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 has an open call for entries for its third edition. This in an opportunity to bring your film to a different audience, connect with other directors, actors, editors and much more. Submit your film and give it the chance to be seen on the big screens of Porto’s cinemas, between 28th of September - 6th of October 2019.

One of BEAST’s aim is to provide a platform for young Eastern European artists, or Portuguese artists working abroad, to present their work in Portugal. Last year, BEAST IFF screened films that represented over 20 countries from Eastern Europe, in 5 venues located in the heart of Porto, Portugal. The festival has three competition categories: East Wave - fiction film, East Doc - documentary film, and ExperimentalEast - experimental film, but you can also submit films for our special section: BEAST Kids dedicated to the younger public. Submissions are free between 10th of January 2019 - 1st of February 2019. The call for entries is open until the 1st of July 2019.

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, 2017.

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 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 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.

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 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 e-mail regarding the results of the selection, not later than July 15, 2018.

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 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:

Overall Rating
  • Andreea Dobre

    Thank you for screening our short, the festival was just awesome!

    October 2018
  • Zhanna Maksymenko-Dovhych

    Young but very ambitious festival with great team in great place.

    October 2018
  • Tabor Production

    Amazing festival in an amazing city! Great programming, good parties and a wine degustation set in a festival bag - what else do you need?!

    October 2018
  • 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