IndieLisboa International Independent 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.
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.
The 14th edition of IndieLisboa will be held from May 3rd to 14th, 2017.
1. 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 2016 or 2017. 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 gathering works from young filmmakers and established authors, 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;
2. 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.
(How to apply)
1. To apply to IndieLisboa’s International Competition, films must fulfill all the following criteria:
– Fiction, animation, documentary or experimental short (under 59 minutes) or feature films (over 60 minutes);
– First, second or third works by their director(s);
– Completed in either 2016 or 2017;
– First public presentation in Portugal.
2. Regarding other sections of the festival:
– Fiction, animation, documentary and experimental short and feature films;
– Films produced preferably in 2016 and 2017;
– Portuguese premieres are preferred.
3. 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 organizers.
- 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.
(Official and non-official juries)
- 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 Award.
- b) 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, Special Mentions to Animation, Documentary and Fiction.
- c) National Competition Jury, composed of renowned personalities from the world of cinema. The Jury is responsible for assigning the following awards: Best Portuguese Feature Film, Best Portuguese Short Film, New Talent in Short Film and Brand New.
- d) IndieJunior Jury, composed of students from Portuguese schools, and will be responsible for assigning the IndieJunior Award to a film in the respective section.
- IndieLisboa non-official juries are: Silvestre, IndieMusic, FIPRESCI, Amnesty International, Árvore da Vida, Schools, Universities, Format Court 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.
- The awards attributed by the International Competition Juries (features and shorts) are as follows:
– Feature Film Grand Prize, worth 10.000€;
– Short Film Grand Prize, worth 4.000€;
- The awards attributed by the National Competition Jury are as follows:
– Best Portuguese Feature Film (value to be announced);
– Best Portuguese Short Film (value to be announced);
– New Talent Award (value to be announced);
– Best Film Brand New section (value to be announced)
- The IndieJunior Award is worth 1.000€.
- The Amnesty International Award is worth 1.500€.
- The Árvore da Vida Award is given to a Portuguese film of the National Competition and it is worth 2.000€.
- The Schools Award is given to a short film from the International Competition and the Universities Award is given to a feature film from the International Competition.
- The FIPRESCI Award is given to a feature film from the Silvestre section.
- The Format Court Award is given to a short film from the Silvestre section.
- The Audience Award is given to films from the International Competition, National Competition, Silvestre, Brand New, IndieJunior, IndieMusic and Mouth of Madness in the following categories: Feature Film, Short Film, IndieJunior and IndieMusic.
- Submissions must be completed online via www.indielisboa.com/submissions no later than January 16th, 2017.
- If you submit an online link as a screener (and password if needed), there will be no more steps to be done: the submission will be complete. The link and password should be valid until the end of the selection process.
- In case you have sent only an online screener and your 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 IndieLisboa – International Independent Film Festival, Casa do Cinema, Rua da Rosa, 2º, Sala 1.4 – 1200-385 Lisboa, Portugal the following elements:
– Immediately after the communication of the selection
Dialogue list, stills from the film and from the director, artistic and technical infos of the film (when they were not previously given), exhibition authorization, trailer and EPK (electronic press kit);
– Until April 1st, 2017
Exhibition print with English subtitles (on the requested format), posters, postcards, other materials.
- Submissions include an entry fee payment
short films: 6 euros
feature films: 12 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.
- The official selection will be announced one month before the beginning of the festival. After the communication of the selection and until after its exhibition in 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.
(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.
- The shipping costs of DVDs 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).
Insurance for all films is the entire responsibility of the festival, from their reception by the festival until their return.
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.
Participation in the festival implies acceptance of all the aforementioned regulations.
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.