Film Residency


residencia de cinema
Still from "Raiano", by Marina Scheneider

produce a documentary

Led by Pedro Sena Nunes


Frontal Shot is a film residency happening in Melgaço between July 26 and August 4, 2024, alongside MDOC - Melgaço International Documentary Film Festival. The purpose of project PLANO FRONTAL is to contribute for an audiovisual archive about the immaterial heritage of Melgaço, to provide Espaço Memória e Fronteira with audiovisual works reflecting the history of the region, to promote documentary film and the appearance of new technical and artistic teams.

Four teams consisting of four young directors, four sound technicians and four cameramen will direct, for one week, four documentaries about local themes, yet to be proposed.


Plano Frontal's main targets are senior students on their final year attending higher education courses in Audiovisuals and Cinema or that have recently completed their education.

This film residency intended all those people willing to live through a unique cinematic experience, whose objective is to produce a documentary and to participate in the festival's activities.

The organization committee will guarantee free room and board, from July 29 until August 4, to the twelve selected candidates and will provide logistic supportfor the teams to travel to filming locations.


Participants will be selected through application analysis.


Plano Frontal is oriented by Pedro Sena Nunes, a director/tutor with a large professional and pedagogical experience. All work will be framed and supported by a production team formed by Rui Ramos and João Peixoto, and a technical team formed by Daniel Deira and Miguel Arieira, and João Gigante, assistent tutor. The general coordination is by Carlos Eduardo Viana.


Please register and apply with your team (director, sound editor and cameraman) for a grant for the film residency.

If selected, you’ll be able to enjoy a 5.000€ grant for:

  • Accommodation in Melgaço, July 26 to August 04
  • Transport Porto/Melgaço, July 27 and Melgaço/Porto, August 05
  • Meals from July 27 to August 04
  • Access to film equipment
  • Technical Support from AO-NORTE team
  • Film premiere at Casa da Cultura of Melgaço, during MDOC’s following edition

Consult the Regulations of Plano Frontal_ Film Residency, fill in the registration form until 30 of June 2024.

Regulation . Film Residency

Submissions for the Film Residency 2024 are closed.


pedro sena nunes

Sena Nunes

Director / Tutor

Director, cultural programmer and teacher in the fields of artistic creation, documentary and experimental film. Directed several films with the support of ICA / RTP - documentaries, fiction and advertising spots. Developed author photographic projects. Co-artistic director of Vo'Arte and co-founder of the Teatro Meridional Company, he is a consultant and coordinator of several national and international cultural projects. Integrated team member of European projects Fragile, Unlimited and European Video Dance Heritage (EVDH). Co-director of the International Festivals InShadow, InArte and InMotion in the areas of cinema, photography, dance and performance, and is a programmer at Olhares Frontais, a project that has been part of the Encontros de Viana Film Festival for 20 years, where he also coordinates the Histórias da Praça project. He collaborated in the design of the Filmes do Homem Festival, currently MDOC, where he is responsible for the Plano Frontal Residence. His artistic project focuses increasingly in a practice with a social dimension through the intersection of everyone with everyone, interpreters with multi-deficiency and professional artists. For the last 27 years he has been intensely dedicated to the pedagogical area, directing laboratories dedicated to experimentation and innovation, both documentary and fictional. Teaches in the areas of filmmaking, transdisciplinary narratives and the relationship between performance and technologies at ESTAL, IPA, SOU and EscreverEscrever. Teacher at the Documentary Film Masters’ degree from ESMAE (Porto) for 12 years and teaching coordinator at ETIC for 18 years, where he was creative director, and cooperated in the implementation of the new HND courses certified by the world's largest educational entity: Pearson. Orchestrator and director of several theatrical, choreographic and performative projects, he has been awarded numerous times for his cinematographic, photographic and transdisciplinary works in Portugal and abroad. Co-creator of the project Generation Soma, supported by the PARTIS Program - Social integration through artistic practices, from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Lisbon (UL) in performing arts and moving image, an investigator at GECAPA in the experimental areas of intersection between body and image. He finished his last film "Fissura" and is preparing "RH - Revolução Humana".