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

As in previous years, the festival organizes its competitive film sessions according to three strands: 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 competitive space dedicated to the genres of fiction and animation. 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 versatility of “home movies” to the ethnographic landscape.

The festival program also holds, each year, a prominent space for directors, researchers, and guest artists such as Jonas Mekas (2012), Péter Forgács (2013), Alina Marazzi (2015), João Canijo (2016), Regina Guimarães (2017), Bill Nichols (2018), Paula Rabinowitz (2018), Daniel Blaufuks (2018), Jaimie Baron (2019), Cláudia Varejão (2019), Harun Farocki (2020), Ruben Östlund (2021), among others.

In addition to film sessions, Family Film Project organizes several parallel cultural events: exhibitions, concerts, video installations, performances (Private Collection), masterclasses, conferences and book releases focused on ethnographic, anthropological, and aesthetic dimension. With several lines of action, the festival is placed on the conceptual boundaries of cinema and its dialogue with other arts and areas of thought.

Grand Jury Prize, Memory and Archive Award and Honorable Mentions

Annual submission period: 6 January to 15 June 2022
Notification: End of September
Screening dates: October 18 to 22

- 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 embedded 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: PRORES or h264, maximum quality;
- Minimum resolution: 720p / Optimal resolution: 1080p or 2K;
- Embedded 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;
The registration of films in FAMILY FILM PROJECT presupposes the knowledge and acceptance of these regulations.

- Grand Jury Prize (best film in the competition - €1,200).
- Memory and Archive Award (€800).
- Honorable mentions.


Overall Rating
  • Clara Jaeschke

    I enjoyed my time at Family Film Project so much - everyone was nice and welcoming, I got really inspired by the film selection and the venues were right in the center of Porto, which made it easy to schedule my (unfortunately short) time in this beautiful city. Thank you so much, FFP!

    November 2022
  • Sandra Ruesga

    This is an amazing festival, with a fantastic programme and a great organization. The public is amazing, all the sessions were almost packed. I really enjoyed the screening of my film there! Thank you so much again to all the team and programmers!

    October 2022
  • Debora B

    I had an excellent experience with this festival. Great communication, inspiring selection of films, top-notch jury and very well designed overall. I would definitely recommend submitting your work!

    January 2022
  • 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