IndieLisboaInternational Independent Film Festival will be back in the Portuguese capital from April 20 to May 1.

In the 13th edition of the festival, Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven and French actor Vincent Macaigne will be the main focus of the festival’s Independent Hero section.

As organisers state in the festival’s official website, the annual event “offers the public an unique opportunity” to see films that “could not be seen otherwise,” as they usually do not reach “the so-called commercial distribution channels”.

Every year, IndieLisboa exhibits Portuguese and foreign films of genres including fiction, documentary, animation and more experimental . Besides film screenings, the festival offers a number of parallel activities, such as debates, seminars, parties and concerts.

IndieLisboa’s main objectives are to encourage authorial creation, boost the circulation of the films and authors – nationally and internationally – and to promote Portuguese cinema in the world,” the organisers say. The festival also aims to bring “contemporary cinema closer” to a larger number of people, they add.

The festival’s venues include the cultural organisation Culturgest, film theatres Cinema São Jorge and Cinema Ideal, as well as Cinemateca Portuguesa — Museu do Cinema (Portuguese Cinemathéque — Museum of Cinema, in English). Details about the festival can be found here.