One of the most traditional disability film festivals worldwide, Brazil’s International Disability Film Festival “Assim Vivemos” is a biennial event that takes place in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Brasília, with two full weeks of screenings in each city, always providing all accessibilities: audio description, sign language and subtitles in the films. Known as the pioneer event in Brazil offering audio description in all sessions since the first edition in 2003, the festival strongly mobilizes the community of people with disabilities, as well as schools and college students, and professionals working with accessibility, inclusion, and other issues of people with disabilities. Exceptionally this year, the new edition of the festival will not be held. The 11th edition will be in 2024.

The festival concedes five jury’s awards and one audience award (to the winner of the poll in the three cities). The jury’s members are people with disability, filmmakers, actors and/or writers. In each edition, our jury creates new awards categories in order to highlight the specific qualities of the awarded films. The trophy was created by the renowned blind artist Virginia Vendramini.

The regulation for the next festival edition will be published around February- March 2024. Below is the past edition's regulation.

10th Brazil´s International Disability Film Festival – “Assim Vivemos”

1. The Festival

1.1 The main objective of the 10th Brazil International Disability Film Festival is to promote and encourage positive ways of seeing people with disabilities. By disability, we mean any physical, sensorial or intellectual impairment. We accept films of any duration, genre and production date dealing with this issue. We do NOT select films about mental health disorders, addiction, and other related themes.
1.2 The 10th Brazil's International Disability Film Festival will take place in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasília, from August, 2021 (dates to be confirmed).

2. Submission and Preview Material

2.1 Submissions are opened until April 12th, 2021. Only upon receipt of all requested material, the online submission will be valid.
2.1.1 Submit the film through the site FilmFreeway:

2.2 The preview material consists in:
2.2.1 At least three pictures or digital images of the film (minimum resolution 300 DPI, jpg or tif);
2.2.2 Director’s short curriculum;
2.2.3 Subtitles file in text, or full transcriptions of the original dialogue list in the original language and in English (mandatory) and in other languages, if available.
2.2.4 Audio descripion script, if available.
2.2.5 Upload the film at FilmFreeway (

2.3 There is no submission fee.

3. Selection, Formats, and Deadline for Selected Films

3.1 All participants will be notified of the Festival Organization’s decision on May 10th, 2021.
3.2 If your film is selected you must upload a high-quality video file WITHOUT subtitles, as there will be inserted subtitles in Portuguese in the screening files.
3.3 The screening copies without subtitles of the selected films must be received until May 28th, 2021.

4. Promotion

4.1 A maximum of two minutes of films extracts will be used for promotional purposes.
4.2 The photographs of the films sent will be used in the promotional material.

5. Jury, Awards, and Screenings

5.1 A jury of three members invited by the Festival Organization will judge the selected films and reward five films in five different categories; in addition, there will be an Audience Award. There will be no cash prize.
5.2 Selected films will be exhibited in the festival circuits in Brazilian cities and also some possible partner countries. Completing the submission form implies the agreement with the screenings in the festival circuit.
5.3 Due to the situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, it is possible that the festival will be shown in a hybrid format: in-person and online. Therefore, the submission of the film implies the authorization for online screenings on the festival platforms on the dates of the event. In case of online screenings, the directors/producers of the films will be notified.

6. Final Condition

6.1 Participation in the 10th Brazil’s International Disability Film Festival implies acceptance of all rules and respect of selection conditions and requirements. The Festival Organization will resolve issues not covered by the above conditions.

Submission deadline: April 12th, 2021.
Selection result: May 10th, 2021.
Screening copy receiving: May 28th, 2021.

Overall Rating
  • Marie-Andree Boivin

    Excellent festival! J'ai beaucoup apprécié et l'équipe travaille fort.

    January 2022
  • Elder Fraga

    Um festival ÚNICO, parabéns aos realizadores e vida longa ao ASSIM VIVEMOS.

    December 2021
  • I'm really surprised there aren't more reviews for this wonderful festival. Assim Vivemos is the first festival of its kind in Brazil and in all those years they really created a very special festival. The venues are ridiculously gorgeous (Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil) and this is really three festivals in one, since it happened in Rio, Brasília and São Paulo, running for two weeks in each city in October, November and December respectively.
    Everything is accessible, of course, both physically, visually and audio-wise. And they also promote special screenings. Our film "Talk with Us", which won an Honorable Mention for it's protagonism, was also screened at schools with Q&A's after. They really do give plenty of opportunities for the conversation to continue beyond the films at hand, promoting debates about specific topics related to the carefully curated works. Without a doubt, one of the best festival experiences so far for our documentary (out of 20 plus festivals).

    December 2021
  • I attended this festival in Rio in November this year. My film To Watch the Truth in the Eyes was screened four times at the beautiful Bank of Brasil Cultural Centre, and I had four lively Q&A sessions with the local people. It seems that they have a well-formed habit to come to this venue to watch films on disability issues. This is a respected festival with the long tradition of showing good quality films for the local audiences in Rio, Sao Paolo, and Brasilia.

    December 2019