Porto/Post/Doc is a film festival that will reach its fifth edition in 2018. As a meeting point for creators, audience and industry professionals, Porto/Post/Doc aims to foster the documentary genre, placing it in the new hybrid forms of contemporary cinema.

With an eclectic selection, the festival is organized around an International Competition and several parallel programmes:

· Transmission (documentaries about music and concerts);
· Doc is the New Black (trending documentaries with a focus on the fashion world);
· Working Class Heroes (films about marginalized groups and around the topic of labour);
· Cinema Falado (Portuguese-speaking or Portuguese-culture related films);
· Cinefiesta (recent Spanish films);
· School Trip (screenings for children and teenagers).

The festival has also Focus on directors or other themes. In previous editions, these Focus were dedicated to Jean Rouch, Thom Andersen, Lionel Rogosin, Chantal Akerman, Peter Mettler, Eryk Rocha, the Sensory Ethnography Lab or the Archive, fostering the discovery of new and highlighted authors with screenings and debates.

Porto/Post/Doc also aims to discuss contemporary cinema, mainly in Q&A post-screenings, book launches and the Forum of the Real, a seminar with specialists, scholars and artists. With School Trip, our educative project, the festival promotes special screenings, workshops and masterclasses for children and teenagers. This educative programme also promotes the Cinema Novo Competition, aimed for Portuguese students and Portuguese film schools.

The festival will occupy three of the main venues of Porto – Rivoli, Teatro Municipal do Porto; Cinema Passos Manuel; Cinema Trindade and Maus Hábitos - Espaço de Intervenção Cultural -, a historic and cosmopolitan city, centre of a vibrant community and nightlife.

Films selected for the festival’s competition will be screened twice in the main venues of Porto and an international jury, composed by experienced professionals and creators, will select the winners and award two prizes:

· Great Prize Porto/Post/Doc By Vinhos Verdes (3000 Euros, money prize);
· Biberstein Gusmão Award for emerging authors (sub-35 directors who are awarded an Artistic Residency at Moinho da Fonte Santa).

The films selected for the Cinema Novo Competition (films from Portuguese film schools or from Portuguese students studying abroad) will be awarded the Cinema Novo Award, chosen by a specific jury composed by directors and artists.

The festival also gives a Teenage Award, given by a group of students of Porto’s schools for the best film in a group of films of several programmes.


1.1. About The Festival:
The 5th edition of Porto/Post/Doc takes place between November 24 and December 2, 2018.

1.2. Submissions And Deadlines:
Submission to the Festival Internacional Competition is open to documentaries, experimental documentaries and innovative visual productions close to documentaries with duration of or over 50 minutes. Documentary films with a strong fictional component will also be considered. These films must be produced in 2017 or 2018. The Open Call will be open from January 1 until September 15, 2018. The films' submissions is made through the FilmFreeWay platform. The user must follow all the steps and procedures suggested by FilmFreeWay. The costs associated with using this platform are the responsibility of the user, as well as the respect and fulfilment of all data requested to complete the application.

1.2.1 Submissions are also accepted for the Cinema Novo Competition, for documentary films with less than 40 minutes, produced in a Portuguese School or directed by a Portuguese student outside Portugal, in 2017 or 2018.

1.3. Screening Formats:
The festival is able to screen DCP, Blu-Ray, ProRes files and 35mm film.

1.4. Premiere Policy:
The Festival gives priority to World and Portuguese Premieres. Films that have already been shown in Portugal or on Portuguese television are not eligible for selection unless specific authorization given by the Selection Committee.

1.5. Language Policy:
Films are screened in the original language. If the film doesn’t have English dialogues, it must be subtitled in English. If necessary, and only with the approval of the Festival, a film can be subtitled using an electronic subtitling system (Portuguese and English subtitles). All films in Competition will be subtitled in Portuguese and English.


2.1. Programmes and Competitions:
The Festival selects films for the International Competition, Cinema Novo Competition and for several non-competitive programmes:

· Transmission (documentaries about music and concerts);
· Doc is the New Black (trending documentaries with a focus on the fashion world);
· Working Class Heroes (films about marginalized groups and around the topic of labour);
· Cinema Falado (Portuguese-speaking or Portuguese-culture related films);
· Cinefiesta (recent Spanish films);
· School Trip (screenings for children and teenagers).

2.2. Awards:
The Official Jury of the Festival awards two prizes in the International Competition: the Great Prize Porto/Post/Doc for the best film and the Emergent Author Award for a director under 35 years old. Each prize goes to the director(s) of the winning film. In addition to the awards, the Official Jury of the Festival can deliver Honourable Mentions within each award category. There is also a jury composed by teenage students from Porto that will give the Teenage Award to a film screened at the Festival. The Cinema Novo jury will give the Cinema Novo Award to the best documentary in the Cinema Novo Competition.

2.3. Withdrawal Policy:
After accepting the invitation to participate in one of the programmes of Porto/Post/Doc, the film in case cannot be withdrawn.

2.4. Promotion:
Producers and distributors of participating/winning films are requested to include in future promotional material the mention of participation in/winner of Official Competition at Porto/Post/Doc, along with the Festival's logo, available on request from opencall@portopostdoc.com.


Porto/Post/Doc must receive all physical and digital materials on its address. Materials must be shipped right after the acceptance of participation on the Festival, never after October 24. Additionally, it is necessary to mention the contact of the owner of the legal rights of the work, as well as a document signed on the date of the shipment of the film’s copy, mentioning the authorization to screen the film on Porto/Post/Doc.

3.1. Festival Catalogue:
The catalogue will include the following technical and artistic credits: original title, international title, Portuguese title, director, running time, country(ies) of production, year of production, premiere status, format, production company, producer, distribution company/world sales, short and long synopsis (PT and EN), director’s works and contact information of the producer and the owner of the copy. Please send a film still for the Catalogue. The file must be 10 cm wide and 300 dpi, compressed on JPEG – level 8.

3.2. Dialogues:
We request the dialogue list of the submitted film in the original language and in English, for subtitling purposes.

3.3. Technical Information:
Porto/Post/Doc will only accept films on the following formats: DCP, 35 mm, BluRay and ProRes files (preferably under 100 GB) exported on MPG4 and H264. The Aspect Ratio values accepted for screening by the Festival are: 1.1:85, 1.1:77, 1.1:66, 2.1:35 and 2.1:39. The audio on the copy has to be 5.1 or 2.0.

3.4. Press Kits:
The owners of the films participating in the Festival are requested to send separately an adequate amount of press kits and stills to be made available to the Festival Press Office for distribution to the press and Festival guests.

3.5. Trailers And Excerpts:
After the official selection of a film, the Festival is qualified to use excerpts from the film, with a maximum of 3 minutes, nationally and internationally, for promotional purposes. If possible, please send a link of the trailer of the work or the video file itself.

3.6. Stills:
For the promotion of the whole selection and of each selected film, the Festival website is allowed to use any photo or digital film clip (of less than 3 minutes’ duration).

3.7. Screening Schedule:
General scheduling and timetabling of the screenings are entirely at the discretion of the Festival.

3.8. Screening Fees:
The Festival does not pay a screening fee to the selected films unless specific authorization is given by the Festival Organization.

3.9. Special programmes:
The selected films are eligible for a 'Best Of' programme in Portugal, until March of the following year. If a film does not allow this screening, it should notify the Festival, by e-mail, of its non-eligibility.


4.1. Shipment of Film Prints:
Detailed print/video shipment information will follow upon acceptance of the film.

4.2. Film Prints Availability:
Unless authorized by the Festival, the print/video must be made available for the whole Festival period and the print/video must arrive in Porto, Portugal before November 17, 2018. The sender is requested to inform the Festival on the means of dispatch, date of shipment and Airway bill number.

4.3. Shipment Policy:
The film must be sent prepaid by sender. No collect shipments are accepted unless authorized by the Festival. The Festival will pay for the return transportation charges, excluding any additional costs for tax and custom clearance in the country of return.

4.4. Return of Prints:
All prints will be returned within four weeks after the Festival. It's the responsibility of each participant to inform the Festival in due time on (any change in) the details of the return address as well as the desired date of arrival at the return address.

4.5. Print Insurance:
The insurance of the copies comes into effect the moment the film has arrived at the Festival's office. The insurance remains in effect until the film is reshipped. In case of damage to or loss of a film during the Festival, the Festival is only responsible for the costs involved in making a new print or replacing the damaged reel(s) based on the current laboratory rates for ordering a standard print.

4.6. Print Damage:
Damage to the film print must be reported to the Festival in writing within a month after return and prior to any following screening. Any claims will be judged by the reported state of the print. The insurance does not cover any damage during normal screening use.


Entry and participation of films imply unconditional acceptance of the regulations. In unspecified cases, any final decisions are at the discretion of the festival.