Phenomena Festival - São Paulo Premiere Fantastic Film Festival (4)


20 Jan 2021
Call for entries

04 Jan 2021
Early deadline

31 May 2021
Standard deadline

31 Jul 2021
Late deadline

31 Aug 2021
Extended deadline


01 Oct 2021
Notification date

07 Dec 2021
12 Dec 2021


Rua Vergueiro, 1000,  05436-030, Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Festival description
Short film festival >1' 30'<
Feature film festival >70' 240'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 Production date: Any
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  >1' 30'<
 Feature Films  >70' 240'<
 Any language
English Portuguese
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Festival start: 07 December 2021      Festival end: 12 December 2021

Phenomena Festival is a competitive international films and arts festival. Focused in fantasy, sci-fi and horror, we are in search of the most uncanny film makers.

Our mission is to find the most surreal, unique and amazing genre films of the globe and bring then into the spotlight to be seen by the largest number of weirdness aficcionados possible! The greatest genre films for us are the ones that on the surface are excellent fantasy or scary movies, but if you start digging, you get a sense of another layer that speaks about a truth of a kind. Simply put, films we do not forget so fast. Films that we get sucked into and go for a voyage with. Films that we feel gave us more than just the satisfaction of being glued to the screen. Because mindless entertainment is everywhere and we're not sure if there is an excuse for it anymore. Genre films or films with genre elements are one of the few last resorts where one can make both art and entertainment and still have that special layer hidden within, and we really love that.

The event takes place in the megalopolis of São Paulo, Brazil, with 7 days of screenings, panels and workshops.

We promise a rollicking good time and a slate packed with great films. We can't do that without the filmmakers and artists, so submit now! Diversity and originality are not only welcome, but also encouraged. Absolutely no ratings restrictions, ever.

The winners will be awarded with an high quality metal statue award designed by the english artist David Van Gough and sculpted by Marcelo Pasqua.

For each category bellow, the winners will be awarded our Apophenie award designed by the artist David Van Gough and sculpted by Marcelo Pasqua.

Best NEW BLOOD Feature Film - Phenomena Award
Best Short Film - Phenomena Award
Best Short Animation - Phenomena Award

Other categories will receive our beautiful print certificate. This certificate highlights the significance and value that art represents for the Phenomena Festival, and therefore it is awarded as a quality seal for the uniqueness and mastery of the cinematic arts demonstrated by this work. In our constant search for works that transcend mainstream entertainment, we applaud visions and artists willing to take risks as narratives, films that escape conventional categorization and stories that dwell on the edges between the surreal, the mysterious and the extraordinary. The creation of films and myths is a unique gift that we have as humans, let's celebrate this potential by praising the great directors who participated in the Phenomena Festival 2021.


By entering the Phenomena Festival the participants recognize the elements they fill are true and they are the original authors of their works and holders of the copyright. The participants agree that the organizing committee has the right to refuse to receive works which may be considered offensive morally, political or religiously. Submission of entries acknowledges the right of the organizers to use them for the publication of the catalog/book of the event (including digital publication), for promotion of the event purposes (including posting in social media and adds) and for an eventual exhibition regarding the Phenomena Festival event. Any different use of the entries needs the participant's approval.

Eligibility Requirements for the feature film and short film competition (jury award):
- Running time for all feature films must be 70 minutes or more
- Running time for all shorts must be less than 30 minutes.
- Selected films must be made available in a 35mm composite print, Blu-ray, or DCP.
- All films must be at least a São Paulo premiere and cannot be made available publicly online at any time before the fest.
- Preview screening format is an online screener ONLY - No DVD screeners.
- If submitting more than one film, a separate completed entry is required for each title.
- The submitted films must have Portuguese or at least English subtitles.

Entries are scheduled at the discretion of Phenomena Festival. Phenomena Festival retains the right to make changes to the published schedule at any time and for any reason. Films may be screened more than once.



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