Now in its sixth year, Madeira Film Festival is a non-competitive event screening independent films at the sumptuous Teatro Municipal Baltazar Dias in the island’s capital of Funchal. An intimate affair, the emphasis is on the enjoyment of films that may not ordinarily be released for cinematic viewing rather than on the award of prizes. Alongside the wide variety of movies which are screened at the 300-capacity municipal theatre, there is a selection of satellite events such as a fashion show, gala dinner, cocktails and workshops, all held in the Belmond Reid’s Palace Hotel, famous for having hosted Roger Moore and Sir George Bernard Shaw.
The week-long festival takes place in Funchal, the capital city of the Atlantic island of Madeira. Find out more details on how to get tickets for this unique event from the official website. If you’re planning to attend the film festival, fly into the island’s main transport hub, Madeira Airport, which is served by several UK airlines including Monarch Airlines, Thomson Airlines and Jet2. From the airport, you can take the Aerobus to Funchal where the Teatro Municipal Baltazar Dias is located.
Adding to its charm is the fact that Madeira Film Festival is a small event compared to other better-known festivals such as Tribeca and Sundance. The proceeds of the event go towards the preservation of the island’s magnificent Laurisilva Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the reasons that many of the film selections at Madeira are nature-related. Each entrant to the film festival is given an award thanking them for their part in preserving the woodland. If you attend the film festival, make sure you book yourself on one of the morning tours of the forest which features an otherworldly collection of trees of wildly differing shapes and sizes.
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While you’re in Madeira, you’ll find that there’s plenty to see and do on this breathtaking island, including: Levada Caldeiraio Verde, Monte Palace Tropical Garden and Ponta de Sao Lourenco. Take a dip in the turquoise waters of the Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools.
To find out more information about this unique festival, please head to the official website where you’ll be able to buy tickets, check out the official programme of events and view the full list of films which are featuring in the Madeira film festival.
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