Submit a film 2024

Submissions are open.

This year we'll celebrate the 28th edition of the Avanca Film Festival – 19, 24 to 28 July
Submit your film and participate in this unique festival!

Deadline: May 18, 2024
  • CINEMA: short and feature films in fiction and animation;
  • TELEVISION: documentaries;
  • VIDEO: experimental videos;
  • VR FILMS: films in virtual reality 360°;
  • TV SERIES: fiction and documentaries;

The works for the competition must be registered by completing the online registration form available HERE!

* We advise you to consult here the rules or Download.pdf
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, 2022;
  • - 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.
  • TV SERIES: fiction and documentaries. In this case, submitter must send only a single episode.
  • VR FILMS: films in virtual reality 360°, narrative or experimental, but with no interactivity.
  • TRAILER IN MOTION: videoclips and trailers* - all trailers sent with the submitted films will be considered for this competition.
    * trailers up to 3 minutes
3 - Submission

Works must be registered until May 18, 2024, by completing the online registration form available on

Deadlines & Entry Fees

Competition (International competition, world premiere, VR competition)
Early Deadline - until December 31, 2023 - 20,00€ (euros)
Official Deadline - May 18, 2024 - 24,00€ (euros)

Competition (TV Series: fiction and documentaries)
Early Deadline - until December 31, 2023 - 10,00€ (euros)
Official Deadline - May 18, 2024 - 14,00€ (euros)

Free entry fee for:

  • - Portuguese films or from countries with Portuguese as an official language. exclusively received with link and password.
  • - Trailers and videoclips.

The payment can be done by Paypal ( and the receipt must be sent to the same email so that we can validate your submission.

All submission fees are non-refundable.

The Avanca Film Festival DOES NOT PAY SCREENING FEES. By submitting your project, you acknowledge that AVANCA will not pay to present your work.

Entries previously screened in other festivals or are publicly available on the web (e.g. Youtube, Vimeo) will not be considered.

All foreign films must be submitted with English subtitles.

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

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

AVANCA reserves the right to use images from the films selected for marketing purposes.

5 - Prizes

The festival will award the best work of each category: Cinema (feature film), Cinema (short feature), Television, Video, TV series, VR and trailer/videoclip. 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.

6 - World Premiere Prize

Films that have their world premieres in the AVANCA 2023 regardless the submitted category, are also candidates to the World Premiere Special Prize. Candidates must refer 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 <30 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.

9 - Others

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. The selected works may be object of non-commercial exhibitions for the festival's promotion.

Festival languages are Portuguese and English.

By submitting your film/s or screenplay to the Festival you agree to all TERMS AND CONDITIONS above in full.

Any doubts or questions will be clarified or solved by the Organization Committee.