About FEST

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FEST is a festival with many festivals inside. It is a new generation of festivals, featuring film screenings, music concerts & showcases, conference sessions, workshops, masterclasses, projects in development, competitions, TV showcases, awards ceremonies and much more.

FEST offers a great lineup of activities for both the audience and professionals, showing the best cutting-edge films from new filmmakers with more than 200 films screened. It also includes films for young audiences, showcases and concerts of more than 18 artists, Q&A’s with the creatives, masterclasses, workshops, debates and much more.

FEST PRO section is a leading platform for filmmakers to network, enhance their film knowledge and develop new projects, as well as personally interact with the world’s leading filmmakers.

In FEST, film professionals, up-and-coming and established alike, come together to present their work, develop their skills and create synergies. The event is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for personal growth and a fast track to the film industry, creating a meaningful connection with like-minded peers worldwide.

Set in the coastal resort town of Espinho, Portugal, where the audience can enjoy the best portuguese hospitality with amazing gastronomy, the best beaches and one of the best surf hotspots in Europe.

We are proud to have hosted in FEST guest speakers such as: Asghar Farhadi, Béla Tarr, Gaspar Noé, Carlos Reygadas, Fernando Trueba, Melissa Leo, Roman Coppola, Joe Walker, Gemma Jackson, Ed Lachman, Tom Stern, Finola Dwyer, Irvine Welsh, Allan Starski, Eugenio Caballero, Angela Allen, Iain Smith, Noomi Rapace, just to name a few.


FEST’s 20th edition will be held from the 24th of June to the 1st of July 2024.


FEST PRO is the go-to place for professionals that are looking for business opportunities and who wish to enhance their knowledge and networking area.

FEST will be back in 2024, stronger than ever, with the sections that we invite you to discover:




+200 films from the most promising names in the industry, spread across 9 competitive and non-competitive sections.

6 days of masterclasses and workshops are oriented by film professionals and followed by Q&A sessions.





International film project competition, providing development support and co-production opportunities.

Debates, case studies and round tables focused on the director's role, his challenges and his relationships in the working environment.





Several training activities focused exclusively on sound and music for films. Masterclasses and case studies include composing music for films and immersive sound editing and mixing.

It’s a festival within the festival. 6 days with concerts, showcases and DJ performances, always with a strong connection with the cinema world.





One-on-one meetings between industry professionals, allowing a broad discussion of projects and ideas.

An open stage for professionals and film students to showcase and promote their work to the festival's audience.





Informal meetings around the dinner table with filmmakers, professionals, guests and the FEST team.

Aims to give attendees a place where they can mix work with casual conversation, which is the perfect combination between work and leisure. 





Participate in other special events that may happen during the week. Take advantage of FEST Network and the presence of +800 filmmakers, industry professionals and film students to increase your international connections.

Each attendee will have one minute to chat with the person in front of him about as many things as possible, resembling a speed date.