genre known as Queer Cinema. This is a genre that is increasingly included at major international film festivals, and it is the goal of Queer Lisboa to programme what is more relevant in the world today in terms of aesthetics and narrative, given that the mainstream audience has limited access to this area of cinematography.
The 2016 edition featured the life and work of Derek Jarman. Derek Jarman was an English filmmaker, theatre designer, writer and painter.
As part of the 20th edition programme, Queer Lisboa and the British Council co-organised a special debate – the retrospective Jarman and the Last of England, dedicated to Jarman, and which took place at the Cinemateca Portuguesa in September 2016. Debaters included James Mackay (Jarman producer), Keith Collins (actor and former colleague of Jarman), John Scarlett-Davis (director) and William Fowler (British Film Institute).