The Festival do Rio will show 250 films from more than 60 countries in 15 series  at approximately 20 locations around the city. RioMarket will offer lectures and workshops led by important names in the audiovisual world,while the festivalwill hold panel discussions and a host of other events open to the public.

From October 6-16, audiences will have the chance to see award-winning films, discover little known films, and vote for the best film of the Première Brasil, as well as attend panel discussions and special screenings with important players in film from around world. RioMarket will offer free workshops.

Among the films to be shown are new works by renown directors like Terrence Malick (Voyage of Time), Ken Loach (Eu, Daniel Blake), Maren Ade (Toni Erdmann), Jim Jarmusch (Gimme Danger), Cristi Puiu (Sieranevada), Wim Wenders (Os belos dias de Aranjuez 3D), Olivier Assayas (Personal Shopper)Lav Diaz ( A mulher que se foi), Bertrand Bonello (Sarah Winchester, Ópera Fantasma e Nocturama), Hong Sang-soo (Você e os seus), Werner Herzog (Eis os delírios do mundo conectado), Xavier Dolan ( É apenas o fim do mundo), Alain Guiraudie (Na vertical), André Téchiné (Quand on a 17 ans), João Pedro Rodrigues (O Ornitólogo), Amat Escalante (A região selvagem), Johnnie To (Três), Todd Solondz (Wiener-Dog), Derek Cianfrance (A luz entre oceanos), Andrei Konchalovsky (Paraíso), Kelly Reichardt (Certas mulheres), Paul Schrader (Dog Eat Dog), Richard Linklater (Jovens, loucos e mais rebeldes!!), Raymond Depardon (França), Terence Davies (Uma paixão tranquila e A canção do pôr do sol), Stéphane Brizé (A vida de uma mulher), Andrzej Wajda (Afterimage), Bruno Dumont (Mistério na Costa Chanel), Eugène Green (O filho de Joseph), Bertrand Tavernier (Voyage à travers le cinèma français), Wang Bing (Ta’ang e Dinheiro Amargo), Margarethe Von Trotta (O mundo fora do lugar), Andrzej Zulawski (Cosmos)Sergei Loznitsa (Austerlitz), Alessandro Comodin (Os bons tempos chegarão em breve), Matías Piñeiro (Hermia & Helena), Yousry Nasrallah (Riachos, campos e  rostos adoráveis), Anurag Kashyap (Psycho Raman), Noah Baumbach (De Palma), Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Hissein Habré, uma tragédia no Chade), Rebecca Zlotowski (Planetarium), Douglas Gordon (Jonas Mekas: I had nowhere to go), Dominique Abel & Fiona Gordon (Lost in Paris), Carlos Saura (Jota: para além do flamenco), Avi Mograbi (Entre cercas), Ira Sachs (Melhores amigos), Milagros Mumenthaler (A ideia de um lago), Joachim Lafosse ( A economia do amor).

Classic films will be the focus of the  Panorama of World Cinema, the Première Brasil, the Première LatinoGreat ExpectationsMidnight Movies & DocsBordersYoung Peoples Series, the Environment and Itinerários Unicos The festival will also present special attractions:

Audiences in Rio can view fully restored versions of seven classic films produced by Universal Studios between 1930 and 1954, in the Universal Monsters Series. Gems like Dracula, directed by Tod Browning, with Bela Lugosi as the terrifying Count of Transylvania, by Bram Stoker;  the Bride of Frankenstein, directed by James Whale, with Boris Karloff in the role of the monster taken from the novel by Mary Shelley, and Creature from the Black Lagoon in 3D, directed by Jack Arnold and originally released in 3D.

A selection of  music documentaries includes One More Time With Feeling, in 3D, which documents the recording of Skeleton Tree, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ latest album. The Rolling Stones’ historic visit to Cuba is the subject of two documentaries;  one about the trip (The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé), and the other about the concert (Stones Live in Havana), both directed by Paul Dugdale. Another two documentaries are about Madonna;  the classic Madonna: Truth or Dare (directed by Alek Keshihian) and Strike a Pose (by Reijer Zwaan and Ester Gould). The latter  tells the story of the famous dance troupe that shared the stage with the star. Also in the music nostalgia vein, the Festival do Rio features documentaries about Prince, including classics like Purple Rain and Sign O' The Times (bothdirected by Albert Magnoli), and films about Frank Zappa, Iggy and the Stooges. An entire exhibition of films is dedicated to David Bowie, with a restored copy of the 1997 film The Hunger, starring Bowie himself and Catherine Deneuve, directed by Tony Scott.

A selection of 28 of this year’s best LGBTQ films from around the world will compete for the Félix Award, now in its third year. The best LGBTQ film of the 28 full-length nonimees will be chosen by an official jury, and the international model Lea T. will receive the Suzy Capó Felix Person of the Year Award.  

The series Film Doc, features documentaries about cinema, including biographies about Brian de Palma, Mike Nichols, Richard Linklater, in addition to Bertrand Tavernier’s captivating journey through the history of French film in Voyage à travers le cinèma français, and Women Who Run Hollywood, a study of the fundamental role of female directors, producers and screenwriters in the Golden Era of Hollywood.

The Cinema Novo/ Intersections/ Cinema Marginal series looks at two influential movements in Brazilian film, with films by Cacá Diegues, Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Ruy Guerra, David Neves, Walter Lima Jr., Flávio Migliaccio, Carlos Reichenbach, José Agrippino de Paula, Álvaro Guimarães, André Farias and Elyseu Visconti;

The showcase Traveling Artists features a tribute to Tunga with works by Ken Jacobs, Murilo Salles and Eryk Rocha.

For the first time, the gala screenings of hors concours films of the Première Brasil will be held at the Cine Roxy and Cine Odeon – Centro Cultural Luiz Severiano Ribeiro. These theaters will also host screenings open to the public followed by talks with the writers and actors from the films.

Praça Mauá, the newest public gathering space in the city, will be the site of the Cine Petrobrás Festival do Rio, with films for all ages. The complete schedule will be available soon.

On October 11, the Sala Cecília Meireles will host a very special evening. At 8pm, the Petrobras Symphonic Film Festival do Rio will present the film IK 80, a tribute to maestro Isaac Karabtchevsky, with a concert by the Petrobras Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are available for only R$8 (R$4 for students and seniors, R$2 for music students).

RioMarket, the business side of the Festival do Rio, will be held from October 5-12, at the Festival’s offices, at the Colégio Brasileiro de Altos Estudos - UFRJ, at  Avenida Rui Barbosa, 762, in the Flamengo neighborhood.

This year, meetings are divided by sector: RioMarket TV will focus on the TV industry, RioMarket Film, is geared toward the film industry, while RioMarket Fashion& Film connects the film and advertising realms.

Youtubers and Snapchatters Thaynara O.G, Luisa Clasen (Lully de Verdade) Mederi (Galo Frito), Felipe Neto and Ian SBF (Porta dos Fundos), among others, will make presentations from October 5 to 7.

Once again this year, Globonews will partner with RioMarket for the presentation of two panel discussions on October 8:  “We are all Genders”, with Regina Navarro Lins, Giowana Cambrone, Andrea Baliera and Mariluce Mariá, mediated by Leilane Neubarth; and “Conservative Wave”, with Jorge Pontual and Renée Castelo Branco.  Both events are free of charge.

Also on the list of free events are several workshops and seminars with big names on the Brazilian audiovisual scene, such as Ana Maria Moretzshon (screenwriter), Hsu Chien (director), Walter Carvalho (director of photography), Lucas Paraízo (screenwriter), among others.

The Film Commissions workshop, a round table discussion on public policy, film tourism and other topics related to the audiovisual sector, is geared toward the market.

On October 11, the Rio Film Commission and RioFilme, present the talk show How to do Business in Audiovisual Sector, which will offer guidance for people from outside of Rio de Janeiro on how to produce audiovisual material in Rio.

RioMarket Fashion & Film, a new program this year, will offer free events on October 12: The influence of audiovisual production on style and behavior, and audiovisual as a new instrument for fashion to promote brands are among the topics to be discussed.

Previously unreleased films, exhibition of classic films, special screenings, retrospectives, seminars, panel discussions and talks with international directors and actors make this one of the most important events in Latin American film.

The Festival do Rio is made possible with sponsorship by RIOFILME, PETROBRAS and BNDES, and with co-sponsorship by Oi;  the Ministry of Culture and other supporters and partners.

See the schedule of films in the Festival do Rio 2016