The Cinalfama Lisbon International Film Festival is an annual outdoor event that brings together, for a week, independent films from around the world, creating a new life in several historic corners of Alfama.

We invite directors, screenwriters and composers to submit their work for a chance to be showcased at the heart of old Lisbon, Alfama, in july.

Cinalfama Association promotes events that seek out and amplify emerging voices in world cinema. Our mission is to rebuild bridges between the past, present and future of Alfama's neighborhood and recover its sense of community through cinema.

Cinalfama holds a second Open Call for the Seasonal Screenings — regular competitive sessions in January, April and October, every year — with different submitting categories:

1. Live screening of the selected films at the festival in Jully 2024.

2.Promotion of the nominated and selected films through Cinalfama's website and social media platforms.

3.All winners receive the Official Selection Laurel and Certificate of Award.

4.Privileged access to ECÚ Paris International Festival for a chance to be selected and awarded by the festival.

The person responsible for submitting the film certifies that he has all the rights and authorizations necessary to submit the film, including, but not limited to image rights, talent releases, soundtrack and/or source music releases; and assumes all responsibility for their material. Cinalfama Lisbon Screening and Awards accepts no responsibility, financial or otherwise, for any film submitted to the festival.

Every entry/submission will be judged based on its directing, acting, technical, and artistic merits, as related to the submission. All decisions made by the judge (s) are considered final and incontestable.

We reserve the right not to give all of the possible awards if we don't receive enough entries in a particular category or if none of the submissions meet our high judging standards.

There can be, if the jury by its own quality so decides, two winners ex aequo in any of the categories.

The official selection is composed of 1 winning film per category, as well as honorable mention recipients.

The Cinalfama Awards only accept online screeners. Please submit your film via FilmFreeway platform. We do not accept discs or any downloadable files.

Entry fees are nonrefundable.

Multiple entries are allowed. You can submit more than one film in the same category.

All submitted films will be eligible for the next edition if they have not been awarded in previous editions.

Submissions in languages ​​other than English must be subtitled in English. English subtitles must be embedded in the film. No additional srt files will be accepted.

Only films released after 2015 will be accepted.

Short films with a length of up to 30 minutes and medium or long films with a length of more than 30 minutes will be considered.

Cinalfama reserves the right to disqualify any film whose submitter might be in any way linked to illicit or criminal acts, proven or otherwise.

Selected, nominated, and awarded films' promotional material will be announced and viewable on our website ( and on our social media pages.

The awarded films rightful owners of the rights, in each category of every edition, hereby authorize the film's live screening at Cinalfama events and use of relevant content on our social media platforms. This authorization is an indispensable condition for the inclusion in the festival's official selection.

Overall Rating
  • Atefeh Kheirabadi

    We have the pleasure of having the short film 7+1 Fragments selected and win an honorable mention. It was a good Communicationwuth Cianlfama Team. Thanks for having us.

    August 2023
  • an authentic commitment to cinema sharing.

    August 2022
  • William Vitória

    I had the pleasure of having my film selected and win an honourable mention. My film Edmundo was a about homosexuality and the film after was about racism. Two very important topics that got the well deserved exposure in beautiful Alfama. To make it more special the screening was outdoor at night. Congratulations Cinalfama.

    August 2022