Guide to the Algarve International Film Festival (Portugal)
The annual Algarve International Film Festival is the oldest of its kind in Portugal. Through the years, it has greatly helped in the promotion and showcasing of short films both from local and international talents. Locally known as FICA or the “Festival Internacional de Cine do Algarve”, this event has been conducted every year since its inception in 1972 in the small Portuguese town of Portimao.
The Algarve International Film Festival centers on its famous short film competition. This competition draws entries that feature either animated or live-action short films with a maximum duration of 30 minutes. These films have to be shot in 16 mm or 35 mm reels. Although the short film competition is the main draw of this festival, there are other important events that are featured here as well, including an awards show that is presided over by a