UAlg student wins Best Animated Short Film at “Sophia Student”

ETIC Algarve student work came second in the “Best Poster” category

“52 Hz”, by Diana Rodrigues, from the University of Algarve, won first place in the Best Animated Short Film category of the 10th edition of the “Sophia Student” awards. 

The winners in the Animation, Documentary, Fiction, Experimental, Poster and Masters/PhD categories were announced this Sunday, February 25th, by the Portuguese Cinema Academy, in Albufeira.

Of the 33 short films in the competition, 15 were distinguished and one received an honorable mention. Of the 15 nominated posters, three were distinguished.

The Best Animated Short Film category also included “A Minha Gaivota Espanhola” by Bárbara Barreto, Catarina Santos and Raquel Salvado, from Universidade Lusófona, and “Dead End” by Helena Duarte, Lara Marjo and Júlia Leite, also from the University Lusophone, in second and third place, respectively.

“Défilement”, by Francisca Miranda, from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, was the winner in the Best Documentary Short Film category. Second place was awarded to “5861”, by Ivo Abalroado, from ETIC – School of Technologies, Innovation and Creation, and “Praia da Aguda”, by Salvador Gil, from Escola Superior Artística do Porto, third place. An honorable mention was also given to “Ostra Negra”, by João Carlos Pinto, from the Escola Superior de Arte Design das Caldas da Rainha at the Polytechnic of Leiria.

The award for “Best Experimental Short Film” was given to Margarida Fonseca, from Ar.Co – Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual, for the creation of “Seres Vivos”. “Apathya”, by Guilherme Araújo, from the University of Minho, and “Flowerwork”, by Catarina Nascimento, from ESMAD – Escola Superior de Media Artes e Design, occupy second and third place, respectively.

“The Chicken Incident” by João Ferreira, from Universidade Lusófona, was the winner in the “Best Fiction Short Film” category.

Second place was taken by “Caixa Aberta” by Guilherme Afonso, from the Escola das Artes – Universidade Católica Portuguesa, and “Kintsugi”, by Martim da Cunha, also from the Escola das Artes – Universidade Católica Portuguesa, was in third position.

The award for “Best Masters and Doctorate Short Film” went to “Uma Mãe vai à Praia”, by Pedro Hasrouny, from Universidade Lusófona. In second place was “So Much Time Waiting” by Joana Pinto from the University of Aveiro, while “Litoral” by Francisco Dias, from the School of Arts – Universidade Católica Portuguesa, received the third place prize.

In “Best Poster”, the winner was “Uma Mãe Vai à Praia” by Joseph Kai from Universidade Lusófona. “O Menu Sustentável” by Paulo Vaz, from ETIC do Algarve, came in second place, while “SEA-64” by Bruno Ferreira, João Araújo and Paulo Malheiro, from the University of Minho, came in third place.

The first placed in the Animation, Documentary, Fiction and Experimental categories will also compete for the grand Sophia Student Prize, which will be awarded at the Sophia 2024 Awards ceremony, to be held on May 26th, at the Estoril Casino.

Albufeira was once again the host of the Sophia Student Awards, whose 2024 edition brought around 180 cinema and audiovisual students from across the country to the municipality.

Over the four days of the event, a masterclass with Pedro Lopes, a Meeting with Creators of Portuguese Series with Augusto Fraga, Diogo Viegas, Filipa Amaro, Pedro Lopes and Ricardo Leite, a masterclass with Augusto Fraga, and a conversation with the cast of the series “Rabo de Peixe”, where Adriano Carvalho, André Leitão, Helena Caldeira, José Condessa and Rodrigo Tomás are present.

The awards ceremony in the various categories, presented by Ricardo Pereira and Teresa Tavares, was also attended by Adriano Carvalho, André Leitão, Carla Chambel, Cláudia Semedo, Sandra Celas and Sisley Dias.