Pitching Forum Applications - Closed

 The 15th edition of FEST – New Directors | New Films Festival is underway and it will take place from the 24th of June to the 1st of July 2019.

The FEST - Pitching Forum call for projects has ended.

FEST - Pitching Forum is a unique opportunity for filmmakers to develop and pitch their latest projects to top industry producers, distributors, fund managers and investors. Through the past seven editions, we've had over 200 projects being pitched from all over the world.


FEST – Pitching Forum accepts film projects in the following categories:

  • Fiction Feature Films (of the minimum runtime of 55 minutes)
  • Fiction Short Films (up to 55 minutes)
  • Documentary Films (both feature and short length)

The film projects can be of all genres and filmmaking techniques, including animation and experimental films.

The Event is open both to experienced and emerging artists. There is no age limitation.

Submitted projects can be in different stages of development, from concept to post-production. It is not required for a project to already have any financial backing.

The main selection criteria will be the artistic merit of the project, its estimated potential of success and its capacity to attract the necessary funding.



Projects submitted until November 29th, 2018 will enjoy the Early Bird Fee of 50,00 EUR. From then on applications will be subjected to a fee of 60,00 EUR per project.

Applications will only be considered complete upon payment of the mentioned fee.

Partner Schools Students can benefit from a discount of the application fee. For more information about partner schools please email us to partnerships@fest.pt

The final deadline for submissions is the 1st of April 2019, at midnight (GMT)



1. Create an account on FEST Visitor Page provided by Eventival (link below)

2. Choose the Pitching Forum Applications form (please be careful not to choose any of the film submissions forms instead - those are for completed films only). 

3. Fill in the above mentioned and proceed with the respective payment




All materials must be in English. Alongside the obligatory information, we strongly encourage the applicants to upload additional materials like business plan, visual book / mood board or professional portfolio.

We highly recommend reading the Rules and Regulations before submitting a project. If you have any doubts please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at pitching@fest.pt and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.