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O Arché

Arché is a laboratory of professional activities, a space for thinking and creative development, intending to provide tools to new film projects, as well as moments of reflection and training thus fostering and ensuring projects’ identity and quality.

Organized by Apordoc – Associação pelo Documentário and taking place in the scope of Nebulae, the industry programme of Doclisboa – International Film Festival, Arché has the support of Ibermedia Programme, and targests directors, producers, film critics and researchers as well as other film professionals.

Arché’s key aims are

Arché consists of the following activities

Arché is exclusive to directors from Ibero-American countries and Italy with projects in writing and development stage and editing and post-production stages.

In 2020, Arché will take place between October 22nd and November 1st.


Arché was born in 2015 and since then, it has grown both in the number of participating projects and activities. It has expanded to the city of Porto, in partnership and in the scope of Porto/Post/Doc film festival and, since 2017, awards prizes to projects in different stages of development, awarded by a Jury.
Several films have already started their journey through the film festival circuit: This Film Is About Me, by Alexis Delgado and La Vida en Común, by Ezequiel Yanco, both in international competition at Visions du Réel 2019; Campo, by Tiago Hespanha, world premiered in international competition at the Cinéma du Réel 2019; Thirty Souls by Diana Toucedo, premiered in Panorama of Berlinale 2018, or A Metamorfose dos Pássaros, by Catarina Vasconcelos, to be premiered in the section Encounters of Berlinale 2020.