The Portugal International Film Festival will have its fifith edition in 2022 and aims to promote Portuguese and World Cinema.
Held in the city of Lisbon, the Festival will award the best films with a certificate and trophy.
The Festival was created to celebrate the art of filmmaking and to honor the filmmakers who make it all possible. This Festival will award national and international filmmakers.
The entire application process is done online through FilmFreeway website.

*** IMPORTANT INFORMATION ***

This Festival is presential but in case of political instability, martial law, war, natural disaster, pandemic diseases, or any situation that put at risk the organization of the event and the people involved, automatically the Festival will be switched to ONLINE FESTIVAL.
All submitters will be notified about that on the notification date.
The winners will receive the online version of the certificate.

We organize 15 Film Festivals around the World:

Canada Independent Film Festival
Germany International Film Festival
Portugal International Film Festival
Hollywood Independent Film Festival
Spain International Film Festival
France International Film Festival
Italy International Film Festival
London International Film Festival
Swiss International Film Festival
Europe International Film Festival
Australia Film Festival (Online)
Mexico Film Festival Awards (Online)
World Cine Fest (Online)
Brazil International Film Festival (Online)
Asia Film Festival (Online)

Trophy and Award Certificates to the categories:

Best Short Film
Best Documentary
Best Feature Film
Best Student Film
Best Animation
Best Music Video
Best Web Series
Best Screenplay Short
Best Screenplay Feature
Best Short Film in Portuguese Language
Best Documentary in Portuguese Language
Best Feature Film in Portuguese Language
Best Asian Short Film
Best Asian Feature Film

ATTENTION : For the Special Jury Award and Photography Categories
the winners will receive only the certificate.

*** CERTIFICATE ONLY ***
Special Jury Award
Best Photography - Nature
Best Photography - People

All non-English films must have English subtitles.
At this time, we are only requesting online submissions and all materials must be viewable online, as we want to remain as green as possible.
By submitting to the festival, you agree to allow your film (or other artistic work) to be screened by the festival during the festival run, for which you are submitting, at no charge to the festival. If there are to be any additional screenings, we will come to a mutual agreement between the filmmaker and the festival. All media selected by the festival will be asked to provide promotional materials, but we ask that no promotional materials be sent until selection. By submitting to the festival you are admitting copyright ownership of everything submitted.
The festival reserves the right to disqualify any submission at any time if there is any question of ownership, copyright infringement, or any sign of disrespect (in any form of media) to the festival or its representatives.

RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING POSTERS AND TRAILERS

It is very important for all filmmakers to readily have available posters and trailers and additional materials possible to submit to film festivals at the submission stage. Film festival directors appreciate these materials to work with, should your film get accepted to the festival submitted. As a Festival Director, I see professionalism and dedication to the film when the submitter sends a well-made poster and a short trailer. This also helps the film festival better promote selected films.

POSTER :
It’s important to get a frame from the movie or a photo still of the film that makes people look at it and think “I want to see this film” or “Who is that guy and why he is running?” or “Why is that woman crying?”.
A good poster should immediately grab people’s attention. A poster with only the title a background doesn’t convey any emotion and doesn’t mean anything.
Film festivals prefer to have posters in the following proportion.
Recomended file size: 1400 pixels x 2100 pixels at 300dpi.
Make the Title stand out, but don’t make it so big that it distracts the important images in your poster.
Make sure to export it as a JPEG, PNG or PDF.

TRAILER:
The trailer has to give the audience a glimpse of your film and just enough so as not to reveal important parts of it. This will make the viewer curious about your film.
Place important information like Title, Directed by…, important actors in the poster. Include festival laurels like Winner of Best Film or Best Director, and Official Selections from important festivals such as Sundance, TIFF, etc...
Duration: The recommended length of a trailer should be between 1 and 2 minutes maximum.
Export : 1080p – MP4 or Quicktime mov file.
Even if your short film is 3 to 5 minutes long, creating a 1-minute trailer will make a good impression.

FINAL THOUGHTS
When a film is submitted to my festivals without a poster or trailer or sometimes without both, the judges take points off the final rating of the film.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Chris Oledude


    From Christopher R. Owens, President, CESO Enterprises, Inc. crowens@cesony.com:

    On behalf of CESO ENTERPRISES, INC., Alyssa Dann, Chris Oledude, and all of our production participants, I would like to compliment the organizers and operators of Portugal International Film Festival. When we created our first music video (which was long enough to be a short film), we knew nothing about film festivals. With the help of FilmFreeway, we started researching. The categories were good. Everyone who contacted us on behalf of this festival was helpful. The submissions looked excellent.

    It was indeed exciting to discover this new world and to be so warmly welcomed by the inhabitants! To have GEORGE FLOYD: SAY THEIR NAMES selected for inclusion was an honor in and of itself.

    We were happy to “get the word out” and continue motivating people worldwide to consider the injustices embedded within our nation’s criminal justice system. After all, situations where a powerful segment of the population uses its law enforcement apparatus to abuse and oppress other segments of the population are recognizable in and common too many societies.
    We recommend submitting your work and we certainly intend to participate again in the future.

    Peace and stay safe!

    January 2022
  • John Martins III

    My deep appreciation to Senor Jose Claudio Silva and the Portugal International Film Festival for honoring my short screenplay, "As Time Goes By," with their honorable mention designation. Muito obrigado para todo teu trabalho!

    January 2022
  • Thank you for choosing my movie as BEST ASIAN FEATURE FILM.
    Let's meet again!

    December 2021
  • A great festival. W§e were very honored to be part of it. The organizers are great very communicative and always respecting and helping the artists. A great thank you.

    December 2021
  • DINESH SHUKLA

    I loved and honored to be part of the PIFF. Great work by the festival director Mr. Jose and his team. Congrats and thanks for the best Fee structure of Film festivals group. Highly recommended Festival. My best wishes.

    December 2021