Filmmaking Lab

Meeting, Discussion and Critical Reflection

In this edition of the Filmmaking Lab we will have the opportunity to talk to various directors in different stages of their profession. Starting with their films and work processes, we will travel through their different approaches, ethical and aesthetic choices, and motivations.
The Filmmaking Lab aims to be a platform for the sharing of experiences between the guest directors and the participants, expanding the knowledge on cinematographic creation.
This year, we count with the presence of directors Pippo Delbono (on the 22nd), Kimi Takesue (on the 23rd) and Louis Henderson (on the 29th). The last day will be a moment for reflexion on the discussed topics. Artist and professor João Tabarra will lead the four sessions that lasts the Filmmaking Lab, being the participants welcome to prepare the questions they would like to ask in each session.

OCT 22, 23, 29 and 30 (weekends) / from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm, Culturgest – Room 6

All sessions: €40 (general public) and €25 (Apordoc members)
One weekend: €25 (general public) and €15 (Apordoc members)


There will be a selection process: the form includes a biographical note and a note of intent. To clarify any question please contact +351 91 198 91 53 or

Further information on the guest directors:


Pippo Delbono, born in 1959, in Italy, begins training in traditional theatre, then, in Denmark, he studies the principles of oriental theatre, through a rigorous work on body and voice. Later, in Germany, he’s invited by Pina Bausch to follow her work. At the beginning of the 80’s he founds the Compagnia Pippo Delbono, creating most of his works with them. The encounter with socially marginalized people determines a turning point in his poetical research. he works that followed — La rabbia dedicated to Pasolini, Guerra, Esodo, Gente di plastica, Urlo, Il silenzio, Questo buio feroce, La menzogna, Racconti di giugno —like the ones before, have been performed worldwide. Venice Biennale, etc. Pippo Delbono has also been investigating the language of film for many years now. In 2003, he shoots Guerra, presented at the Venice International Film Festival and winner of a David Di Donatello as best documentary. Last year, his short film La Visite was selected for Doclisboa’s International Competition.

By the way
Further information about the screening of Vangelo, by Pippo Delbono


Kimi Takesue is an award-winning filmmaker and the recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Film. In 2010, she received her second fellowship of the New York Foundation in the Arts in the Video category. Her films Where are you taking me (2010), Suspended (2009), E=nyc2 (2005), Summer of the Serpent (2004), Heaven’s Crossroad (2002), Rosewater (1999) and Bound (1995) were shown on american television and screened in more than 200 international film festivals and museums, including Sundance Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, New Directors/ New Films, Locarno International, London’s Institute of Contemporary Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

By the way
Further information about the screening of 95 and 6 to go, by Kimi Takesue


Louis Henderson’s films investigate the networked links between colonialism, technology, capitalism and history. A graduate of London College of Communication and Le Fresnoy – studio national des arts contemporains, Henderson is currently completing a post-diplôme at the European School of Visual Arts. His research focuses on new materialities of the Internet and the neocolonialisation of cyber space through planetary scale computing. He has shown his work at places such as Rotterdam International Film Festival, CPH:DOX, Transmediale Berlin, Muestra Internacional Documental de Bogota, the Centre Pompidou, FRAC Midi-Pyrénées, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern and the Whitechapel Gallery.

By the way
Further information about the screening of Logical Revolts and The Sea is History, by Louis Henderson

About the curator:


João Tabarra (Lisbon, 1966) studied photography at Ar.Co – Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual. He started to exhibit regularly at the end of the 1980’s, consolidating a path that counts with his presence in several relevant national and international exhibitional projects, both individual and collective. He is professor of Moving Image in the Media Arts Department at the HGK Karlsruhe University for Arts and Design, Karlsruhe, Germany.