MAD (ES, creators of PyR Festival) and Taumotrópio Lda. (PT, creators of MONSTRA Festival) join forces to bring the best of abstract film to Lisbon, in a unique effort that encompasses seven venues across the city.
PyR Festival 2023 is another international event in the 2023-2024 PyR Europa project, in coproduction with four countries.
With the support of the European Commission, we will bestow a grand total of €3,000 in cash prizes to the recipients of the three Jury awards.
Additionally, each awarded film will receive a prestigious PyR Statuette, and deserving mentions will be presented with diplomas.
The eighth edition of "The Most Abstract Festival in the World" arrives in Lisbon, Portugal! This feast of pure form, colour, motion and sound will be held October 11th-15th 2023 at Cinemateca Portuguesa, Cinema Fernando Lopes, Universidade Lusófona, Lisbon Museum, FBA-UL, U Lisboa - Caléidoscopio, and ESML Music School of Lisbon.
As always, the event features an International Abstract Film Competition (with 104 films from 33 countries), guest panoramas, LIVE performances, masterclasses, installations, and other educational activities for the family.
PyR Festival 2023 is a coproduction of MAD (ES, creators of PyR Festival) and Taumotropio Lda. (PT, creators of MONSTRA Intl. Animation Festival of Lisbon), with kind support from the European Commission, OSIC Programme - Generalitat de Catalunya, and Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual.
The poster and teaser were designed by Portuguese illustrator and animator Joāo Levezinho.
Paulo Viveiros, Natalie Woolf, Filipe Costa Luz, Ricardo Mata, Victor Flores, Carolina Martins, Raúl Santos, and the direction of each of the venues, that so kindly opened their door for us.
The Cinemateca Portuguesa-Museu do Cinema is a national organisation supervised by the Ministry of Culture, whose mission is to safeguard and disseminate cinematographic heritage. It was founded in the early 1950s by one of the pioneers of European cinematheques, Manuel Félix Ribeiro, and became an autonomous institution in 1980. Since 1956, the Cinematheque has been a member of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), and its first room was inaugurated, dedicated to exhibitions.
In its gorgeous auditorium we will host our Opening Ceremony, welcoming international artists and audiences to our 8th edition and to Lisbon City.
Cinema Fernando Lopes, distinguished by its eclectic and pioneering programme, strives to enrich the city's cinematic landscape by offering a diverse array of alternative films that complement the existing cinematic offerings. Simultaneously, it maintains a dedicated focus on fostering a cinematic appreciation among young audiences and university students, curating specialised programming tailored to their tastes and interests.
Beyond showcasing commercial premieres, Cinema Fernando Lopes regularly hosts retrospectives and ongoing film series throughout the week.
In this lovely screening room we will host our Competition & guest Screenings, and most PyRformances and Masterclasses.
Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias is the largest Portuguese private university, and the main institution of Grupo Lusófona, which administers other universities and colleges in Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde, Angola, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique.
In its beautiful Agostinho da Silva Auditorium, housed in the Faculty of Humanities and Technologies, we will hold some masterclasses and live performances.
The Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon is the oldest higher education school of artistic education in Portugal. With roots in the Academy of Fine Arts founded in 1836, the Faculty of Fine Arts has been transforming itself into an artistic teaching school linked to contemporary art and design, with the permanent concern of occupying an active place in the culture of our days.
FBAUL will host a masterclass and a video installation.
The Kaleidoscope of Lisbon University is located in the Campo Grande area. It has a study room with 175 seats, an exhibition area of 140m2, and an Amphitheater with a capacity of 72 seats. The space, intended mainly for students, is open to the entire university community in the city, upon presentation of the University card.
Integrated into the Jardim do Campo Grande requalification project, the new Kaleidoscope maintains the exterior appearance of the original building, designed in 1971 by architect Nuno San Payo.
Caléidoscopio will house an exhibition of original drawings and videos by Portuguese artist Ícaro Pintor, as well as his live performance.
ESML assumes as its mission the artistic, technical, technological and scientific training, at the highest level, of professionals in the field of Music. Located on the IPL Benfica Campus, it has facilities of international architectural prestige, as well as equipment suitable for its training activity. In pursuit of its mission, it promotes a teaching/learning environment equipped with the highest standards of demand and quality, guiding students towards their professional development in the areas of Arts and Music Industries.
ESML will host our first early-bird masterclass by Bret Battey.
The Museum of Lisbon is comprised of five locations dedicated to the discovery of the city history and its present times. The Pimenta Palace offers visitors diverse approaches to the exquisite heritage of Lisbon, and unveil the richness of one of Europe's oldest cities.
On Saturday and Sunday mornings, the Museum will host our experimental animation workshops addressed to families.