Organized by the Associação Cultural Festroia, the festival begins with a special session dedicated to the pleasure of women, in which the animated film “O Clitóris” and the documentary “Água Sagrada” by Belgian Olivier Jourdain will be screened, which are part of of the poster contest for the event, with ninety films from 40 countries.
CLIT marks the return of the Associação Cultural Festroia in the organization of film festivals and has the municipality of Setúbal as its main sponsor, but the association guarantees that it does not intend to replace the former Festroia, the International Film Festival film from Setúbal, which ended in 2014, and which was internationally recognized.
With alternative proposals, and a much lower budget than the old Festroia, CLIT has three sections: “Stimulate yourself!, Get active! and Find out! », each with its own characteristics, the last two being competitive.
As stated by the festival organization in a statement, “the section ‘Estimula-te!’ will take place at the Casa da Baía and proposes to present a selection of first works by new national and foreign directors, grouped in animation, plastic arts, beauty and acceptance, new Russian values, short films made by men, short films by women, and also productions by the artistic school Soares dos Reis, presented on October 14, the day on which 174 years have passed since the birth of the sculptor”.
The competitive section “Ativa-te!”, which takes place entirely on the campus of the Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal (IPS), dedicated to social and environmental issues, is exclusively sponsored by the Programa Cidadãos Ativos/EEA Grants, managed in Portugal by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Bissaya Barreto Foundation.
“The objective of this section is, with the mediation of the cinema, to sensitize the spectators to different common causes and to encourage their involvement in actions promoted by partner and guest entities, thus contradicting the low levels of civic participation that are produce in Portugal”, explains the coordinator of `Ativa-te!´, Helena de Sousa Freitas.
Ocean protection, mental health, women’s rights, refugees, climate action, agroecology, the impacts of robotics and artificial intelligence on society are themes proposed in the selected films for the “Activate!” of this first edition of the CLIT and which will serve as a theme for debates with the presence of guests at all the sessions.
In the “Discover it!” section, intended for the more adventurous, the themes of the films or the screening locations will not be revealed, which change from one screening to another, inviting viewers to embark on a “hunt treasure” fueled by clues. disclosed in the festival’s computer application and on social networks.
“With the lockdowns, people have gotten used to staying at home and have broken some habits of going out to see movies. What we want is to disrupt this ‘new normal’ by introducing an element of surprise, by transforming viewers into discoverers”, justified the director of the CLIT, Luís Humberto Teixeira.