Phenomena Festival is a competitive international film festival. Focused in fantasy, sci-fi, horror, thriller and other genre bender experiences.

Our mission is to find the most surreal, unique and amazing genre films of the globe and bring then into the spotlight to be seen by the largest number of cinema aficcionados possible. For that goal, we are constantly in the hunt of the most uncanny film makers out there.

The greatest genre films for us are the ones that on the surface are excellent fantasy or scary movies, but if you start digging, you get a sense of another layer that speaks about a truth of a kind. Simply put, films we do not forget so fast. Films that we get sucked into and go for a voyage with. Genre films or films with genre elements are one of the few last resorts where one can make both art and entertainment and still have that special layer hidden within, and we really love that.

The event takes place in the megalopolis of São Paulo, Brazil and in the coastal city of Paraty in Rio de Janeiro, with 7 days of screenings, panels and workshops.

São Paulo is one of the biggest and busiest cities of world and a huge market for indie films. Few genre festival hits reach our screens so there is a great responsibility and honor in bringing the films to our hungry audience.

We promise a rollicking good time and a slate packed with great films. We can't do that without the filmmakers and artists, so submit now! Diversity and originality are not only welcome, but also encouraged. Absolutely no ratings restrictions, ever.

For each category bellow, the winners will be awarded our Apophenie award designed by the artist David Van Gough and sculpted by Marcelo Pasqua.

Best NEW BLOOD Feature Film - Phenomena Award
Best Short Film - Phenomena Award
Best Short Animation - Phenomena Award

Other categories will receive our beautiful print certificate. This certificate highlights the significance and value that art represents for the Phenomena Festival, and therefore it is awarded as a quality seal for the uniqueness and mastery of the cinematic arts demonstrated by this work. In our constant search for works that transcend mainstream entertainment, we applaud visions and artists willing to take risks as narratives, films that escape conventional categorization and stories that dwell on the edges between the surreal, the mysterious and the extraordinary. The creation of films and myths is a unique gift that we have as humans, let's celebrate this potential by praising the great directors who participated in the Phenomena Festival 2021.


By entering the Phenomena Festival the participants recognize the elements they fill are true and they are the original authors of their works and holders of the copyright. The participants agree that the organizing committee has the right to refuse to receive works which may be considered offensive morally, political or religiously. Submission of entries acknowledges the right of the organizers to use them for the publication of the catalog/book of the event (including digital publication), for promotion of the event purposes (including posting in social media and adds) and for an eventual exhibition regarding the Phenomena Festival event. Any different use of the entries needs the participant's approval.

Eligibility Requirements for the feature film and short film competition (jury award):
- Running time for all feature films must be 70 minutes or more
- Running time for all shorts must be less than 30 minutes.
- Selected films must be made available in Blu-ray, or DCP.
- All films must be at least a São Paulo premiere and cannot be made available publicly online at any time before the fest.
- Preview screening format is an online screener ONLY - No DVD screeners.
- If submitting more than one film, a separate completed entry is required for each title.
- The submitted films must have a portuguese or at least english subtitles.

Entries are scheduled at the discretion of Phenomena Festival. Phenomena Festival retains the right to make changes to the published schedule at any time and for any reason. Films may be screened more than once.

Prize statue will be delivered at February 2021 the latest.

Overall Rating
  • Ethan Blum

    Honored to be a part of this festival. Couldn't attend but the communication and promotion from the organizers was great! Awesome lineup of films.

    January 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks a lot Ethan, its feedback like this that gives us the inspiration to continue onwards and upwards!

  • Excelente festival realizado por pessoas que realmente valorizam e prestigiam o cinema fantástico e de terror! Experiência enriquecedora!

    January 2020
    Response from festival:

    Muito obrigado Vitória!

  • Federico Bezenzette

    Hermoso Festival! Excelente curación de películas y organización perfecta. Un honor para nosotros haber sido seleccionados.

    December 2019
  • Joel Caetano

    Excelente festival com uma programação incrível! Foi uma honra participar pela primeira vez esse ano com meu filme COVA HUMANA.

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    You rock man. Obrigado!

  • Clodoaldo Lino

    Unfortunately I could not attend this year's event, but I followed everything through social networks and I would like to highlight high-level programming, both in feature films and in short films. Festival that has everything to establish itself as a major in the genre.

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Clodoaldo, its words like this that make us keep going!