Since its debut in 1997, the “International Meetings in Cinema, Television, Vídeo and Multimédia – AVANCA ’11″ festival has steadily grown in audience turnout and its number of film submissions. Avanca has also succeeded in becoming the largest audiovisuals workshop space in Europe in the past 15 years.

This year, Avanca invited ÉCU Festival Manager Kädi Lokk to the festival to serve on its jury board! Renowned for serving as an international meeting ground for cinema, television, video and multimedia, Kädi is eager to see the film talent that awaits her in Avanca, Portugal!

Day 1

Numerous awards were handed out to the winners of the 2010 festival at Avanca’s opening night soirée, July 20th.

Feature Film Prize: Altiplano, by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth (Belgium)

Special Mention Feature: Moja Crew by Marcin Wrona (Poland) ;  When the Lemons turned Yellow, by Mohammadreza Vatandoust (Iran)

Short Film Prize: Don’t be Afraid of the Dark Room, by Kuba Czekaj (Poland)

Video Prize: Holobomo, by Owen Eric Wood (Canada)

To see the full list of Avanca 2010 winners, click here.
Day 2

Check out more photos from AVANCA 2011 here!


Day 3

AVANCA has so far shown a very strong selection of films. Here are a few that ÉCU would like to make note of:

1. Feature Ambulance by Goran Radovanivuc (Serbia) an historical film reflecting the drama of profound social changes that Serbian society underwent at the turn of this century.  Check our their trailer.

2. Animation The Gloaming by Nobrain (France)- a character creates a world that is beyond his control. Civilization and its accelerated evolution. Here is the trailer to the animation.

3. Animation Oh, Paris! by filmmaker Oleksandr Shmygun (Ukraine). To see Paris and die…
Day 4

After 4 days of screenings, which run until 1 am every day, the international jury sat down and decided the winners of Avanca 2011.

Best Feature film : The Ambulance by Goran Radovanović (Serbia)

Special Mention Feature Film: Paper by Sinan Cetin (Turkey); Rene Goes to Hollywood by Aleko Tsabadze (Georgia); Robert Mitchum in Dead by Olivier Babinet and Fred Kihn (France/Poland/Belgium/Norway)

Check out the complete list of winners here!

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