1. The following official sections accept submissions:
International Competition – the International Competition for short and feature films is composed of films that have never been publicly exhibited in Portugal and which were completed in 2016 or 2017. First, second or third works, fiction, animation, documentaries and experimental films may apply to this section. The festival is particularly keen to promote the work of new directors;
National Competition – this section aims to give national and international recognition to very recent Portuguese shorts and features;
Silvestre – competitive section gathering works from young filmmakers and established authors, with films only bound by their uniqueness. The films in this section are not afraid to follow unexpected paths, refuse impositions or seek alternative routes.
Brand New – this competitive section shows upcoming Portuguese talents;
IndieJunior – a competition programmed for younger audiences: shorts and features, comprising animations and live-action films (fictions and documentaries)
IndieMusic – a competitive section comprising films – mainly documentaries – focusing on music and its protagonists;
Director’s Cut – a programme of recently-restored titles, rediscoveries and films which reflect on cinema itself, its artistic dimensions and history;
Mouth of Madness – composed of films that festively march along the cliff regardless any fear, this section presents works that defy traditional conventions;
Special Screenings – a survey of essential works in independent contemporary cinema by established filmmakers;
2. IndieLisboa has also a retrospective section entitled Independent Hero, dedicated to those who go beyond the mainstream in filmmaking and help to open new and unconventional paths for cinema.
3. To apply to IndieLisboa’s International Competition, films must fulfill all the following criteria:
– Fiction, animation, documentary or experimental short (under 59 minutes) or feature films (over 60 minutes);
– First, second or third works by their director(s);
– Completed in either 2016 or 2017;
– First public presentation in Portugal.
4. Regarding other sections of the festival:
– Fiction, animation, documentary and experimental short and feature films;
– Films produced preferably in 2016 and 2017;
– Portuguese premieres are preferred.