With twenty-four 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The World Premiere competition is unique in our country and was only possible because Avanca became a passage point of unpublished authors and movies with great quality.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AVANCA is the Portuguese festival with the highest percentage of worldwide unpublished movies that find here their first showing.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 2021, 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.

23 , 28 July to 1 August 2021

Deadline: April 15, 2021

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 2019;
- 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.

3 - Submission
Works must be registered until April 15th, 2021, by completing the online registration using one of the following platforms:

FilmFreeway

Works must be registered until April 15th, 2021, using FilmFreeway platform.

Entry Fee: 24€ (euros)*
• Special price until 31st December, 2020: 20 euros.

* Portuguese films or from countries with Portuguese as an official language: 10 euros.
In this case, you must submit your film directly at our website www.avanca.com

All foreign films must be submitted with English subtitles.

The Avanca Film Festival DOES NOT PAY SCREENING FEES for submitted films. By submitting your project, you acknowledge that Avanca2021 will not pay to present your work.

Entries previously screened in other festivals in Portugal or are publicly available on the web (e.g. Youtube, Vimeo) will not be considered.

FREE ENTRY FEE FOR:
- Trailers of the submitted films (less than 3 minutes long). All trailers sent with the submitted films will be considered for this competition.

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 at www.avanca.com

The film submission at the AVANCA 2021 may also involves the selection for AVANCA's Film Festivals Partners.

AVANCA2021 reserves the right to use images from the films selected for marketing purposes (web, print and media).

5 – 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 object of acquisition proposals for the Portuguese market (cinema, television, video, VOD).

6 – World Premiere Prize
Films that have their world premieres in the AVANCA 2021 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.

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.

The delivery of the works is on the candidates’ responsibility.

The copies of the selected films will become part of the Festival Mediateque Archives. The organization assures that the films won't be used for commercial purposes.

9 – Others
The selected works may be object 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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  • We had three titles accepted to this year's Avanca festival - "Ms. VeRtigo", "Moon Drops" and "With Open Eyes". Communication was great and while we didn’t get the chance to attend the festival (obviously, due to the COVID19), we were well informed.
    Thank you Avanca team and I look forward to collaborating with you again in the future.

    September 2020
  • Quentin Lestienne

    One of the Greatest small big festival in Europe. I am so grateful to the jury that gave a special mention to my short documentary "small fish". Best regards to everyone that made 24th Avanca festival possible.

    August 2020
  • Zefrey Throwell

    I consider this the best small festival in Europe.

    August 2020
  • An excellent festival. People in charge were very professional and sincere. Audience interest was high. Within the festival there was a very good Film Conference, I was able to attend to very intriguing panels and meet people from academia and film circles. Festival employees, volunteers and people of Avanca were very hospitable. It was an overwhelming experience. I would like to thank the festival comitee and everyone involved. I also would like to thank the jury for selecting "8 Poems of Emigration" as the best documentary film.

    August 2019
  • Ricarda Saleh

    Lionhearted had its Portugal premier at Avanca 2019. The organisation of the festival and the information beforehand were great. Unfortunatly I wasn´t able to come in person to attend the festival. The social media and press work was very well done and Lionhearted received the award for best VR 360° film. Thank you very much for this great honor and the invitation to attend the festival in 2020 for the award ceremony!

    August 2019