Filipino films Invited to FEST

The Film submission period for the 12th edition of FEST - New Directors | New Films Festival, which will take place between the 20th and the 27th of June 2016, in the Portuguese seaside town of Espinho is now open.

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

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

After a tremendously successful experience in 2015, where it broke all submission records, the organization of the event decided to expand the submission alternatives. So alongside online submissions via the website (  and the traditional physical submission process, applicants can also use its partner platforms Film Festival Life (, Film Freeway (, Click for Festivals ( and Festhome (

The deadline is Feb. 28, but be sure to submit the earliest possible to maximize possibilities.

FEST – New Directors | New Films Festival 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 is 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.

Interested filmmakers must submit their work along with €2 (Euros) for short films and €5 (Euros) for Feature films, the fee is not applicable for national films. 

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