Porto Femme - International Film Festival (3)



11 Sep 2019
Call for entries

31 Dec 2019
Standard deadline

31 Jan 2020
Late deadline

31 Jan 2020
Festival closed

02 Sep 2020
Notification date

06 Oct 2020
10 Oct 2020


Rua da Constituição nº 265, 2º Frente,  4200-198, Porto, Bonfim, Portugal

Festival description
Women's film
Short film festival >1' 30'<
Feature film festival >50' 80'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 January 2017
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  >1' 30'<
 Feature Films  >50' 80'<
 Any language
English Portuguese
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Festival start: 06 October 2020      Festival end: 10 October 2020

The first edition in 2018 was such a good experience that we'll repeat it!
Porto Femme is a women’s film festival. A place of exhibition and dissemination of multiple and diverse universes that put women in the center.

The Festival intends to create a space of visibility for the women of and in the cinematographic world. The event aims to be a point of sharing, debate and creation for all those who love the cinema.

One of the festival’s goals is to give visibility to the work of women filmmakers around the world, intending to have a diversified program with competitive cinema sessions, thematic screenings, debates, art exhibitions, among others.

The festival has two distinct International Competitions: one for works by women in various cinematographic genres, and the other for works directed by men or by women in which at least one woman plays a key role as scriptwriter, producer, animator or leading actress. Being the cinema a collaborative and multi-authorial art, it is intended to be an inclusive festival and give visibility to all those who participate in these works.

Giving visibility to Portuguese filmmakers is another goal of the festival. The National Competition intends to be a showcase for the exhibition of the national production made in the feminine, as well as to encourage the production of new works by women.

Since the second edition, there is the Students Competition, which will continue to be part of this festival in order to encourage new artists in training.

The best work in each category will be awarded: Fiction (short and feature length), Animation (short and feature length), Documentary, Experimental, for each competition.


a. Submissions have a registration fee, according to the tables indicated in chapter 3.
b. Submissions are made through one of the platforms shown on portofemme.com
c. Participants must submit their works in one of the competitions and categories presented (fiction, animation, documentary or experimental).
d. The organization will not pay screening fees for the films submitted and selected at the festival.


I. Final Screening
It will only be accepted video files in .avi, .mov or .mpeg to be sent to the email: portofemme@gmail.com through WeTransfer (up to 2GB) or My air bridge (up to 20GB) services.

• Films with dialogues in a language other than English must be subtitled in English and the .srt file with subtitles in English or text with timecode should also be sent to: portofemme@gmail.com.
• In cases where there are also subtitles in Portuguese, it should be sent the srt file.
• The screening copies must be submitted by March 14th 2020 otherwise, they will not be included in the Competitive Sessions Program or be screened the preview copy. In this case, the quality of the copy is the responsibility of the producer/director.

II. Subtitling
The translation and subtitling of selected short and feature films will be ensured by the submitter responsible. They have to send, at least, the English subtitles. If not, the films will not be included in the Competitive Sessions Program.


a. The pre-selection is the responsibility of an internal jury that is part of the Festival's programming team. The final decision of the films in the contest is carried out by a jury that belongs to the Festival Organization Committee and other professionals invited by the Organization.
b. The official selection will be communicated by email to those responsible for registration after March 6th, 2020.
c. The selection result will be available at www.portofemme.com and www.xxelementproject.pt.
d. Except another indication, since the dissemination of women’s cinema is the main objective to be achieved by Porto Femme, the producers/directors of the awarded films, as well as the films of the Official Selection, when they sign up for the Festival, authorize the Organization to screen their films in sessions of a "PORTO FEMME" program.
e. Directors/producers of the films of Official Selection allows the Organization to project on television or in digital media, with the purpose of mere festival’s news dissemination, excerpts from his works, which should never exceed 10% of its duration.
f. Selected films may be object of acquisition proposals for the Portuguese market.


There will be a national and international jury that will be constituted with qualified professionals invited by the organization.
These juries decide without appeal, according to its own rules, based on general principles established by the Organization, reserving themselves, of course, the right not to award any or all prizes available to them.
None of the members of the different juries may be associated, for any purpose, with the production of the works presented.


The best work in each category will be awarded: Fiction (short and feature-length), Animation (short and feature-length), Documentary, Experimental, for each competition.


All possible doubts and omissions of these Regulations shall be resolved by the Organization according to the rules of fairness and common sense.
Submission in PORTO FEMME 2020 reflects full and unreserved acceptance of the terms of this Regulation.
In case of any interpretation questions, it will be by the Portuguese version that these doubts will be clarified.



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