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IndieLisboa International Film Festival (Lisbon, Portugal) aims to contribute to the discovery in Portugal of new films and new directors – within the universe of independent film – both national and foreign.


Article 1


IndieLisboa intends to stimulate the public exhibition of films that are neither distributed nor exhibited within Portugal’s traditional circuits. The festival gives preference to national premieres.


Article 2


The 16th IndieLisboa will be held from May 2nd to 12th, 2019.


Article 3


The following official sections accept submissions:

International Competition – the International Competition for short and feature films is composed of films that have never been publicly exhibited in Portugal and which were completed in 2018 or 2019. First, second or third works, fiction, animation, documentaries and experimental films may apply to this section. The festival is particularly keen to promote the work of new directors;
National Competition – this section aims to give national and international recognition to very recent Portuguese shorts and features;
Silvestre – competitive section with films only bound by their uniqueness. The films in this section are not afraid to follow unexpected paths, refuse impositions or seek alternative routes.
Brand New – this competitive section shows upcoming Portuguese talents;
IndieJunior – a competition programmed for younger audiences: shorts and features, comprising animations and live-action films (fictions and documentaries);
IndieMusic – a competitive section comprising films – mainly documentaries – focusing on music and its protagonists;
Director’s Cut – a programme of recently-restored titles, rediscoveries and films which reflect on cinema itself, its artistic dimensions and history;
Mouth of Madness – composed of films that festively march along the cliff regardless any fear, this section presents works that defy traditional conventions;
Special Screenings – a survey of essential works in independent contemporary cinema by established filmmakers, thematic programmes and film previews.

IndieLisboa has also a retrospective section entitled Independent Hero, dedicated to those who go beyond the mainstream in filmmaking and help to open new and unconventional paths for cinema.


Article 4

(How to apply)

To apply to IndieLisboa’s International Competition, films must fulfill all the following criteria:

– Fiction, animation, documentary or experimental short (up to 59 minutes) or feature films (from 60 minutes);
– First, second or third works by their director(s);
– Completed in either 2018 or 2019;
– First public presentation in Portugal.

Regarding other sections of the festival:

– Fiction, animation, documentary and experimental short and feature films;
– Films produced preferably in 2018 and 2019;
– Portuguese premieres are preferred.

The festival may, in exceptional circumstances, decide to select films that do not fulfil one or more of these criteria. Such selection is at the discretion of the festival organisers.


Article 5


Submitted films must have a screener subtitled in English (except for English spoken films).
Selected films must have a screening copy subtitled in English (except for English spoken films).
The festival will provide for a Portuguese translation and electronic subtitling.
Portuguese films spoken in other languages must send a formatted Portuguese dialogue list.


Article 6

(Juries and awards)

IndieLisboa official juries are:a) Feature Film International Competition Jury, composed of renowned personalities from the world of cinema, at least one of whom will be Portuguese. The Jury is responsible for assigning the following award: Feature Film Grand Prize and Special Jury Awardb) Short Film International Competition Jury, composed of renowned personalities from the world of cinema, at least one of whom will be Portuguese. The Jury will be responsible for assigning the following awards: Short Film Grand Prize, Best Animation, Best Documentary and Best Fiction.c) National Competition Jury, composed of renowned personalities from the world of cinema, responsible for assigning the following awards: Best Portuguese Feature Film, Best Director in a Portuguese Feature Film, Best Portuguese Short Film, New Talent in Short Film and Brand New.d) Silvestre Jury, composed of renowned personalities from the world of cinema, responsible for assigning the following awards: Silvestre Award for Best Feature Film, Silvestre Award for Best Short Film.e) IndieJunior Jury, composed of students from Portuguese schools, responsible for assigning the IndieJunior Award to a film in the respective section.f) IndieMusic Jury, composed of renowned personalities from the world of cinema and music, responsible for assigning the IndieMusic Award to a film in the respective section.
IndieLisboa non-official juries are: Amnesty International, Árvore da Vida, Schools, Universities, and Audience.
Juries will be able to assign honorable mentions when deemed necessary.
Individuals directly connected with the production, exhibition or distribution of films presented in the various competitive sections may not sit in the respective jury.


Article 7


Submissions must be completed online via no later than December 31st 2018.
The online screener and password (requested in the form) should be valid until March 24th 2019. If the film is selected, please note that we will need to download the file for press/internal use.
If relevant, please indicate if the submission is a rough cut or a work in progress.
If the film is selected you should send to, immediately after the communication of the selection, the following elements:

-dialogue list
-film stills and director’s photo
-credits/artistic info
-exhibition authorization
-trailer and EPK (electronic press kit);

Until March 31st 2019 you should send to IndieLisboa – International Independent Film Festival, Casa do Cinema, Rua da Rosa, 2º– 1200-385 Lisboa, Portugal the following elements:: -exhibition print with English subtitles (on the requested format)

-technical info of the screening copy
-posters, postcards, other materials.


Article 8

(Submission fee)

Submissions include an entry fee paymentshort films: 7 eurosfeature films: 20 euros
Portuguese films (shorts and features) shall be exempt from payment. To this effect you should fill the specific form.
Entry fees are per film.


Article 9


The official selection will be announced one month prior to the festival. After the communication of the selection and until after its exhibition at the festival, the selected films must not be publicly exhibited in Portugal.
After accepting the selection in any section of IndieLisboa, the film in case cannot be withdrawn.
Unsuccessful submissions will be notified at least one month prior to the festival.


Article 10

(Retention of films)

All films screened during the festival must remain at the festival during its complete duration, and will be returned only after the festival is over, or in some cases, when authorized, until one month after the festival.


Article 11


The shipping costs of materials submitted to the festival for selection purposes must be paid by the person/organization submitting the film.
Transportation costs (round-trip) for films which are selected for the programme – as well as the insurance relating to them – are the festival’s responsibility, except when the film is being shipped to another festival. In such cases, IndieLisboa will pay only for the coming of the film (in accordance with standard practice at international film festivals).


Article 12


Insurance for all films is the entire responsibility of the festival, from their reception by the festival until their return.


Article 13


The producer (and/or the owner of the exhibition rights of the film in film festivals) of films which have won awards during the festival must mention IndieLisboa and its logo in all publicity and press/promotion materials produced immediately after the awarding of the prize to the film.


Article 14


If the film is awarded, it can integrate a festival extension within four months of the event. If you do not authorize the film to integrate the extension, you must send an email to: until March 31st, 2019.


Article 15


Participation in the festival implies acceptance of all the aforementioned regulations.


Article 16

(General disclaimer)

Decisions of the festival’s direction are final. IndieLisboa’s directors will be responsible for any decisions regarding issues not covered by the above regulations, in accordance with the international rules of film festivals.