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  • New Directors | New Films
    Interview | Fernando Vasquez talks about FEST
    21.06.2018
    A 14 years old festival, still in its teenage years. Getting here wasn’t easy, there were inevitably... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    North Korea in focus in the section Be Kind Rewind
    19.06.2018
    Considering the theme of FEST - New Directors | New Films Festival 2018,  Borders, North Korea... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    Long Review | Winter Brothers
    19.06.2018
    Hlynur Palmason | DEN, ISL | 100'   After the short film “Seven Boats” (2014), Hlynur Palmason,... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    Interview | Alexandra Wesolowski
    19.06.2018
    Born in Katowice, Poland, Alexandra Wesolowski studied political science at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität... More

  • Training Ground
    Training Ground program is officially closed
    15.06.2018
    The Training Ground program is officially closed! Just 3 days away from the beginning of FEST... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    FEST 2018 Digital Program
    04.06.2018
    In this ever changing contemporary world the physical borders that separate all nations on... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    Features competing for Golden Lynx and Special Screenings
    01.06.2018
    After a year of traveling through several festivals of the international circle and analyzing... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    Shorts competing for the Silver Lynx e Portuguese Grand Prix
    30.05.2018
      Today we announce the selected for two major short films competitive sections: Silver Lynx... More

  • Pitching Forum
    Selected projects for FEST - Pitching Forum 2018
    30.05.2018
    We have the pleasure to announce the selected projects for FEST - Pitching Forum 2018. More... More

  • Training Ground
    Larry Smith and João Ribeiro confirmed at FEST - Training Ground
    29.05.2018
    Our two most recent additions to the Training Ground speakers panel share one thing: both have... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    NEXXT brings you the best of academic cinema
    29.05.2018
    A festival that aspires to discover the latest talent in filmmaking could never be kept too... More

  • Training Ground
    Training Ground parallel activities
    22.05.2018
    There are 3 main sections of FEST - New Directors | New Films Festival, the Film Program, Training... More

  • Training Ground
    Two time Oscar winner director Asghar Farhadi confirmed at FEST - Training Ground
    21.05.2018
    We are so honoured to announce that the two time Academy Award winner Asghar Farhadi is coming... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    FESTinha bringing new films to young minds
    17.05.2018
    With sessions directed to three different age groups (below 6 yo, between 6 and 12 and below... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    Beach Cinema promises a sea of emotions
    14.05.2018
    The beach marks the border between land and sea. Besides being the place where these two different... More

  • Training Ground
    Oscar Winner Christopher Hampton and 4 more guest speakers confirmed for FEST - TG
    11.05.2018
    We start with Christopher Hampton, the highly acclaimed screenwriter who won the Oscar and... More

  • Training Ground
    FEST - Training Ground pass for 57,99€, only for 40 hours
    10.05.2018
    It’s 40 days until FEST kicks off and to show you how committed we are, we’ll give you 40 hours... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    Team advice for a great FEST week
    10.05.2018
    We are less than a month away from FEST, so we understand that the concerns with the trip may... More

  • Training Ground
    Composer Stephen Warbeck will be at FEST - Training Ground
    09.05.2018
    Our latest confirmation, besides being the third Oscar winner amongst the Training Ground 2018... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    TOP 10 | Best soundtracks
    07.05.2018
    We all have those musics that help us get through the day, the ones we recognize at the very... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    FEST 2018: Flavours of the World Program Revealed
    27.04.2018
    In an edition dedicated to borders and ways to accept or go through them, a retrospective of... More

  • Training Ground
    Stephan Elliot confirmed masterclass at FEST - Training Ground
    20.04.2018
    With May approaching fast this year’s Training Ground line-up is filling up quickly with good... More

  • Training Ground
    Francesca Jaynes and Dale Mercer, more two confirmations for FEST - Training Ground 2018
    18.04.2018
    Work in dance and movement in film can be extremely challenging. There are a host of details... More

  • Training Ground
    Film Editor Valerio Bonelli confirmed Masterclasse in FEST - Training Ground
    13.04.2018
    We bring you another confirmation:an Italian editor with a very complete and highly achieved... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    Aspect Ratios and the Stories They Tell
    10.04.2018
    Although it is never the first thing that comes to mind when you think about a movie, aspect... More

  • Training Ground
    Scandar Copti confirmed for FEST - Training Ground 2018
    09.04.2018
    Scandar Copti is coming to Espinho, bringing once again his workshop on Techniques For Directing... More

  • Training Ground
    David Seidler and Angela Allen confirmed Masterclass in FEST - Training Ground
    06.04.2018
    It's not every day we get to confirm such keynote speakers as these two:an Oscar Winner Scriptwriter... More

  • Training Ground
    Roman Coppola confirmed for FEST - Training Ground 2018
    23.03.2018
    We are so very excited to bring you these news:Roman Coppola is coming to FEST -  Training... More

  • Pitching Forum
    How to prepare a project for a Pitch
    09.03.2018
    There are times when you need to make the world your oyster and show what you worth: preparing... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    Shortcutz and FEST join forces
    28.02.2018
    Shortcutz is an urban and international short films movement with implementation in several... More

  • Training Ground
    First Names announced for FEST - Training Ground
    14.02.2018
    With 18 weeks left until FEST - New Directors | New Films Festival, the Film Program, which... More

  • Pitching Forum
    Interview with Ceylan Özgün Özçelik, director of "Inflame"
    12.02.2018
    Since we're packing up our things to go to Berlin we found it appropriate to have a throwback... More

  • Pitching Forum
    FEST - Pitching Forum 2017: a retrospective
    07.02.2018
    The 2017 edition of FEST – Pitching Forum was the most sucessful one to date. It counted around... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    FEST 2018: A brief explanation of the theme
    24.01.2018
    The theme for the 2018 edition of FEST - New Directors | New Films Festival is Borders. Whether... More

  • Training Ground
    FESTivities Campaign
    08.12.2017
    Christmas is almost here and as gift aficionados we couldn’t pass the opportunity to offer... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    top 10 most memorable and iconic moustaches in Film
    24.11.2017
    A discussion arose at FEST headquarters, partially because it’s November, partially because... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    PREMIERING THIS WEEK | OCTOBER 26
    26.10.2017
    The refugee crisis, homosexuality and pathological narcissism: this week we highlight the films... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    PREMIERING THIS WEEK | OCTOBER 20
    20.10.2017
    From the story of a serial killer who, with the first snowfall, returns to kill, the connection... More

  • Training Ground
    FEST FILM LAB brings Béla Tarr to Espinho for a 2 week workshop
    13.10.2017
    FEST is delighted to announce the return of one of its most illustrious guest speakers in the... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    PREMIERING THIS WEEK | OCTOBER 12
    12.10.2017
    This week we highlight six films. To “The Queen of Spain” and “Al Berto”, films performed by... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    FEST 2018: Film Submission Period open
    12.09.2017
    We start off FEST 2018 with two good news.   The first one is a calendar note: In 2018, FEST... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    FEST 2017 Winners
    26.06.2017
    With the end of the 13th edition of FEST - Festival New Filmmakers | New Cinema at sight, we... More

  • Report FEST - 25 June
    26.06.2017
    And FEST is finished for this year! Eddy Joseph, Salomé Lamas and Jennifer Parker closed our... More

  • FEST closing ceremony starts at 6 PM
    25.06.2017
    We would like to invite you to the closing ceremony of the 13th edtion of FEST - New Directors... More

  • BE KIND REWIND | Off The Wall
    25.06.2017
      Amidst the features that make FEST so special year after year is Be Kind Rewind, a thematic... More

  • Report FEST - 24 June
    25.06.2017
    The sixth day of FEST couldn’t have done better! It was time for  Ed Lachman: Live commentary:... More

  • Highlights 24 June
    24.06.2017
    What not to miss today! More

  • Report FEST - 23 JUNE
    24.06.2017
    FEST continues! On 23 June, many participants attended the Masterclass by Allan Starski. The... More

  • Highlights 23 June
    23.06.2017
    What not to miss today in FEST! More

  • Report 22 June
    23.06.2017
    FEST continues! Yesterday Ed Lachman's masterclass "Through The Lens: A DOP Perspective" was... More

  • Training Ground
    Interview | Melissa Leo
    23.06.2017
    We talk acting, learning, and playing strong women with the Oscar-winning actress Melissa Leo. More

  • New Directors | New Films
    EXPERIMENTAL AND ANIMATION SHORTS | 23 June
    23.06.2017
    It´s interesting to see how the animation and experimental formats have been constantly explored,... More

  • Highlights 22 June
    22.06.2017
    What not to miss today in FEST! More

  • New Directors | New Films
    FEST Surf
    22.06.2017
    Surfing by day, films at night – if that sounds like your ideal lifestyle, you've come to the... More

  • HIGHLIGHTS 21 JUNE
    21.06.2017
    What to see, hear and participate today at FEST! More

  • Report FEST - 20 June
    21.06.2017
    FEST has already started! The 20th of June featured the screening of Old Stone at Multimeios... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    Highlights 20 June
    20.06.2017
    What to see, hear and participate today at FEST! More

  • New Directors | New Films
    Opening Ceremony
    20.06.2017
    The 13th FEST could not have started better, with a sold out Centro Multimeios in Espinho for... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    FEST starts tomorrow with a program full of new voices to discover
    18.06.2017
    The 13th edition of FEST – New Directors, New Films Festival in Espinho is about to start.... More

  • Training Ground
    Training Ground: Full Program
    18.06.2017
    The official programme for this year's edition of Training Ground is already closed. The line-up... More

  • Training Ground
    Nuno Lopes at FEST Training Ground!
    15.06.2017
    As the festival draws near, more and more top experts confirm their presence at FEST Training... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    EFFE distinguishes FEST
    13.06.2017
    FEST recognized by EFFE - Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe. More

  • New Directors | New Films
    Feature Film - Golden Lynx Competition and Closing Session
    06.06.2017
    The endless months of working and intense film watching have resulted in one of the most eclectic... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    FESTinha Competition
    31.05.2017
    Our trip through this year's film program is reaching its end, but not without first revealing... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    Be Kind Rewind, Flavours of the World and Fest Surf
    29.05.2017
    As it has been mentioned before, this year’s film program is perhaps the most provocative in... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    National Competition and Nexxt
    28.05.2017
    As we continue through this voyage through this year’s selection, the time has come to reveal... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    Silver Lynx Competition Part 2 - Fiction Shorts
    27.05.2017
    Today we reveal the remaining part of Silver Lynx Competition: our Short Fiction selection.... More

  • Training Ground
    Oscar Winner Melissa Leo confirmed for FEST - Training Ground
    26.05.2017
    Only a few weeks away from FEST Training Ground, were delighted to announce the return of one... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    Silver Lynx Competition Part 1 - Documentary, Animation, Experimental Shorts
    26.05.2017
    Following yesterday's publication, we now proceed with the first take on the Silver Lynx. FEST’s... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    Warm up
    25.05.2017
    FEST is as usual happening in Espinho, but not before making a quick stop in Oporto. On the... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    DOME KARUKOSKI'S "TOM OF FINLAND" OPENS FEST 2017
    25.05.2017
    Now that we are only four weeks away from the opening of the 13th edition of FEST – New Directors... More

  • Training Ground
    Oscar Nominated screen composer Gary Yershon is coming to Fest - Training Ground
    18.05.2017
    Garyʼs career composing music for drama spans 40 years and encompasses scores for the leading... More

  • Training Ground
    Iain Smith, Mad Max: Fury Road producer confirmed in FEST - Training Ground
    18.05.2017
    Iain Smith, who recently produced “Mad Max: Fury Road”, was born in Glasgow and graduated from... More

  • Training Ground
    Ed Lachman, notable DOP confirmed at FEST - TRAINING GROUND
    10.05.2017
    Ed Lachman is one of the most notorious DOPs of our generation. With a career that spans over... More

  • Training Ground
    Acclaimed title designer Richard Morrison at FEST Training Ground
    03.05.2017
    Richard Morrison is one of the most prolific designers of TV and film title sequences and channel... More

  • Training Ground
    Allan Starski, legend of Production Design, confirmed for Training Ground!
    02.05.2017
    Allan Starski is one of the top Production Designers working today with more than 45 Production... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    Premiering this Week | APRIL 7
    07.04.2017
    From an artist who used her art to defend what she believed in, to someone who unexpectedly... More

  • Training Ground
    Darth Vader’s mask sculptor is coming to FEST – Training Ground
    07.03.2017
    Fest is thrilled to announce Brian Muir’s presence at this year’s Training Ground. Brian Ian... More

  • Training Ground
    FIRST TRAINING GROUND SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED
    09.02.2017
    It is with great pleasure that we write to you today, from cold Berlin, on the first day of... More

  • New Directors | New Films
    FEST at the Berlinale | Party Like It's Portugal
    07.02.2017
    FEST is going to Berlin, from the 8th to the 15th of February. If you're around, you can meet... More

  • Pitching Forum
    Submissions to Pitching Forum are opened
    17.01.2017
    The submissions for Pitching Forum are now open. The event occurs at the same time as FEST... More

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  • “Being at @festfilmfestival is an immersive experience in every way” — @quesia.carmo , our coverage Brazilian volunteer
  • @elwascoh , one of our volunteers from the coverage team, was just now covering the Networking Dinners and taking beautiful pictures from beautiful participants with the sunrise. "Suddenly everyone started to take pictures of the sunset! I hope they tagged @festfilmfestival ’s profile!" #ThisIsFEST #FEST2018 #FilmFESTival
  • “At @festfilmfestival , each meeting is special and it surely gives you a smile! 😊” says @ninhodemafagafos , our Brazilian volunteer

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  • @livapuce , our intern from latvia, tells us: “I came here to learn and get inspired but I have now realised that Fest is much more than just that. It’s the people. 🙂” #ThisIsFEST #FEST2018 #FilmFESTival
  • Our Brazilian volunteer @ninhodemafagafos tells us “Every frame brings you to @festfilmfestival in #Espinho “
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  • @quesia.carmo , one of our Brazilian volunteers says that “FEST allows you to be heard in the craziest and funniest ways" and we agree!

#ThisIsFEST #FEST2018 #FilmFESTival
  • Good morning FEST! Are you ready to enjoy every single one of the planned activities?
We know we are ready to welcome you to FEST's 3rd day! 📸 @ileafeew 
#ThisIsFEST #FEST2018 #FilmFESTival
  • Our coverage volunteer @elwascoh tell us: "All smiles whenever anyone looks at FEST's program!" #ThisIsFEST #FEST2018 #FilmFEST
  • Our maltese intern @cafekaii took this picture because “it looked like an important building” and she got it right!
Camara de Espinho (Espinho’s City Hall) is our partner for the first year and we want to celebrate it!

#ThisIsFEST #FEST2018 #FilmFESTival
  • "A beautiful day for a fun film festival. @festfilmfestival has started this week and you don't want miss it!"
@itstircs 's, our maltese intern advice for today

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  • "Good Cinema, wine and networking FEST Nights are here. Enjoy everything while it lasts"
The advice of one of our volunteeers covering the event: @downonjubileestreet

@niepoortvinhos #ThisIsFEST #FEST2018 #Espinho
  • “Taking a new path might sound tough, but Fest is here to help and guide you on your journey!”
This is the point of view from our maltese intern @cafekaii

#ThisIsFEST #FEST2018 #Espinho
  • Queres ganhar um passe de cinema para a 14ª edição do FEST?
Tens dois dias (17 e 18 de Junho) para nos mostrares que estás atento ao FEST só tens de publicar na tua página de Instagram uma fotografia com a presença de um ou mais elementos visuais referentes ao festival (como bandeiras, flyers, cartazes, convites ou autocolantes). Depois é só colocares as hashtags #ThisIsFEST, #Espinho e a tag @festfilmfestival na descrição e ficas oficialmente em cena para seres um dos três FESTivaleiros!

Dúvidas? Consulta o link na bio

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Don´t miss the more than 200 films of FEST!

Take a 📸 with one (or +) of the several FEST's visual elements that go around scattered and publish it on your public Instagram with the hashtags #ThisIsFEST, #Espinho, and the tag @festfilmfestival.
You have until Monday to be one of the lucky three to be randomly selected to win one cinemal pass for the FEST film program, wich will grant you access to every single on the the Film sessions we have planed this year

Good luck! + info: link in bio

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  • 🌟 Golden Lynx | Documentary 🌟
SAND AND BLOOD | Matthias Krepp, Angelika Spangel | AUT | 90'
23 Jun | 23:00 | Cinema Casino

The film takes a look at the recent history of two Middle Eastern countries torn by war – Iraq and Syria – from the perspective of local residents who have made the decision to flee their homes and seek asylum in Austria. It’s made up of a montage of conversations with refugees and amateur videos and images from various social networks and online platforms depicting events in both countries. Sand & Blood has echoes of last year’s winner of the Golden Lynx for Best Documentary Award, Road Movie, and a sign of the birth of a new style of documentary language.

Discover the complete film program on our website: link in bio.

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