U.Porto joins the Short film festival in-between the shortest day and the longest night of the year

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The 8th edition of the “O Dia Mais Curto" [aka, “The shortest Day”, free translation] features the Curtas Festival at the Biodiversity Gallery, at the Planetarium of Porto and at the Casa Comum of the Rectory of the University of Porto, on 21st December. Goodbye autumn. Hello winter.

The 21st December is considered both the shortest day and the longest night of the year, as well, as it is the day when the sun on our sky's dome reaches its farthest southward point for the year. And, as tradition, the Short Film initiative is the perfect way to welcome the winter season.

The Agência da Curta Metragem (Agency for Sort Film) prepared different programmes, both with national and international short films. The University of Porto joins this cinema celebration, for the first time. Set the date in your Advent Calendar as on 21st December you can stroll around three places to catch up your favourite short film.

Starting at 4pm, the Planetarium of Porto presents the “Novas Curtas Portuguesa” (New Portuguese Shorts); besides the fact they are new productions, these shorts are also deemed the best of work by promising new talents of Portuguese directors.

At 5.30pm, at the Biodiversity Gallery- Living Science Centre, at the Natural History Museum and Science of the University (MHNC-UP), time for “Curtinhas Para Todos” (Shorties for everyone), which is to say that the target audiences are the younger ones.

At 7pm, at the Casa Comum, at the Rectory of the U. Porto, the Curtas Festival concludes with Curtas do Mundo, short films from all parts of the Globe. The programme comprises six short films that present “multiple views on reality”, and the goal is to face audiences with “multiple issues within contemporary society”.

Entrance is free, with limited room capacity and in compliance with all the health measures in place, issued by the DGS, amid the ongoing pandemic.

Access to the “Curtinhas para Todos” programme at the Galeria da Biodiversidade (Biodiversity Gallery) requires previous applications via email