Portuguese Film Fund

3-4 May, Culturgest

Created in 2011, the Portuguese Film Fund is a complementary tool to support the post-production of Portuguese films. Previous editions have supported projects by Gabriel Abrantes, Catarina Mourão, André Santos and Marco Leão, Tiago Hespanha, Inês Oliveira, Miguel Nunes, among others.

Eligibility conditions
 3-4 May, Culturgest
Applicant projects may be short or feature films, regardless of their genre (fiction, documentary, animation or experimental) in post-production phase (rough or almost final cut) at the time of application, by Portuguese directors, or by foreigners with permanent residence in Portugal, and with Portuguese production. From 2019 onwards, applicant projects may have obtained other support (namely ICA, Fundação GDA), with a 50% quota guaranteed for low budget projects. For further information, please refer to the Regulations or contact Carlota Gonçalves – fundo@indielisboa.com.


IndieLisboa is joined by the partners Fundação GDA, Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (ULHT), Digital Mix Música e Imagem, The Yellow Color, and Portugal Film – Portuguese Film Agency which will participate to screen to international programmers and distributors the projects in the work-in-progress phase in the context of the Lisbon Screenings, private screenings of yet unreleased Portuguese films specially organized for these international guests.

a) DocNomads (ULHT): €1,500, awarded to a documentary;
b) Digital Mix Música e Imagem: post-production sound services for two films (one feature and one short);
c) Fundação GDA: €6.000 for the creation of original music, awarding one feature film (€4,000) and one short film (€2,000), or, alternatively, three short films (each €2,000);
d) The Yellow Color: two studio days of color grading.

Deadlines and procedures
The deadline for applications ended on the 15th March 2019. A committee made up of members from all the partner organisations will choose eight projects, out of all valid applications received. These eight selected projects will be presented before an international jury during IndieLisboa, where the excerpts of the works will be viewed and the teams of each film will perform a pitching. A maximum of four projects may be supported.

Selected projects

18, Rui Esperança, short, doc., prod. Fora de Campo Filmes
Ave Rara, Vasco Saltão, short, fic., prod. Terratreme
Carta a Elba, Helder Faria, Flávio Ferreira, Alejandro Vásquez, Daniela Cajias, Carmen Tortosa, short, doc., prod. Fado Filmes
Colmeal, Márcio Laranjeira, Sérgio Braz d’Almeida, short, fic.
Moço, Bernardo Lopes, short, fic., prod. Fado Filmes, Promenade
O Soldado Nobre, Jorge Vaz Gomes, feature, doc., prod. Kintop
Fox, Leonor Noivo, short, doc., prod. Terratreme
Poise, Luís Soares, short, anim., prod. Filmes do Gajo


David Santos/Noiserv, Musician (Portugal)
Fabianny Deschamps, Director, Artistic advisor (Portugal, France)
Maria Delgado, Programme advisor, Film critic, BFI London Film Festival (United Kingdom, Spain)
Weronika Czołnowska, Head of industry, New Horizons Film Festival (Poland)

The Portuguese Film Fund will take place on the 3rd and 4th of May, at Culturgest, Sala de Debates. The pitching session on the 4th of May is open to the general public. The winners will be announced on the 5th of May.

Picture: “The Hissing of Summer Sands”, by Catarina Mourão.