Based in Lisbon, Queer Lisboa - International Queer Film Festival is the only Queer Film Festival in Portugal. Queer Lisboa is funded by the Ministry of Culture and Lisbon City Hall and is the oldest and one of the most prestigious film festivals in the Portuguese capital city.
The festival runs for 9 days with an average of 10.000 spectators.
An average of 90 films are programmed each year divided into 5 competition sections (comprising feature films, documentaries, short films, Queer Art and european school films) awarding a total of 9 prizes, and several non-competition sections, such as Panorama, Queer Focus, Queer Pop and others.
Since 2015, Queer Lisboa is also organizing Queer Porto, an independent edition based in the second largest city of the country. Submissions for Queer Porto program are managed through the Queer Lisboa Submissions Panel.
The criteria for the programme of both events are queer themed films, mainly recent productions, with an emphasis on new filmmakers, but also retrospectives.
Every year the festivals sets up a wide range of parallel events, from parties to workshops, performances and exhibitions.
Awards & Prizes
Feature Film Competition
Short Film Competition
In My Shorts - European Student Short Films Competition
Queer Art Competition
Rules & Terms
ARTICLE ONE | ORGANIZATION, GOALS AND POLICY
1.1. Queer Lisboa (QL) and Queer Porto (QP) – International Queer Film Festivals are organized by Associação Cultural Janela Indiscreta (ACJI), a non-profit association.
1.2. QL and QP are sponsored by public and private institutions, through annually renewable protocols, and are open to the audience in general.
1.3. QL are QP are annual events taking place, respectively, in Lisbon for a nine-day period, and in Porto, for a five-day period.
1.4. The purpose of QL and QP is the screening and promotion of high quality gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, and queer themed films.
1.5. Without prejudice to the filmmakers’ freedom of expression, the graphic and verbal languages, and the points of view expressed by the selected films, do not necessarily reflect those of the Festival Programmers and/or of Associação Cultural Janela Indiscreta.
1.6. Each year, QL and QP seek to complement film screenings with a series of events, be they debates, conferences, lectures, performances, book and DVD sales, art exhibits, master classes, workshops, parties, and others, within or outside the Festival dates.
1.7. Whenever possible, QL and QP out-of-town screenings may occur in other Portuguese cities, in partnership and co-production with public and/or private institutions.
1.8. QL and QP select films of all geographical origins, regardless of political or social issues that might be somehow relevant at that time in History.
1.9. It is QL and QP policy to give priority to Portuguese film productions, whenever the Festival Programmers find that a new national production justifies its inclusion in the Festival program. This policy extends to Portuguese spoken film productions of all geographical origins. It is also QL and QP policy to promote Portuguese films in International Film Festivals.
1.10. It is QL and QP programming policy to screen recent films, produced in the same year or the preceding year of the Festival edition, irrespective of their country of origin, participation in other International Film Festivals and of any awards they may have won. These films must be unreleased commercially in Portugal, unless the Festival Programmers consider them of high importance for the current program. It is also QL and QP policy to programme annual film retrospectives dedicated to a filmmaker, theme, country of production, or other.
1.11. It is QL and QP programming policy to screen and promote directorial debuts by young filmmakers.
1.12. It is QL and QP policy to practice lower ticket prices than those practiced by commercial Theatres, unless this is not possible due to contractual agreements with the company or institution running the Theatre where the Festival is held.
1.13. It is QL and QP policy to include selected films into thematic film cycles and shared film programs. Any film may share the bill with other films in one single slot, namely if it is a short subject.
1.14. Members of Portuguese LGBT Associations are given a ticket discount, unless this is not possible due to contractual agreements with the company or institution running the Theatre where the Festival is held. This discount is only applied upon presentation of a valid means of identification on purchasing the ticket, and prior discount agreement with the Festival. The percentage of this discount is determined each year. However, ACJI reserves the right to determine eligible Associations, based on their significance within Portugal, their institutional relation to ACJI, and/or restrictions related to the number of discount tickets available.
1.15. The invitation of Festival Guests is contingent on the sponsorship of private and public institutions. However, QL and QP reserve the right to use a percentage of its total budget to finance a direct invitation to specific personalities, whenever the Festival Programmers feel that their presence is of utmost relevance to the event.
1.16. QL and QP staff includes one Artistic Director and one Director (Festival Direction); six staff Programmers, who may be joined each year by Guest Programmers; a member of the ACJI Board of Directors acting as Consultant; a Print Traffic Manager and Assistant Director; a Hospitality Manager; a Press and Marketing Manager; an Audience Award Manager; a Queer Market Manager; a Volunteers Manager; and a Graphic Designer. Yearly, Translators, Volunteers (selected by interview), Interns (by spontaneous application and/or through protocols between ACJI and private and/or public institutions); an Audio-visuals Editor; one or more Official Photographers; one or more Drivers. New positions may be opened yearly, depending on Festival requirements. One person may hold more than one position, with the exception of the Directors.
1.17. The Artistic Director’s tasks include: management and final word upon film programming within QL and QP and associated cultural events, whether simultaneous to the Festival or not; management and final word upon QL and QP image and content of its graphic and audio-visual materials; management and final word upon QL and QP official guests and jury members. The Artistic Director selects QL and QP staff and oversees its production and operations, as well as all official relations as defined in 1.18; authority in these areas may be delegated to the Director. Any decision regarding the acceptance or interruption of any sponsorship/protocol between the Festival and any other institution/company must be approved by the Artistic Director.
1.18. The Festival Director’s tasks include: general production of the Festival, related and parallel events, simultaneous to the Festival or not; submitting and following up applications for public funding and sponsorships; fundraising; establishment of public and private partnerships; technical and logistic operation in Festival offices, Theatres, and other sites of Festival intervention; management and coordination of Festival staff during the event.
1.19. It is the Assistant Director’s task that of following up on the delegations provided by the Festival Direction.
1.20. Festival budgeting, so as payments to staff and providers of goods and services, is the sole responsibility of the ACJI Direction, and is coordinated inside the Festival by its Artistic Director and ACJI Treasurer.
ARTICLE TWO | FILM SELECTION
2.1. QL and QP programme documentaries, fiction, experimental and animated films, be they feature length or short subjects. Acceptable formats are: 35mm, DCP, or Hi-Res Digital File. If a selected film is only available in a different format, QL and QP will try to negotiate the best solution with the rights holder of the film in question, in order to properly screen it. Whenever QL and QP have to pay for a transfer copy of the film, compatible with the screening formats, the Festival will be considered the legal owner of this copy, while any and all legal representation, distribution or screening rights over the copy remain with the original holders.
2.2. QL and QP consider a short subject any film with a length lower or equal to 44 minutes, and a feature any film with a length higher or equal to 45 minutes. Festival Programmers are, nonetheless, free to disregard this parameter, if by analysing the film plot, they decide otherwise.
2.3. If a selected film is spoken in a language other than English, the film copy must be subtitled in English.
2.4. Electronic subtitling in Portuguese of all QL and QP film programmes is dependent on the annual availability of Festival budget.
2.5. QL and QP select films by direct invitation to the rights holder. The film’s screening is subject to negotiation of screening fee and copy availability for the period in which the Festivals take place. The maximum screening fee paid by QL or QP per film is 500.00€ (five hundred Euros). It is QL and QP policy to negotiate the lowest screening fee possible up to this value. The aforementioned fee may be exceptionally exceeded whenever a Festival sponsor, public or private, takes direct responsibility for the total or partial payment of the screening fee of the film, or in the case that the Festival Programmers deem the film as exceptionally relevant.
2.6. The import and export of print copies of the films programmed by direct invitation of QL or QP is to be paid in full by the Festival, unless the print is in circulation between Festivals, in which case QL and QP will only pay for either the import or the export duties of the print, but never both.
2.7. No cuts or changes in any film will be made for its public screening, for any reason. Each film will be screened in the best technical conditions available.
ARTICLE THREE | FILM SUBMISSION
3.1. QL and QP accept Film Submissions to the Festival programs every year through their official websites. Submissions are made automatically for both Festivals.
3.2. Participants must complete an online Submission Form for each film submitted to the Festival programs, and send an online private preview link of the film, a downloadable file or a DVD, by post.
3.3. Films submitted after the deadline set every year by QL and QP for film submission (postage date) may not be accepted for selection to that year’s programs. Exceptionally, by request to the Festival Artistic Director, submitted films may be accepted after this deadline.
3.4. QL and QP accept preview copies in DVD (any region), password-protected internet viewing or downloadable file. Regardless of being selected or not for the QL or QP programs, physical preview copies will not be returned, and will be added to the Festival archive.
3.5. The decision of the Programmers on each submission will be notified by e-mail before the deadline set by QL and QP each year.
3.6. It is QL and QP policy not to provide explanations in any form of the criteria used in the exclusion of a submitted film from the Festival programs.
3.7. QL and QP do not pay any screening fee for the screening of films entered by submission.
3.8. QL and QP reserve the right to screen each film sent by Submission up to twice.
3.9. Prior theatrical distribution, television screenings, or DVD or VOD release in Portugal disqualify films from entry, as well as their integral and legal availability on the Internet.
3.10. If the film is selected, it is the responsibility of its rights holder to guarantee its availability for QL or QP.
3.11. The screening copy must be sent to the Festival by its rights holder (at his/her charge) up to 10 days before QL opens or up to 10 days before QP opens. The Festival will take charge of the transportation and costs of its return.
3.12. If the screening copy is in transit between Festivals, QL and QP will only pay for either the import or export duties of the copy, never both.
3.13. The Festivals hold the right to use film stills and up to 90’’ (ninety seconds) of film footage for promotional purposes.
ARTICLE FOUR | COMPETITION
4.1. QL and QP include Competition and non-Competition sections.
4.2. QL includes five Competition Sections: Best Feature Film, Best Documentary, Best Short Film, Best School Short Film “In My Short”, and Queer Art Best Film.
4.3. The QL Feature Film Competition awards the Best Feature Length Narrative Film, the Best Actor, and the Best Actress. This section includes a minimum of eight films.
4.4. The QL Documentary Competition awards the Best Feature Length Documentary. This section includes a minimum of eight films.
4.5. The QL Short Film Competition awards the Best Fiction, Documentary, Experimental or Animated Short Film. This section includes a minimum of 18 films.
4.6. The QL Best School Short Film “In My Shorts” Competition awards the Best Short Film directed as part of a European Film School curricula. This section includes a minimum of 10 films.
4.7. The QL Queer Art Competition awards the Best Feature Length Film. This section includes a minimum of eight films.
4.8. QP includes two Competition Sections: Best Film and Best School Short Film “In My Short”.
4.9. QP Competition for Best Film includes feature length narratives and documentaries, and awards the Best Film. This section includes a minimum of eight films.
4.10. The QP Best School Short Film “In My Shorts” Competition awards the Best Short Film directed as part of a Portuguese Film or Audio-Visual School curricula. This section includes a minimum of five films.
4.11. All selected Feature Films, Short Films or Documentaries, national and international, with a) a queer theme; b) produced in the preceding year or in the same year of the Festival or unreleased in Europe until the year preceding the Festival; c) and that have not been commercially distributed in Portugal before the Festivals, are eligible for Competition.
4.12. QL and QP Programmers short-list the films for Competition. This selection is of the sole responsibility of the Festival Programmers, who are under no obligation to provide explanations in any form of the criteria used in the selection.
4.13. Prize winners are announced during the Closing Ceremonies of the Festivals.
4.14. The monetary value of the QL awards is determined by the sponsorship of a public or private institution, to be renegotiated annually. However, a minimum of 1,000.00€ (one thousand Euro) is established for the Best Feature Film; of 1,000.00€ (one thousand Euro) for the Best Documentary; of 500.00€ (five hundred Euro) for the Best Short Film; and of 1,000.00€ (one thousand Euro) for Queer Art. The award for Best School Short Film “In My Shorts” is a non-monetary award in the form of goods and/or services, to be determined annually, valued in at least 400,00€ (four hundred Euro). The Best Actor and Best Actress awards of the Best Feature Film Competition, are non-monetary, special mention awards.
4.15. The monetary value of the QP awards is determined by the sponsorship of a public or private institution, to be renegotiated annually. However, a minimum of 1,000.00€ (one thousand Euro) is established for the Best Film. The award for Best School Short Film “In My Shorts” is a non-monetary award in the form of goods and/or services, to be determined annually, valued in at least 400,00€ (four hundred Euro).
4.16. Cash awards will revert to the film director. When the film has more than one director, the amount of the award will be shared in equal parts by all directors. The cash award is payed through wire transfer, and it implies the previous issue of an invoice.
4.17. Awards in the form of legal rights acquisitions for Portuguese Territory by TV Broadcasters, Theatrical Distributors, or VOD Distributors, are negotiated and payed to the Sales Agent of the awarded film. These contracts are of the sole responsibility of the Buyer. The monetary partition of the award with the film producer and/or filmmaker is of the sole responsibility of the Sales Agent.
4.18. In the eventuality that a screening fee has been paid for the screening of the awarded film (in any category), the value of the fee will be discounted from the global prize value, if such has been agreed beforehand with the legal rights holder of the film. This only applies for cash awards, as stated in 4.16.
ARTICLE FIVE | JURY
5.1. The QL International Jury is composed by 15 renowned programmers and directors of International Film Festivals, filmmakers, actors, or other film professionals, or renowned professionals of other cultural disciplines, so as film students.
5.2. Three jury members are responsible for selecting the QL Best Feature Film, Best Actor, and Best Actress.
5.3. Three jury members are responsible for selecting the QL Best Documentary.
5.4. Three jury members are responsible for selecting the QL Best Short Film.
5.5. Three jury members are responsible for selecting the QL Best School Short Film “In My Shorts”.
5.6. Three jury members are responsible for selecting the QL Queer Art Best Film.
5.7. The QP International Jury is composed by three renowned programmers and directors of International Film Festivals, filmmakers, actors, or other film professionals, or renowned professionals of other cultural disciplines, so as film students.
5.8. Three jury members are responsible for selecting the QP Best Feature Length Narrative or Documentary, and for selecting the QP Best School Short Film “In My Shorts”.
5.9. If, for any reason, a jury member fails to attend the Festival, no substitution will take place, unless this absence signifies a risk in terms of an award attribution, in which case the Festival will nominate a new jury member.
ARTICLE SIX | FILM SCHOOL SHORT FILM “IN MY SHORTS” COMPETITION
6.1. QL and QP accept any queer themed narrative, documentary, experimental or animated short film, produced in the preceding or same year of the Festival edition, directed in the curricular context of a European Film School (for QL), or in the curricular context of a Portuguese Film or Audio-Visual School (for QP).
6.2. The QL competition is assembled in a maximum of three short film programmes, comprising altogether a minimum of 10 films.
6.3. The QP competition is assembled in a maximum of two short film programmes, comprising altogether a minimum of five films.
6.4. The QL and QP “In My Shorts” Sections include workshop and master class formative programs open to all participants and audience in general, so as networking activities.
6.5. Filmmakers whose films were selected are invited to attend the Festivals in order to present their films and take part of the formative programs, specifically organized for this program. These invitations are contingent of yearly Festival budget availability to do so.
6.6. Whenever a given Film School has three or more films that match this Competition’s parameters, it is eligible to be a section partner either in QL or QP. The invitation to be a Partner Film School is addressed by the Festivals.
6.7. The Partner Film School is responsible for pre-selecting the films for submission and final consideration by QL and QP programmers, so as for making the necessary arrangements in order to make it possible for the students to attend the Festivals.
6.8. QL and QP commit to promote all Partner Film Schools and to offer complementary formative actions to the selected students, during the event. The School may also take an active part on organizing these formative actions.
6.9. The QL award for Best School Short Film is an international award, regardless of being part of a national or international Film School.
6.10. The awards for these Competitions are non-monetary awards in the form of goods and/or services, as stated in 4.14 and 4.15.
6.11. The Best School Short Film “In My Shorts” Competitions of either QL or QP may not take place if the Festival Programmers consider that the number of films submitted is insufficient in order to guarantee a minimum quota of quality films.
ARTICLE SEVEN | AUDIENCE AWARD
7.1. An Audience Award for Best Film is given away in the QL Competition Sections for Best Feature Film, Best Documentary, and Best Short Film, so as in the QP Competition Section for Best Film, for which each audience member is given a ballot at the beginning of each screening, on which s/he may cast a vote on each film in Competition on a scale of 1 to 10, at QL, and on a scale of 1 to 5, at QP.
7.2. Each ballot may comprise several screenings, and a sole screening may comprise several films, namely if it is a short film program. The ballots are collected and sealed after each screening, not being allowed to accumulate votes on different screenings in the same ballot.
7.3. A Festival staff member is annually named responsible for this award and for counting the votes.
7.4. Validation of a given ballot is individual for each film entry, unless a visible disregard of the Audience Award rules is detected in that or any other film in the same ballot, in which cases all votes on the ballot in question will not be considered valid.
7.5. The Festival staff member responsible for the Audience Award should notify a member of the Festival Direction of any doubts or dubious issues regarding the votes. The final decision to validate a specific ballot rests entirely with the member of the Festival Direction. Void ballots will be destroyed.
7.6. Valid ballots will remain in the Festival archive for the period of one year.
7.7. A minimum of 30 valid votes is required in order for a film to be eligible for the QL Audience Award, and a minimum of 20 valid votes is required in order for a film to be eligible for the QP Audience Award.
7.8. The Audience Awards are special mention, non-monetary awards.
ARTICLE EIGHT | ACCREDITATIONS
8.1. Film and Television professionals (Industry), Media professionals (Press), and Festival Sponsors may request an Accreditation to QL and QP in order to participate in the Festivals.
8.2. Accreditation holders are given free access to all QL and QP screenings, except opening and closing nights (and selected special screenings), subject to ticket availability. A ticket must always be obtained at the Box Office, at a maximum of one ticket per screening. Tickets can only be obtained for same day or next day screenings.
8.3. Press Accreditation holders are granted priority in booking interviews with Festival guests.
8.4. Accreditation for QL or QP can be requested each year from July 1st, by filling in the online form available in the Festival official websites.
8.5. Accreditation for QL or QP can only be approved and issued by the Festival organization.
8.6. QL and QP Accreditation is personal and cannot be shared.
8.7. In order to issue the Accreditation, a name, photograph, and company/institution name are required.
8.8. During the Festival, the organization (both Festival and Theatres) is entitled to require further legal identification from the Accreditation holder, and to cancel their Accreditation in case of any irregularity.
8.9. Accreditations are not sent by post or by any means handed out before the Festivals, and should be picked up at the Theatre from the first day of the Festival.
8.10. The Festival Direction reserves the right to determine yearly the total number of accreditations and/or a limit for each company/institution.
ARTICLE NINE | INSURANCE
9.1. QL and QP have insurances over all film copies while at the Theatres, and only during the month of September, for QL, and October, for QP. Under no circumstance are QL or QP responsible for damage or loss of the films while in transit, either while being imported or exported.
9.2. All the Festival team and volunteers are insured against accidents while at the Theatres where the Festivals are held.
ARTICLE TEN | ACCEPTANCE
10.1. Participation in QL and QP implies the acceptance of these Festival Regulations, as well as of any other decision taken by the Directors Board of the Associação Cultural Janela Indiscreta and/or the Festival Direction, and duly communicated to the attendees.