Cinalfama Lisbon International Film Festival

CLIFA // Cinalfama Lisbon International Film Festival

20th edition

Jan 28 - Jan 28, 2021
Lisbon, Portugal

Open Call 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 Our Mission

We acclaim emerging directors, screenwriters and filmmakers from all over the world and amplify their work by bringing together a diverse audience to experience and reflect on it, and engage in further dialogue.

Our community exists at the intersection of a broader, more inclusive, cinematic gaze and the emergence of truly exceptional cinema.

If films are the content, Alfama is the form that sets the tone for the experiences we create. An architectural somatisation of intimacy, this is the scene in which we invite your films to make their appearance.

Our Story
in 2009 as an informal project to showcase independent cinema in the recondite alleys of Alfama, projected against its iconic stone walls.

​In the following years, Cinalfama matured and became a competitive event of an international character, as well as a cultural reference in Lisbon.

The nature of the events has changed over the years, but the atmosphere, films and venues remain as intimate as they have always been.

Our Home
Founded in 1914, Grupo Sportivo Adicense is one of the oldest and most authentic remaining symbols of Alfama’s true soul.

World famous fado singers started their careers waiting tables at this historical institution – one that still stands in the face of constant change and mischaracterisation of the neighbourhood’s urban landscape
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Festival website

Rate Favorite Share Submit your film SELECT SUBMISSION CATEGORY Best Acting Best Debut Film Best Directing Best Medium or Feature Film Best Screenplay Best Short Film Critical Feedback Report One on One Mentoring
Class Founded: 2016
Festival category: C (national relevance, national player)
Dates Open call: Oct 16, 2020

Early bird deadline: Feb 01, 2021
Regular deadline: Mar 17, 2021
Late deadline: Jan 05, 2021

Notification date: Apr 14, 2021

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Fees Fees range from 9.15 to 80.52 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 Acting
Male or Female
Best Debut Film
Best Directing
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 Screenplay
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
Critical Feedback Report
Receive full private written professional critical feedback on your work. Please submit your film here. You will be contacted by our team shortly after.
One on One Mentoring
Book a one to one mentoring session with a member of Cinalfama’s jury of experienced and award-winning film professionals, for an in-depth analysis and creative review of your film. A unique chance to receive invaluable insights from an accomplished filmmaker’s perspective and experience, from creative reviews to cinematic references, also engaging in film and scene analysis. Our team will get back to you within 5 days after your submission to schedule the session.
General rules The submitter hereby certifies that he possesses the right(s) and all of the proper clearances to submit the film, including, but not limited to image rights, talent releases, soundtrack and/or source music releases; and assumes all responsibility for their material. Cinalfama Lisbon Screening and Awards accepts no responsibility, financial or otherwise, for any film submitted to the festival.

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 not to give all of the possible awards if we don’t receive enough entries in a particular category or if none of the submissions meet our high judging standards.

There can be, if the jury by its own quality so decides, two winners ex aequo in any of the categories.

The official selection is composed of 5 nominees, 1 winning film per category, as well as honourable mention recipients.

The Cinalfama Awards only accept online screeners. Please submit your film via one of the following online platforms: FilmFreeway; FilmFestivalLife; Click for Festivals, FestHome, S Filmmaker, or Movibeta. We do not accept discs or any downloadable files. ​

​Entry fees are nonrefundable.

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 previous editions.

Submissions in languages other than English must be subtitled in English. English subtitles must be embedded in the film. No additional srt files will be accepted.

Only films released after 2015 are accepted.

Short films are considered to be up to 30 minutes and medium or feature films to be 30 minutes or more.

Cinalfama reserves the right to disqualify any film whose submitter might be in any way linked to illicit or criminal acts, proven or otherwise.

Selected, nominated and awarded films’ promotional material will be announced and viewable on our website ( and on our social media pages.

The awarded films rightful owners of the rights, in each category of every edition, hereby authorise the film’s live screening at Cinalfama events, and use of relevant content on our social media platforms. This authorisation is an indispensable condition for the inclusion in the festival’s official selection.