Cinalfama Lisbon International Film Awards

CLIFA // Cinalfama Lisbon International Film Awards

14th edition

Dec 12 - Dec 12, 2018
Lisbon, Portugal

Open Call Oct 02, 2018 - Dec 05, 2018  Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Animation, Children, Commercial, Docu-feature, Documentary, Experimental, Hybrids, Industrial, Narrative fiction, Student
Film length Full length, Mid-length, Short
Genre Alternative, Art, Comedy, Comedy drama, Culture, Dance, Dark comedy, Drama, Dramedy, Foreign, History, Human rights, Independent, LGBT, Melodrama, Mockumentary, Music, Musical, , Parody, Post modern, Realism, Reality, Road Trip, Romance, Romantic comedy, Satire, Social issues

Mission / description Lisbon suddenly became an European Mecca for all kinds of artistic and cultural ventures. And although Lisbon’s cosmopolitan culture is booming some say that a small town intimate feeling is still in place when walking through quarters like Alfama. An artist, impressed by Lisbon’s cultural renaissance, said:

“It’s like a village, but our clients are from all over the world!”

From this intimate yet international city comes the CinAlfama Lisbon International Film Awards. Fully open to diversity. Open to all genres, lengths and subjects.

The Cinalfama Awards are bestowed every two months in the live Cinalfama Awards’ Sessions, where the winners will be announced and the best Feature Film and best Short Film categories will be screened. The first one will be in September 2016!

The Cinalfama juri is composed by experienced professionals that can also give you a professional and critical feedback on your work that will be made public on our site and social media.
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Festival website

Rate Favorite Share Submit your film SELECT SUBMISSION CATEGORY Best Debut Film Best Feature Film Best Music Best Short Film
Class Founded: 2016
Festival category: D (local player)
Dates Open call: Oct 02, 2018

Early bird deadline: Oct 06, 2018
Regular deadline: Nov 01, 2018
Late deadline: Dec 05, 2018

Notification date: Dec 06, 2018

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Fees Fees range from 4.31 to 9.48 EUR (0.00 to 0.00 USD) . See submission categories for details about fees.
Awards Total prize money: 0.00 USD
Other prizes: Acommodation and meals in Lisboa
Festival sections
Best Debut Film
Best Feature Film
Films over 30 minute long. All genres, themes, languages and countries. All films with non english original language must have english subtitles.
Best Short Film
Films under 30 minute long. All genres, themes, languages and countries. All films with non english original language must have english subtitles
General rules Rules & Terms


1. The Cinalfama Awards only accepts online screeners. Please submit them via online platforms. We do not accept discs our any downloadable files.
2. The entrant/submitter/moviemaker hereby certifies that they possess the right(s) and all of the proper clearances to submit the movie, including, but not limited to image rights, talent releases, soundtrack and/or source music releases; and assumes all responsibility for their material. The CINALFAMA AWARDS accepts no responsibility, financial or otherwise, for any movie submitted to the festival.
3. Every entry/submission will be judged based on its directing, acting, technical, and artistic merits, as related to the submission. All decisions made by the judge(s) are considered final and incontestable. We reserve the right to not give all of the awards possible if we didn't receive enough entries in a particular category or if none of the submissions met our high judging standards. If we deem it appropriate, additional categories of awards may be presented as well.
4. Entry fees are not refundable
5. Multiple entries are allowed. You can submit more than one film to the same category. Any entry will be considered eligible in the next edition only if the film was not awarded in the previous edition.
6. Submissions in languages other than English must be subtitled in English.
7. We accept every kind of film released after 2010.
8. The Festival is open to everyone. If you’re under 18, you will need to include a parent’s name and contact info.
9. We consider: short films - up to 50 minutes
feature film – 50 minutes and more

Awards & Prizes

A list of 10 prizes are awarded every two months and announced live in the Cinalfama Awards Sessions where the winners in the "Best Feature" and "Best Short" categories will be screened live. All the bimonthly winners will also compete in the annual awards awarded live in the Lisbon main event in September 2017.

• Best Feature Film
• Best Short Feature
• Best Documentary
• Best Music (Score or Song)
• Best Directing
• Best Acting (female or male)
• Best Screenplay
• Best Debut Film
• Honorable Mentions
• Best Promotion (Sinopsis, Trailer and Board)

There are two awards given annually

• “City in Film Award” - best film around the theme
• Public's Choice Award - voted by the public in the annual award ceremony

The official selection is composed of the nominated films - 4 in each category in every edition.

Both nominated and awarded films promotional material will be viewable in our site and our social media pages. If the submitter willingly allows it can be integrally displayed.

The participants will not get feedback unless they submit their entry with a review request.

The selected and awarded films can download their laurels at the festival site.

The films awarded "Best Feature Film" and "Best Short Film" in the bimonthly editions will be publicly screened in Lisbon in September 2017, with media coverage.
The films awarded in the Lisbon annual ceremony will receive a trophy.