For its 8th edition, Utopia Festival is celebrating the many facets of the relationship between film and the written text. The festival will start with a two day conference at King’s College entitled “From Text to Screen and Back to Text. Film and Literature – The Portuguese Context”. This colloquium will host two days of presentations and debates. In addition, the festival will also feature Q&As with film directors João Botelho, Margarida Gil and Paulo Filipe Monteiro, and the screening of films by these important directors. For the first time, the festival will also partner with the Essay Film Festival in the organisation of a live poetry reading, by Margaret Jull Costa and Pedro Mexia, of selected works by writers Jorge de Sena and Sofia de Mello Breyner, followed by a screening of Rita Azevedo Gomes’s “Correspondences” and a Q&A with the director, chaired by Sight & Sound film critic Kieron Corless. Also a first in its 8 year history, the festival has taken up the challenge of hosting a screening for school children, giving London schools the opportunity to discover the work of filmmaker João Nicolau. The relationship between cinema and literature will take a turn with the showcasing of films by Fernando Vendrell and Edgar Pêra, the latter with an introduction by producer João Pinto Sousa. To further widen exposure to Portuguese spoken cinema, the festival will screen a film by João Botelho at FACT Liverpool and a film by Brazilian film director Helena Soldberg at the Embassy of Brazil in London.

Érica Faleiro Rodrigues, Festival Director


From Text to Screen and Back to Text
Film and Literature – The Portuguese Context

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The Camões Centre for Studies in Portuguese Language and Culture was created in 2010 by agreement between Instituto Camões (Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Portugal) and King's College London. The Camões Centre provides the teaching staff and the students at KCL, and other interested parties, a nucleus for the deepening of knowledge in the fields of Portuguese language, culture, history and politics, and for the participation in academic and cultural activities within these fields. It also works as a focal point for Portuguese-related activities across a range of academic disciplines at university level in the UK.

Launched in 2010, the annual Utopia – UK Portuguese Film Festival is programmed by Filmville to promote in the UK films from Portuguese speaking countries. The festival has partnered with institutions such as the Barbican Arts Centre, the ICA, the Whitechapel Gallery, the Institut français, the Tricycle Theatre and The Picture House.

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1st edition
Sound in Cinema / Music in Film
26 Jun – 9 Jul 2010

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2nd edition
Cinema and Literature
10 – 30 Nov 2011

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3rd edition
Architecture and Film
10 – 30 Nov 2012

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4th edition
Film, Memory and Landscape
27 Nov – 8 Dec 2013

Go To 2013


5th edition
5 Films Celebrating Freedom
6 – 7 Dec 2014

Go To 2014


6th edition
Women and Film
17 – 22 Nov 2015

Go To 2015
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7th edition
“7 Wishes / 7 Films
25 Nov – 8 Dec 2016

Go To 2016


Director and Producer:
Érica Faleiro Rodrigues

Producer and Public Relations:
Fernanda Franco

Programming and Production Assistant:
Daniela Ribeiro

Miguel Rodrigues

Graphic Design:
Maria João Macedo
(assisted by Nuno Maio)

Production Assistants:
Catarina Rodrigues
Nikoletta Todorova
Agata Ostaszewska

Web Development:
Queo Technologies

Filmville was founded in 2007 with the aim of curating and promoting film events around Portuguese speaking countries' cultures in the UK. Since 2010, Filmville has programmed the annual UK Portuguese Film Festival, working with institutions such as the Barbican Arts Centre, the ICA, the Whitechapel Gallery, the Institut français, the Tricycle Theatre and The Picture House. Filmville is run by Érica Faleiro Rodrigues, with external help from freelancers and key institutions.

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King's College London

Strand, WC2R 2LS

T: Charing Cross, Temple and Embankment

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Ciné Lumière

17 Queensberry Place, SW7 2DT

T: South Kensington

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Embassy of Brazil in London

14-16 Cockspur Street, SW1Y 5BL

T: Charing Cross, Piccadilly Circus and Embankment

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Birkbeck College

43 Gordon Square, WC1H OPD

T: Russell Square, King's Cross and Euston

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FACT Liverpool

88 Wood Street, Liverpool – L1 4DQ

T: Liverpool Central and Liverpool Lime Street

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