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), 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.

Best Feature Film, Best Short Film and Honorable Mentions

Annual submission period: 07 January to 09 June 2021
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: PRORES orH.264, maximum quality.
- Minimum resolution: 720p / Optimal resolution: 1080p or 2K
- 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 worth 1000€) and a secondary prize for Best Short Film (Prize for the best film of the competition with less than 50 minutes worth 700€). Honorable Mentions are also assigned.

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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