Friday, October 15, 2010

Arena in Canada

Arena was selected to participate in the 2010 VSFF - Vancouver Short Film Festival, running 28-29th October.

Arena was screened in the World's Best Shorts section.

To know more:

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

ARENA nominated for a Grand Off Award

ARENA was nominated for a Grand Off Award, in the category of Best Fiction.

This year, 6 films were selected for this award, out of 895.

"World Off Film Awards is the most important event promoting independent cinema in Poland and one of the most significant initiatives of its kind all over the world. Independent cinema came into existence along with the invention of camera and it can nowadays boast numerous extraordinary productions. Thus, independent film should be held in high esteem and is certainly worthy of a more detailed attention."

more info:

Sunday, May 23, 2010


Arena will be screened for the first time in portuguese tv by the national RTP2 channel, twice on the same night, celebrating one year since it's Palm d'Or in Cannes 2009.

1st screening:
Sunday | 23rd May 2010 | RTP2 : 23h38

2nd screening:
Sunday | 23rd May 2010 | RTP2 : 00h59 (during the Onda-Curta, tv programme dedicated to the exhibition of short-films)

more info here.

Sunday, March 28, 2010


It's an honor to announce that Arena was selected to be part of the official competition for short films of the Tribeca Film Festival 2010, running April 21 - May 2 in New York.

The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff. The mission of the festival is "to enable the international film community and the general public to experience the power of film by redefining the film festival experience."

With over 250 films and 1,000+ screenings in the last editions and an attendance of 400.000 people the Tribeca Film Festival has become one of the most prominent film festivals in the world.

The venues for Arena are:

» Thu, Apr 22, 9:30PM @ Village East Cinema 6
Wed, Apr 28, 2:30PM @ Village East Cinema 3
Sat, May 01, 6:45PM @ Village East Cinema 4
Sun, May 02, 12:00PM @ Tribeca Cinemas Theater 2

to know more:

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Arena: Italian Prémiere in Salerno

The italian prémiere of Arena will happen at the 15th Linea d'Ombra - Festival Culture Giovani, running 13-18 April in the italian town of Salerno.

The fifteenth edition of Linea d’Ombra tries to deal with the theme of identity in contemporary cultures, analyzing it through art forms such as cinema, performing art and music.

Arena is part of the competitive section Corto Europa.

more info at:

Monday, March 22, 2010

Arena in Barcelona

Arena was selected to participate in the 12th Mecal - International Short Film Festival of Barcelona, running 9th-18th April 2010.

This year, Mecal has received more short films than ever, nearly 3.500 and it has prepared the best selection for the festival. Mecal 2010 will have the habitual sections in the official competition: International, Documentary and Obliqua. In the sections on competition there will be short films internationally recognized.

Arena is part of the International Programme.

More info at

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Arena in Holland

Arena will participate in the 2nd International Film Festival Breda, running 24th - 28th March 2010.

To know more:

Thursday, March 11, 2010

ARENA in Mexico

We're very happy to make known that Arena is selected to participate in the competition of the 25th Guadalajara International Film Festival, running 12th-19th March.

The festival is considered the most prestigious film festival in Latin America and among the most important Spanish language film festivals in the world. The festival is the premier showcase for new work from Mexican and international independent filmmakers. The last edition had an impressive 130.000 audience.

Arena is one of the 12 ibero-american films selected for the Short Film Official Section.

Screening days for Arena:
- 16th March | 13h30 | Cinepólis Centro Magno 2
- 17th March |18h30 | Cinepólis Centro Magno 1
- 18th March |20h30 | Cinepólis Centro Magno 4
- 19th March |16h00 | Cinepólis Centro Magno 4

More info at

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

ARENA in Las Palmas

was invited to participate in The International Film Festival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, running 12th - 20th March 2010.

The festival will present in its 11th edition a parallel program on the New Portuguese Cinema, showing 11 long-features and 6 shorts.

The International Film Festival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria ran for the first time at the beginning of the 21st century, in the year 2000, and can be proud of having lived up to its expectations, as a defender of creative and independent productions, outside the mainstream.

Arena will be screened in this portuguese retrospective.

* 16th Mar | 22h15 | Cine Monopol 1
* 18th Mar | 16h00 | Cine Monopol 1

To know more:

Thursday, March 4, 2010

ARENA in Finland

It's a great pleasure to announce the selection of Arena to be part of the official selection of the Tampere Film Festival.

Tampere Film Festival is among the three most important European short film festivals and celebrates its 40th anniversary in March 10th–14th, 2010. The most anticipated short film event in the spring-wintry town expects 30 000 visitors. In addition to the local audience, approximately 800 professional guests will be present at the festival. 140 of them are international guests.

Arena will be screened twice:
- March 11th | 16h00 | Theatre Plevna 5
- March 13th | 14h00 | Theatre Plevna 2

More info:

Thursday, February 18, 2010

ARENA in Spain

The European Short Film Festival FEC Cambrils-Reus selected Arena to be part of its competitive program.

The FEC is a festival devoted to European short films and contemporary videocreation. The FEC Project sees the short film as a means rather than an end, so it is open not just to filmmakers but also to visual or plastic artists who use film as a language in which to express themselves. A European panel of judges from the world of cinema and the arts makes the FEC a festival with its own particular and unique criteria within the panorama of film festivals.

The 12th FEC Cambrils-Reus runs from February 24th to 27th in Cambrils, and from March 3rd to 6th 2010 in Reus, where Arena will be screened.

More info:

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

ARENA in Scotland

Arena will have its Scottish premiere at that Glasgow Short Film Festival running 19th - 21th, as part of the major Glasgow Film Festival.

Scotland’s leading independent short film programmers The Magic Lantern returns for a third year with a core competition programme celebrating emerging international filmmakers whose innovative, experimental and rule-breaking work introduces them as the strong new voices of cinema. This year GSFF introduces a Best International Short Film Award, judged by a jury of international and local guests, with all 33 invited filmmakers competing for the cash prize.

Arena will be screened Saturday 20th February | 12:00 @ CCA 4 in Glasgow.

festival website:

Sunday, February 7, 2010

ARENA in Greece

It's an honor to announce that Arena will have its greek premiere at the Athens International Short Film Festival.

The International Short Film Festival Psarokokalo is an annual festival held every February in Athens. The festival is part of a project aiming to research, promote and develop the art of filmmaking. The festival program includes screenings of short films from Greece and abroad as well as audiovisual events, masterclasses, exhibitions and live concerts.

The quality of its scrennings, lectures, exhibitions it has managed to make it a reference point for cinephiles, filmmakers, professionals and new artists.

The 4th edition of the International Short Film Festival of Athens Psarokokalo will be held from 1 to 7 February 2010.

Arena will be screened in the international competition in the following days:

Greek Film Archive
06/02/10 22:00

07/02/10 23:00

Find out more about the festival at

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

ARENA in Iran

It's a pleasure to announce that Arena was selected by the 28th Fajr International Film Festival - جشنواره بین المللی فیلم فجر - running in Tehran, from the 25th January until the 4th February 2010.

The Fajr International Film Festival is Iran's annual film festival, held every February in the Iranian capital city.

The festival, started in 1982, is under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture in Iran. It takes place every year on the anniversary of the Iranian Revolution.

More info at

Friday, January 22, 2010

ARENA in Rotterdam

We're delighted to announce that Arena was selected to participate in the 39th International Film Festival Rotterdam, running 27 January - 7 February 2010.

During twelve festival days, hundreds of filmmakers and other artists present their work to a large and devoted audience in 24 screening venues located within central Rotterdam. Up to 3,000 press and film industry representatives visit the festival to report and catch the buzz on its premiere.

Arena is described by the festival as a "superior, superbly shot, unemphatic drama" and it will be part of the section Spectrum Shorts.

The screening schedule for Arena:

* Lantaren 1 Sat 30 Jan 22:15

* Venster 2 Sun 31 Jan 09:45

* Lantaren 1 Sat 06 Feb 18:00

More info and film profile at

Thursday, January 14, 2010

ARENA in Angers

We are very happy to announce that Arena was selected to be part of the Official Selection of the 22nd Premiers Plans - Angers European First Film Festival.

Since 1989, 80 young directors come to Angers presenting their films to the audience. Last year 69.000 people attended the festival. Some of the most important European directors screened their first films in past editions of the festival, such as Fatih Akin, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Arnaud Desplechin, Xavier Beauvois, Nick Park, Cristi Puiu and Thomas Vinterberg.

Premiers Plans is one of the most important film festivals in Europe, spotlighting new filmmakers with screenings of first European films, presented in 5 competitive sections.

Arena is part of the official European Short Films Competition, together with 7 other short features.

Arena will be screened the 28th January 19h15 at the Congres Auditorium
and also the 29th January 14h30 at the cinema Variétés A1.

More info at

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

ARENA in Czech Republic

Arena will be part of the Panorama Section of the 5th Prague Short Film Festival.

The Prague Short Film Festival, organized by the producers of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, will take place on January, 20-24, 2010 in Prague’s Světozor cinema. As in the previous years, this year’s three competition and nine non-competition sections will present the best short films created over the last year by talented young filmmakers from all over the globe.

Arena will be screened the 24th January 15h00 in the Big Hall of the Světozor Cinema.

Festival Website:

Thursday, December 17, 2009

ARENA opening film in Moscow

Arena is selected to be part of the Moscow Short Film Festival 2009, being screened out of competition. The festivals runs 16-21 December.

Besides four competition screenings of the Moscow debutants in short cinema the festival will include eight out-of-competition screenings.

Within the out-of-competition screenings the festival organizers will offer to the young filmmakers, audience and film fans a possibility to see short films of the years 2008-2009 that were awarded at the world`s best film festivals and the most famous Russian ones.

The film will be screened during the open cerimony of the festival.
Thursday 17th December 19:00 at the Big Hall of the «Khudozhestvenny» cinema.

Know more at

ARENA on Wheels

Arena is part of the programe of the 15th Festival on Wheels, running 4-20 December in the cities of Ankara, Artvin and Skopje.

For a whole month every year, the Festival on Wheels has visited different cities with the latest fare from world cinema, sections dedicated to masters, new films from Turkey, short film compilations and special screenings raising social and cultural issues through the medium of film.

More info about the festival program and schedule at

Thursday, December 3, 2009

ARENA in Santa Maria da Feira

Arena was selected to be part of the short-features competition of the 13rd Festival de Cinema Luso-Brasileiro running 6-13 December in the portuguese city of Santa Maria da Feira.

This the most important festival exclusively dedicated to both portuguese and brazilian cinema.

Arena will be screened 10th December - 20h30.

More info here:

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


We're very happy to announce that Arena got the main prize for Best Short Film, in the FIC - Luanda International Film Festival.

The festival happened in the capital of Angola between the 20th - 27th November.

More info at

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Arena in Belgium

The 15th International Short Film Festival Leuven selected Arena to be part of it's European Competition, running 28 Dec - 5 Nov.

Every year, Leuven is the place to be as the showcase of (new) film talent; 250 films from 25 different countries and selected from thousands of entries are brought together on a silver platter.

Arena will be screened twice at the Arts Center STUK:
- sat, nov 28th - 20h00
fri, dec 4th - 18h00

more info available at:

Friday, November 27, 2009

ARENA: opening film in Évora

Arena was the invited to be the opening film in FIKE 2009 - 8th Évora International Short Film Festival.

is an independent International Short Film Festival organized by the non-profit associations University of Évora Film Society, Páteo do Cinema - SOIR Joaquim Antonio de Aguiar and Mixreel. Arena was screened 25th November.

To know more:

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

ARENA in Oslo

Arena is among the few short films selected for the Oslo International Film Festival, running 19th - 29th November in the capital of Norway.

The screening days for Arena are:
  • Thu, 26. nov 18:30 [Filmens Hus Tancred]
  • Sat, 28. nov 18:15 [Filmens Hus Lillebil]
Know more at:

Monday, November 23, 2009

Arena in Angola

Arena was selected to be part of the international competition in 2nd Luanda International Film Festival.

The festival runs 20-27 November, presenting to Angolan audience many important and internationally awarded films not yet shown in Angola, to provoke a local debate about contemporary issues and to propose the analysis of international film production, suggesting the need of a qualitative improvemente of Angolan national production.

Arena is screened 26th November at Cine Nacional.

To know more:

Sunday, November 22, 2009

ARENA: spanish prémiere in Gijón

We're very happy to announce that Arena will have its spanish prémiere in the 47th Gijón International Film Festival, running November 19-28 2009.

The Festival´s origins date back to 1963 and it's one of the most important film festivals in Spain. Throughout the past few years, some of the most prestigious professionals in independent filmmaking have attended the festival, as subjects of retrospectives and homages, such as Abbas Kiarostami, Aki Kaurismäki, Todd Haynes, Pedro Costa, Paul Schrader, João César Monteiro, Seijun Suzuki, Jem Cohen, Kenneth Anger, Ulrich Seidl, Hal Hartley, Lukas Moodyson, Tsai Ming-liang, Claire Denis or Todd Solondz.

Arena is selected to the Official Section for Shorts, together with other 15 films.

Screening days:
- screening 1
: 25th Nov | 19:45 | Cines Centro 2
- screening 2 :
26th Nov | 17:00 | Cines Centro 1

Festival website:

Saturday, November 21, 2009

ARENA in Sweden

Arena was selected by the 20th Stockholm Film Festival to be part of its official selection, running between the 18th-29th November.

The Stockholm International Film Festival screens approx 170 films from over 40 countries each year with complimenting screentalks called "Face2Face" where audience members can interact directly with visiting guests, directors and actors, while cruising between movie theatres, seminars and parties.

Arena will be screened three times:
- Friday 27/11 21:00 @ Skandia
- Saturday 28/11 18:30 @ Saga 3
- Sunday 29/11 17h30 @ Victoria 1

more info at:

Friday, November 20, 2009

ARENA in Bristol

Arena is going to participate in one more film festival in the United Kingdom: the Encounters Short Film Festival, in the city of Bristol, from 17th - 21th November.

Encounters Short Film Festival is celebrating it's 15th year showcasing new talent in filmmaking and providing a platform for emerging filmmakers to screen their work. Over 150 films in competition will be screened over five days.

Arena screening dates are:
- Friday 20 November 14.30 Watershed Cinema 3
- Saturday 21 November 17.30 Watershed Cinema 2

more info at:

Monday, November 16, 2009

ARENA in Bulgaria

Arena was invited to participate in this year's edition of Cinemania.

Cinemania started in 1987 as a World Film Panorama. From the very beginning, this film forum became a real vogue among Bulgarian spectators. Most attractive, significant films made worldwide, and not shown in Bulgarian cinema halls, were included in its program.

The festival runs from the 13th November to 3rd December.

To know more:

Sunday, November 15, 2009

ARENA in Slovenia

Arena was selected to participate in the international shorts competition of the 20th Ljubljana International Film Festival - Liffe.

The Ljubljana International Film Festival runs 11th-20th November, presenting the latest films from all over the world and winners of the most prominent festivals accentuate unique auctorial poetics with tributes to individual authors and at the same time highlight some of the most exciting national productions.

Arena will be screened 17th November - 19:00 at the Dvorana Slovenske Kinoteke.

Festival website:

Thursday, November 12, 2009

ARENA in Belo Horizonte

After beeing selected for both international festivals of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Arena will be screened out of competition in the 11th Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival.

The film will be screened with other portuguese shorts selected by the Portuguese Short Film Agency.

To know more:

ARENA wins Best Film in Azores

We're very happy to announce that Arena was awarded twice by the Faial Film Fest, in the Azores Archipelago: Best Fiction and Best Film.

Arena also got a Mention by the Onda Curta Prize Jury.

Almost half an year after it's prémiere in IndieLisboa, this was the second time that Arena participated in the competition of a portuguese festival.

The complete awards list is available at:

ARENA in Leeds

Arena will participate in the International Shorts Competition at the 23rd Leeds International Film Festival.

Leeds International Film Festival returns from 4th to the 22nd November 2009 and will once again showcase the very best new cinema from around the world. LIFF is considered one of the most important film festivals in the UK.

Arena will be screened 11th november - 13:30.

Know more at

Friday, October 30, 2009


We're very happy to announce that ARENA will participate in the 54th CORK FILM FESTIVAL.

Corona Cork Film Festival is one of Ireland’s premier cultural events. Established in 1956, the festival has enjoyed a steady growth in scale, in numbers of admissions and guests, in reputation and in media coverage. The festival has developed an ever-increasing audience of general public, film lovers and filmmakers.

Corona Cork Film Festival is held in high regard on a local, national and international level. In Cork city and region it is one the most important events in the social and cultural calendar.

The programme is wide-ranging, an eclectic mix of big budget pictures, world cinema, innovative independent films, documentaries and short films from all over the globe. The festival is a major showcase for Irish film production.

Screening days:
Fri 06 Nov | 2:30pm | Kino Cinema
Sun 08 Nov | 4:00pm | Cork Opera House

to know more:

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

ARENA in Azores

The Faial Filmes Festival - Azores Short Film Festival will screen ARENA in its official competition.

The festival runs every year in the beautiful island of Faial, in the Azores Archipelago.

ARENA will be screened 7th November.
To know more:

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

ARENA in Rio de Janeiro


It's the second time ARENA is showed in Brazil, after being screened in São Paulo.

The festival is one of the most important film festivals for short films in South America. This year CURTA CINEMA will occur from the 30th October to the 8th November.

To know more:

Friday, October 2, 2009

ARENA in Pusan

ARENA was selected for the 14th Pusan International Film Festival, in South Korea.

The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) held annually in South Korea is one of the most important film festivals that is held in Asia. A major focus of the festival is the introduction of new films and directors, particularly those from Asia. In the previous edition, the festival had an audience of 200.000 people.

This is the first time ARENA is screened in Asia.

The 14th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) will take place 8-16 October 2009.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Arena: opening film in Festival Jean Carmet

will be the short film screened in the opening night of the Festival Jean Carmet in Moulins, France.

More info here.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Arena in Warsaw Film Festival

was selected for the Warsaw Film Festival.

The Warsaw Film Festival (WFF) is the key international film event in Poland, recognized by FIAPF. The WFF is held every year starting from 1985, always in October during the Polish 'golden autumn'.
Some figures for last year's edition: 244 films (157 features and 87 shorts) from 55 countries, 10 days, 9 screens, 97,000 admissions, 149 filmmakers (directors, producers, actors) presenting their films.

More info about the festival:

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

ARENA selected for London Film Festival

We are delighted to announce that ARENA is selected for the Times - BFI 53rd London Film Festival.

The Times bfi London Film Festival is Europe's largest public film event and runs for two weeks every autumn, showcasing the best in contemporary cinema from around the world at venues across London. The festivals is scheduled to run from 14th to 29th October.

ARENA will be screened twice:
» Sat 17 | 16:00 | NFT2
» Sun 18 | 16:15 | NFT3

more information at

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Best of Short Film

ARENA will be screened in the 8th International Best of Short Films Festival.

The festival happens every year in September, and it shows short films that had already been prized before.

ARENA will be shown in the town of La Ciotat. It's the first time ARENA is screened in France after Cannes.

More information at:

Thursday, August 27, 2009

'Arena' in Macedonia

was just selected for the 30th MANAKI BROTHERS - INTERNATIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHERS' FILM FESTIVAL in the Republic of Macedonia.

Established in 1979 in the city of Bitola, the festival has gained many sincere friends from the sphere of film from all over the world. Today, it enjoys a unique reputation as one of the few festivals specifically honoring
the art and creativity of the cinematographer.

The Festival will run from 26th September - 03rd October.

Know more at

Monday, August 24, 2009

ARENA coming soon to portuguese theaters

ARENA will premiere SEPTEMBER 17th along with "Taking Woodstock", Ang Lee's latest film in:

- Lisbon
- Oporto
- Oeiras
- Cascais
- Loures
- Almada
- Setúbal
- Faro
- Aveiro
- Gaia
- Braga

In a few days the complete theaters list will be available.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

'Arena' in São Paulo

The South-American Premiere of 'Arena' will happen in Brazil during the 20th Short Kinoforum - São Paulo International Short Film Festival.

The event will be held between 20th to 28th August.

Festival website:

Sunday, July 12, 2009

'Arena' selected for the Sarajevo Film Festival

'Arena' was invited to participate in the 15th Sarajevo Film Festival.

The film is selected to be part of the New Currents, a Competition Program "dedicated to the filmmakers who demonstrate daring and characteristic cinematic voices".

The festival will occur between 12th - 20th August 2009.

"Sarajevo Film Festival is an international festival with a specialized focus on South-Eastern
Europe. With its 100,000 visitors and a regional Co-Production Market, the Sarajevo Film
Festival is today recognized as the largest and most influential festival in our region."

More info:

Thursday, June 18, 2009

'Arena' in Curtas Vila do Conde

'Arena' will be screened in the Panorama section of 17th Curtas Vila do Conde - International Film Festival.

This will be the second time that a film directed by João Salaviza is screened in Vila do Conde, after receiving the Take One Prize - for works produced by film schools - in the edition of 2005 with the short film "Duas Pessoas (Two Close)".

The festival will run between 4th - 12th July in Vila do Conde.

more at:

Monday, May 25, 2009


'ARENA' won the PALM D'OR in the 2009 FESTIVAL DE CANNES.

In the closing ceremony, João Salaviza received the prize by the hands of John Boorman, the President of the Jury for the short films.

'ARENA' made history winning the first PALM D'OR ever for a portuguese film.

more at:

Sunday, May 10, 2009

ARENA screening dates in CANNES

Cannes Film Festival 2009:
-The press screening the 19th May 2009 at 13:30 pm at Salle Buñuel (300 seats)
-The official screening the 23th May 2009 at 11:00 am at Theatre Debussy (1068 seats)
-And another public screening the 23th May at 14:30 pm at Salle Buñuel (300 seats)

Thursday, April 23, 2009


'Arena' won the Award for Best Portuguese Short Film in IndieLisboa '09.

The film was selected for both international and portuguese competition.

Check all the prizes at:

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


We're delighted to announce that 'Arena' is selected for the Official Competition of The Festival de Cannes 2009.

9 out of approximately 2600 short films made it to the competition.

This will be the International Premiere of the short film.

The festival will run between 13th - 24th May.

more information:
the official selection:

Monday, March 23, 2009

IndieLisboa - International Competition

'Arena' was selected for the International Competition of IndieLisboa '09 - International Independent Film Festival.

The festival runs between 23th April - 3rd May in Lisbon, Portugal.

This will be the film's World Premiere.

more info: