BEAST International Film Festival is set to bring Eastern European cinema and its audiovisual culture to Porto, a thriving cultural center in Europe’s westernmost country - a bridge connecting the two sides of the Old Continent. bEAST IFF aims to present a unique film scene with fresh and intriguing storylines, depicting a specific and contemporary society . This will be the first Film Festival totally dedicated to Eastern European cinema taking place in Portugal, promoting the film industry, culture and identity.

The festival screening will be held between 21st and 24th of September 2017 in the heart of Porto, Portugal with a competition divided in multiple sections, interactive workshops and other side events organised all over the city. BEAST International Film Festival is brought to you in partnership with the city council of Porto, Portuguese Club of CInematography - Cineclube de Porto, Europe Direct Porto, and other local and international cultural institutions.

BEAST IFF 2017 is divided in 3 Competition sections: EAST WAVE (fiction), EAST DOC (documentary) and ExperimentalEast (experimental film). On top of this, the festival includes a DIRECTOR FOCUS presenting a retrospective, BEAST KIDS which will present latest production for the young public, PORTUGUESE ABROAD- presenting productions of Portuguese filmmakers living or working in Eastern European film scene, a SCHOOL VISIT presenting a special selection of films from film schools from Eastern Europe and a FESTIVAL VISIT. Besides screenings, we've selected national and international filmmakers/producers for holding special masterclasses and workshops.

Awards & Prizes

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

Rules & Terms

| Eligibility

The maximum duration of the films submitted for the competition is 60 minutes and must be completed after January 1st, 2015.

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

The selection team is authorised 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 kind of fiction, animation films, no longer than 60 minutes with opening and closing credits.
East Doc - All kind of documentary films, no longer than 60 minutes with opening and closing credits.
ExperimentalEast - All kind of short experimental films, no longer than 30 minutes with opening and closing credits.


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

PORTUGUESE ABROAD - PORTUGUESE ABROAD - Special Program - All kind of fiction, animation films, of any duration with opening and closing credits. Eligible for the festival are films from filmmakers of Portuguese descent in Eastern Europe irrespective of theme, as well as films by Portuguese filmmakers with a focus on Eastern Europe.

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. 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 . Please include FilmFreeway tracking number on all submitted materials.

Please only submit your film if one of the following digital formats is available:
QuickTime H264, MP4 H264, MPEG2 HD, Blu-ray.

BEAST IFF screening locations do NOT support 35 mm, Beta or DCP.

We accept online password protected screeners only.

By submitting to this festival, the submitter acknowledges that their film poster(s), and excerpts from 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 an notification by e-mail regarding the results of the selection, not later than August 1st, 2017.

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, trade marks, financial losses and liabilities.

You agree that your film will be posted on our website and 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:

1 Review

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    Jan Chramosta

    Me and my wife had wonderfull experience with this festival. The places where screening took place were very nice. One of them was amazing art-deco old school cinema. Porto is great city full of art, so if we were not in the cinema, there was always something to visit. Festival crew, especialy the festival director Radu, helped us a lot and we made new friends from film industry. Even though it was year of the festival, you could tell because evrything was going smoothly without any major problems.

    October 2017