Non Competitive Sections

Alongside the many competitive sessions, FEST also includes a series of thematic screenings, expanding the scope of the event into other fields.

Special Screenings

Our opening and closing sections have often been the highlights of our programs. Films such as “Tangerine” by Sean Baker (USA), “10.000 KM” by Carlos Marques Mercet (Spain), “Birth” by Jonathan Glazer (UK), “Tom of Finland” by Dome Karukauski (Sweden/Finland) or Wes Anderson debut feature, “Bottle Rocket”, have caught everyone’s attention, starting and closing our previous editions in great style. 2018 will be no exception. And throughout the week of FEST several other productions and formats, which range from films for the elderly to 360º films, will be complementing our film program in all the right ways.  


Flavours of the World

With such a privileged access to so many productions by young filmmakers from around the world, a sort of narrative began to be built all of the sudden. It became increasingly apparent that some countries or regions were particularly proficient in creating a good setting for the launch of new filmmakers. Equally, a collection of particularly extraordinary films crossed our path from some unlikely places, announcing the emergence of new fresh film movements. And from this need to let the world know about these phenomenons was born our Flavours of the World section, short film regional retrospectives exposing some of the most impressive filmmakers that are about to breakthrough. In this section several of the names that are now on the tip of many tongues in the international film industry were first brought to the attention of FEST audiences. Artists like Radu Jude (Romania), Renata Gąsiorowska (Poland), Jacqueline Lentzou (Greece), Behzad Azadi (Iran), Tudor Cristian Jurgiu (Romania), Andrea Harkin (Rep. Ireland) or Konstatina Kotzamani (Greece) are just a few examples. In the recent past we’ve covered countries like Norway, Puerto Rico, Canada, Belgium, Lithuania or Iceland. In 2018 the spotlight will turn to Japan, Switzerland and Sweden.  


 Be Kind Rewind

With so much focus on the future of cinema you’d be forgiven for thinking FEST has a one track mind. Well, you’d be wrong. Without understanding the past you’ll hardly get a proper sense of the future, and to make ensure the past is not forgotten we created BE Kind Rewind, a section focused on retrospectives and/or thematic screenings, covering all sort of issues. In the recent past this section has been dedicated to issues such as the role of women in filmmaking, different political movements, as well as the filmography of artists such as LM Kit Carson, among others. In 2018 this section is bound to catch your attention, so stay close to find out all about it.   


Beach Cinema

Espinho is much more than a holiday resort or a traditional fishing town. All the action eventually leads to one single direction: the Beach. As it is impossible to ignore such a deep rooted local “sea and sand” culture, FEST decided to take cinema out of the film theatre and take it where the locals feel more comfortable. Beach Cinema is an open-air thematic screening section about beach culture.