Arquiteturas Film Festival

AFF // Arquiteturas Film Festival

8th edition

Jun 02 - Jun 07, 2021
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, LGBT, Melodrama, Microcinema, Mockumentary, Realism, Reality, Science, Science fiction, Social issues, Thriller, Transgender, Underground, 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: Nov 01, 2019

Regular deadline: Dec 31, 2019
Late deadline: Dec 31, 2019

Notification date: Feb 15, 2020

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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 2020 - Bodies Out of Space

Following the past themes of the festival that have tackled contemporary issues concerning the built environment, we will continue housing an open forum for discussion, by means of personal, collective and global audiovisual stories from all corners of the world.

The 8th edition of Arquiteturas aims to reflect on the social construction of space connected with a thread that circulates within its own narratives of domination.
Narratives also of identity that is often stolen or forced into bodies. Against some current assumptions, we see this perceptual paradigm – an epitome of the vision of our times – as fundamentally social, spatial and corporeal.

Architecture works along administrative, economic, political and structural powers that control, segregate and colonize, actively mapping the spatial territories inhabited by our bodies. Now, to be fair, this isn’t only a grim interpretation of the field, it is a call for actively thinking about our own spectator responsibility as we move through this maze of inequality as direct descendants of exploration of space and bodies.

Our call for films is intended for anyone that is concerned with these issues and has a story to tell. We will be happy to receive adventurous, cinematic, responsible, poignant, challenging, historical, political, activist, experimental motion pictures.

General rules

1. Arquitecturas’20 – 8th edition – will take place from 2-7th June 2020

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 2019.

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, Arquiteturas 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 2020, the copy of the selected film (in the right screening format), as well as posters, postcards, and promotional materials, should be sent to DYMA's headquarters (Do You Mean Architecture is the organizing entity of the festival) :

Arquiteturas Film Festival
Bertelmanstraat 21h
1075LT Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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 Arquiteturas 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. Arquiteturas 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. Arquiteturas guests are not covered by the insurance of the festival.

28. The producer of a film that is awarded a prize at Arquiteturas will undertake to mention the Arquiteturas 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 Arquiteturas 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