Montecara Film Festival

Montecara Film Festival
VenueÇinematèca di Stado
Country Montecara
Years active85
Inaugurated10 June 1936
Most recent17 – 24 October 2020
Previous event81st Montecara Film Festival

The Montecara Film Festival (Montecaran: Fèsta Montecarà di Çìnema) is an annual international film festival held in Montecara. It features premieres of films from all genres, including documentaries, made across the world. Each participating nation is allowed to submit one film for consideration for the festival's grand prize, the Béco aùreo (Golden Goat). Films must have been completed in the preceding 12 months and make their premiere at the festival to be eligible for screening. It takes place each year at the Çinematèca di Stado.


An actress is photographed by paparazzi at the 1980 Festival

The weeklong festival takes usually takes place in September or October. Attendance is by invitation only.

The opening ceremony, held at sunset on the first night, is a black-tie event with a red carpet known for its mobs of paparazzi. Couturiers, jewelers, parfumiers, and luxury shoemakers compete with each other to outfit the year's biggest stars, who pause for photographs as they climb the grand staircase into the Çinematèca. The ceremony itself runs approximately one hour and is simultaneously broadcast on huge public screens in Montecara and in theaters around the world. It traditionally opens with the introduction of that year's jury by the Patron of the Çinematèca followed by the entrance, usually to great applause, of the director and cast of the year’s films. The Patron makes a speech, usually about the importance of cinema in some regard, before a musical performance that usually features a song from one of the year's films. The Secretary of State, accompanied by the Secretary of Education and Culture, then comes on stage to officially declare the festival open. The festival's first screening immediately follows.

Films are screened each afternoon and evening of the festival, and there at least one reception or party each night. These gatherings are legendary for their wild antics and great indulgence, as well as for being a rare opportunity for a large portion of the world's great filmmakers and actors to rub elbows. Luxury brands in a range of industries including alcohol, tobacco, automobiles, and aviation sponsor these events, in recent years handing out gift bags that have reached astronomical values.

The last night of the festival features the awards ceremony, where the Béco aùreo, the festival's grand prize, is awarded by the Patron of the Çinematèca di Stado to that year's best film. The physical prize is a golden statuette of a goat, Montecara's unofficial national animal. The jury is composed of directors, actors, writers, and other filmmakers associated with past winners of the prize.

Films awarded the Béco aùreo tend to be highly sought-after by distribution companies, many representatives of which are always attendance. Winning the prize is seen as one of the greatest financial blessings an artistic film can achieve, as it all but guarantees that the film will see a wide release and very likely turn a profit.

List of awards

Year Béco aùreo Country of origin Synopsis
2020 Harmony in Ultraviolet  Jindao Based on Helen Dupree's novel of the same name, a girl escapes a troublesome upbringing in rural Xiaodong. Joining a creed of spirited warriors, she embarks on a journey that reveals man's unmistakable connection with nature.
2019 Djoka  Gaullica An orphaned boy follows in the footsteps of a historical Sougoulic war chief in his fight against a Euclean mining development which threatens his home.
2014 Reis naar het nieuwe oud
(Voyage to the New Old)
 Hennehouwe A black comedy film retelling the voyage of the Uí Mealla clan and the foundation of the Kingdom of Maltaire under Eleanora of Caldia.
2013 Śwartnes
 Azmara A social realist film showing the aftermath of a mine explosion in the small mining village of Gyldsmer in 1967 as the community struggles to rebuild.
2009 Our Indifference  Alsland A film following the lives of two teenagers in Jõgeru in the weeks preceding the 1976 Jõgeru massacre and the aftermath of the massacre.
2008 Mârasi  Mabifia An old man recounts the massacre of his village during the final stages of the Bahian Mutiny to a group of young guerillas during the First Mabifian Civil War.
2007 Sakiko  Senria A black comedy about a Senrian woman's attempts to break out of a loveless marriage, a dead-end job, and a miserable life.
2006 Golden Rain  Xiaodong
2004 Tegul Tauta to iš Manes Reikalauti
(Let the Nation Demand it of Me)
 Aucuria A period film focusing on the presidency of Adrianas Volpis, his efforts at reform, and his eventual deposition and murder by Albertas Kalvaitis.
2002 Ni Suri
(The Two Pickpockets)
 Senria A drama focusing on a pair of teenage pickpockets in 1700s Senria, their romance, and the conflict between their life of crime and their hopes for the future.
1999 A Secret  Satavia An epic romance that tells the story of a pair of young lovers whose relationship causes a scandal in early 1900s Satavia.
1998 Amici ed amànti
(Friends and lovers)
 Montecara A divorced man hosts a dinner party at his villa to celebrate his engagement to his second wife-to-be; the guest list includes his ex-wife, her new husband, her stepchildren, and his fiancée's adult daughter.
1997 Urpičas  Aucuria The story of Dolorė Kispis, commonly known by her pseudonym Urpicha, a Runanca author who defied the Kalvaitis and Sprogys regimes by writing anti-government novels.
1996 Chloé  Gaullica An animated retelling of the story of Saint Chloé.
1995 Le chéile le haghaidh grá
(Together for Love)
 Caldia A Weranic soldier falls in love with a Caldish school teacher amid the volatile Occupation and is met with condemnation and a court-marshal for his same-sex relationship.
1994 Kaze no Hai
(Ashes in the Wind)
 Senria A Senrian mother in Xiaodongese-occupied Senria desperately attempts to save her two young children from the Senrian Genocide.
1991 німий німий
(Dumb Dumb)
Vinalia An anti war film criticizing North and South Vinalia, based on the book by Ikal Peruski.
1989 Dzokera kumba
 Rwizikuru An Irfanic and Sotirian couple living in Yekumavirira prior to the Mabifian-Rwizikuran War has to fight separation from both their land, and from each other because of their two faiths.
1988 My Friend Jacobus  Satavia A Satavian man is forced into hiding following the murder of his brother, a policeman, sister-in-law and thirteen month-old nephew in early 1977, during the Satavian Crisis. Based on true events.
1987 Il proxèt biànco
(The white plan)
 Montecara A plan to smuggle a large shipment of illegal drugs through Montecara turns into a fiasco of backstabbing, lies, and murder.
1986 Akayama
(Red Mountain)
 Senria A Senrian soldier during the Great War grapples with the bloodshed of the conflict and the loss of his comrades-in-arms.
1985 Hornet's Nest  Halland Two pilots risk their lives to ensure the safety of their wingmen during Operation Narwhal.
1982 Gone Home  Celestial Isles A young man named Ho'i embarks on a pilgrimage to his ancestral homeland to rediscover his indigenous identity, but is tested when he is met with suspicion upon arrival.
1978 Gin'noken
(The Silver Sword)
 Senria A historical fiction film retelling the life of the rounin Hyouzaemon Nabesima and his role in the doomed Kyoutoku Rebellion.
1977 O Fora da Lei
(The Outlaw)
A mafia defector finds his life in danger as he is hunted by the mafia and shunned by the government.
1974 Tarp Šešėliai
(Among the Shadows)
 Aucuria A private investigator in 1920s Aucuria must go up against criminal gangs and corrupt officials in his efforts to take down a protection racket.
1969 Сто ліг від вас
(One Hundred Leagues from you)
Vinalia A Southern girl falls in love with a Northern soldier before the outbreak of the First Vinalian Civil War, based on the book by the Arturivna sisters.
1967 Кешков
 Soravia A scientist slowly drives himself into insanity attempting to comprehend the technological capacity of a distant fictional planet known as Keshkov.
1963 Yakusoku
 Senria A romantic drama about two lovers, torn apart by circumstance, and their quest to reunite.
1962 Lu, màma
(You, mama)
 Montecara A distant adult son tries to forge a relationship with his free-spirited mother when he finds out that she is dying.
1960 Bodehourege
(The Red Queen)
 Mabifia A deep criticism of Pierre-Julien Onziema's socialist regime, concealed within an animated fable about Leïla Calougite, the commoner who married a Hourege and initiated a bloody purge of society.
1959 Kakusareta Yousai
(The Hidden Fortress)
 Senria A samurai film about a samurai's efforts to destroy an abandoned fortress being used by brigands to harass and extort Senrian peasants.
1958 васил велики
(Vasil the Great)
Tengaria An epic film about the life of Vasil the Great, the first Vladetel of Tengaria, who brought Tengaria to its greatest heights in the midst of the Iconoclasm controversy and the tumultuous collapse of the Empire of Arciluco.
1950 Giàn il sìmplio
(John the simple)
 Montecara An intellectually disabled man tries to survive during the Occupation of Montecara by Functionalist Gaullica.
1946 Not held due to the Etrurian occupation
1942 Solitary Spring  Xiaodong
1940 Pasmerktieji
(The Damned)
 Aucuria A group of Aucurians who had collaborated with Entente occupation forces attempt to flee capture by trekking to Satucin through the Sythe-Juoda rainforest.
1936 Il Paradiso  Montecara A foreign diplomat is drawn into a world of scandal and intrigue by an intoxicating Montecaran cabaret dancer, with disastrous results.