Heritales – International Heritage Film Festival 2020–
"Education, diversity and community"

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 fourth edition, the Heritales festival will bring together films, documentaries and other artistic works. It explores cultural diversity and education as ways 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 Lisbon 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 fourth edition, Heritales has partner with the UNESCO Chair in Education, Citizenship and Cultural Diversity at the Lusófona University of Lisbon which will also award the prices, and supported by the General-Directorate for Cultural Heritage Portugal (DGPC), which will offer the site for the award ceremony.

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

Awards made by Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa and given by the DGPC | Direção Geral do Património Cultural (Portugal) and the UNESCO Chair in Education, Citizenship and Cultural Diversity at the Lusófona University of Lisbon to the best short, best medium and best long documentary.

We invite filmmakers and researchers from all over the world to submit their films on the highlighted topic of "Education for cultural diversity" 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.

Authors are required to submit their film before the 31st of March 2020. 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 2020.

There are no specific rules for participation however the jury will take strngly into consideration the cost of the production of the films. This is in order to establish a fair condition of judgement between all the submitted works.

Overall Rating
  • Impressive initiative to watch independent documentaries in site specific events!

    July 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you and all the best!

  • A great opportunity to screen and see positive messages through cinema.

    July 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you and all the best for your future work!