Entering its 4th edition, BEAST International Film Festival is returning to Porto from 24th to 28th of March 2021. During the 5 festival days, BEAST IFF will turn Porto into the center of Eastern European cinema culture through online screenings, masterclasses and workshops.

BEAST IFF has introduced a new festival format for 2021, planning to hold the festival in March, with an online edition. The festival will have continuation until June 2021, through Visegrad Film Hub, including special monthly on-site screenings, masterclasses and workshops.

BEAST IFF - Festival of East European Film
24 - 28 March 2021 - ONLINE
Porto, Portugal

Since its first edition (2017), BEAST International Film Festival brought Porto’s community together in celebration of the best cinema from Central & Eastern Europe. Through its public screenings, BEAST IFF premieres highly curated features, documentaries, short films and animation. The post-screenings Q&A create a space for connecting filmmakers, pioneers ,opinion-makers, and the wider audience.

Submit your film and give it the chance to be seen on the big screens of Porto’s cinemas.

BEAST IFF aims to provide a platform for emerging CEE filmmakers and Portuguese directors working abroad. Until now, BEAST IFF screened over 300 films, representing over 21 countries from the region. The official competition presents three categories: EAST WAVE (fiction film) EAST DOC (documentary film), and experimentalEAST (experimental film), screening short and medium-length films released in the last two year.

Besides the competition section, the festival invites filmmakers to submit their film for BEAST KIDS, an off-competition program dedicated to the younger public.

East Wave Award - Best Film
East Wave Jury Mention
EastDoc Award - Best Documentary Film
EastDoc Jury Mention
ExperimentalEast Award - Best Experimental Film
ExperimentalEast Jury Mention


The maximum duration of the films submitted for the competition is 60 minutes and must be completed after January 1st, 2018.

Eligible for the festival are films from Central & Eastern Europe or by filmmakers of Eastern European descent worldwide irrespective of theme, as well as films by international filmmakers with a focus on the CEE region.

The selection team is authorized to reject any entry that does not meet the required technical standards, quality and compliance with the festival idea. Their reports are final and confidential.

Eligible countries:
Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Poland, Belarus, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Ukraine, Kosovo.

Filmmakers can submit their film in suitable categories:


East Wave - All kinds of fiction, animation films, no longer than 60 minutes with opening and closing credits.
East Doc - All kinds of documentary films, no longer than 60 minutes with opening and closing credits.
ExperimentalEast - All kinds of short experimental films, no longer than 30 minutes with opening and closing credits.


BEAST KIDS - All kinds of animation, live action or documentary films for children, no longer than 60 minutes with opening and closing credits.

Submissions in languages other than English must be subtitled in English.

Multiple entries are allowed. You can submit more than one film to the same category or different category, using a different entry form.

Filmmaker/Sender must have full copyright and permission for a public screening of a film and any part of it (screenplay, acting, camera work, soundtrack, etc.).

Entrants who incorporate any images, writing, music or other creative material where rights (including intellectual property rights) belong to a third party must obtain the third party’s express permission.

We keep the submission fee as low as possible for our screening series. The submission fee is intended to cover part of the costs of paying judges to review the films. The entrance fee is non-refundable.

Submission Requirements:

Entry forms must be filled out and submitted through the FilmFreeway platform.

Films available online can be uploaded directly to FilmFreeway (Vimeo, WeTransfer or other file-sharing services) or a downloadable link can be sent to info@beastfilm.pt . Please include FilmFreeway tracking number on all submitted materials.

Please only submit your film if a DCP format is available as well as a backup version in one of the following: QuickTime H264, MP4 H264, MPEG2 HD, Blu-ray.

We accept online password protected screeners only.

By submitting to this festival, the submitter acknowledges that their film poster(s), and excerpts from a trailer(s) and teaser(s) can be used by the festival organizers to promote the submitted entries and the festival's interest.

The selected participants will be required to send in additional materials about their films for the Festival’s catalogue and press materials, as well as screening copies.

All participants will receive a notification by email regarding the results of the selection, not later than July 15, 2020.

If your film is selected, it cannot be withdrawn for any reason; the film hasn’t been and will not be available online or as a rental until the conclusion of our festival;

Festival is not responsible for any claims related to copyright and property rights, trademarks, financial losses and liabilities.

You agree that your film promotional information will be posted on our website www.beastfilm.pt and on our channels, if selected.

All details and issues not expressed on these regulations will be decided and communicated by the Festival's Committee.

For more information regarding the festival please contact us - info@beastfilm.pt

Overall Rating
  • Wonderful festival. Hope we all can visit it soon

    April 2021
  • Volia Chajkouskaya

    Thank you, BEAST! We were happy to get a prize at the festival for our film 'PURE ART'! Hope next time offline in Porto! <3

    April 2021
  • Tamás Rebák

    We are very grateful for BEAST festival, thank you again! They did a great job with the online platform, and the commmunication. Hope we can shake hands in the future! <3

    April 2021
  • Ana Čigon

    Wonderful festival, great team, great programme.

    April 2021
  • Michał Hytroś

    Great time, great people, great films!

    October 2019