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Frequently Asked Questions

FEST Accreditation

[Q] I want to go to FEST, what should I do?

[A] Firstly, it's important to realise that there are three ways of participating, based on three different accreditations. The most basic is Cinema & Music, with access only to the film screenings and showcases taking place during the week. For those who want to have access to the industry programme, the strong suit of our festival, the choice should fall between the Talent accreditation, with access to masterclasses and workshops, or FEST PRO, an accreditation that gives full access to FEST and everything that takes place during the week, favouring networking moments with renowned figures from the film industry.

[Q] How can I buy an accreditation?

[A] In the top menu of the website choose Participate. Click on accreditations and you'll have access to a description of the different FEST accreditations.

Choose the accreditation you want (Cinema & Music or the industry accreditations - PRO and Talent) and fill in the form that appears.

To find out more about the whole process, watch the following tutorial video.

If you have any questions or encounter any problems during the process, please send an e-mail to registrations@fest.pt.

[Q] Until when can I buy an accreditation?

[A] The sale of accreditations is operational from 15 January until 20 June. It is divided into 3 phases:

  • Early Bird (January 15th to February 29th);
  • Regular Fee (March 1st to June 7th);
  • Late Fee (June 8th to June 20th);

[Q] How much do accreditations cost?

    • Early Bird: 20€.
    • Regular Fee: 30€.
    • Late Fee: 35€.
    • Early Bird: 70€.
    • Regular Fee: 100€.
    • Late Fee: 120€. 
  • PRO:
    • Early Bird: 100€.
    • Regular Fee: 130€.
    • Late Fee: 150€.

[Q] I have a discount code. How can I use it?

[A] When filling in your accreditation form, simply enter the discount code in the predefined space.

Watch the video tutorial on discount codes.

[Q] What payment methods are available?

[A] You can make your purchase in several ways. On the website or microsite you can pay via a PayPal account. Through FilmFreeWay you can also choose to buy via credit/debit card.

If you have any issues with payment, please contact registrations@fest.pt.

[Q] I need an invoice, what do I need to do?

[A] In order for us to issue an invoice you just need to send an email to registrations@fest.pt with the following information:

  • Name or company name;
  • VAT number;
  • Address.

Once the data has been received, the invoice will be sent within 72 working hours.

Participating in FEST

[Q] How do I collect my accreditations?

[A] Accreditations must be collected from the afternoon of June 24th at the Guest Office in Centro Multimeios de Espinho, FEST's Main Venue. The times will be announced closer to the start of the event. To collect your accreditation, you'll need your ID document by the deadline.

[Q] Can the event be attended online?

[A] Participation in the FEST 2024 festival week is in person only.

[Q] How do I book accommodation?

[A] In order to provide the best conditions for its participants, FEST has established partnerships with hotels in Espinho. To take advantage of the discounts resulting from these partnerships, you must make the purchase through FEST during the accreditation purchase process.

To book accommodation in a partner hotel, watch the video explaining the process.

If the accommodation is not booked when the accreditation is purchased, but at a later date, you will have to contact us by e-mail at registrations@fest.pt.

[Q] How do I book networking dinners?

[A] The networking dinners are not part of any accreditation and must be purchased individually from PRO and Talent accredited organisations. The €130 package includes 5 dinners from 25th to 29th of June. Space is limited to 100 participants per dinner.

To understand the process better, watch the video tutorial on buying networking dinners.

If dinner reservations are not made when you buy your accreditation, but later, you will have to contact us by e-mail at registrations@fest.pt.

[Q] How can I book tickets for industry activities?

[A] PRO and Talent accredited participants need to register for the industry activities they want to attend. On the FEST app, booking is intuitive and can be done up to half an hour before the event.

The dates of the industry activities will be announced closer to the week of the festival.

[Q] When will the Guests for the Industry Meetings be revealed and when can we submit a request for a meeting?

[A] Guests for the Industry Meetings will be revealed a few weeks before the festival starts. A newsletter will be sent to all accredited participants, informing them of the opening of requests for Industry Meetings and the method of registration.

[Q] How do I book a slot at Filmmaker's Corner?

[A] The Filmmaker's Corner can be booked starting on the 24th of June at the Guest Office, where you will have to pay a deposit of €5, which will be returned at the end of the presentation. You will need to hand in a USB Flash Drive labelled with your name and the work you wish to present.

FEST Submissions

[Q] Until when can I submit my film?

[A] The submission period for the 20th edition of FEST ended on the 4th of March. The films that have been selected will be announced shortly.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at films@fest.pt.

[Q] Until when can I submit my project?

[A] The period for submitting projects ended on the 4th of April. We will soon be announcing the projects that will be presented during the 2024 FEST Pitching Forum.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at pitching@fest.pt.

[Q] Until when can I submit my showcase?

The period for submitting showcases ended on the 15th of April. Those selected will perform their works during the evenings of the 20th edition of FEST.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at musicwalkwithme@fest.pt.


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