BEAST IFF 7.0 is looking for short and medium-length films to join its Official Competition Programme – productions 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.
Entering its 7th edition, BEAST International Film Festival is returning to Porto from the 25th to the 29th of September 2024. During the 5 festival days, BEAST IFF will turn Porto into the centre of Central & Eastern European cinema culture through screenings, masterclasses, workshops and several industry-related events.

7th BEAST IFF - Festival of Central & East European Film
25 - 29th of September 2024
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 a highly curated programme including feature films, documentaries, short films and animation. The post-screenings Q&As 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 500 films, representing over 21 countries from the region. The official competition presents four categories: EAST WAVE (fiction film), EAST DOC (documentary film), experimentalEAST (experimental film) and AnimaEAST (animation film), screening short and medium-length films released in the last two years.

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
AnimaEAST - Best Animation Film
AnimaEAST Jury Mention

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.

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

The maximum duration of the films submitted for the competition is 60 minutes and must be completed after 2022.

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.

Filmmakers can submit their films in suitable categories:


East Wave - All kinds of fiction 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.
AnimaEAST - All kinds of short animation films, no longer than 30 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 a 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 Please include the 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, or 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 organisers 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, no later than the 1st of July.

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 in these regulations will be decided and communicated by the Festival's Committee.

For more information regarding the festival please contact us -

Overall Rating
  • Gargantua Film Distribution

    Great programming and festival! Thanks for screening our films!

    January 2024
  • Wonderful city, great festival. I loved the film screening venues, program was rich and colorful. The festival team was amazing.

    October 2023
  • Carlos E. Lesmes

    The festival was great and kind people. We are proud that our film was there.

    October 2023
  • Karolina Monwid-Olechnowicz

    An extremely colorful program with unique short films items & more! Thank you for screening our short "SOLILOQUIUM". I've just spend wonderful time at the festival & fall in love in Porto!

    Hope to see you again in Porto!

    October 2023
  • Maryna Brodovska

    The festival is awesome! It was a pleasure to have a premier of our film at Beast!

    October 2023