FEST - New Directors|New Films Festival

FEST // Novos Realizadores | Novo Cinema

17th edition

Jun 21 - Jun 28, 2022
Espinho, 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, Narrative fiction, Student
Film length Full length, Mid-length, Short

Mission / description FEST - NDNFF #17
21 - 28 JUN 2021 | Espinho, Portugal

FEST – New Directors | New Films Festival is an all-encompassing celebration of the new tendencies of world cinema. The event focuses on a competitive and non-competitive showcase of the most promising new figures and works from around the globe.

The 17th edition of the festival will take place between the 21st and the 28th of June 2021, in the seaside town of Espinho (Portugal).

The selection is divided into several categories which include Feature Film and Short Film competitions in the Fiction, Documentary, Animation, Experimental Non-Narrative formats, as well as also content adequate for children and teenagers. The event also includes non-competitive sections that range from retrospectives, national and regional showcases, open-air beach screenings and the exhibition of Transmedia and Virtual Reality content, only to name a few.

The festival is currently accepting first and second feature films (regardless of the age of the director) as well as short films by directors up to the age of 35 at the end of the production.

Candidates must choose one of the available submission categories. Do not worry if your film fits different categories (Ie: Hybrid productions), as all submissions will be considered for the different competitions. If your film is also eligible for the NEXXT competition (focused on academic productions) but you wish the film to be considered for all other competitions please mention in the comment section of the submission the academic institution where the film was produced. If you have any doubts at all please do not hesitate to contact us at films@fest.pt

Throughout the years' FEST has selected for its feature film competitions films such as Jonathan Glazer’s "Birth"; Sean Baker’s “Tangerine”; Nora Fingschedt "System Crasher"; Carlos Marques-Mercet’s “10.000KM”; Tobias Nole’s “Aloys”; Anna Rose Holmer’s “the Fits”; and Rúnar Rúnarsson’s “Volcano”, among many others.

FEST’s Short Film sections are known for its wide variety of styles and filmic visions, having been throughout the years a platform for the launch of new artists such as Govinda Van Maele (Luxembourg), Christos Massalas (Greece), Mati Diop (France), Adriano Valerio (Italy), Patrick Vollrath (Germany), Ninja Thyberg (Sweden), Manuel Abramovich (Argentina), Daria Belova (Russia), Simon Mésa Soto (Colombia), Aga Woszczynska (Poland), Jela Hasler (Switzerland), as well as hundreds of other up-and-coming filmmakers.

FEST also includes a series of other activities that run parallel to the festival, in particular, FEST – Training Ground (one of Europe’s largest film forums) and FEST – Pitching Forum (film project competition), and others. For more information please visit our website at www.fest.pt
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Class Founded: 2004
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: Oct 05, 2020

Early bird deadline: Nov 05, 2020
Regular deadline: Feb 22, 2021
Late deadline: Feb 22, 2021

Notification date: Jun 01, 2020

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Fees Fees range from 0.00 to 10.06 EUR (0.00 to 0.00 USD) . See submission categories for details about fees.
Awards Total prize money: 0.00 USD
Other prizes: Financial prizes to be annouced
1.1. FEST - New Directors | New Films Festival (hereinafter: the Festival) will have its next edition from 21st
June to 28th June, 2021 in Espinho, Portugal.
1.2. The Festival is organized by FEST – Associação Cultural (hereinafter: the Organization), a non-profit
NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) developing work on film, media and education, registered at
Rua 23 N.º 768, 4500-276 Espinho, Portugal.
1.3. The 17th edition of the FEST will take place with the following objectives:
■ Promote sustainable development of film, screenings and promoting new talents in this area;
■ Disseminate new innovative work and film discourses from around the globe, providing a
privileged window into the world of New Cinema;
■ Create new audiences for cinema;
■ Promote the interchange of experiences between participants in the event;
■ Elevate the skills of participants;
■ Promote the city of Espinho as a quality cultural tourism destination;
■ Offer a quality cultural event accessible to every individual.
2.1. The Festival has two distinct types of competition, competitions focused on Feature Films (upwards of
55 minutes length) and competitions for Short Films (up to 54 minutes). These competitions are
represented in the sections Golden and Silver Lynx, NEXXT, Portuguese Grand Prix and FESTinha.
2.2. The short film competition accepts short length films made by directors with no more than 35 years of
age (including) on the last day of production, in the area of Fiction, Documentary, Animation,
Experimental Non-Narrative Cinema, and short film content aimed at children and younger audiences.
2.3. The feature film competition accepts films that are first or second feature length productions
(regardless of the director’s age).
2.4. The films must have been concluded after the 1st of September 2019 and they must not have been
screened in previous editions of the Festival.
■ Portuguese films must not have been screened, under all circumstances, no more than on two
separate occasions in the Portuguese territory. All films screened in Portugal more than twice may
be disqualified.
2.5. Film submissions will not be discriminated in terms of theme, genre, race, creed or any other
limitations, apart from the elements described in these regulations. As such, all submissions will be
analysed with the same rigor and dedication.
2.6. Submissions which do not fit these requirements will be considered invalid automatically, and FEST
reserves the right to not let the applicant know that his or her application has been disqualified.
3.1. All films to be considered for selection must be submitted using only one of the following options:
■ Using the Eventival platform which can be found at www.fest.pt . The submission form must be
completed in its entirety, and a link to any secure internet service that does not require immediate
file download or limited streaming must be added in the appropriate section (Vimeo, YouTube,
Dropbox, Google drive, etc.). It is not mandatory for the link to also be made available for
download, but we would welcome it if you choose to make that option available within the
streaming service;
■ Using our own page at FilmFreeway
( https://filmfreeway.com/festival/FestNewDirectorsNewFilmsFestival ), where the largest possible
amount of information about the production should be made available. If you choose to not use the
FilmFreeway streaming service, we would be thankful if the submitters would leave the download
option activated, but this is not mandatory;
■ Using our page at Click For Festivals
( https://www.clickforfestivals.com/fest-new-directors-new-films-festival ), where the largest
possible amount of information about the production should be made available;
■ Using our page at Film Festival Life
( http://www.filmfestivallife.com/fest-new-directorsnew-films-festival ), where the largest possible
amount of information about the production should be made available;
■ Using our page at Festhome
( https://festhome.com/f/1524 ), where the largest possible amount of information about the
production should be made available.
3.2. The film submission period terminates on the 22nd of February 2021 at 23h59 GMT . All applications
submitted after the mentioned deadline may be automatically disqualified.
3.3. All links/online screeners must be made available until the 31st of May 2020 . It is also obligatory that all
films are made available with English subtitles (including Portuguese productions) unless all dialogues
are already in English.
3.4. If the submitter has any problem completing the application or making the online screener available via
streaming, he or she must get in direct contact with the Organization of the Festival via the following
address films@fest.pt between the 5th of October 2020 and the 22nd of February 2021 (the email
title/subject must contain the title of the film and the name of the director in the title). The organization
reserves the right to not reply to requests and queries sent outside of the mentioned period.
3.5. The applicant will indicate on the entry form the category of their film. Only one of the following options
must be chosen: Fiction; Documentary; Animation; Experimental.
■ If the film in question is a hybrid, where different styles and genres are mixed, the candidate must
choose one single genre.
■ The Organization reserves the right to opt for a different genre then the one the candidate choose
and indicated in the submission form.
3.6. It is permitted for the applicant to submit more than one film (in separate entries); The candidate cannot
submit the same film in different categories or genres, as described in point 3.5.
3.7. Once a film is submitted to the Festival, it cannot, for any reason, be removed from the program by the
person or institution who submitted it.
3.8. By filling in the form and sending the application and film, the applicant provides full legal
authorization for the Organization to exhibit the film in the Festival and in public presentations.
However, each selected candidate will be contacted in order to sign and send us an exhibition licence,
either as an individual or as a group, for legal purposes.
4.1. All film submissions are dependent on a submission fee of 6,00 EUR for short films and 10,00 EUR for
feature films. The payment will be completed using Paypal and the submission platforms mentioned
above in 3.1.
4.2. The submission fee between the 5th of October and the 5th of November is subject to the “Early Bird”
discount, where the prices drop to 4,00 EUR for short Films and 8,00 EUR for feature Films.
■ All the submissions completed after this period will have to pay the normal fee, as mentioned on
point 4.1.
4.3. All Portuguese majority productions are exempt of any submission fee in order for the organization to
promote the participation of the Portuguese artists and industry members. This exemption does not
apply to other Portuguese speaking nations and regions.
4.4. All productions from countries currently under sanctions by the European Union or the Portuguese
Republic, or with significant obstacles to PayPal access or impossibility of international bank transfers,
may be exempt from paying the submission fee.
■ All of these situations will be dealt on a case by case basis, as such, it is vital that these candidates
get in touch with the Organization of the Festival, before completing the submission, via this email
films@fest.pt .
4.5. If a candidate has any significant technical problem in the payment of the submission fee, he or she
must get in touch right away with the organization via email to films@fest.pt in order to initiate a
discussion on alternative payment methods. These situations will be dealt with on a case by case basis
and the Organization reserves the right to not provide alternative to PayPal as a payment method.
4.6. If a candidate requires a Fee Waiver, they will have to get in touch with the organization via email to
films@fest.pt , explaining with great detail the reasons behind their request. The Organization reserves
the right to deny any Fee Waiver.
4.7. If the purchaser wishes to receive an invoice, it must be requested within the first 30 days after making
the payment. The invoice request must be sent via email to films@fest.pt and it must have the payment
confirmation attached and contain the invoice details of the purchaser (name, postal address and tax /
VAT number).
5.1. The Festival’s competitions are structured in different sections, each with its own jury members. Each
section, jury and award is structured as follows:
■ All feature films selected for the Golden Lynx competition will be disputing the awards Golden
Lynx for Best Fiction Feature Film; or Golden Lynx For Best Documentary Feature Film . These
works will also be disputing the Audience Award for Best Feature Film ;
■ All short Films selected for the Silver Lynx Competition will be disputing the awards Silver Lynx
For Best Fiction Short Film; or Silver Lynx Award For Best Documentary Short Film ; or Silver
Lynx Award For Best Animation Short Film ; or Silver Lynx Award For Best Experimental Short
Film . All these works will also be disputing the Audience Award For Best Short Film ;
■ All the short Films selected for the National Grand Prix (GPN or NGP), limited to Portuguese
majority productions, will be disputing the National Grand Prix Award ;
■ All the Short Films selected for the NEXXT competition, limited to films produced in an academic
context, will be disputing the NEXXT Award ;
■ All the Feature and Short Films selected for the FESTinha section, focused on content directed at
children and teenagers, will be disputing one of the three possible awards: FESTinha Sub10 ;
FESTinha Sub12 ; e FESTinha Sub16 .
5.2. The Organization of the Festival will create 6 separate jury groups (between 2 and 5 members each), who
will have total freedom, and will not be subjected to any interference or suggestions by the organization,
in the moment of choosing the winning films. These 6 groups will be formed under the following
■ Fiction Feature Jury ;
■ Feature and Short Documentary Jury ;
■ Short Animation and Experimental Jury ;
■ Short Fiction Jury ;
■ NEXXT Jury ;
■ National Grand Prix Jury ;
5.3. The winners of the FESTinha competition will be defined in a different format, where a pre-defined
group of children and teenagers, through a workshop method, will decide on the 3 winning films,
without any interference by the Organization which may put in question the independence and
neutrality of the jury.
5.4. The two Audience Awards (one for feature and another for short films) will be defined through a ballot
paper vote that is distributed in the beginning of the official screening, and collected at the end. The
final result will obey a size of audience ratio logic.
■ Only the films exhibited in the context of the Golden and Silver Lynx competitions will be eligible
for the Audience Award.
5.5. The final Jury attributes awards without appeal and according to rules based on general principles
determined by Organization. The final jury has the right to not award any one of the prizes if the
criteria, according to their belief, are not met.
■ The Jury may not choose to award more than one winning film in each category.
■ The Jury may distribute a maximum of two Honourable Mentions per category, although it has the
right to not attribute any mention if it sees fit.
5.6. Media representatives present at the Festival may provide a Film Critics’ Award without the
interference of the Organization.
5.7. The Organization ensures the delivery of prizes, if no representative of the film is present at the closing
ceremony, which will take place on the 27th of June 2021 in Espinho . The prizes consist of a special
trophy that will be sent via post until the end of 2021.
5.8. Additional rewards are not guaranteed, and if confirmed will be made known via our website
www.fest.pt , together with additional rules specifically defined for that purpose, if necessary. These
new rules will not change or affect any other rule published in this document.
6.1. The selection of the Festival is made by a secret group of programmers which should not be contacted
directly by the applicants, as such any direct dialogue with programmers can be regarded as an unfair
advantage and can be a strong enough reason for the Organization to disqualify the submissions.
■ All information, questions, queries or sending of additional material or updated news of the film or
filmmakers recent career must be sent to at films@fest.pt (the email title/subject must contain the
title of the film and the name of the director in the title).
■ The Organization reserves the right to not share information about the chances of selection of a
submitted during the period of analysis.
6.2. The Organization of the Festival will inform the applicants that have been selected for the competitive
section by email or phone, latest by the 31st of May 2021 .
■ The Organization reserves the right to not contact non-selected submissions, yet the organization
commits itself to do all the necessary efforts to contact every single submitter if possible. The final
selection will be published on our website www.fest.pt .
■ The Organization reserves the right to not use the contact options and selection news services
within the partner platforms (FilmFreeway, Film Festival Life, Fest Home and Click for Festivals).
6.3. The Organization is not obliged to provide reasons for the non-selection of a film.
6.4. The Organization is not obliged to cover screening fees, as such applicants recognize this situation at the
time of submission.
7.1. Expenses for the shipping and screening of films are to be met by the film’s applicants; unless there is a
previous written agreement between the applicant and the Organization stating the contrary.
7.2. All applications or film copies sent with remitted expenses to be paid at the destiny will be returned and
considered invalid.
7.3. The exhibition copies must be sent by 1st of June 2021 , unless both parties have a written agreement
claiming the opposite.
7.4. The Festival accepts the following formats for exhibition: DCP , Blu-Ray , digital file .MP4 or . MOV ,
1080p or 720p . These formats can be changed by the Organization of the Festival at any moment. 5.1
Audio may not be available.
■ All exhibition copies must have no embedded subtitles and shall be accompanied by a srt. file with
the correct time codes and clear English subtitles.
8.1. The Organization reserves the right to define the date of the screening and does not guarantee that the
date can be altered at the convenience of the applicant. FEST also reserves the right, in case of
extraordinary reasons, to change the date and time of the screening at the last minute.
■ In case a film is awarded, it will be rescreened on the 28th of June 2021, without additional costs or
8.2. All selected filmmakers will be provided with two free accreditations that give full access to all film
screenings, masterclasses and workshops, with the exception of Pitching Forum
■ All selected filmmakers have the right to submit, free of charge, one single project application to
the 2022 edition of FEST – Pitching Forum .
8.3. All selected filmmakers will be provided with up to 10 tickets for the official screening, which must be
requested by the 11th of June 2021 .
8.4. The Organization cannot guarantee any support or reimbursement of travel, accommodation and food
expenses by any member of the cast and crew of a selected film. The applicant recognizes this situation
at the time of submitting the film.
8.5. All films and materials sent to the Festival will not be returned and will remain in the event’s archive,
unless there is a previous written agreement between the applicant and the Organization stating the
8.6. All the confirmed films will be presented in:
■ physical and online programming on our website ( www.fest.pt );
■ FEST – New Directors | New Films Festival Catalogue, which will be distributed among the jury,
participants and Festival guests, and available for sale in the Festival shop;
■ publications for social media and digital platforms of the Festival, and media.
8.7. The information about the film, the visual materials and the directors profiles for the publication will be
based on the information and materials submitted in the submission. The Organization is not
responsible for any spelling or grammar mistakes or wrong information provided in the submission
■ Equally, title changes made by the filmmakers after the submission, may not be possible to alter, as
such the applicant recognizes this at the moment of completing the submission.
8.8. Changes requested after submitting a film or after the announcement of the selection results may not be
possible to alter, as such the applicant recognizes this at the moment of completing the submission.
8.9. The Organization reserves the right to not include all the submitted information in the publications
described on point 8.6. and to choose only specific sections to be featured in each publication.
9.1. The Organization is not under any obligation to pay compensation where any change to or cancellation
of the Festival program is caused by circumstances outside our control, namely: war or threat of war,
riots, civil strife, industrial dispute, airline grounding, terrorist activity, natural or nuclear disasters,
pandemics and epidemics, fire or adverse weather conditions and all similar events.
■ All deadlines and/or agreements set in these regulations or written agreement with the
Organization can be changed.
9.2. All eventual doubts or omissions in the regulation will be solved by the Organization following rules of
equity and good and fair judgement.
9.3. The submission of a film to FEST — New Directors | New Films Festival translates full acceptance and
no reservations in the terms of the regulation.