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FEST - New Directors | New Films Festival Call for Entries

Sunday, January 1, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Meyer
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We are delighted to announce the launch of the film submission period for the 13th edition of FEST - New Directors | New Films Festival, which  will take place between the 19th and the 26th of June 2017, in the Portuguese seaside town of Espinho.

As usual, the event will have its main focus on the unveiling of new faces in the international film scene, with a complete and widespread competition program that will be giving out 10 awards in total.

We are currently accepting feature films, Fiction and Documentary, from directors who are on their first or second production, regardless of age. We are also accepting short and medium length films (of up to 54 minutes) for our fiction, documentary, animation and experimental competitions, from directors up to the age of 30 (including).

After a tremendously successful experience in 2016, where we broke all submission records, the organization of the event decided to expand the submission alternatives. So alongside online submissions via our own website (  and the traditional physical submission process, applicants can also use our partner platforms:

Film Festival Life (,
Film Freeway (,
Click for Festivals (
Festhome (

The Deadline is the 28th of February 2017, but be sure to submit the earliest possible to maximize possibilities.

The 13th edition of FEST – New Directors | New Films Festival, will take place in Espinho, a  seaside summer hotspot of Portugal between the 19th and the 26th of June 2017 , and is now one of the most important cultural events in Portugal, a great opportunity and an excellent forum for the new Filmmakers who wishes to establish himself in this industry.

Running parallel to the Festival, we also host the FEST Industry Meetings (for one on one meeting with Film Producers), FEST - Training Ground (A high level film trainning program) and FEST - Pitching Forum, that connects filmmakers with producers and financiers.

We have a minimal fee for submission of 4 Euro for short films and 8 Euro for Feature films, the fee is not applicable for national films.
If you have any questions please email us back!

Looking forward to hearing from you!