How it started
As a staff member for the River Bend Film Festival for several years in the United States, Fábio has always had the idea in the back of his mind to create his own film festival. With the knowledge he has gained from collaborating with River Bend, he wishes to bring the same incredible film experience to his hometown of Lavra - with the Atlantic Ocean just a walk away!
It is our mission to showcase unique and inspiring films and bring the "Hollywood Experience" to the beachtown of Lavra. Using the formula that has brought much success to the River Bend Film Festival for 16 years, we plan to adapt their winning format to the location of Lavra. Our event will provide a platform for independent filmmakers to showcase their work and meet other like-minded people. This networking opportunity will hopefully inspire more film projects and productions to be made in Portugal.
Left to right: Fernando Fernandes, Rita Fortuna, Fábio Santos, Inês Monteiro, Rodrigo Oliveira, Sara Costa.
Founder and Festival Director