Arquiteturas International Film Festival

Arquiteturas Film Festival // Arquiteturas Festival Internacional de Cinema

7th edition

Jun 04 - Jun 09, 2020
Lisbon, Portugal

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Any type, Animation, Docu-feature, Documentary, Experimental, Multimedia, Narrative fiction, Student, TV
Film length Full length, Mid-length, Short
Genre Alternative, Art, Avantgarde, B-Movie, Biography, Culture, Drama, Environmental, Fantasy, Film noir, Foreign, History, Human rights, Independent, Melodrama, Microcinema, Mockumentary, Science, Science fiction, Social issues, Urban

Mission / description Arquiteturas is the only international film festival in Portugal to screen documentary, experimental, animation and fiction films where architecture plays the main role.
The festival focuses on the growing global interest in interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary architecture. It uses the power of moving images as a tool for broadening public understanding and appreciation of architecture.

The festival presents relevant documentaries, fiction and experimental films that expose both Portuguese and international contemporary architecture as well as the permanent dialogue between city, space, and narrative.
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Class Founded: 2013
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: Oct 01, 2018

Regular deadline: Dec 15, 2018
Late deadline: Dec 15, 2018

Notification date: Feb 15, 2019

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Awards Total prize money: 0.00 USD
Other prizes: Distribution of the awarded films in post festival Portuguese and international circuit
General rules AFFL 2109 THEME - Human Nature

The space in which we find ourselves - physically, conceptually, even ontologically - is becoming increasingly unstable. The same goes for the current political, scientific and planetary atmospheres. The stories of "civilization" and "nature" intersect, but how can we persist in the face of the great transformations we witness every day? Critical thinking agents who align politics with issues of planning, organization, design of the physical space and creation of environments are, at this juncture, key actors.

Although architecture has a recognized place within broad sociopolitical and cultural systems, until recently it was not recognized as part of Earth's geology, despite being a strong geological agent, unearthing, mobilizing, transforming and transporting earth, water, air, and energy in unimaginable ways.

In the seventh edition of the International Film Festival Architectures we will investigate and discuss the transformations that have been triggered by human and natural factors presenting films that portray the current state of human nature: the rebirth of the collectivist paradigm, increasing approaches to sustainability, and crisis of refugees, design and racism in the colonialist sphere, gender issues, circular economy and the advances of science (VR / AR / AI) are some of the themes that we hope to identify in the Open Call and in the curated program by the festival artistic director Sofia Mourato and curator André Costa.

These themes are urgent and we believe they are capable of mapping the complex urban systems within our visual culture resulting in a possible mapping of Human Nature.

General rules

1. Arquitecturas’19 – 7th International Film Festival – will take place from 4-9th June

2. Arquiteturas is the only international film festival in Portugal to screen documentary, experimental, animation and fiction films where architecture plays the main role. We are particularly interested in the growing global interest in interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary architecture. We are looking for proposals that use the power of moving images as a tool for broadening public understanding and appreciation of architecture, as well as the permanent dialogue between city, space, and narrative.

3. The Selection Committee is looking for films with cinematographic qualities bringing forth, as a whole, the point of view of their authors - fiction, animation, documentary and experimental.

4. The deadline for entries is 31st December 2018.

5. Only entries that include the sending of the film and a duly filled application form will be accepted.


Arquiteturas shall receive up to the 31st December:

• A version of the film with English subtitles, exception to be made to English spoken films.
• Films shall be sent through Film Festival Life and the download permission must be activated.

As an alternative, after submitting the film at Film Festival Life a Vimeo link can be sent to:

7. The version of the films to be used for the selection process will not be deleted. They will become part of the archive at DYMA – Do You Mean Architecture, where the associates may consult them. For any kind of public projection, permission from the rights owners will be required.

8. The selection committee will decide the section in which the film will be programmed. The festival is responsible for the selection of the films that compose the entire program.

9. Short and feature-length films can compete, with the following projection formats: HD file 1920x1080 H264 ACC, BR or DCP. At the festival, all the selected films will be screened with English subtitles. Portuguese spoken films will also be screened with English subtitles. Translation by voice over is not acceptable.

10. Arquiteturas has four competitive sections:

a) Documentary Competition:

• Feature films – films over 50 minutes
• Short films – films up to 49 minutes

b) Fiction Competition:

• Feature-length films – films over 50 minutes
• Short films – films up to 49 minutes

c) New Talent Competition – open to first films signed by a director. This section comprises the International Competition.

d) Experimental Competition – opens to experimental films that investigate new approaches to moving images and the development of the language of Cinema.

11. Only films concluded after the 1st January 2018 are eligible for the competitive categories.

12. Films concluded before 1st of January 2018 can be eligible to be screened outside the competitive sections.

13. In case the film is selected, Arquitecturas will inform the participant up to two months prior to the opening of the festival. After the participant has been informed about the participation of the film in the festival, the film must not be shown in Portugal until it is screened at Arquiteturas. The festival will also inform the entries that were not selected for up to two months prior to the initial date of the festival.

14. Participants declare that the film submitted is their own and that its public screening rights have not been transferred to third parties.

15. Immediately after being confirmed the selection, you should send by email:

• A script of the dialogues continuity of the films in English
• Two photos stills from the film (minimum resolution: 300 dpi – 10x10cm) in a digital format
• Link to the film trailer (Vimeo or Youtube is preferred)
• Biofilmography of the director
• Final Synopsis for the online program and catalog (max.450 characters) in English. For Portuguese submitted films the synopsis must be sent in English and Portuguese.
• Previous Festivals and Awards.

16. Until 15th of April, the copy of the selected film (in the right screening format), as well as posters, postcards, and promotional materials, should be sent to:

Arquitecturas Film Festival
Cinema São Jorge
Av. da Liberdade 175,
1250-001 Lisboa, Portugal

17. In the case of films from non-EU countries sent by a courier (Fedex, DHL, UPS) the film must be accompanied by a pro-forma invoice with the sender’s name, the film title, weight, measurements and/or a number of reels. If sent by normal postal service the envelope or box must state – Produto cultural. Sem valor commercial. (Cultural Product. Without Commercial Value).

18. All the texts, data and photos sent by participants to AFFL will be used for reference in various online and offline bilingual publications (including Festival catalog, Website, video library screens). This material may be translated, corrected or edited prior to publication. By submitting a film, all participants give Arquitecturas free permission to publish this material for the above purposes.

19. The costs related to sending the copy to Portugal will be borne by the participant. The costs of clearing the film through customs in Portugal, as well as the costs associated with returning the films to their country of origin, will be borne by the festival. In the latter situation, any customs duties in the country of origin will be borne by the participants.

20. After receiving the copies of the films, the festival is responsible for them until they are sent back.

21. All films screened during the festival must remain there until its ending and will be returned only after the closing ceremony of the festival.

22. The competition juries will comprise nationally and internationally renowned Portuguese and foreign personalities from the cultural world.

23. Arquitecturas awards consist of a trophy and distribution of the film nationally and internationally within our itinerant circuit. All the awards are attributed to the directors.

24. Awards:

Documentary competition

• Award for the best documentary film

Fiction competition

• Award for best fiction film

New talent

• Award for the best first film.

Experimentalism Competition

• Award for the best experimental film.

Audience Award

• Award for the best film according to the audience.

25. The decisions of the juries are final.

26. After the film has been selected, the festival may use a fragment of three minutes length of the film for the promotion of the festival on TV, radio, internet, as well as the publicity material of the film (press kit, posters, postcards, etc.) for promotion purposes also.

27. Arquitecturas guests are not covered by the insurance of the festival.

28. The producer of a film that is awarded a prize at Arquitecturas will undertake to mention the Arquitecturas prize in all promotional materials for the film and in the film credits of all copies that are produced after the festival dates.

29. All entries of films made to Arquitecturas presuppose knowledge of and acceptance of these regulations. Participation in the Festival implies acceptance without reservation of all the terms outlined in the present regulations and the reception of a filled and signed submission form. AFFL reserves the right to cancel any submission or take any suitable measure in the event of a breach of regulations.

30. All awarded films will take part in the Portuguese and international festival itinerant circuit that can start up to one month after the festival dates until 3 months before the subsequent edition in 2019.

31. The festival board will decide upon all matters that are not covered by these regulations in accordance with the international rules of film festivals.

For any question please contact:

Sofia Mourato
Director and founder