Director of the Festival
The great success that the Finisterra Arrábida Film Art & Tourism Festival has achieved with its 3rd edition has surpassed all our expectations, from 96 to 248 films and 19 to 47 countries. A fact that it’s certainly related to the recent constitution of the Arrábida Film Commission and the presence of the Festival at the International Film Festival in Cannes, where we presented the Finisterra Arrábida Film Art & Tourism Festival and our region to the world of the cinema industry.
It also shows the importance of this project for our Region and the District, and the growing important relationship between film and tourism for the tourist promotion of the region and for the UNESCO World Heritage recognition nomination proposal for Arrábida.
This will be obvious during the edition of the conference "Cinema and Tourism" to be held at the Communications Museum, in Lisbon. After the 1st edition’s motto - the Mountain of Arrábida, the 2nd edition was about the Coastline and The Portuguese Discoveries. In the 3rd year the Arrábida sub-aquatic world and its marine park, Luis Saldanha, was at the heart of the festival. The abundant natural beauty of this region is in itself a major hub of tourist attraction and cine-tourism.
This year, Cape Espichel is the motto.
Great names of the world cinema industry have been in our Region, with movies like “Hornbloower"; "Voyage of Guliver”; "The Convent”; "House of the Spirits” ; “007 - At his Majesty Service” ; "The Invisible circle” and names like Jeremy Irons, Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich, Cameron Diaz or Ted Manson. The Finisterra Arrábida Film Art & Tourism Festival receive this year new national and international productions whose filming are still in course and will be ready later this year. In this 3rd edition, the quality of the submitted films and the participation of some countries as far away as Antarctica, Australia and New Zealand among others, is especially for me a great honour and pleasure to receive them as well as introducing Arrábida to this fantastic international ”window”.
For the 1st time, we have reached five continents and Brazil, and its region of Porto Seguro, is the 2014 "special invitee” of this festival. The relationship of proximity and the 2013 theme of the The Portuguese Discoveries will be still present with the coming of a delegation of Pataxó Natives and the presence of the Tourism of Porto Seguro.
I wish also to highlight our close relationship with the Arraial Cinefest where the Finisterra Arrábida Film Art & Tourism Festival will be in December to promote the 4th Edition, and the participation of Mexico and India with more than a dozen filmes in their first participation and of course to all of those who will be participating for the first time at the Finisterra Arrábida Film Art & Tourism Festival.
It is with a great pleasure that I see achieved some of the main goals of this festival : the presence of film directors and producers to shoot in the region, tourist promotion films directed and produced by some of the participants of this festival that will take these images to other festivals and thereby promote our region and Arrábida.
Enjoy Arrábida and wish you a Good Festival!