Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
Update and information

The Maringa International Cinema and Human Rights Film Festival is scheduled to take place as planned Jun 10-23 and here’s an update on the current situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Maringa -Brazil.

Health and safety officials here in Maringa have requested the postponement of any gatherings. With the evolving nature of the COVID-19 situation, Maringa International Cinema and Human Rights Film Festival will continue to follow guidelines from government agencies and our public health partners.

The Exhibition aims to consolidate culture and education in Human Rights, expanding spaces for debate and discussion through cinematographic language. It is a proposal for socio-cultural inclusion, contributing to the formation of a new collective mentality for the exercise of solidarity, respect for diversity and tolerance.

Cinematographic works that address the different themes related to Human Rights, and accessibility in films - closed captioning in all sessions and audio description and Libras in selected sessions - in order to democratize access to culture and reach viewers with a diverse profile.

The Cinema and Human Rights Exhibition is also an instrument for the dissemination of Brazilian and regional audiovisual, with an emphasis on works that address the various themes related to Human Rights.

Over the past decade, the festival has exhibited more than 400 works, which have touched a diverse audience throughout the national territory.

Through cinematographic language, Cinema e Human Rights offers knowledge apprehension in different historical constructions and contexts, in addition to being a mechanism for affirming values, attitudes and practices that express the culture of Human Rights. Its objective is to strengthen individual and collective practices in favor of the promotion, protection and defense of Human Rights.

The Exhibition thus gathers all dimensions of Education in Human Rights and strengthens access to culture with national reach.

Best Feature Film (Grand Jury)
Best Brazilian Feature Film (Grand Jury)
Best Feature Film (Audience)
Best Brazilian Feature Film (Audience)
Best TV Movie (Grand Jury)
Best Brazilian TV Movie (Grand Jury)
Best TV Movie (Audicence)
Best Brazilian TV Movie (Audicence)
Best Short Film (Grand Jury)
Best Brazilian Short Film (Grand Jury)
Best Short Film (Audience)
Best Brazilian Short Film (Audience)
Best Minute Film
Best Brazilian Minute Film
Best Feature Film - Student
Best Brazilian Feature Film - Student
Best TV Movie - Student
Best Brazilian TV Movie - Student
Best Short Film - Student
Best Brazilian Short Film - Student
Best Feature Documentary
Best Brazilian Feature Documentary
Best TV Movie Documentary
Best Brazilian TV Movie Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Brazilian Short Documentary
Best LGBTQIA+ Film
Best Brazilian LGBTQIA+ Film
Best Woman Filmmaker
Best Brazilian Woman Filmmaker
Best Black Filmmaker
Best Brazilian Black Filmmaker
Best Indigenous / Native Peoples Film
Best Brazilian Indigenous / Native Peoples Film
Best Music Video
Best Brazilian Music Video
Best International Film
Best Brazilian Film
Best Paraná Film
Best Jewish Film
Best Brazilian Jewish Film


All submissions in Portuguese are free!
All student submissions are free!

The theme of the films must be about human rights.

Filmmakers and artist must be authorized to submit their films and artwork to The Maringa International Cinema and Human Rights Film Festival, and have appropriate permissions and clearances for their work. Works must have copyright clearance for all materials included not originally created by the artist.

Films or art works in language other than Portuguese must include English or Portuguese subtitles or translations.

Multiple entries are allowed from filmmakers and artist, and each entry may be entered in multiple categories. A separate application form should be used for each film, and the form must be completely filled in. Submission fees apply to each individual entry and category.

Only online screeners and submission entries will be accepted. If your country does not have access to FilmFreeway, please contact the festival for a potential waiver to this policy.

All films or artwork submitted under a “Student Fee” category will be listed as a “Student” on all materials including social media and press releases.
The selection committees’, jury’s and festival director’s decisions are final.

Entry fees are non-refundable.

Once selected as a part of the official festival, a film or work of art may not pull out of the festival or withdraw its submission.

Categories with less than 5 (five) submissions will not be awarded.


By submitting your Artwork to The Maringa International Cinema and Human Rights Film Festival, you agree to grant to Maringa International Cinema and Human Rights Film Festival Inc., along with its DBAs a non-exclusive, irrevocable, non-transferable, except as explicitly set out herein, worldwide license to use, promote, display, reproduce, and distribute your Artwork for commercial and non-commercial purposes, including, without limiting the foregoing, to reproducing the Artwork on the Website, manufacturing and selling paper and digital prints and other products incorporating your Artwork (including derivative products) through the Website, and use in all Maringa International Cinema and Human Rights Film Festival promotional materials for the festival to which you are submitting to.

Except as and to the extent expressly permitted, or as reasonably necessary to make any use of the Artwork permitted by these Terms, The Maringa International Cinema and Human Rights Film Festival shall not, and shall not permit others to modify, correct, adapt, or prepare derivative works or improvements of the Artwork without proper attribution and in accordance with this agreement.


Artwork submitted by you and the rights relating to them, including copyright and ownership rights in the Artwork, remain the sole and exclusive property of the Artist. No other use of the Artwork is granted without your express written consent.

We will use our best efforts to insure that all uses and reproductions of copyrighted material conform to the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. We will use our best efforts to insure that all Artwork contains some form of copyright management information (CMI) in some form, such as a copyright notice “©”, attribution with the author’s name, or some other copyright and ownership information embedded in the metadata or elsewhere unless otherwise agreed to by the you. We will not remove and/or alter such information in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).


The individual or corporation submitting the film or artwork hereby warrants that it is authorized to submit the film for consideration, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations, and is responsible for the accuracy of all information provided on the application form(s).

Filmmakers or artist of accepted works are responsible for creating theatrical screening prints or, if appropriate, physical work for gallery display. Filmmakers and other artist assume all costs of supplying prints and artwork, including postage or delivery fees.
The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless The Maringa International Cinema and Human Rights Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

The Maringa International Cinema and Human Rights Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film or artwork submitted and accepted for exhibition for promotional purposes for this and future festivals.

Overall Rating
  • A beautiful and powerful film festival.
    It was an enormous pleasure to have my film "How Many More?" screened at this festival and an even greater happiness to be awarded a prize at this event.
    Long life and lots of cinema for the world.

    September 2022
  • Rodrigo Campos

    amazing and necessary film festival!

    July 2022