Welcome to PORTUGAL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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Please read the entire content of this text carefully before submitting your project to the festival.

The Festival was created to celebrate the art of filmmaking and to honor the filmmakers who make it all possible.
The entire application process is done online through FilmFreeway.

Our festivals are not on IMDB by choice because being an independent and small festival, we were treated disrespectfully by IMDB, so we decided not to share our results with them.

How the Festival works:

In the first round, the jury members choose the films and scripts in a broader way. Selected films and screenplays will receive a link to the official selection Laurel.

In the second round, the jury members re-judge the selected films and scripts, analyzing each project in more detail and more rigorously.
They then decide the winners of each category as well as the jury's special awards.
Only the winners will be invited to the awards ceremony, where they will receive a trophy and certificate.

The trophies and certificates of the winners who do not attend the event cannot be sent by post or other shipping company. They will receive a digital version of the certificate only.

The Awards Ceremony is part of the FILM FESTIVALS GROUP ANUAL EVENT, that happens in a different country each year.
This edition the event will take place in Lisbon / Portugal on May 2023
More details on the notification date e-mail.

*** IMPORTANT INFORMATION ***

This Festival is presencial 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.

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
  • 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