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
DATES AND DEADLINES
Annual submission period: 6 January to 15 June 2022
Notification: End of September
Screening dates: October 18 to 22
THEME AND GENDER
- 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 email@example.com:
- 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.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
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.