The Olhares do Mediterrâneo adventure started early 2013 from a will to bring to Lisbon a film festival like Films Femmes Mediterranée, our founding model. Cherished and treasured, the idea quickly attracted a group of people who committed to make it come true and by CRIA (Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia), without which none of this would have been possible. The ideal aim: to show to the Portuguese public films in which women of Mediterranean countries have had a main role in the creative team.
Nearly four years after, and thanks to the input of several members of this group, the concept has evolved and took wings of its won. We’ve made three editions of the festival, two Spanish movie cycles and we went twice to Shortcutz Lisboa.
We are convinced that there is a place in Lisbon for a festival with this format and scope of action and we see as our main strength the willingness and openness to welcome an evolution that goes beyond the sum of our joint input. It is our intention to pursue this project by organizing activities that mirror and promote the enormous diversity of cultures in the Mediterranean basin in their artistic and cultural expression (objective and conceptual), as well as to harboring and sharing this space of action with people and entities that identify with us and see us as a mean of promoting their artistry.
More projects and more Olhares (visions) will rise from this sharing. Only the future will show how far we can carry them.