Besides the Screen is a festival about all forms of cinema that are not film. It focus on experimental audiovisual works that engage critically and creatively with the infrastructures of moving image production, distribution and exhibition.

Celebrating the festival's 10th anniversary, its 2020 edition will take place in different locations all accross the globe, showcasing works that explore computer processing, audiovisual interfaces, algorithmic animations, data and sound visualizations, video-essays, narrative & sensorial experiences in mixed reality and videogames.

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Besides the Screen é um festival sobre diversas formas de cinema que não são "filme". O evento apresenta trabalhos audiovisuais experimentais que se engajam crítica e criativamente com as infraestruturas de produção, distribuição e exibição da imagem em movimento.

Em celebração ao seu décimo aniversário, a edição 2020 do evento ocorrerá em diversos lugares ao redor do globo, buscando apresentar obras que exploram processamento computacional, interfaces audiovisuais, animação algorítmica, visualizações de sons e dados, vídeo-ensaios, experiências narrativas e sensoriais em realidade mista e videogame.

The 2020 BESIDES THE SCREEN conference will host a festival for the exhibition, promotion, and discussion of audiovisual works that engage with the experimental exploration of sound, image, and information processing technologies for cinematographic creation.

The event is accepting the submission of short movies (up to 20min), video essays (up to 20min), and immersive/interactive works (videogames, VR experiences and narratives, 360-video).

BESIDES THE SCREEN will also host workshops, lectures and panels. Participation in all activities is completely free of charge.


In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the festival will take place in a number of locations all across the globe. Confirmed installments in Vitoria (Brasil) in April, Porto (Portugal) in May, and Ningbo (China).


The festival program is divided into three categories: shorts movies, video-essays and interactive works.

> SHORTS MOVIES: works that employ graphic processing, computational logic and/or machinic operation as means for cinematographic creation. This category is open to works such as computer generated animation (2D/3D); audio and data visualizations; visual music pieces; generative coding and demos; VJing/live cinema/live coding documentation; dramatic experiments with special effects, filters, shaders and algorithmic systems. Works in this category must be presented in digital video format up to 20min.

> VIDEO ESSAYS: works that employ the manifold expressions of audiovisual media as a vehicle for thought and discursive articulation. This category is open to works connected to the filmic essay tradition as well as to its more recent reconfigurations within the academic and on-line video fields. Works in this category must be presented in digital video format up to 20min.

> INTERACTIVE WORKS: Audiovisual works that respond to the presence and activity of the audience in any meaningful way. This category is open to VR games and experiences, 360º videos, indie and ‘auteur’ videogames, and other works that employ interactive and immersion devices for the purpose of storytelling and provoking sensorial experiences. Works for this category must be PC-Windows compatible and able to run offline. An average duration of 10min is recommended.


Submissions are open until 28 February at 23h59 (EST time zone).

Submissions for the categories SHORT MOVIES and VIDEO ESSAYS must be done at the festival’s FilmFreeway page. Submissions must include a link for the complete preview of the work available in streaming platforms. Password for access must be provided, if necessary.

Submissions for the category INTERACTIVE WORKS must be done through the form available at the festival’s home page. The work installation or executable files must be available for the evaluation of the selection committee.

The party responsible for the submission of the work must hold all the necessary rights to authorize its nonprofit, public exhibition at the festival, and exempts the organization of the event of the payment of copyright or screening fees, as well as of any legal responsibility.

The organization of the event cannot guarantee the evaluation of works that do not comply with the guidelines here described, or whose preview/files cannot be accessed within time.

Authors of the selected works will be contacted by 15 March.


Authors of the selected works must provide the organization of the event with promotional materials (full credits list and high resolution pictures) as well as an audio transcription of the piece (if necessary) up to five days after being notified.

Final exhibition files must be sent to the organization of the festival by the means of online file transfer (using systems like WeTransfer/Dropbox) by 20 March.


The authors give the BESIDES THE SCREEN festival the rights to freely exhibit excerpts of the selected works for the purposes of event promotion, in any medium, at any time, for any number of times, by themselves or connected third parties, without the requirement of any payment or compensation.

The invitation of authors of the selected works to be present at the event will be conditioned by the available budget.

Submission of any work implies full acceptance of these regulations. Unforeseen cases will be analyzed individually by the event’s organizing committee, whose final decision is sovereign.

Overall Rating
  • Federico Lamas

    Unfortunately the festival didn't happen yet. Lets hope they will back soon! hug.

    April 2020
  • Fantastic Festival. Great communication. Definitely recommend!

    December 2019
  • Maurício Chades

    Os programas foram todos muito bem elaborados ! um filme parecia continuar o próximo e o evento se equilibrou muito bem entre conferência e festival. ! vida longa

    September 2019
  • William Brown

    Alas I could not attend this year, but this is a festival with a sparkling programme and some really thoughtful engagement with issues at the cutting edge of contemporary image culture - both in terms of work screened and other events going on around it. It was an honour to have some of my work included.

    September 2019
  • Michael Lyons

    Unique event with a very interesting and diverse program.

    September 2019