Arché is a space for thinking and creative development, intending to provide tools and moments of reflection and training to new film projects, as well as a platform of contact with international agents of the film industry in an atmosphere of an in-depth work.

Arché welcomes 12 film projects from Ibero-american countries and Italy. It consists of a 7-days programme that includes project development workshops, a pitching session, one-to-one meetings among other activities.

Arché 2023

In 2023, Arché will take place between October 19th and 25th in the scope of Nebulae, the industry space of Doclisboa International Film Festival.


Arché workshops aim at providing projects the necessary tools to explore the subjects, to reflect upon narrative strategies and include the viewing of footage and/or working versions in the case of projects in the editing stage or first cuts.


Participants pitch their projects in 10 minutes presentations to industry guests. Producers, programmers, sales agents and other professionals attending Doclisboa will be invited.


A series of dynamic 15 minutes meetings between participants and industry guests with the goal of fostering the network and promotion of the participating projects.


Arché will be tutored by, among others, Nicolás Rincón (director and professor, Colombia/Belgium), Helena Girón (director and professor, Spain), Tiago Hespanha (director and producer, Portugal) and Salvador Amores (programmer and critic, Mexico).

Helena Girón

Project Development Workshops

Her work alongside Samuel M. Delgado explores the relationship between mythology, history and materialism. Their first feature film, Eles transportan a morte (2021), premiered and was awarded at the Venice and San Sebastian festivals. Their previous short films have been shown at festivals like Toronto, Locarno, New York and Ann Arbor. She teaches at the Madrid Film and Audiovisual School (ECAM) and the Elías Querejeta Film School (EQZE).

Nicolás Rincón Gille

Project Development Workshops

Has a degree in cinematography from INSAS (Brussels, 2003). After a couple of short films, started working on oral tradition and violence in the Colombian countryside, directing a trilogy called Campo hablado. His first feature-length fiction film, Tantas almas, furthers the matter and he is currently working on his second one. His films have been screened in numerous festivals. Was a film teacher at INSAS and IAD (Belgium). Tutors several workshops.

Tiago Hespanha

Project Development Workshops

Film director and producer. Has a degree in architecture. Completed the course on documentary film direction at Ateliers Varan and a master’s degree on documentary creation in Barcelona. Founding member of the production company Terratreme Filmes (2008), where he produces his films and works with several directors and producers. Teaches film directing at the Docnomads international master’s degree on documentary film since 2012 and is a member of Ateliers Varan.

Salvador Amores

Criticism and Research Workshop

Programmer at FICUNAM, the Digital Culture Centre and the Frida Kahlo Museum. Curated programmes for the Latin America French Institute, the Mexico National Cinematheque and the Mexican pavilion during the Venice Biennale 2023. Co-editor of the printed film magazine El Cine Probablemente. Co-founder of the film cooperative Ríos de Nueva. Screenwriter and editor of the feature-length films Ruinas tu reino (2016) and Toda la luz que podemos ver (2020).