With twenty-five years of existence, (the first edition was in 1997) AVANCA Film Festival was awarded first place in 2011 contest of the support film festivals sponsored by ICA / Ministry of Culture.

An additional thematic programming has happened over all these years, giving space to screening of significant works of contemporary cinema appropriately framed in concerns and / or well-defined objectives.

The AVANCA is known as a space for workshops led by personalities of world cinema, and being more than a "master class", has allowed a unique cinema practice. Every year we have workshops, bringing together participants from all over Europe. The media have written that this is the largest European area of professional workshops in the field of cinema.

AVANCA is the only festival that congregates a Cinema International Competition, works from the television area, video and new supports of multimedia, with a special concern of exhibit the best world productions done in each category.
Since the first edition, the festival only accepts unprecedented films in Portugal.

The World Premiere competition is unique in our country and was only possible because Avanca became a passage point of unpublished authors and movies with great quality. Films that have their world premiere in the festival, independently of the submitted category, are also participating in the World Premiere Competition.
AVANCA is the Portuguese festival with the highest percentage of worldwide unpublished movies that find here their first showing.

Since 2010, we have organized the international film conference AVANCA | CINEMA, becoming the most important conference in the field of cinema in the Iberian Peninsula. This conference brings together speakers and participants from around the world.
Thematic exhibitions, editions of books, bibliographic presentations and various projects have marked these last 10 years of AVANCA with the quality that compels the festival and the participants obviously require.

1 – Prizes
The festival will award the best work of each category: Cinema (feature film), Cinema (short feature), Television, Video, VR and trailer. The jury will also deliver prizes to the best Animation, best Actor/Actress, and best Cinematography Direction, among others.
In the Cinema category (feature film), since only a maximum of 4 films are selected, all works will automatically receive a special mention.

The international jury is composed of cinema professionals invited by the organization.
The selected films may be objects of acquisition proposals for the Portuguese market (cinema, television, video, VOD).

2 – World Premiere Prize
Films that have their world premieres in the AVANCA 2023, regardless of the submitted category, are also candidates for the World Premiere Special Prize. Candidates must refer to the entry form if the film is a world premiere.

3 – Filmmaker Prize
Filmmakers under the age of 30 and over 60 will be candidates for the Junior Filmmaker Award and the Senior Filmmaker Award, respectively.

Regulations
AVANCA 2023
27th International Meeting of Cinema, Television, Video and Multimedia

21, 26 to 30 July
Deadline: April 28th, 2023

1 - Objective
The objective is to trace a global perspective of the contemporary features in cinema, television, video and multimedia.

2 - Conditions of Admission
Works admitted for selection must join the following conditions:
- Be produced after January 1st, 2021;
- Unreleased in Portugal;
- Not available on the web.

Registrations in the following categories are admitted:
CINEMA: short and feature films in fiction and animation;
TELEVISION: documentaries;
VIDEO: experimental videos less than 20 minutes long;
VR FILMS: films in virtual reality 360°, narrative or experimental, but with no interactivity.
Tv SERIES: fiction and documentaries. In this case, the submitter must send only a single episode.
TRAILER IN MOTION – video clips and trailers* - all trailers sent with the submitted films will be considered for this competition.
* trailers up to 3 minutes

3 - Submission
Works must be registered until April 17th, 2022, by completing the online registration form available on www.avanca.com

The payment can be done by Paypal (avancafilmfestival@gmail.com) and the receipt must be sent to the same email so that we can validate your submission.

Entry Fee: 14€ (euros)
• Special price until 8th january 2023: 10 euros.
All submission fees are non-refundable.

FREE ENTRY FEE FOR:
- Portuguese films or from countries with Portuguese as an official language, exclusively received with link and password.
- Trailers and videoclips

The Avanca Film Festival DOES NOT PAY SCREENING FEES. By submitting your project, you acknowledge that Avanca2023 will not pay to present your work.
Entries previously screened in other festivals or are publicly available on the web (e.g. Youtube, Vimeo) will not be considered.
All foreign films must be submitted with English subtitles.

4 - Selection for competition
The organization committee carries out the selection of the submitted works and informs the applicants of selected works. The selection results will be available in www.avanca.com
The film submission at the AVANCA may also involve the selection for AVANCA's Film Festivals Partners.
AVANCA reserves the right to use images from the films selected for marketing purposes.

5 – Prizes
The festival will award the best work of each category: Cinema (feature film), Cinema (short feature), Television, Video, TV series, VR and trailer/video clip. The jury will also deliver prizes to the best Animation, best Actor/Actress and Best Cinematography Direction, among others.
In the Cinema category (feature film), since only a maximum of 4 films are selected, all works will automatically receive a special mention.
The international jury is composed by cinema professionals invited by the organization.
The selected films may be object of acquisition proposals for the Portuguese market.

6 – World Premiere Prize
Films that have their world premieres in the AVANCA regardless the submitted category are also candidates for the World Premiere Special Prize. Candidates must refer to the entry form if the film is a world premiere.

7 – Filmmaker Prize
Filmmakers under the age of 30 and over 60 will be candidates for the <30 Filmmaker Award and the Senior Filmmaker Award, respectively.

8 - Transport and Insurance of Works
The organization will inform the candidates of selected works and will give out instructions for the shipment of final copies.

9 – Others
Copies of selected films will form part of the Festival's Media Library, and the organization undertakes not to use them for commercial purposes. The selected films may be part of non-commercial exhibitions/extensions within the scope of the Festival's promotion.

The festival's languages are Portuguese and English.
By submitting your film(s) to the Festival, you fully agree to all TERMS AND CONDITIONS described above.
Any doubts or questions that may be raised will be clarified or resolved by the Organizing Committee.

The selected works may be objects of non-commercial exhibitions for the festival's promotion.
Festival languages are Portuguese and English.
The Festival reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or scheduling.
By submitting your film/s or screenplay to the Festival you agree to all TERMS AND CONDITIONS above in full.
Any doubts or questions will be clarified or solved by the Organization Committee.

Overall Rating
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  • Mohammad Mohammadian

    I would like to thank the whole festival team. I congratulate the festival team. It's a great festival.

    September 2022
  • Vasco Otero

    Avanca Cinema Festival has an home welcoming vibe, very familiar and easy going staff and very interesting artistic choices and movie premieres.

    The firts time that i came was more than twenty years ago for Radio University of Coimbra and now the festival has already twenty six editions, it´s an amazing and mature event.

    It was a great honour for me to present in world premiere my feature movie "Epopeia Gandareza" in the 2022 edition.

    Congratulations for the excelent organization! Keep going

    August 2022
  • FR : AVANCA film festival est un événement assez unique en son genre. La première chose à souligner c'est que c'est un vrai festival de cinéma indépendant focalisé sur un cinéma pointu et exigent ; tous les films soumis sont vus avec attention, un vrai travail de recherche est mené dans le but est de trouver les "pépites" de la production mondiale. Ce qui en fait également un festival très singulier, c'est qu'il porte son attention et son programme sur différents aspects (en temps normal plutôt éloignés les uns des autres). Tout d'abord la recherche universitaire : un impressionnant panel de doctorants, professeurs, chercheurs universitaires participe tous les ans. Ensuite, une attention particulière portée à la formation à travers les workshop ; la transmission aux plus jeunes toujours en point de mire. Les productions cinématographiques, côtoient les productions télé, la vidéo, le multimédia... Pour sa 26eme édition, en 2022, on peut dire que le festival est bien rodé mais quel travail colossal !!! On ne peut oublier d'ajouter que l'accueil et le cadre sont fabuleux. Ici on est entre passionnés de cinéma, on fait du travail sérieux , mais dans la décontraction et loin du snobisme affiché par d'autres "événements" ; on se sent en famille. Cumprimentos a todos e até breve AVANCA.
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    ENGL : AVANCA film festival is a rather unique event. The first thing to emphasize is that it is a true independent film festival focused on demanding and cutting-edge cinema; all films submitted are viewed with care, a real research work is carried out in order to find the "nuggets" of the world production. What also makes it a very unique festival is that it focuses its attention and its programme on different aspects (normally rather distant from each other). First of all, university research: an impressive panel of doctoral students, professors and university researchers participate every year. Secondly, particular attention is paid to training through workshops, with transmission to the young always in focus. Cinematographic productions, alongside television productions, video, multimedia... For its 26th edition, in 2022, we can say that the festival is well established but what a colossal task !!! We cannot forget to add that the welcome and the setting are fabulous. Here we are among film lovers, we do serious work, but in a relaxed way and far from the snobbery displayed by other "events"; we feel like a family. Cumprimentos a todos e até breve AVANCA.

    August 2022
  • Seems like a cool festival with lots of events, though I was not able to attend due to the covid situation at the time. I would have loved to see some photos of the VR screenings where my film was featured though I didn't hear back about that from the organizers. Hope more attention can be paid to VR screenings at the festival in the future and regardless i'm grateful for the festival to have selected my work!

    October 2021
  • It was a great joy to be part of this year's festival with our VR project "Cine Metro - Immersive Experience". The staff is attentive and caring, and the event is an important showcase of the most interesting works being produced in the world. Congratulations for the great job!

    September 2021