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

Critic's Awards:
Best Brazilian Short Film
Best International Short Animated Film
Best International Short Live-Action Film

REGULATION – 15th FANTASPOA

1 – The fifteenth edition of the FANTASPOA - INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL OF PORTO ALEGRE will take place in Porto Alegre – Brazil, from May, 16th till June, 2nd, 2019.
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;
- The films shall be a premiere on the city of Porto Alegre;
- All submitted films must have been completed after January, 1st, 2016, 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, 31st.

An online copy of your film should be make available by streaming or download or a copy of the film should be delivered to the address below, no later than january, 31st:
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 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 – There's no limitation to the number of films a company/filmmaker might submit. No entry fee will be reimbursed, even if the film does not comply to the requisites of the item 4 of this regulation.
8 – The festival does not pay screening fees.
9 – 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.
10 – 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.
11 – The festival awards shall consist of a trophy.
12 – The official designation of FANTASPOA Festival is: FANTASPOA – INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL OF PORTO ALEGRE.
13 – 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.
14 – The filmmakers agree that clips and images from their film may be used on the promotional material of the festival.
15 – 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.

Versão em português:
REGULAMENTO – FANTASPOA 2019

1 – A décima quinta edição do FANTASPOA – FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINEMA FANTÁSTICO DE PORTO ALEGRE será realizada em Porto Alegre – Rio Grande do Sul, entre os dias 16 de maio e 02 de junho de 2019.
2 – O principal objetivo do Fantaspoa é oportunizar a exibição e apreciação de filmes de gênero. O festival tem o objetivo de:
a) Criar um fórum cultural multimídia na cidade de Porto Alegre;
b) promover o cinema brasileiro e estimular a produção cinematográfica no Brasil;
c) ser um espaço de divulgação para filmes internacionais inéditos comercialmente.
3 – O comitê de seleção do festival considerará, para as mostras competitivas internacional, ibero-americana e de curtas-metragens do XV Fantaspoa, exclusivamente, filmes de gênero (bizarro, fantasia, ficção científica, horror e thriller).
4 – Requisitos para inscrição de filmes em curta e longa-metragem nas mostras do XV Fantaspoa:
- Os filmes longa-metragem devem ter no mínimo 60 minutos de duração;
- Os filmes curta-metragem devem ter no máximo 30 minutos de duração;
- Os filmes estrangeiros devem ser legendados ou falados em inglês ou espanhol;
- Os filmes devem ser inéditos nos cinemas da cidade de Porto Alegre.
- Os filmes devem ter sido concluídos após 1 de janeiro de 2016.
5 – A inscrição de um filme para o XV Fantaspoa deve ser realizada mediante preenchimento e submissão de formulário específico na plataforma Filmfreeway.com. Os valores para inscrições estão disponíveis no website www.filmfreeway.com/fantaspoa.
6 – Não há limitação de quantidade de obras submetidas por pessoa jurídica/física. Nenhum valor de inscrição será devolvido, mesmo se não atender os requisitos dispostos no item 4 deste regulamento.
7 – A comissão organizadora do festival não realiza pagamento de taxas de exibição para filmes selecionados.
8 – Os filmes serão exibidos conforme decisão da comissão organizadora do Fantaspoa. Esta se reserva o direito de selecionar os filmes que serão exibidos na programação do XV Fantaspoa, bem como de determinar a seção na qual a obra será inserida. Os filmes submetidos e selecionados serão exibidos ao público no máximo três vezes.
9 – A comissão organizadora do festival selecionará os membros do júri de cada seção. Os membros não poderão ter participado dos filmes da competição de sua seção, ou ter especial interesse na produção e/ou exploração das obras constantes na competição.
10 – A premiação do Fantaspoa consiste em um troféu.
11 – A denominação oficial do festival é: Fantaspoa – Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantástico de Porto Alegre.
12 – O responsável pela inscrição da obra, ao realizar a inscrição no XV Fantaspoa, admite tacitamente ser responsável por todos os direitos autorais, de imagem, de trilha sonora e pelos demais direitos conexos gerados pela realização e exibição da obra inscrita. A comissão organizadora do Fantaspoa, portanto, não se responsabiliza por questões relativas ao direito autoral, direitos de uso de voz, imagem, trilha sonora ou locação no conteúdo dos trabalhos inscritos.
13 – Os responsáveis pelas submissões dos filmes concordam que extratos de vídeos e imagens das obras inscritas possam vir a ser utilizadas no material de divulgação do festival, para fins promocionais.
14 – A inscrição pressupõe a concordância com todas as condições citadas acima.

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  • UFOh! Productions

    Fantaspoa is simply amazing on all accounts, led by a superb team of super-friendly, super-cool and dedicated festival staff.

    June 2018
  • Guillermo Carbonell

    Truly awesome festival, made with love and professionalism. They're welcoming and attentive. Every day there's a party or an event to meet filmmakers or forge new friendships. I'll be back soon.

    June 2018
  • Joel Caetano

    Excelente festival! Cada mais abrangente e esse ano criando novas oportunidades com o Fantasmercado e a distribuidora! Parabéns a toda a equipe e muito obrigado por exibir meu filme!

    June 2018
  • Michael Peterson

    Ive played at a lot of festivals and this is definitely one of my top festival experiences. They treat filmmakers very well.

    June 2018
  • 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