An annual celebration of cinema in the beach town of Lavra in Portugal. Sister festival of the River Bend Film Festival in Goshen, IN, United States.

The Ocean Coast Film Festival is a competitive festival that showcases independent films from all over the world and provides a platform for filmmakers to meet other like-minded people.

Just 15 kilometers north of the city of Porto, winner of the Best European Destination award in 2017, the OCFF will quickly become a favorite among travelling filmmakers.

'Anartem - Cultural Non-Profit' is the promoter of this event.

Total Prize Value: $5000

Award List 2020:
- Best Short Film (OCFF Main Award)
the winner of this award receives a $900 certificate to the learning platform Evenant.

- Jordon Hodges Award for Best Short Drama
the winner of this award receives a $700 certificate to the learning platform Evenant.

- Tim Richardson Award for Best Comedy Short
the winner of this award receives a $700 certificate to the learning platform Evenant.

- Best Documentary Short
the winner of this award receives a $700 certificate to the learning platform Evenant.

- Best Portuguese Short
the winner of this award receives a $700 certificate to the learning platform Evenant.

- Best Student Short
the winner of this award receives a $500 certificate to the learning platform Evenant.

- Best Animation Short
the winner of this award receives a $400 certificate to the learning platform Evenant.

- Best Local School/Institution Film
the winner of this award receives a $400 certificate to the learning platform Evenant.

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Benefits for filmmakers who get selected:
- 2 VIP filmmaker badges that give full access to all screenings and events
- Potential for one-on-one meetings with other filmmakers and industry professionals

Submission costs vary depending on category and discounts. When submitting to the festival you are agreeing, if selected, to screen the submitted film during the dates of the festival. OCFF will not pay any screening fees for presentation of the film during the festival. The only exception would be if there is a pre-negotiated agreement.

ENTRY REGULATIONS
The Ocean Coast Film Festival is a competitive showcase of feature films, documentaries and shorts. The OCFF reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project submitted. Projects must be submitted for consideration on DVD, BluRay or preferably as an online screener. All entries should have English or Portuguese subtitles in .srt format. If you don’t have any subtitles at the time of submission don’t worry, we’ll consider your project without subtitles and, if selected, we will work with you to get them ready for exhibition at the film festival.

COMPETITION
For a list of competitive categories, please see our awards page. All films are selected and voted upon by an impartial jury of filmmakers, industry professionals and festival programmers.

SCREENING MATERIALS
If selected, the OCFF will require a digital copy of the film in the best quality available. If you have an Electronic Press Kit (EPK) you can send it along with the copy of the movie so we can use it for promotional activities (it can include high-resolution production stills, key art, bio and filmography of the director, production notes and full cast and crew credits).

REPRODUCTION AGREEMENT
Submission of an entry gives the OCFF permission to have excerpts of accepted work, including film trailers, shown in all promotional activities related to the festival and the entire work screened at the festival and other subsequent screenings made by Anartem.

NOTIFICATION
Films selected to the OCFF will be notified no later than the Notification Date set on the FilmFreeway page.

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  • Lee Chambers

    Excellent communication and awesome folks behind this little gem of a festival in Portugal - One day I wanna be there for it! Hope this festival grows and grows...

    February 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Lee! Hope you can travel to Portugal in the future and attend the festival in person. Really looking forward to it!

  • John Gross

    My short film, BOB, played in Portugal during the Ocean Coast Film Festival's first year. The team at Ocean Coast was right on it with any questions I had and helped with getting subtitles created. I wasn't able to attend in person, but it was a great opportunity to play internationally. Highly recommend submitting!

    January 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for the great feedback John!

  • Diogo Conceição

    It was a great festival, thank you for screening my dance film! Killer Crew!!!

    January 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Diogo for being a part of the Ocean Coast Film Festival. Best of luck!!

  • Per Anderson

    I was honored to have my film selected by the Ocean Coast Film Festival. I'm glad for their concern for environmental topics and they were also easy to work with during the preparation of the festival.

    January 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for making your film and bringing awareness to environmental issues. Best of luck with your future projects!

  • Redwulf Films

    I'm proud to say I had a movie playing at the festival in all previous editions of the festival, and it was great, hope the trend continues. They are quick to reply, and really nice. A big thank you for selecting one of my movies both times and for celebrating cinema like this. Looking forward to see what happens next.

    January 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much! It's great to see Portuguese filmmakers working abroad and creating high-quality projects!