Heritales – International Heritage Film Festival 2022 –
"Sustainable communities safeguarding natural and urban heritage"

The Heritales project aims to disseminate material and immaterial heritage using narratives of an artistic and playful nature. It is based on photography, games, theater, performances or interactive media, and mainly on the seventh art through documentaries, animated films and short films. It considers that the promotion of the different cultures of the world should be shared forever through these supports. On the one hand, it aims to encourage sustainability linked to communities and promote a reinterpretation of what can be valued as cultural heritage, emphasizing the importance of education to transmit it. On the other hand, it wants to encourage new ways of transferring knowledge, encouraging intercultural dialogue and giving way to international scientific collaboration through partnerships.

In this 5th edition, the Heritales festival will bring together films, documentaries and other artistic works. It will explores cultural diversity and to promote the sustainability of cultures and places, communities and ecosystems. Over the course of three months, more than 20 films will be available for viewing and voting on-line, and also promoting live sessions in various international spaces. The culmination of the festival is celebrated with an award ceremony in the last week of September. As part of the event, a three-day residency will be organized for the directors of the selected works. During this period, workshops and debates will take place as well as films projections for the general public.

In this fifth edition, Heritales has partnered the UNESCO Chair in Biodiversity Safeguard for Sustainable Development at the University of Coimbra (Portugal). We are supported once again by the General-Directorate for Cultural Heritage Portugal (DGPC).

We invite to participate in this selection phase. Share your experiences with us and with filmmakers from around the world. You can follow our activities on Twitter, Facebook and on our website heritales.org

Prices will be awarded by the UNESCO Chair in Biodiversity Safeguard for Sustainable Development at the University of Coimbra and the General-Directorate for Cultural Heritage Portugal (DGPC). All the trophy will be the work of the joint program of the Faculty of Science and Tecnology of the University Nova of Lisbon and The Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon. Thse will be given to the best short, best medium and best long documentary as well as best animation, best story, best cinematography and best documentary by popular vote.

We invite filmmakers and researchers from all over the world to submit their films on the highlighted topic of "Sustainable communities safeguarding natural and urban heritage" and to share with the audience your interdisciplinary work. Like previous years Heritales will accept authors of different backgrounds, working in historical, archaeological, anthropological and social studies of past present and futures cultures, sites and objects.
There will be 4 main entry categories: shorts (up to 20min duration), medium (from 20 min to 40 min. duration), long (from 40 min duration to 80 min. duration) and animation (up to 40 min duration).

Authors are required to submit their film before the 1st of March 2022. The selected films well be shown starting from the 1st of June until the ceremony awards at the end of September 2020.

We will contact the winners to confirm his/her participation to the cerimony at the end of beginning of July 2022.

There are no specific rules for participation however we encourage the submission of new emerging directors and researchers in the area of heritage storytelling and visual anthropology.

Overall Rating
  • I feel very honoured to have been part of the ceremony with my film „Bom Dia Corvo“ and thank you very deeply for the award, the appreciation and the beautiful designed trophy!

    October 2022
  • thanks so much for the selection!

    October 2022
  • Great festival with excellent programming!
    Thank you for screening my film!

    October 2022
  • We were honored to be part of the Heritales Film Festival as it was the perfect setting for our documentary Mama Irene, Healer of the Andes. The Co-Director of the festival, Nicola, was wonderful to work with. He tried to make the impossible possible with great care. Finally we got the chance to say our 'Thank You's virtually at the award ceremony where we received an Honorary Mention. Thank you for a great experience.

    October 2022
  • Wonderful festival on sustainable communities safeguarding natural and urban heritage. I was really honored to be present this year with my film Mamody, the last baobab digger. Even I couldn't attend the festival, it was a very nice experience.

    October 2022