RULES 2019

Deadline: April 15th, 2019
1 - Objective

The objective is to trace a global perspective of the contemporary features in cinema, television, video and multimedia.

2 - Conditions of Admission

Works admitted for selection must join the following conditions:

  • - Be produced after January 1st, 2017;
  • - Unreleased in Portugal;
  • - Not available on the web.

Registrations in the following categories are admitted:

  • CINEMA: short and feature films in fiction and animation;
  • TELEVISION: documentaries;
  • VIDEO: experimental videos less than 20 minutes long.
  • VR FILMS: films in virtual reality 360°, narrative or experimental, but with no interactivity.
3 - Submission

Works must be registered until April 15th , 2019, by completing the online registration form available on or using one of the following platforms:

FesthomeMovibetaClick for FestivalsFilmfreewayFestival Life

Entry Fee: 14€ (euros)
Special price until 31st December, 2018: 10 euros.

The payment can be done by Paypal ( ), or at the mentioned platforms above

Free entry fee for:
- Portuguese films or from countries with Portuguese as an official language, exclusively received with link and password.
- Trailers of the submitted films (less than 3 minutes long). All trailers sent with the submitted films will be considered for this competition.

The film submission at the AVANCA 2019 may also involve the selection for AVANCA's Film Festivals Partners.

4 - Selection for competition

The organization committee carries out the selection of the submitted works and informs the applicants with selected works. The selection results will be available in

5 - Prizes

The festival will award the best work of each category: Cinema (feature film), Cinema (short feature), Television, Video, VR and trailer. The jury will also deliver prizes to the best Animation, best Actor/Actress and best Cinematography Direction, among others.
In the Cinema category (feature film), since only a maximum of 4 films are selected, all works will automatically receive a special mention.

The international jury is composed by cinema professionals invited by the organization.
The selected films may be object of acquisition proposals for the Portuguese market (cinema, television, video, VOD).

6 - World Premiere Prize

Films that have their world premiere in the AVANCA 2019, regardless of submitted category, are also candidates to the World Premiere Special Prize. Candidates must indicate in the entry form if the film is a world premiere.

7 - Filmmaker Prize

Filmmakers under the age of 30 and over 60, will be candidates for the Junior Filmmaker Award and the Senior Filmmaker Award respectively.

8 - Transport and Insurance of Works

The organization will inform the candidates with selected works and will give out instructions for the shipment of final copies.
The delivery of the works is on the candidates’ responsibility.
The copies of the selected films will become part of the Festival Mediateque Archives. The organization assures that the films won’t be used for commercial purposes.

9 - Others

The selected works may be object of non-commercial exhibitions for the festival’s promotion.
Festival languages are Portuguese and English.
Any doubts or questions will be clarified or solved by the Organization Committee.