FEST - New Directors | New Films Festival ()


16 Sep 2019
Call for entries

16 Oct 2019
Standard deadline

17 Feb 2020
Late deadline

17 Feb 2020
Festival closed

01 May 2020
Notification date

22 Jun 2020
29 Jun 2020


Apartado 234,  4501-910 , Espinho, Aveiro, Portugal

Festival description
Short film festival
Feature film festival

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 January 2019
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films 
 Feature Films 
 Any language
 Any language
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Festival start: 22 June 2020      Festival end: 29 June 2020

22 - 29 JUN 2020 | Espinho, Portugal

FEST – New Directors | New Films Festival is an all-encompassing celebration of the new tendencies of world cinema. The event focuses on a competitive and non-competitive showcase of the most promising new figures and works from around the globe.

The 16th edition of the festival will take place between the 22nd and the 29th of June 2020, in the seaside town of Espinho (Portugal).

The selection is divided into several categories which include Feature Film and Short Film competitions in the Fiction, Documentary, Animation, Experimental Non-Narrative formats, as well as also content adequate for children and teenagers. The event also includes non-competitive sections that range from retrospectives, national and regional showcases, open-air beach screenings and the exhibition of Transmedia and Virtual Reality content, only to name a few.

The festival is currently accepting first and second feature films (regardless of the age of the director) as well as short films by directors up to the age of 35 at the end of the production.

Candidates must choose one of the available submission categories. Do not worry if your film fits different categories (Ie: Hybrid productions), as all submissions will be considered for the different competitions. If your film is also eligible for the NEXXT competition (focused on academic productions) but you wish the film to be considered for all other competitions please mention in the comment section of the submission the academic institution where the film was produced. If you have any doubts at all please do not hesitate to contact us at films@fest.pt

Throughout the years' FEST has selected for its feature film competitions films such as Jonathan Glazer’s "Birth"; Sean Baker’s “Tangerine”; Nora Fingschedt "System Crasher"; Carlos Marques-Mercet’s “10.000KM”; Tobias Nole’s “Aloys”; Anna Rose Holmer’s “the Fits”; and Rúnar Rúnarsson’s “Volcano”, among many others.

FEST’s Short Film sections are known for its wide variety of styles and filmic visions, having been throughout the years a platform for the launch of new artists such as Govinda Van Maele (Luxembourg), Christos Massalas (Greece), Mati Diop (France), Adriano Valerio (Italy), Patrick Vollrath (Germany), Ninja Thyberg (Sweden), Manuel Abramovich (Argentina), Daria Belova (Russia), Simon Mésa Soto (Colombia), Aga Woszczynska (Poland), Jela Hasler (Switzerland), as well as hundreds of other up-and-coming filmmakers.

FEST also includes a series of other activities that run parallel to the festival, in particular, FEST – Training Ground (one of Europe’s largest film forums) and FEST – Pitching Forum (film project competition), and others. For more information please visit our website at www.fest.pt

The winning films of FEST 2019 were:

Golden Lynx: International Feature Films Competition

Golden Lynx for Best Fiction Feature
System Crasher, Nora Fingscheidt (Germany)

Golden Lynx for Best Feature Documentary
Gods of Molenbeek, Reetta Huhtanen (Finland; Belgium)

Honorable Mention
Born in Evin, Maryam Zaree (Germany)

Audience Awards

Cineuropa Audience Award for Best Feature Film
Born in Evin, Maryam Zaree (Germany)

Cineuropa Audience Award for Best Short Film
Daughter, Mara Tamkovich (Poland)

Silver Lynx: International Short Films Competition
Silver Lynx for Best Fiction Short Film
Mistérios da Carne, Rafaela Camelo (Brazil)

Honorable Mentions
023_Greta_s, Annika Birgel (Germany)
The Handover, Leonhard Hofmann (Germany)

Silver Lynx for Best Documentary Short Film
Liminaali & Communitas, Laura Rantanen (Finland)

Honorable Mention
The Dam, Natalia Koniarz (Poland)

Silver Lynx for Best Experimental Short Film
Bloom, Emmanuel Fraisse (France)

Silver Lynx for Best Animation Short Film
You Are Overreacting, Karina Paciorkowska (Poland)

Honorable Mention
Applesauce, Alexander Gratzer (Austria)

National Grand Prix for Best Portuguese Short Film
No Limiar do Pensamento, António Sequeira (Portugal)

Honorable Mention
Teus Braços, Minhas Ondas, Débora Gonçalves (Portugal)

NEXXT Award for Best Academic Movie
Elephantfish, Meltse Van Coillie (Belgium)

Honorable Mention
Adjournment, Nina Marissiaux (Belgium)
Sister, Siqi Song (USA; China)

FESTinha Awards

FESTinha under 10 Audience Award (until 10 years old)
The Ape Man, Pieter Vandenabeele (Belgium)

FESTinha under 14 Audience Award (until 14 years old)
Birthplace, Sil van der Woerd, Jorik Dozy (Indonesia)

FESTinha under 18 Audience Award (until 18 years old)
Like, Scilla Andreen (USA)

a) Golden Lynx (Fiction & Documentary Feature Length Films)

b) Silver Lynx (Fiction, Documentary, Animation and Non-Narrative Experimental Short Length Films)

c) Portuguese Grand Prix (Portuguese majority Short Length Films)

d) NEXXT (Academic Short Length Films)

e) FESTinha Sub 6 & Sub 12 & Sub 16 (Children & Youth Feature & Short Length Films)

f) Audience Awards (Feature & Short Length Films)

FEST Films Submissions 2020

FEST - New Directors | New Films Festival (hereinafter: the Festival) will have its next edition on June 24 - July 1st, 2019 in Espinho, Portugal.
The Festival is organized by FEST – Associação Cultural (hereinafter: the Organizer), a non-profit NGO developing work on film, media and education, registered at Rua 23 n.º 768, 4500-276 Espinho, Portugal.
The 16th edition of the FEST will take place with the following objectives:
1.3.1. Promote sustainable development of film, screenings and promoting new talents in this area;
1.3.2. Disseminate new innovative work and film discourses from around the globe, providing a privileged window into the world of New Cinema;
1.3.3. Create new audience for cinema;
1.3.4. Promote the interchange of experiences between participants in the event;
1.3.5. Elevate the skills of participants;
1.3.6. Promote the city of Espinho as a quality cultural tourism destination;
1.3.7. Offer a quality cultural event accessible to every individual.

FEST has two distinct types of competition, competitions focused on feature length films (upwards of 55 minutes length) and competitions for short films (up to 54 minutes). These competitions are represented in the sections Golden and Silver Lynx, Nexxt, Portuguese Grand Prix and FESTinha.
2.1.1 The short film competition accepts short length films made by directors with no more than 35 years of age (including) on the last day of production, in the area of Fiction, Documentary, Animation, Experimental Non-Narrative Cinema, and short film content aimed at children and younger audiences.
2.2.2 The feature length film competition accepts films that are first or second feature length productions (regardless of the director’s age);
2.1.3 The films must have been concluded after the 1st of January 2019 and they must not have been screened in previous editions of FEST — New Directors/New Films Festival. Portuguese films must not have been screened, under all circumstances, no more than in two separate occasions in the Portuguese territory. All films screened in Portugal more than twice may be disqualified.
2.1.4 Film submissions will not be discriminated in terms of theme, genre, race, creed or any other limitations, apart from the elements described in this regulations. As such, all submissions will be analysed with the same rigor and dedication;
2.1.5 Submissions which do not fit these requirements will be considered invalid automatically, and FEST reserves the right to not let the applicant know that his or hers application has been disqualified.
All films to be considered for selection must be submitted using only one of the following options:
2.2.1 Using the Eventival platform which can be found at www.fest.pt. The submission form must be completed in its entirety, and a link to any secure internet service that does not require immediate file download or limited streaming must be added in the appropriate section (Vimeo, YouTube, Dropbox, Google drive, etc.). It is not mandatory for the link to also be made available for download, but we would welcome it if you choose to make that option available within the streaming service.
2.2.5 Using our page at Festome
(https://festhome.com/f/1524) where the largest possible amount of information about the production should be made available;
2.3 All links/online screeners must be made available until the 31st of May 2020. It is also obligatory that all films are made available with English subtitles (including Portuguese productions) unless if all dialogues are already in English
2.4 If the submitter has any problem completing the application or making the online screener available via streaming, he or she must get in direct contact with the organization via the following address: films@fest.pt between the 16th of September 2019 and the 17th of February 2020. FEST reserves the right to not reply to requests and queries sent outside of the mentioned period. The email title/subject MUST contain the title of the film and the name of the director in the title.
2.5 It is permitted for the applicant to submit more than one film (in separate entries); The candidate cannot submit the same film in different categories or genres, as described in point 2.8;
FEST – New Directors | New Films Festival’s competition are structured in different sections, each with its own jury members. Each section, jury and award is structured as follows:
2.6.1 All Feature Length films selected for the Golden Lynx competition will be disputing the awards Golden Lynx for Best Fiction Feature Film; or Golden Lynx For Best Documentary Feature Film. These works will also be disputing the Audience Award for Best Feature Film;
2.6.2 All Short Films selected for the Silver Lynx Competition will be disputing the awards Silver Lynx For Best Fiction Short Film; or Silver Lynx Award For Best Documentary Short Film; or Silver Lynx Award For Best Animation Short Film; or Silver Lynx Award For Best Experimental Short Film. All these works will also be disputing the Audience Award For Best Short Film;
2.6.3 All the Short Films selected for the NEXXT competition, limited to films produced in an academic context, will be disputing the NEXXT award;
2.6.4 All the Short Films selected for the National Grand Prix (GPN or NGP), limited to Portuguese majority productions, will be disputing the National Grand Prix award;
2.6.5 All the Feature and Short Films selected for the FESTinha section, focused on content directed at children and teenagers, will be disputing one of the three possible awards: FESTinha Sub6; FESTinha Sub12; e FESTinha Sub16;
2.6.6 FEST will create 6 separate jury groups (between 2 and 5 members each), who will have total freedom, and will, not be subjected to any interference or suggestions by the organization, in the moment of choosing the winning films. These 6 groups will be formed under the following structure: a) Fiction Feature jury; b) Feature and Short Documentary jury; c) Short Animation and Experimental jury; d) Short Fiction jury; e) NEXXT jury; f) National Grand Prix jury;
2.6.7 The winners of the FESTinha competition will be defined in a different format, where a pre-defined group of children and teenagers, through a workshop method, will decide on the three winning films, without any interference by the organization which may put in question the independence and neutrality of the jury;
2.6.8 The two Audience Awards (one for feature and another for short films) will be defined through a ballot paper vote that is distributed in the beginning of the official screening, and collected at the end. The final result will obey to a size of audience ratio logic;
2.6.9 Only the films exhibited in the context of the Golden and Silver Lynx competitions will be eligible for the Audience Award;
2.6.10 The final jury attributes awards without appeal and according to rules based on general principles determined by FEST – New Directors | New Films Festival. The final jury has the right to not award any one of the prizes if the criteria, according their belief, are not met;
2.6.11 The jury may not choose to award more than one film in each category;
2.6.12 The jury may distribute a maximum of 2 Honourable Mentions per category, although it has the right to not attribute any mention if it sees fit;
2.6.13 Media representatives present at the event may provide a Film Critics’ Award without the interference of the organization of the event;
2.6.14 The prizes consist on a special trophy, distributed after the event, if no representative of the film is present at the closing ceremony, which will take place on the 28th of June 2020 in Espinho.
2.6.15 The prize will be sent via post within a period of 6 months after the closing ceremony of the event.
2.6.16. Additional rewards are not guaranteed, and if confirmed will be made known via our website (www.fest.pt), together with a additional rules specifically defined for that purpose, if necessary. These new rules will not change or affect any other rule published in this document.
Film Submissions at FEST – New Directors | New Films Festival are dependent on a submission fee of 6€ for short and medium length films and 10€ for feature length films. The payment will be completed using Paypal and the submission platforms mentioned above;
2.7.1 This payment will be reduced between the period of the 16th of September and the 16th of October 2019, when there will be an “Early Bird” promotion with the following prices: 4 Euros for Short Films and 8 Euros for Feature Films. All the submissions completed after this period will have to pay the normal fee, as mentioned on point 2.7;
2.7.2 All Portuguese majority productions are exempt of any submission fee in order for the organization to promote the participation of the Portuguese artists and industry members. This exemption does not apply to other Portuguese speaking nations and regions;
2.7.3 All productions from countries currently under sanctions by the European Union or the Portuguese Republic, or with significant obstacles to PayPal access or impossibility of international bank transfers, may be exempt of paying the submission fee. All of these situations will be dealt on a case by case basis, as such, it is vital that these candidates get in touch with the organization, before completing the submission, via this email: films@fest.pt;
2.7.4 If a candidate has any significant technical problem in the payment of the submission fee, he or she must get in touch right away with the organization via email (films@fest.pt) in order to initiate a discussion on alternative payment methods. These situations will be dealt with on a case by case basis and the Organizer reserves the right to not provide alternative to PayPal as a payment method;
2.7.5 If a candidate aims at achieving a fee waiver he or she will have to get in touch with the organization via email (films@fest.pt) argumenting to great detail the reasons behind his or hers request. The Organizer reserves the right to deny any Fee Waiver.
The applicant will indicate on the entry form the category of their film. Only one of the following options must be chosen: Fiction; Documentary; Animation; Experimental.
2.8.1 If the film in question is a hybrid, where different styles and genres are mixed, the candidate must choose one single genre;
2.8.2 The Festival reserves the right to opt for a different genre then the one the candidate choose and indicated in the submission form;
2.9 The submission period terminates on the 17th of February 2020 at GMT. All applications submitted after the mentioned deadline may be automatically disqualified.
2.10 Once a film is submitted to the Festival, it cannot, for any reason, be removed from the program by the person or institution who submitted it;
2.11 All films and materials sent to FEST — New Directors | New Films Festival will not be returned and will remain in the festival’s archive, unless there is a previous written agreement between the applicant and the Festival stating the contrary;
2.12 The Festival is not responsible for any spelling mistake or wrong information provided in the application. The titles and names of filmmakers used in all promotional materials will always refer to the ones provided in the application. Equally, title changes made by the filmmakers after the submission, may not be possible to alter, as such the applicant recognizes this at the moment of completing the submission.
2.13 By filling in the form and sending the application and film, the applicant provides full legal authorization for the Organizer to exhibit the film in the festival and in public presentations.

3.1 The selection of the Festival is made by a secret group of programmers which should not be contacted directly by the applicants; as such any direct dialogue with programmers can be regarded as an unfair advantage and can be a strong enough reason for the Organizer to disqualify the submissions.
3.1.1 All information, questions, queries or sending of additional material or updated news of the film or filmmakers recent career must be sent to at films@fest.pt (The email MUST contain the title of the film and the name of the director in the title/subject). The organization will forward all sent information to the programing team.
3.1.2. The Festival reserves the right to not share information about the chances of selection of a submitted during the period of analysis.
The Organizer will inform the applicants that have been selected for the competitive section by e-mail or phone, latest by the 31st of May 2020;
3.2.1 The organization of the Festival reserves the right to not contact non-selected submissions, yet the organization commits itself to do all the necessary efforts to contact every single submitter if possible. The final selection will be published on our website: www.fest.pt
3.2.2 The Festival reserves the right to not use the contact options and selection news services within the partner platforms (Film Freeway, Film Festival Life, Fest Home and Click for Festivals).
The Organizer is not obliged to provide reasons for the non-selection of a film.
The Organizer is not obliged to cover screening fees, as such applicants recognize this situation at the time of submission.

Expenses for the shipping and screening of films are to be met by the film’s applicants; unless there is a previous written agreement between the applicant and FEST stating the contrary.
All applications or film copies sent with remitted expenses to be paid at the destiny by FEST will be returned and considered invalid;.
The exhibitions copies must be sent by 1st of June 2020, unless if both parties have a written agreement claiming the opposite.
The festival accepts the following formats for exhibition: DCP, Blu-Ray, digital file .MP4 or .MOV, 1080p or 720. These formats can be changed by the organization of the event at any moment. 5.1 Audio may not be available.
4.4.1 All exhibition copies must have no embedded subtitles. An additional srt. file with the correct time codes and clear English subtitles must be sent along with the final copy, whenever the film in question does not have dialogues in English;
FEST reserves the right to define the date of the screening and does not guarantee that the date can be altered at the convenience of the applicant. Fest also reserves the right, in case of extraordinary reasons, to change the date and time of the screening at the last minute;
4.5.1 In case a film is awarded, it will be rescreened on the 29th of June 2020, without additional costs or fees.
All selected filmmakers will be provided with two free accreditations that give full access to all film screenings, Masterclasses and Workshops, with the exception of FEST – Pitching Forum;
4.6.1. All selected filmmakers have the right to submit, free of charge, one single project application to the 2020 edition of FEST – Pitching Forum.
All selected filmmakers will be provided with up to 10 tickets for the official screening, which must be requested by the 19th of June 2020.
The Organizer cannot guarantee any support or reimbursement of travel, accommodation and food expenses by any member of the cast and crew of a selected film. The applicant recognizes this situation at the time of submitting the film.

All eventual doubts or omissions in the regulation will be solved by FEST — New Directors | New Films Festival following rules of equity and good and fair judgement.
All submissions to FEST — New Directors | New Films Festival translate full acceptance and no reservations in the terms of the regulation.



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