We also run other Film Festivals :

The Portugal International Film Festival will have its third edition in 2019 and aims to promote the Portuguese and World Cinema.
Held in the city of Porto, the Festival will award the best films with a certificate and crystal 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.

Trophy and Award Certificates to the categories:

Best Short Film
Best Documentary
Best Feature Film
Best Student Film
Best Animation
Best Web Series
Best Screenplay Short
Best Screenplay Feature
Best Music Video
Best First-time Filmmaker
Best Experimental Film
Special Jury Award

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.


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 the selected films.

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 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 aa a JPEG, PNG or PDF.

The trailer has to give the audience a glimpse of your film and just enough so as not 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 recommend 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.

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

Overall Rating
  • A great film festival which offered excellent communication with filmmakers. Thanks.

    November 2018
  • Tereza Hirsch

    What makes the Portugal International Film Festival special is the unique familiar atmosphere the organizers Jose, Elaine and Alice provide to both award nominated filmmakers as well as just regular festival visitors. The communication with them is wonderful and I would love to come back and see how it evolves in the future.

    October 2018
  • One of the world's most beautiful cities. Great event!

    October 2018
  • Stephen Harrison

    It was an unexpected honour for my fellow director, Morag Brennan, and I to win the Best Documentary category. The work we were competing against was excellent, and we offer our condolences to the very talented people who were were fortunate enough to beat this time. Overall, the standard of work seemed generally very high, which makes our win even more satisfying. Thank you.

    September 2018
  • Jesus Galindo

    Once I found out that my feature film, EL DERECHO DE JESUS became an Official Selection at the 2018 Portugal International Film Festival, I wanted to go and attend the festival. The festival directors, Josè Claudio Silva, Alice Maciel, Elaine Maciel and Marcelo Cabral went above and beyond to make the event a positive experience. They were professional, always upbeat and attended all my concerns, which made the festival more enjoyable. The Awards show was classy and elegant. Adding to the whole experience, I was surprised when it was announced that my film won the Best Feature Film Award. It was a happy surprise. I will never forget this incredible experience.

    September 2018