Created in 2005, Fantaspoa - International Fantastic Film Festival of Porto Alegre was the pioneer festival dedicated to bringing fantastic films to Brazil. Fantaspoa is a 17 day festival, using 2 screening rooms and exhibiting over 100 films yearly.

Fantaspoa has the following official sections: Short Film Competition (subdivided into live-action/animation and national/international); Ibero-American Feature Film Competition and International Competition. The festival also have special sidebars that change from edition to edition.

Each edition, the festival grants a total of around 20 awards in the different sections of the festival, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award, that was already presented to some of the greatest auteurs of the fantastic genre, such as Luigi Cozzi, Lamberto Bava, Ruggero Deodato, Claudio Simonetti, Stuart Gordon, David Schmoeller, Frank Henenlotter, Lloyd Kaufman, Simon Boswell, Richard Stanley, Bill Plympton, Katt Shea and Jeff Lieberman.

Each year the festival welcomes more than 50 guests, that participate in Q&A's after the screenings, bringing together audience and filmmakers. This initiative, as well as the development of workshops and lectures, fostering the study, diffusion and production of cinema in Brazil.

Over its 13 years, Fantaspoa became the biggest genre festival in Latin America and the main film event in the city of Porto Alegre and is now a reference for several artists as one of the most convivial festival experiences and a great window of exhibition for fantastic films in Brazil. The festival is a member of the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation (the Federation), which is "a tightly knit network of 22 film festivals from 16 countries, with a global attendance of over 450 000 visitors, making it a vital economic and cultural player on the fantastic film scene".

A trophy for each one of the categories listed below.

Short Films:
Best Brazilian Short Film
Best International Short Animated Film
Best International Short Live-Action Film

Ibero-American Selection:
Best Film
Best Direction
Best Screenplay
Best Actress
Best Actor

International Competition:
Best Film
Best Director
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Screenplay
Best Art Direction
Best Special Effects

Audience Awards:
Best Brazilian Short Film
Best International Short Animated Film
Best International Short Live-Action Film
Best Feature Film

1 – The fourteenth edition of the FANTASPOA - INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL OF PORTO ALEGRE will take place in Porto Alegre – Brazil, from May, 18th till June, 3rd, 2018.
2 – The primary goal of Fantaspoa is to provide opportunities for the exhibition and appreciation of films, rewarding their quality. The Festival aims at:
a) Creating a multimedia cultural forum in the city of Porto Alegre.
b) Promoting the Brazilian Cinema and encouraging the film production in Brazil.
3 - The Festival Committee will only consider for its main competition only fantastic films (horror, bizarre, thriller, science-fiction and fantasy).
4 – Eligibility Requirements for the feature film and short film competition (jury and audience award):
- Running time for all feature films must be 60 minutes or more;
- Running time for all shorts must be less than 30 minutes;
- Film submissions in a foreign language must be subtitled or spoken in English or Spanish;
- All submitted films must have been completed after January, 1st, 2015, and must have DVD,
DVD Blu-Ray OR ProRes File as their screening format; exceptions to that case must be
arranged in advance between the producer/director/distributor of the films and the
organization committee of the festival.
5 – To submit a film to selection by the Festival Organizing Committee you must send an online screener, by filling the form until january, 15th.

An online copy of your film should be make available by streaming or download or a copy of the film should be send to there address below, no later than january, 15th:
FANTASPOA – A/C Joao Fleck
Vigário José Inácio, 615, apt 1203
Postal Code: 90020-110
Porto Alegre – Brasil
On the envelope please write: “no commercial value - for cultural purposes only”. We recommend only to declare a value of 1 dollar (1US$), to avoid unnecessary custos fees. It is also recommended to send it through regular shipping, since couriers are commonly retained at Brazilian customs.
6 – The festival does not charge an entry fee. The postage cost is paid by the sender, as well as any tax or customs fees that may result from it. The festival is not responsible for taxes that may outcome from the postage.
7 – The festival does not pay screening fees.
8 – Films are scheduled at the discretion of Fantaspoa. The organization committee of the festival reserves the right to select the films to be exhibited, as well as determine in which section it will be exhibited. The Festival commits to screen the film no more than 3 times.
9 – The Festival Committee will select the jury members of every section. Members cannot be those related or with special interest on the production and/or exploitation of the films in the competition.
10 – The festival awards shall consist of a trophy.
12 – All commercial/private property including all trademark/copyrighted image and songs shown or recorded on the project is the responsibility of the filmmaker. By submitting its entry, the filmmaker states that he/she is responsible as an agent to promote the film and that the filmis an original work.
13 – The filmmakers agree that clips and images from their film may be used on the promotional material of the festival.
14 – There is no need to fill entry forms. The submission of your film to the festival implies that you accept the conditions of the festival regulation.

Overall Rating
  • Felipe M. Guerra

    The best fantastic film festival in the world: great movies, great parties, great friendships. If you plan to go to a single fantastic film festival in your life, make it Fantaspoa!

    June 2017