Dedicated to celebrating independent filmmaking, CineFest SΓ£o Jorge opened its doors for the first time in 2016 attracting both a local and international audience. Our vision is to highlight the importance of short films and bring upcoming filmmakers to the foreground.
Therefore our screening programme showcases various genres and cinematic styles covering themes of a wide range from social issues to life challenges and the complexities of human relations. We invite all filmmakers regardless of experience and background to send us their creations.
All films nominated for an award and selected for screening will be notified on the Notification Date. Screening materials will be requested and more information about the event will be provided.
Award winners will be announced at our festival, after the screenings, and online the following day.
Awards will include Certificates, Treats, and exclusive online Distribution deals.

We promise a great cinema party for the officially selected filmmakers. We have a large space with lots of chairs and lots of big screens for films to be shown.
There will be investment rounds and a film market, where filmmakers will be able to come into direct contact with distribution companies.
Food and drinks will be served during relaxed breaks, and there will be dedicated interview rooms where filmmakers can connect with journalists and news sources.
We promise a great cinema party so that we can celebrate world cinema together in an intense and happy way.
Welcome to our sixth edition, submit your films.

LA PANTHÈRE is the main prize of CineFest SΓ£o Jorgeβ„’

CineFest SΓ£o Jorge offers the following award categories:

πŸ† Best Feature Film
πŸ† Best Director
πŸ† Best Actor
πŸ† Best Actress

πŸ† Best Short Film
πŸ† Best Director
πŸ† Best Actor
πŸ† Best Actress

πŸ† Best Brazilian Feature Film
πŸ† Best Director
πŸ† Best Actor
πŸ† Best Actress

πŸ† Best Brazilian Short Film
πŸ† Best Director
πŸ† Best Actor
πŸ† Best Actress

πŸ† Best Feature Documentary
πŸ† Best Director

πŸ† Best Short Documentary
πŸ† Best Director

πŸ† Best Animated Film

πŸ† Best Experimental Film

πŸ† Best Student Film

πŸ† Best Music Video

πŸ† Best Social Themed Film - 1.ΒΊ|2.ΒΊ|3.ΒΊ|4.ΒΊ

βœ“ All films must be submitted in Portuguese or with Portuguese subtitles (if in a different language).

βœ“ All films must have been made in or after 2022.

βœ“ Short films must not exceed 45 minutes.

βœ“ Filmmakers are responsible for sorting out the copyright on their own materials.

βœ“ By submitting to us, you give us consent and right to screen your film in front of a live audience, and, under special circumstances, online screening.

βœ“Official Selection: These are all the nominated films selected for screening, which will be notified via email. If you received a Nomination email, but no Official Selection email, it means your film will not be screened, but is still a contender for an award in its category.

βœ“Award Winners: Chosen from the Nominations (which includes the Official Selection).

βœ“ We may promote clips from your film on social media, based on the press kits you provide us with.

βœ“ We retain the right to change the date and venue of the festival under special circumstances. All filmmakers will be informed about any changes through email and our online platforms.

βœ“ We place no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status or whether your work has been made available online.

βœ“ We do not accept partial screeners, trailers, or screener links that require access other than password protected links.

βœ“ Any technical issues with the submitted films are 100% the responsibility of the filmmakers. If, at the time of judging, your video file doesn’t work or doesn’t have Portuguese subtitles (if in a language other than Portuguese), it will be automatically rejected, without a refund. Please contact the festival team ASAP if there are any issues with the submission process, and a solution will be found.

βœ“ We cannot provide refunds.

βœ“ If you have submitted your project in the previous year, please do not resubmit the same project to the current edition.

βœ“ By submitting to us you agree to our terms and conditions and to receiving marketing newsletters and discounts about film festivals in the form of emails. We will never sell your information to third parties.

βœ“ We reserve the right to update our terms and conditions.