About FEST

Since its establishment in 2004, FEST has quickly become one of the leading showcases of groundbreaking films by emerging filmmakers, as well as a platform for international film professionals, up-and-coming and established alike, to come together to present their work, develop their skills and create synergies.

Set in the coastal resort town of Espinho, Portugal, FEST presents a selection of feature and short films and an extensive industry program that includes masterclasses, workshops, debates, roundtables, case studies; a development and co-production event and more - featuring the most promising new talents from around the globe, as well as some of the biggest names in world cinema, industry thought leaders, decision-makers and experts. Among our past guests are Asghar Farhadi, Béla Tarr, Fernando Trueba, Melissa Leo, Martin Walsh, Joe Walker, Ed Lachman, Tom Stern, Finola Dwyer, Allan Starski, Eugenio Caballero, Iain Smith, David Macmillan, just to name a few.

The festival's unique structure emphasizes on creating space for meaningful professional interaction, providing emerging filmmakers with an opportunity to promote and develop their films and projects; and for established industry members to discover new voices in world cinema, engage with industry peers and discuss trends and changes in the field.

Join us at FEST's 16th edition, to take place between 22nd and 29th of June, 2020!