Porto Femme is a women's film festival that aims to showcase and publicize the work of women in the seventh art, promoting equality and empowerment in the cinematographic universe.
Cinema performed and carried out by women, on women's themes, but in the end, it's only cinema made by women for ... all genres.
These films intend to educate and inform the public about social and political issues that affect women all over the world and give voice to several groups and struggles.

Since the first edition, in 2018, we had the opportunity to create a space of visibility for women filmmakers from all over the world with a diversified program where we screened 524 films in competition, held 12 tributes, 14 talks, 13 workshops, 3 performances, 8 concerts and 5 exhibitions with the participation of 68 female artists!

Our curation aims to reflect the diversity of genres, themes and languages. PORTO FEMME is a festival with a varied and appealing offer to the public, which will include competitive sessions, exhibitions, workshops, debates, Q & A sessions, exhibitions, among others.

The best work in each category will be awarded: Fiction (short and feature length), Animation, Documentary, Experimental, for each competition.

PORTO FEMME – INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2024
(EN) Terms and conditions

1. Organization
The XX Element Project is a non-profit cultural association with the aim of promoting the cultural enrichment of the general population and of a civic and social nature, with a special focus on themes around women, promoting gender equality.

2. Festival
The Porto Femme – International Film Festival is a place of exhibition and dissemination of multiple and diverse realities, in an attempt to equal the film circuit between all genders. The Festival intends to create a space of visibility for the women of the cinematographic world, being a point of sharing, debate and creation for all those who love cinema.

3. 2024 – 7th edition of PORTO FEMME
The seventh edition of Porto Femme - International Film Festival will take place from April 16th to 21st 2024. The festival is composed by 5 competitions.

3.1. General Conditions
a) he festival is composed of 5 competitions: International, National, Students, XX Element and Thematic.
b) Films made by women and non-binary filmmakers are accepted. The XX Element Competition is open to all.
c) Participants must submit their works in one of the Competitions and consequent categories presented (fiction, animation, documentary or experimental).
d) The regular deadline is December 1st 2023 and the extended deadline is December 15th 2023.
e) Submissions are subject to a registration fee, as indicated below:

- international films:
i. regular deadline: EUR 10
ii. extended deadline: EUR 12

- national films:
i. regular deadline: EUR 5
ii. extended deadline: EUR 7

f) Submissions are made on the following platforms: Filmfreeway and Festhome.
g) The festival organisation will not pay screening rights for films selected at the festival.
h) Selected films may be selected for the Women's Struggles and Rights Award.
i) Selected films may not be withdrawn after their participation in the Festival has been officially announced.

3.2. Competitions

3.2.1. International Competition
Films that meet the following conditions will be admitted for consideration in the International Competition:
a) Films made by women and non-binary filmmakers are accepted, with no age limit or submitted films by the director, or any country restriction;
b) Produced after January 1st 2021;
c) Not available on the Web;
d) Films that are not completed (works-in-progress) will not be admitted, but only the final versions of them.

In the International Competition are accepted films in the categories of:
FICTION - Short films (max. 40 minutes) and feature films (min. 40 minutes).
ANIMATION - Short films (max. 40 minutes) and feature films (min. 40 minutes).
DOCUMENTARY - Short films (max. 40 minutes) and feature films (min. 40 minutes).
EXPERIMENTAL – Short films up to 20 minutes.

The films can be submitted in only one category in this competition.

3.2.2. National Competition
Films that meet the following conditions will be admitted for consideration in the National Competition:
a) Films made by portuguese women and non-binary filmmakers, with no age limit or submitted films by the director, or films produced in Portugal;
b) Produced after January 1st 2021;
c) Not available on the Web;
d) Films that are not completed (works-in-progress) will not be admitted, but only the final versions of them.

In the National Competition are accepted films in the categories of:
FICTION - Short films (max. 40 minutes) and feature films (min. 40 minutes).
ANIMATION - Short films (max. 40 minutes) and feature films (min. 40 minutes).
DOCUMENTARY - Short films (max. 40 minutes) and feature films (min. 40 minutes).
EXPERIMENTAL – Short films up to 20 minutes.

The films can be submitted in only one category in this competition.

3.2.3. Students Competition
Films that meet the following conditions will be admitted for consideration in the Students Competition:
a) Films made by women and non-binary filmmakers who have made the film during their school years, regardless of their level of education, with no age limit or films submitted by a director, or any country restriction;
b) Produced after January 1st 2021;
c) Not available on the Web;
d) Films that are not completed (work in progress) will not be admitted, but only the final versions of them.

In the Students Competition are accepted films in the categories of:
FICTION - Short films (max. 40 minutes) and feature films (min. 40 minutes).
ANIMATION - Short films (max. 40 minutes) and feature films (min. 40 minutes).
DOCUMENTARY - Short films (max. 40 minutes) and feature films (min. 40 minutes).
EXPERIMENTAL – Short films up to 20 minutes.

The films can be submitted in only one category in this competition.

3.2.4. XX Element Competition
Films that meet the following conditions will be admitted for consideration in the XX Element Competition:
a) Films made by mixed teams or men, if at least one of the following eligibility conditions is guaranteed:
b) Films addressing women’s issues;
c) Films where a woman plays a prominent role in the work (e.g.: Co-Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Main Actress, DP, Editor, etc).
d) Produced after January 1st 2021;
e) Not available on the Web;
f) Films that are not completed (works-in-progress) will not be admitted, but only the final versions of them.

In the XX Element Competition are accepted films in the categories of:
FICTION - Short films (max. 40 minutes) and feature films (min. 40 minutes).
ANIMATION - Short films (max. 40 minutes) and feature films (min. 40 minutes).
DOCUMENTARY - Short films (max. 40 minutes) and feature films (min. 40 minutes).
EXPERIMENTAL – Short films up to 20 minutes.

The films can be submitted in only one category in this competition.

3.2.5. Thematic Competition
Films that meet the following conditions will be admitted for selection in the Thematic Competition:
a) Films addressing the general theme of ‘Women & Revolution’;
b) Films made by women and non-binary filmmakers, with no age limit or films submitted by a director, or any country restriction;
c) Produced after January 1st 2021;
d) Not available on the Web;
e) Films that are not completed (works-in-progress) will not be admitted, but only the final versions of them.

In the Thematic Competition are accepted films in the categories of:
FICTION - Short films (max. 40 minutes) and feature films (min. 40 minutes).
ANIMATION - Short films (max. 40 minutes) and feature films (min. 40 minutes).
DOCUMENTARY - Short films (max. 40 minutes) and feature films (min. 40 minutes).
EXPERIMENTAL – Short films up to 20 minutes.

The films can be submitted in only one category in this competition.

3.2.6. Women’s Struggles and Rights Award
All selected films, regardless of competition, are subject to consideration for the Women's Struggles and Rights Award, which is awarded to the best film dealing with issues surrounding women's rights and gender-based violence. This prize aims to give visibility to the disconcerting themes that revolve around women, calling them to the center of the debate and stimulating reflection.

4. Selection
a) The pre-selection is of the responsibility of an internal jury that is part of the Festival's programming team. The final decision of the selected films is made by the artistic team of the Festival's Organizing Committee and other professionals invited by the Organization.
b) The Official Selection will be communicated by email to those responsible for the application after February 15th 2024.
c) The communication of the selection results will be done via email through submissionsportofemme@gmail.com.
d) Unless expressly indicated otherwise, in the act of submission of the films, the people who own the rights of the selected films for the Official Selection authorize the Organization to screen their films in sessions with the brand "PORTO FEMME”.
e) The people who own the rights of the selected films for the Official Selection authorize the Organization to project on television or digital media, for the mere purpose of promoting the Festival, excerpts of their films, which should never exceed 10% of its duration.
f) The selected films may be the object of acquisition proposals for the Portuguese market.

5. Technical Characteristics

5.1. Physical Exhibition
a) Screening copies must be sent by March 1st 2024, otherwise it will not be included in the scheduled competitive sessions, or the copy sent previously for Pre-selection will be displayed. In this case, the responsibility for the quality of the exhibited copy is of the producer/director.
b) Screening copies should be sent to submissionsportofemme@gmail.com, via wetransfer (up to 2GB), myairbridge (up to 20GB) or other services.
c) For physical viewing, the film’s DCP (2K or 4K, flat or scope, 2.0 or 5.1 audio) is required, with subtitling in English, as well as Video Files in .avi, .mov, .mp4 formats, up to 3GB, in H.264/H.265.
d) The translation and subtitling of the selected short and feature films will be ensured by the person responsible for the registration of the film, and must guarantee at least the subtitling in English. Otherwise, the films will be removed from the competition.
e) The films must be subtitled in English and the .srt file with the English subtitles with timecode.
f) In case there are also subtitles in Portuguese (in case the film is not spoken in Portuguese), we also thank you for sending them.

6. Jury
There will be an international and national jury made up of suitable professionals invited by the organization.
These juries decide without appeal, according to their own criteria, and naturally reserve the right not to award some or all of the prizes made available to them.
None of the members of the different juries may be associated in any way with the production of the films presented.

7. Awards
A prize will be awarded to the best work in each category for each competition and there may be Special Mentions. A film will also be awarded the Women's Struggles and Rights Award.

8. Final Considerations
The submission of films in PORTO FEMME 2024 reflects full and unreserved acceptance of the terms of these Regulations.
All possible doubts and omissions of these Regulations shall be resolved by the Organisation in accordance with rules of equity and common sense.

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  • Catalina Kulczar

    Although I could not attend in person, all the communication from the festival team was great and it was an honor to have Daisy receive a Special Mention. I especially loved this years visual identity.

    May 2024
  • Mirella Drosten

    Thank you for including my short in the 2024 episode of the festival! Although I wasn't able to attend in person, I felt very valued. The communication was very good and I really hope, that some day there will be Travel Budget for the filmmakers from abroad, so that they can attend the festival in person! :-)

    May 2024
  • It was a pleasure having my film "My First Apocalypse" in this amazing festival. Full of other amazing films and artists and held in such a welcoming city. Looking forward to see many more editions!

    April 2024
  • Pauline Moussours

    I'm delighted to have been able to take part in the 7th edition of the PORTO FEMME International Film Festival, where I was very warmly welcomed. Thank you!

    April 2024
  • It was an amazing festival. I am very happy to be a part of it. There are great people in the festival crew. Thank you once again for being a voice for women. It is an honor to receive our first "Best Short Film" award from your festival. I hope to see all of you again.

    May 2023