Sarajevo Film Festival 2024

MDOC – Melgaço International Documentary Festival celebrates revolution with 2024 programme

Situated in the picturesque border village of Melgaço in the Minho region, the MDOC – Melgaço International Documentary Festival has become a vital platform for social and ethnographic documentary cinema.

This year, the festival commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution. Since its inception in 2014, MDOC has defied its peripheral location, attracting filmmakers and audiences globally. Over the years, it has welcomed 75 national directors and 58 international filmmakers from diverse countries, including Brazil, Iran, Finland, and India, drawing a cumulative audience of over 33,000 participants.

MDOC 2024 promises a rich program, featuring film and photography residencies, workshops, and film screenings. One of the highlights is the «Off Screen – Summer Course,» which will delve into the theme of «Cinema and Revolution.» This course will explore revolutionary cinema across various geographies, focusing on significant movements in Brazil, Chile, Spain, and Portuguese-speaking African countries.

The festival will also host the «Frontal Shot» residencies, guided by Pedro Sena Nunes. Participants will create documentaries and photographic works centred on local themes, contributing to an audiovisual archive of Melgaço’s intangible heritage. Each selected team will receive a grant to support their projects.

Moreover, MDOC continues its tradition of offering workshops at Melgaço Secondary School. This year, acclaimed director Catarina Mourão will lead the Documentary Film Workshop «The House and the World,» sharing her creative process and challenging participants to explore diverse approaches to documentary filmmaking.

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