The Lisbon International Film Festival is a quarterly online film festival meant to showcase innovative independent cinema from around the world by up-and-coming artists.

The festival hopes to be the voice and representation for films with a unique voice and message, regardless of how low the budget might be.

Aiming to inspire, motivate and award new talent.

All submissions are privately screened every quarter and evaluated by an international team of experts in the industry.

Why submit to the Lisbon International Film Festival?

Submitting your work to any film festival isn't without consequences.
Most of the top tier film festivals require a world premiere. Submitting your film to a smaller festival, could result in having your film being disqualified by the bigger festivals. This is not the case when you submit your film to the Lisbon International Film Festival. Fact is that all films are being screened privately. When your film is being selected or awarded at the Lisbon International Film Festival your premiere status will not be affected.

Awards & Prizes

Out of the official selections, an international jury will select one winner in each category (Narrative feature, Documentary feature, Narrative short, Documentary short...). One film will be labeled as 'best of the fest' and win the Lisbon Bull Award. The value of the Lisbon Bull Award equals 500 US dollar worth of submission fees with partner festivals (Venice Film Week, Hong Kong Arthouse Film Fesival, ...).

Lisbon Bull Award (value 500 US dollar)
Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Documentary Feature Film
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Underground Film
Best Experimental Film

Rules & Terms

The Lisbon International Film Festival accept all forms and genres. Films must be submitted via online screener (Vimeo, YouTube, or FilmFreeway Screener). All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the festival. Submissions WILL NOT be returned. We also accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere and that may have distribution agreements already in place. Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry form must be submitted for each.

The filmmaker holds the Lisbon International Film Festival, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

30 Reviews

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    Maria Netti Nüganen

    Honoured to have been nominated and highlighted. A great platform for future networking, thanks a lot!!

    August 2017
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    Dickon Bevan

    Great online festival which supports imaginative fresh filmmakers

    August 2017
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    Cláudio Cruz

    Great initiative!
    Thank you for the space to share good films.

    July 2017
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    Romain Daudet-Jahan

    Great communication, great organization. Thank you for everything !

    June 2017
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    J Dúbio

    Deeply thankful, not only for the selection, but also for the award win, in the category of "Best Portuguese Cinema Now". Awesome initiative and layout!

    April 2017