As a meeting point for creators, audience and industry professionals, Porto/Post/Doc aims to foster film culture, screening new forms of contemporary cinema. With an eclectic philosophy, ranging from the International Competition and parallel programmes, the festival occupies several venues of Porto, a historic and cosmopolitan city, the centre of a vibrant community and nightlife.
Modern Times Review spoke with Porto/Post/Doc Festival Director Dario Oliveira on the challenges, programme and new additions Porto/Post/Docs experience.
This year, the 2021 Porto/Post/Doc will return to a more «normal» version of itself. Over the past edition+, what is something that the pandemic era festival landscape forced you to learn and adapt to? Are there any aspects of the festival landscape that you feel have changed forever as a result of the pandemic?
First of all, we learned a lot about how to bring different communities across the city and country with a double festival back in 2020, in cinemas and online. We will maintain this double option for this edition.
On the other hand, as we return to the cinemas in downtown Porto, we return with a deepened desire to share, on the one hand, a rich and varied programme of films across the four regular Competition sections and the thematic programme and, on the other, a desire to inhabit the cinema space together again. The Fórum do Real and Call to Action will also return to create a public space of discussion and reflection where the local community and the guests of the festival can come together to debate key creative, social and political concerns.
Our programme this year is a resolute attempt to align the festival with the concerns that drive global discussions around the climate crisis, with our thematic programme being at the heart of this. Entitled «Ideas to Postpone the End of the World», it is a programme that simply could not be postponed . . .
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