In September, horror invades the city of Lisbon. MOTELX - Lisbon International Horror Film Festival promotes the best of horror produced worldwide and has become a trademark for emerging Portuguese horror cinema.

Prestigious guests such as George A. Romero, Stuart Gordon, John Landis, Coffin Joe, Dario Argento, Tobe Hooper, Hideo Nakata, Eli Roth, Brian Yuzna, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Roger Corman, Xan Cassavettes, or Ari Aster have already joined the nearly 20,000 people who annually pass by the iconic Cinema São Jorge, the Festival's main venue, located in the heart of Lisbon.

MOTELX is a member of the Méliès International Festivals Federation (MIFF), a federation that includes 26 festivals from 19 different countries and accounts for an audience of 800,000 people, and part of the Europe for festivals, Festivals for Europe (EFFE) community, allowing it to promote European genre films at a wider range.








1. Sections:
a) Méliès d’argent Award - Best European Feature Film (Feature films of European production, including co-productions with a majority of European participation);
b) Room Service (Official Selection - Feature films);
c) Doc Horror (Documentaries about horror films or related themes);
d) Retrospectives (Masters of horror and other cult figures);
e) Special Screenings (Anniversaries, restored prints, TV series);
f) Lost Room (A journey into the history of Portuguese genre film);
g) MOTELX Award - Best Portuguese Horror Short Film (Portuguese short films, up to 15 minutes, including co-productions with a majority of Portuguese participation);
h) International Shorts (Short films, up to 59 minutes, not produced in Portugal or Portuguese ones out of competition);
i) SectionX (Short films, up to 59 minutes, produced worldwide);
j) microSHORTS (Portuguese shorts, up to 2 minutes, filmed with a mobile phone or tablet);
k) Big Bad Wolf (Special programme for younger audiences).

2. The sections mentioned in a), b), c), g), h), and j) will select films produced in the year of the edition to which the film is submitted and in the previous year.

3. It’s not possible to submit films to the sections mentioned in d), e), and f).

4. Awards:
a) Méliès d’argent Award - Best European Feature Film;
b) Méliès d’argent Award - Best European Short Film;
c) MOTELX Award - Best Portuguese Horror Short Film;
d) Audience Award - Room Service Section;
e) microSHORTS Award*.

* The regulations for the microSHORTS Award, as well as the submission deadline, will be published separately on

5. The organizers may select a film for a different section from the one it was submitted to, cancel sections or create others not listed here, for programming purposes.


6. Submissions to MOTELX are exclusively made via FilmFreeway, using the link

7. The submissions will be completed when the Festival is granted access to the screener copy of the submitted film.
7.1 The screener copy must be exclusively provided through an online screening link.
7.2 All screener copies must come with English subtitles. This is not mandatory for films with English dialogue and for films with Portuguese dialogue submitting to the MOTELX Award – Best Portuguese Horror Short Film.

8. Re-submissions are not accepted.

9. The deadline to submit a film for all sections, with the exception of the microSHORTS award, is 15 June of each edition’s year. Submissions received after that date will be considered for the following year's edition.

10. The participants will be given notice if their films were selected or not until the beginning of August.

11. The participants are fully responsible for the content of the films they submit, namely in what concerns copyrights. Participants who are underage must have a written and signed authorisation from their parents or legal guardians.

12. Submissions of Portuguese productions or co-productions with a majority of Portuguese participation are exempt from paying submission fees.


13. The winner of the Best European Feature Film Award is the recipient of the Méliès d'argent, being nominated to run for the international competition Méliès d'or, promoted annually by the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation.


14. All eligible European short films selected for the International Shorts section and all short films competing for the MOTELX Award - Best Portuguese Horror Short Film are considered for the Méliès d’argent Award - Best European Short Film. Are eligible short films with a maximum running time of 25 minutes (credits included).

15. The winner of the Best European Short Film Award is the recipient of the Méliès d'argent, being nominated to run for the international competition Méliès d'or, promoted annually by the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation.


16. The MOTELX Award - Best Portuguese Horror Short Film aims to stimulate the production of horror films in Portugal, by honouring a short film screened at the Festival and giving also a Special Mention.

17. Horror films produced in the year of the edition to which the film is submitted to and on the previous year*, meeting all of the following requisites, will be considered for selection:
a) Portuguese productions or co-productions with a majority of Portuguese participation;
b) Maximum running time of 15 minutes (credits included);
c) Not released commercially in Portugal until the closing date of the Festival (previous screenings on other festivals will not automatically eliminate a film).

* Example: For the 2023 edition only films produced after 01/01/2022 can be submitted.

18. The winner will receive €5,000 (five thousand euros) paid in a single instalment.

Other prizes may be added. These will be announced in due time on the Festival’s website and social media.


19. The juries of the Awards are composed of three individuals invited by the Festival's organisation.

20. No juror can have any sort of personal interest, direct or indirect, in any of the films running for the Awards.

21. The juries’ decisions are final.

22. The juries cannot give the Méliès d'argent awards to any short of feature film that has already received such an award at another Federation festival.

23. The juries’ decisions will be announced at MOTELX's closing ceremony and on the Festival's website, at


24. If a film is selected, the following will be requested:
a) The copy of the film for screening;
b) Legal permits;
c) Credits list and synopsis;
d) List of festival in which the film was screened and awards received;
e) 3 high-resolution film stills;
f) 1 high-resolution photo of the director;
g) Director's biography;
h) A copy of all promotional materials available (poster, postcard, EPK, etc.).

25. The screening copy must comply with the following characteristics.
25.1 Image
a) Screening formats: 35 mm, DCP, or digital files;
b) The organisation might refuse to screen prints due to technical or quality reasons, in its sole discretion.
25.2 Subtitles
a) All films must have English subtitles, if they are not spoken in this language;
b) The festival will provide electronic Portuguese subtitles for foreign films;
c) The participants of Portuguese films in competition must also provide prints subtitled in English. If the films are spoken in more than one language, the participants must ensure subtitles both in Portuguese and English.

26. MOTELX is responsible for the insurance of selected films, from the moment of their delivery until their return.

27. MOTELX assumes all transportation costs of feature films, except in the event of them being sent to another festival, according to the conventions established between film festivals.

28. The directors/producers of films that receive an Award shall agree to mention MOTELX in all press and promotional materials produced after the closing day of the Festival.


29. The submission of a film to MOTELX implies the acceptance of all the norms here present. Non- compliance with any of the clauses in the regulations may imply the rejection of said film.

30. These regulations are available in Portuguese and English. In case of doubt, the Portuguese version shall prevail.

31. MOTELX’s organisation will decide on any issues not covered by the current regulations.


MOTELX GUIÕES AWARD 2023 - RULES (In Portuguese)




O Prémio MOTELX GUIÕES 2023 - Melhor Argumento de Terror Português, doravante referido como Prémio, é promovido pelo MOTELX - Festival Internacional de Cinema de Terror de Lisboa, em parceria com o GUIÕES - Festival do Roteiro de Língua Portuguesa.

O MOTELX é organizado pelo CTLX, uma associação cultural sem fins lucrativos, pessoa colectiva de utilidade pública com o NIF 508528232, abrangida pela lei do mecenato cultural. O Festival é membro da Méliès International Festivals Federation (MIFF) e da Europe For Festivals, Festivals For Europe (EFFE). MOTELX é uma marca registada.

O GUIÕES - Festival do Roteiro de Língua Portuguesa é organizado pela Treasure Melody Unipessoal Lda, uma entidade com fins lucrativos, pessoa colectiva com o NIF 513193650.


1. Os autores deverão ser cidadãos portugueses, excepto nas situações descritas no ponto 2.1, com idade igual ou superior a 18 anos, completados até ao último dia do prazo para entrega da candidatura.

2. São admitidos argumentos escritos em co-autoria de duas ou mais pessoas.

2.1 Nas situações de co-autoria, admitem-se autores de outra nacionalidade que não a portuguesa, desde que sejam residentes em Portugal e pelo menos metade dos autores sejam de nacionalidade portuguesa.

3. Os argumentos inscritos deverão ser obras originais, que não tenham sido objecto de contrato para produção de obra cinematográfica até ao final do prazo da candidatura.

4. Podem ser inscritos argumentos não-originais, se baseados em obra preexistente de um autor concorrente, desde que os direitos da referida obra não tenham sido cedidos, parcialmente ou na sua totalidade, a terceiros.

5. Não se aceitam novos tratamentos ou versões corrigidas de argumentos previamente inscritos.

6. Os argumentos deverão ser escritos em português, podendo integrar outros idiomas desde que não correspondam a mais de 1/4 do total do texto, e devem ter um número de páginas A4 igual ou superior a 50.

7. Cada autor poderá concorrer ao Prémio com até dois argumentos.

8. A participação no Prémio não implica a cedência de quaisquer direitos de propriedade intelectual e, consequentemente, da exploração comercial da obra.

9. A decisão correspondente à selecção dos finalistas e dos vencedores do concurso será final e soberana.

10. Todos os documentos e materiais adicionais, eventualmente anexados à inscrição, tais como, sinopse, nota de intenções, bíblia do projecto ou descrição de personagens, não serão considerados para a avaliação final do trabalho.

11. Serão seleccionadas até cinco obras para uma sessão de pitch, que decorrerá no Cinema São Jorge em Lisboa, durante o MOTELX 2023 (17.ª Edição) que decorre de 12 a 18 de Setembro. A data concreta será anunciada até 30 de Junho.

11.1 Cada obra seleccionada para o Pitch deverá ser obrigatoriamente representada pelo correspondente autor na sessão de pitch, sob pena de exclusão.

12. O vencedor receberá um prémio pecuniário único no valor de 2000 € (dois mil euros)


13. As inscrições para o Prémio efectuam-se exclusivamente através da plataforma FilmFreeway, por via do link

14. Os argumentos deverão ser enviados em formato PDF.

15. O prazo de inscrição decorre entre 7 de Março e 15 de Junho de 2023.

16. Os participantes serão informados se o argumento inscrito foi ou não seleccionado para a sessão de pitching até ao início do mês de Agosto.


17. O júri do Prémio será composto por três personalidades designadas pelas organizações dos dois festivais.

17.1 A participação do autor na sessão de pitch é obrigatória, mas não terá influência na avaliação do júri.

18. Nenhum jurado pode ter qualquer interesse pessoal, directo ou indirecto, nos argumentos concorrentes aos prémios.

19. Da deliberação do júri não cabe recurso.

20. A decisão do júri será anunciada durante a sessão de pitch do GUIÕES, no decurso do MOTELX e nos sites dos dois festivais, em e


21. A inscrição de um argumento no Prémio implica a aceitação destas normas. O não cumprimento de qualquer uma das regras do presente regulamento poderá levar à rejeição da inscrição.

22. A organização do MOTELX e do GUIÕES decide sobre todas as matérias omissas neste regulamento.

Overall Rating
  • Tripé Produções

    This was our third time at the festival, which is always an amazing experience! Great hospitality, perfect for meeting new people, from the cinema to beyond, watching great films and having lots of fun. One of the best festivals ever, without a doubt!

    October 2023
  • António Alves

    Agradeço ao festival MotelX por seleccionar a minha primeira curta-metragem. Espero que este seja o primeiro de muitos projectos.

    October 2023
  • Brian Lonano

    One of my favorite film festivals in the world. Thank you so much for playing my work over the years. One of these days, I hope to screen a film again and fly out to attend!

    September 2023
  • Tito Santana

    Incredible experience, everyone was very considerate and professional, and it was an honor to be part of this amazing festival. It was the best possible place to premiere our short movie.

    September 2023
  • Manuel Escalante

    It was an incredible experience. Luana Medeiros and Tobias Monteiro were the most kind, nice and hearthwarming people to be in charge of the guests. Their attention was fantastic. Everyone in the festival was great. The movies, the city, the lounge, it was all awesome.

    September 2023