The project HERITALES – International Heritage Film Festival was born in 2016 in the city of Évora (Portugal) to promote the dissemination of heritage through various media, the seventh art being its main focus. It presents anthropological knowledge of different cultures through cinema and documentaries, focusing on the dissemination of material and immaterial heritage, the ways of life customs, education, and architecture transmitting the meaning of rites for communities and revealing the elements that make communities sustainable.
It shows material and immaterial heritage using narratives of artistic and playful nature. It is based on photography, games, theater, performances, or interactive media, and mainly on the seventh art of cinema through documentaries, animated films, and short films. It considers that the promotion of the different cultures of the world should be shared forever through these supports.
It projects cinema in emblematic architectural spaces, preferably outdoors, and with debates with its authors, promoting dialogue and international collaborations.
On the one hand, it aims to encourage sustainability linked to communities and promote a reinterpretation of what can be valued as cultural heritage, emphasizing the importance of heritage education. On the other hand, it wants to encourage new ways of transferring knowledge, encouraging intercultural dialogue, and giving way to international scientific collaboration through partnerships.