Fantaspoa, the International Fantastic Film Festival of Porto Alegre, was created in 2005 as a trailblazing festival aimed at showcasing fantastic films in Brazil.

At Fantaspoa, we have three official sections: the International Feature Film Competition, the Short Film Competition (featuring live-action/animation and national/international categories), and the Ibero-American Feature Film Competition. Additionally, the festival features special programming sections that vary with each edition.

The festival awards 16 prizes in various competitive categories at each edition, including a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. This award has been bestowed upon renowned auteurs of the fantastic genre in the past, including Roger Corman, Christina Lindberg, Larry Wilson, Luigi Cozzi, Lamberto Bava, Ruggero Deodato, Claudio Simonetti, Stuart Gordon, David Schmoeller, Frank Henenlotter, Lloyd Kaufman, Simon Boswell, Richard Stanley, Bill Plympton, Katt Shea, Jeff Lieberman, IGG Nabwana, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Mark L. Lester and Takashi Shimizu.

The festival hosts over 50 guests annually, who attend in person and engage in Q&A sessions post-screenings, bridging the gap between the audience and filmmakers. Such initiatives, coupled with industry workshops and lectures, aid in promoting the study, dissemination, and production of cinema in Brazil.

Over Fantaspoa’s 19-year history, it has established itself as the biggest genre
festival in Latin America and as the main film event in the city of Porto Alegre.

For many filmmakers who've attended Fantaspoa in person, the festival has become a beacon of camaraderie, forging lasting friendships and connections that feel like family.

Fun fact: over 110 have the festival logo tattooed. (This is optional, of course.)

The festival is widely regarded as Brazil's finest platform for showcasing exceptional films in the fantastic genre. Fantaspoa is the only South American festival to become a member of the Méliès – European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation (EFFFF). The Méliès Federation brings together the 25 most significant fantastic genre film festivals worldwide.

Dread Central named Fantaspoa as one of the Best Horror Festivals in the World for both 2021 and 2022. In 2019 and 2021, Fantaspoa was listed in the MovieMaker's Bloody Best Genre Fests in the World. In 2023, MovieMaker named it one of the 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee and one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World.

Mark your calendars for April 11-28, 2024, for the twentieth-anniversary edition of Fantaspoa.

We invite filmmakers that create in the fantastic cinema genre to submit their work on www.filmfreeway.com/fantaspoa

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

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

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

REGULATION – 20th EDITION of FANTASPOA

1 – The twentieth edition of FANTASPOA - INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL OF PORTO ALEGRE will take place from the 11th to the 28th of April, 2024.

2 – The primary goal of Fantaspoa is to provide opportunities for the exhibition and appreciation of films, and for rewarding their quality. The Festival aims to:
a) Create a multimedia cultural forum in the city of Porto Alegre.
b) Promote Brazilian Cinema and encourage film production in Brazil.

3 – For its main competition, the Festival Committee will only consider fantastic films such as horror, bizarre, thriller, science-fiction, and fantasy. Other genres will not be considered.

4 – Eligibility requirements for Feature Film and Short Film Competitions (Jury 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 film must not have premiered in Porto Alegre
- All submitted films must have been completed after January 1st, 2021. The films must have Blu-Ray, or a digital file such as ProRes, H264, or MP4 as their screening format; exceptions to that requirement must be arranged in advance between the producer/director/distributor of the films and the Festival Organizing Committee.

5 – To submit a film for consideration by the Festival Organizing Committee you must send an online screener, exclusively through FilmFreeway, before January 31st.

6 – The delivery of materials is the sole responsibility of the filmmaker. The festival does not pay for or reimburse delivery fees of any kind.

7 – Submitting multiple films is allowed without any limit for companies and filmmakers. Please note that the festival does not refund any entry fees. This is regardless of whether the film meets the requirements outlined in item 4 of the regulations.

8 – The festival does not pay any screening fees.

9 – Films are programmed at the discretion of the Fantaspoa team. The Festival Organizing Committee reserves the right to select the films to be exhibited, as well as determine in which section they will participate.

10 – The Festival Organizing Committee will select the jury members for each section. Members of the jury cannot have any prior involvement or vested interest in the films that they will be judging in the competition.

11 – The official designation of FANTASPOA Festival is: FANTASPOA – INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL OF PORTO ALEGRE.

12 – All commercial/private property, including all trademark/copyrighted images and songs shown or recorded in the film, is the sole responsibility of the filmmaker. By submitting their entry, the filmmaker states that they are responsible as an agent to promote the film and that their film is an original work.

13 – The filmmakers agree that clips and images from their films may be used in the festival promotional material.

14 – No entry forms are required. Submission of your film to the festival implies your acknowledgment and agreement to comply with all festival regulations.

Versão em português:
1 – A vigésima edição do FANTASPOA – FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINEMA FANTÁSTICO DE PORTO ALEGRE será realizada de 11 a 28 de abril de 2024.

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 XX 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 XX 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 2021.

5 – A inscrição de um filme para o XX Fantaspoa deve ser realizada mediante preenchimento e submissão de formulário específico na plataforma Filmfreeway.com até 31 de janeiro de 2024. 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 XX Fantaspoa, bem como de determinar a seção na qual a obra será inserida.

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 denominação oficial do festival é: Fantaspoa – Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantástico de Porto Alegre.

11 – O responsável pela inscrição da obra, ao realizar a inscrição no XX 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.

12 – 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.

13 – A inscrição pressupõe a concordância com todas as condições citadas acima.

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  • LES FILMS MICHELANGELO

    What an incredible film festival! We're so grateful for the opportunity to have our short film selected. It's truly a blessing to have it screened in Latin America, in a cinema. Thank you!

    May 2024
  • idan gilboa

    Amazing festival, the best vibes ever, I wish i could be there with my film Deadline. Thank you guys for the honourable mention.

    May 2024
  • Michael Felker

    What can I say that hasn't already been said here. I've been very lucky to attend a lot of film festivals over the last 20 years, and there's no hesitation in saying that Fantaspoa was one of my favorite film festivals I've ever been to. This is a truly special place with fantastic programming, second to none hospitality for the filmmakers, and once in a lifetime parties that very few festivals around the world can match. I can't even begin to thank the entire Fantaspoa team for having our film and hosting us for a week in Porto Alegre. They make you feel like family while giving you the prestige and scale of a giant film festival. It's rare that a festival can pull off this size and the intimacy at the same time, but Fantaspoa did it all in spades with graciousness and open arms. I genuinely wish I had another film to submit to next year because it's only been a couple weeks and I already miss it with all my heart. Don't wait to submit your movie here: you'll have the time of your life.

    May 2024
  • Fantaspoa really knows how to treat filmmakers well. With an incredible staff, great venue and all inclusive perks, it was by far the best festival experience my team and I have had with our feature film Blind Cop 2! We were also honored to win Best Midnight Film at the fest!! I will definitely be coming back.

    May 2024
  • Alexander Steinhoff

    It was such a great experience to be part of Fantaspoa. We'd forever always want to come back in the future with any of the films we do. Thanks for all.

    May 2024