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United Kingdom, Portugal
English, Portuguese
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A bittersweet story about a small town family adjusting to their new life, and some uncomfortable truths after their son leaves to attend university overseas.


A small town Portuguese family have to confront their new life and some uncomfortable truths after their son leaves to London for university. As he returns home at the end of each trimester for the school breaks (Winter, Spring, Autumn), he discovers that he is not the only one going through changes. His father seems to be suffering from a mid-life crisis, while his mother is becoming increasingly anxious about what her ‘empty nest’ life will look like. In amongst this, his younger sister is quickly becoming a young woman, yearning for more independence.

Autumn is an intimate and nuanced study around family relationships and how we all often struggle to move on and grow up.

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Short bio of the director Antonia Sequeira:

Antonia Sequeira is an award-winning director and writer whose films have participated in a number of high profile festivals including the Academy Award Qualifying ‘Encounters Film Festival’, ‘Short Shorts Film Festival’, 'Camerimage Festival' and the BAFTA Qualifying ‘Norwich Film Festival’, among others. Autumn is his debut feature based on a script that was developed with the aid of the Torino Film Lab. In addition to completing his next screenplay, Angel Boy, he directed the limited series Instaverse for Portuguese broadcaster, RTP. Antonio is a graduate of the London Film School with an MA in Filmmaking.

Short bios of the producers Joana Domingues and Steven Flynn:

Joana Domingues, based in Portugal, Joana is a lead producer at Caracol Studios, a company she founded alongside Tim Vieira, Hugo Mendonça, and multi-award winning Portuguese director Bruno Gascon. Since 2016, the company’s projects have been sold worldwide to several territories and to streaming platforms such as HBO Max and Netflix. She has produced three feature films, ‘Carga’, ‘Shadow’ & ‘Evadidos’ and is currently producing a
TV Series for RTP. These have received awards, nominations, and selections in international festivals such as Mastercard Off Camera, Shanghai International Film Festival, Barcelona Sant-Jordi Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, among others.

Steven Flynn is a London based film producer with over 15 years working in the film and creative communications industry. He has been active producing in both the UK and the US with two feature films currently in distribution, alongside several shorts. His latest film, released in June 2022, is the multi-award-winning feature documentary, A Sexplanation. The film won the Audience Award at Cinequest Film Festival, Best Documentary Film Award at Toronto’s Inside Out, and won Donors’ Choice Feature Film at the Phoenix Film Festival amongst others. It was acquired in multiple territories and went day and date out in the US and eight other countries. Currently, Steven is Head of Film at Flynn Studios and co-founder of Kurious Studios, a film production company that focuses on delivering commercially and theatrically geared narrative films for global audiences. He is a member of BAFTA, and the Producers Guild of Europe.

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Antonio Sequeira
Antonio Sequeira
Joana Domingues, Anastasiia Vorotniuk, Steven Flynn
Movie Monkeys, Caracol Studios, Kurious Studios
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Antonio Sequeira
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Kurious Studios