FAMILY FILM PROJECT is a film festival which takes place every year in Porto, Portugal, with fast increase in visibility and internationalization since its first edition in 2012.

In addition to the mandatory Portuguese presence, the festival has been receiving films from around the world: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Spain, Holland, Indonesia, Italy, Israel, Iran, Lebanon, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan, Venezuela, among many other nationalities.

The sessions of competitive programming traditionally split into three thematic areas: Lives and Places (focusing on the voyeuristic, biographical or documentary recording of habitats and quotidian), Connections (focused on interpersonal and community dynamics) and Memory and Archive (dedicated to creative views from testimony and found footage). There is also a competitive session devoted to fiction and animation.

The festival program always holds a prominent space for directors and guest artists of international renown, such as Jonas Mekas (2012), Péter Forgács (2013), Alina Marazzi (2015), João Canijo (2016), Regina Guimarães (2017), Bill Nichols (2018) and Paula Rabinowitz (2018), Daniel Blaufuks (2018), Jaimie Baron (2019), Cláudia Varejão (2019), among others.

With several lines of action, the festival also organizes various parallel cultural events in addition to the competitive sessions: art exhibitions (which may extend beyond the festival date), movies, concerts, installations, performances at various locations of the city, master classes, conferences and launches of books focused on ethnographic and anthropological dimension.

The festival has expanded through the city in locations like the Rivoli Theatre, Passos Manuel, Coliseu, auditorium Almeida Garrett or the theater Carlos Alberto, but also art galleries, city streets and emblematic bars. Thus, the festival also helps to increase, in its most particular way, the cultural dimension of the city and the touristic appeal associated with it.

With its usual competitive sessions, masterclasses, performance events and video installations, the festival is once again placed on the conceptual boundaries of cinema and its dialogue with other arts and areas of thought.

As in previous years, the festival is organized into three thematic zones: Lives and Places (focusing on voyeuristic, biographical or documentary recording of habitats and everyday life), Memory and Archive (dedicated to creative approaches from testimonies and found footage) and Connections (focused on interpersonal and community dynamics). There is also a space dedicated to the genres of fiction and animation, with a competitive selection that will have a particularly strong Portuguese representation this year. Besides the national films, the festival receives in its competitive program a selection of almost two dozen films of different nationalities, from short to feature film, from documentary to experimental genre, always in a register that extends from the intimate plasticity of “home movies” to the ethnographic landscape.

Best Feature Film, Best Short Film and Honorable Mentions

Annual submission period: 07 January to 09 June 2020
Notification: September
Screening Dates: October

- Documentary, experimental, fiction or animation.
- Family records and "home movies".
- Films using found footage.
- Self portraits or works on identities.
- Social landscapes or communities.
- Films around the intimacy and family ties.
- The family as problematic.
- Private spaces and familiar landscapes.

- There is no duration limit.
- Production date should not exceed three years.
- Each author/producer is limited to register two works.
- The films must be submitted with English subtitles.

- Submission should be done by FilmFreeway.
To complete the submission process the author / producer must send the following documents to the e-mail address

- Synopsis (max 250 words.)
- 3 high resolution pictures of the film (jpeg)
- 1 movie poster (if available)
- 1 photograph of the director
- Biography of the director (max 250 words.)
- Trailer (link and vídeo file)

If the film is selected, the author/producer will be notified up to one month before the festival.
The authors/directors or promoters will be contacted to send a version of the film with maximum quality. The film should be accompanied by the following:

- Screening authorization letter.

- MOV or MP4 file
- Compression: H.264, maximum quality; PRORES; DNxHD.
- Resolution: Full HD (1920*1080).
- English subtitles.

The selected films may integrate extensions organized under the festival.
Fragments of selected works may be used to promote the festival via TV, radio or Internet.
No screening fees will be paid by the festival.
The registration of films in FAMILY FILM PROJECT presupposes the knowledge and acceptance of these regulations.

The Family Film Project awards a Best Feature Film (Prize for the best film of the competition with over 50 minutes) and a secondary prize for Best Short Film (Prize for the best film of the competition with less than 50 minutes). Honorable Mentions are also assigned.

Sandra Mesquita
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Overall Rating
  • We were fortunate enough to have three films over the last two years - "Stains" in 2018 and "Retirement Party" and "My Cousin Tami" in 2019. The directors that attended were very pleased. Communication was great. Thank you Family Film Project!

    October 2019
  • Arianna Lodeserto

    The festival looks very elegant, poetic, well designed and intellectually inspiring!
    I was so sorry to not be physically there...

    October 2018
  • carla oppo

    Great Festival and nice hospitality!
    I'm very glad Fuori Programma was here!

    November 2017
  • Piotr Piasta

    It was a pleasure to be part of Family Film Project. Thank You!

    May 2016