Festival do Rio
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Festival do Rio is an international film festival in Rio de Janeiro and is one of the lading events in Latin America for cinema and Brazil’s leading festival.
The festival was the result of a 1999 merger of two previous film festivals, the Rio Cine Festival and the Mostra Banco Nacional de Cinema. Founded in 1984 and 1988 respectively the two festivals were held within a period of two months between each other. To avoid overloading the city with two film festivals within a short period of time the two events were eventually merged.
The Première Brasil is the only competitive section of the Festival do Rio with jury prizes to be presented at the end of the festival. This section of the Festival presents national and international audiences with the best of Brazilian contemporary film production. This year there are more than 50 titles shortlisted for a prize, among these feature-lengths and shorts, documentaries and fiction films.