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Common Ground sadly missed out on prizes at FEST Film Festival 2013, where it was in competition for the Silver Castle.

However, regardless of the result, we know that the film was seen by Melissa Leo, the Oscar-winning actress from The Fighter (David O. Russell, USA, 2010), and by Cynthia Hargrave, the producer of Wes Anderson’s first film, Bottle Rocket (USA, 1996).

The winner for best fiction film at the festival was Finnish film, Miss Blue Jeans, directed by Matti Kinnunen.

A full list of winners from FEST can be found here.

We are of course honoured even to have taken part. And again: we defy any ¬£500 film to do as well…!

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Common Ground has been accepted into FEST 2013, Portugal’s most up-and-coming film festival.

The film is one of ten features in competition and it will be screened on Saturday 29 June in the Casino de Espinho.

Here is the trailer on the festival’s YouTube channel:

The festival takes place in Espinho, Portugal, and runs from 24 June to 1 July.

The festival also includes Training Ground, which is a series of masterclasses offered by leading professionals from the film world.

Speakers this year include Oscar-winning actress Melissa Leo (The Fighter), British director Peter Webber (The Girl with the Pearl Earring), DOP Christian Berger (Cach√©), editor Tariq Anwar (American Beauty, The King’s Speech), director Scandar Copti (Ajami), production designer Stephen Altman (Gosford Park), screenwriter LM Kit Carson (Paris, Texas), actress Marika Green (Pickpocket), Variety film critic Martin Dale, and distributor Saul Rafael (Lusomundo).

We are honoured to have been selected for the festival – and are keeping our fingers crossed for the competition!Image