It may not seem so, but 15 years of existence is a real triumph for a film festival. In this period FEST has grown a lot and now it presents itself more mature and confident than ever, without allowing itself to neglect under the shade of past successes. It was with this perspective that we developed what we know is the most balanced film program ever, where the Feature and Short Film formats are perfectly synchronized, showcasing a long list of new filmmakers that will soon be the big names of the international film scene. The Golden Lynx (first and second features) and Silver Lynx (fiction, documentary, animation and experimental cinema short films) competitions represent, once again, a rare chance to discover the future of filmmaking. New Portuguese film figures also take centre stage, in the National Grand Prix, and obviously, academic cinema also finds its space, now in the renewed NEXXT competition. In this 2019 edition, there is also time for several non-competitive sections, in particular, Flavours of the World, which this year is entirely focused on one of the most fundamental film nations on the planet: Denmark.
We welcome you to the 15th edition of FEST — New Directors | New Films Festival. Come celebrate it with us!