The Portugal International Film Festival will have its fourth edition in 2020 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
  • Cinema is the transposition by images of a story. One of the most important phases in the preparation of a film is the choice of the location, which goes beyond the simple place in which to shoot a scene. The same applies to the choice of a festival venue. After two years at the Crowne Plaza, the Portugal Film Festival moved to the Palacio do Freixo, a prestigious place designed by the Italian architect Niccoló Nasoni, enchanted castle, full of magic as well as magical was this 2019 edition. For those in competition, the time preceding the communication of the winners is terrible. The wait is unnerving. But this time I confess, I forgot. The party offered by the organizers in the palace gardens distracted me; it was so pleasant to drink, eat and talk on the banks of the Douro river, that I almost forgot the anxiety and stress of the ceremony. Thank you filmfestivalsgroup! Ad maiora filmfestivalsgroup!

    July 2019
  • Stephanie Maxwell

    I could not attend the festival but appreciate that my film Aquarium was selected. Communications and updates from the festival were frequent and newsworthy.

    June 2019
  • Karin Lueders

    Great festival! Our film team couldn’t attend but we are very happy and thankful that our movie "Holy Spirit“ won the Special Jury Award. We already knew Jose Claudio Silva and his family from the Germany International Film Festival, so we know everything is managed in a very professional way and at the same time in a friendly, warm-hearted atmosphere. The film selection is at a high level and the venue in Porto is really beautiful. Hope to be there next time!

    May 2019
  • Joshua Sinclair

    As usual, working with Jose Claudio and his wonderful family is very positive and inspiring and I'm glad my film, A ROSE IN WINTER, was well received. Be well, my friend.

    May 2019
  • Salvatore Garau

    It was a great satisfaction to have my doc-film "The Canvas" competing at this festival, because the quality of the films was excellent. Perfect organization. thank you.

    May 2019