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“Terra Ardida”, a documentary made by Francisco Romão and his respective team, will be part of Plano Nacional de Cinema.

ETIC is the first school to have a film produced at a curricular context in the PNC.

The announcement made by the National Coordinator of the PNC, Dr. Elsa Mendes, caught everyone by surprise: we were at CINEMATEQUE, on the day of the première of the final films of the Cinema, Television and Sound Design Higher National Diploma courses.

“Considering the educational and cultural benefits derived from this disclosure of Portuguese cinematographic patrimony among the educational communities and on the context of this initiative, some cinematographic pieces that constitute the list of films in PNC were selected for the 2019/2020 school year. The film “Terra Ardida”, by Francisco Romão, produced on the context of ETIC’s HND course, is part of that list of pieces and was selected for the “short list” of cinematographic pieces to be displayed  from 2019/2020 in sessions destined to the students of the schools participating in the project.” – mentioned Elsa Mendes.

With on stage presence of the film programmer and critic António Rodrigues and the film director and ETIC’s course coordinator Pedro Senna Nunes, Francisco Romão could not be prouder with the acknowledgement and the perceptive that his documentary “Terra Ardida” can contribute to the rise of cinematic literacy among school audience.

Dr. Elsa Mendes added: “We watched several projects that were very good, where diversity stood up, dictated by the interests of the youngsters themselves. What a focus of positive energy is centred in this room … We give our best wishes and success to these young people! We also congratulate the teachers that joined the evolution of these young film directors, with special mention to the restless Pedro Senna Nunes, outstanding creator and educator that developed an absolutely notable work in the last years for the development of the film and audiovisual culture, faced as real areas of experience and personal growth!”

The Plano Nacional de Cinema (PNC) is a joint initiative of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and made operational by the Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual (ICA), the Portuguese Cinematheque (Cinemateca Portuguesa) – Museum of Cinema and by Direção-Geral da Educação (DGE). PNC displays national cinematographic pieces among school audiences, assuring essential instruments, reading and interpretation of these pieces among students from the schools involved in the program.

“Terra Ardida”- winner of 2019’s Sophia Student Award -describes a fire that partially destroyed a schist village, Fajão, located in Pampilhosa da Serra, the birthplace of the film director’s grandmother.


Direction: Francisco Romão |

Production: Luísa Pereira Santos |

Director of Photography: Rúben Fajardo |

Original Music: Gonçalo Caboz |

Audio Post-Production: Daniela Carvalho |

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