Movies like "The House of the Spirits" brought to Cape Espichel actors like Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep or Glenn Close. "The Hidden Circle" has brought us Cameron Diaz and Christopher Eccleston in a dramatic scene from the movie. "Hornblower", a film made on the coast of Sesimbra, Arrábida and Cape Espichel; "Gulliver's Travels", "007 In Her Majesty's Service," "The Convent" with Caterine Deneuve and John Malkovich, "The Dance of Diamonds" who first introduced the famous song "Strangers In The Nigth", have increased the list of names who have come here to shoot.
Existing data and studies demonstrates the great impact and increase of the tourist flow to places that served as sets to large film productions. In films like "The Da Vinci Code", for example, the Louvre museum received in 2006 about 7.3 million tourists, 50%, driven by the film. Britain currently receives 130 million visitors that visit some of the filming locals of "Harry Potter".
This festival intends to continue to promote these sites for major motion pictures, showing the world "our" tourist potential, enhancing the international image of Arrábida, Sesimbra and Cape Espichel, attracting new investment in tourism, trying to address the expected flows after the promotion and continuation of this annual event.
At the heart of this festival is the conference "Tourism and Cinema" considered as an opportunity for development and promotion of research on the connection between cinema and tourism and will bring to us people who are somehow linked to the two sectors, professional or academic, as is the case of students of tourism or film, as well as directors and producers. To this end, we established a partnership with the IPA - Autonomous Superior Institute for Polytechnics Studies, in the context of their courses, particularly in the post-graduate course in Film Documentary, has developed a number of studies, producing and promoting knowledge experiences in various areas of film production, post production, performance, sound, image and web design, graphic design and many others.