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: TBD

Award List 2019:
- Best Short Film (OCFF Main Award)

- Jordon Hodges Award for Best Short Drama

- Tim Richardson Award for Best Comedy Short

- Best Documentary Short

- Best Portuguese Short

- Best Student Short

- Best Animation Short

- Best Local School/Institution Film


Hospitality & 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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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

Overall Rating
  • Gavin Hopkins

    Really well-organised festival! A pleasure to be a part of it.

    January 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your review Gavin! It was great having your film screened at the first edition of our festival!

  • Leanne Mangan

    I couldn't attend but was thrilled to screen at the first Ocean Coast FF with my short "The Morning After". They kept in good communication with me, and I would certainly apply again with my next film!

    September 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Leanne! Hopefully you'll be able to attend a future edition! Wish you the best!

  • Sandrine Iratchet-Bonython

    It's been a pleasure to show our film to this festival. Will definitely submit our next film when it comes out. Regards Sandrine - Executive Producer [the Big Wave Project]

    September 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the review! It was great to have The Big Wave Project on the 1st edition of our festival. The audience really enjoyed it and was astonished at the images you captured!
    Congratulations for that!

  • Michael Baker

    I was so pleased to be accepted to the Ocean Coast Film Festival in their first year. I am based in Dallas, TX, USA so to be accepted to a festival in Portugal is a real treat! The organizers were fabulous the whole way through, and although I couldn't swing it to come to Portugal this year.....if other films are selected in the future....a trip to Portugal might be in the works! THANKS.

    September 2018
    Response from festival:

    Congratulations on your award Michael! Sad you weren't here to receive it in person. Maybe you'll attend next time?
    Thank you for the review!

  • It was a small and nice film festival

    September 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for submitting 'Roda no Ar'. It was a really inspiring film that left the audiences in awe! It was great to have your team attending the event in person. Keep making great films that are proof that Portugal is a viable place to make them!