“Eryka’s Eyes” at Figueira da Foz International Film Festival

It’s not every day an international film festival is reborn!

The Figueira da Foz International Film Festival in Portugal was a film festival loved by many indie filmmakers around the world. From 1972 to its last edition in 2002 it screened many innovative films and attracted renowned directors like Chantal Akerman, Agnès Varda, Guy Maddin, Jim Jarmush, Cynthia Roberts, etc, etc.

Rick Schmidt, author of the indie filmmaking bible “Feature Filmmaking at Used-car Prices” mentioned the festival in his book. It’s not surprising because this festival fiercely supported so many indie filmmakers.

I had the privilege to be invited in 1998 with my second feature “City of Dark” which showed in the “Fantastic Cinema at Midnight” section and won the award for “Most innovative film language”.

This was one of the most memorable film festivals I have ever attended.

It was a festival where the debates with the audiences were as important as the screenings and so engaged were the audiences that the debates always continued for hours at the cafes and bars just outside the cinema.

Night after night the intense discussions about films were such an inspiration that on the last night, I very nearly missed my flight back to Canada! I totally forgot the airport was a good hour and a half away in Porto (and so did the festival organisers who were also at some other debate). Only thanks to “amazing” driving by one of the festival volunteers did I make it onto that plane.

So it’s thrilling to be part of the festival this fall as it starts up again in 2014! “Eryka’s Eyes” will screen in the official selection from the 8th to 14th of September.