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.

Due to the pandemic decreed worldwide, this year FEST - New Directors | New Films Festival is concentrating all it’s focus to the Film Program and to the film screenings, having been forced to postpone to next year’s edition sections of the festival like Training Ground, Director’s Hub, Industry Meetings and other networking activities that are, in its natural core, a warm and close physical contact.

FEST’s 16th edition will be happening from the 2nd to the 9th of August with film screenings held simultaneously in Espinho, Porto, and Lisbon. In our hometown, we will be showcasing some of the best cinema at our usual Centro Multimeios de Espinho and we will be inaugurating a Drive-In Cinema.