ONseries Lisboa confirmed its first edition in the Portuguese capital amid cancellations of events and trade fairs due to the international expansion of the coronavirus. The new showcase dedicated to the Portuguese industry will take place from April 28 to April 30 at the Belem Cultural Center and is a great opportunity to bring Portuguese talent to the world.
Nuno Artur Silva, Secretary of State for Cinema, Audiovisual and Media of the Ministry of Culture of Portugal, commented: “For the first time there is a Secretary of State for Cinema, Audiovisual and Media of the Ministry of Culture, in Portugal created to build an integrated and structural public policy strategy for the entire sector. The only way to conceive the sector today is to have a joint vision of cinema and audiovisual. Technological development is creating very significant changes in the fields of creation, production, distribution, exhibition, investment and financing, which require adequate responses from public entities in order to estimate the diversity of generators, formats and modes of production and exhibition. To do this, it is crucial to multiply the sources of funding and diversify the decision-making centers.”
Likewise, Silva reviews the main lines of promotion and incentive that Portugal offers to the international market. “Portugal is particularly attractive today for several reasons. First, due to its natural conditions, favorable to the shooting processes. Second, for the excellence of its technical teams. The creation of the Portuguese Film Commission has reinforced this appeal, with its cash rebate, as well as its work with the simplification of the filming permit procedures. Finally, it is essential to promote co-productions. Portugal has a history of multiple connections with other countries and is a nation open to the world, which means it can be a key partner in international co-productions.”
WORK WITH CONECTA FICTION
ONSeries Lisboa is designed and produced by Inside Content, a company that organizes in Spain since 2017 Conecta FICTION. For this reason, the Portuguese showcase will host one of the PITCH SHORT-FORM SERIES semifinals of the fourth edition of Conecta FICTION. The call offers the possibility of presenting short series projects with a duration of less than 25 minutes, necessary to be distributed on different platforms. The registration period will be closed on March 16, 2020 and at the end of April the 10 selected semifinalist projects will be announced during a launch session at ONSeries Lisboa.
PROJECTS THAT LINK PORTUGAL AND SPAIN
In the same line, ONSeries Lisboa together with Conecta FICTION launches its first ideas competition for series or doc series projects whose content, in an organic way, implies co-production between Spain and Portugal. This call is addressed to authors from both countries, without the need to present their projects through a production company. Only 1 project per author will be accepted and to register a project it will not be necessary to be accredited in ONSeries Lisboa or in Conecta FICTION.
The deadline for registering projects will open on March 5 and the deadline for submission is March 20, 2020, both inclusive. It will be necessary that the project has not previously been submitted to another contest or event, and that the author resides in Portugal or in Spain.
Portugal has a history of multiple connections with other countries and is a nation open to the world, which means it can be a key partner in international co-productions” Nuno Artur Silva Secretary of State for Cinema, Audiovisual and Media of the Ministry of Culture of Portugal