Film Program

FEST – New Directors | New Films Festival is an all-encompassing celebration of the new tendencies of world cinema. Constantly on the lookout for fresh new content by some of the most promising rising stars, our programming team provides our audience with a widespread glimpse into the most essential works of the year. As such, FEST is an absolutely vital arena for all those interested in finding out what is the future of film!

The film program is focused on a series of competitive and non-competitive film exhibitions, covering different formats and styles, such as Feature and Short length Fiction, Documentary, Animation and Experimental Non-Narrative films. Our selection also includes content directed at children and young audiences, such as the FESTinha section.


Come on in and discover our already announced sections below.


Golden Lynx


The Golden Lynx Competition has traditionally been the most sought out section in our event. It is not a surprise, after all, it has included some of the biggest names in world cinema of the last 17 years. This year is no exception. The final selection of 7 fiction films and 3 documentary includes some of the most talked about films of the last 12 months, such as A24's chiller Lamb, among other brand new films straight off from an epic edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

Silver Lynx

Fiction, documentary, animation and experimental non-narrative cinema take center stage in our Silver Lynx competition. As always, these 10 short film programs include some of the best new figures and titles of the moment, including Dustin by Naila Guiguet and One Thousand and One Attempts to Be an Ocean by Wang Yuyan, only to name a few.

National Grand Prix

The oldest competition in our event, this year’s National Grand Prix is more complete then ever. Among new names such as Tiago Iúri and Teresa Sandeman, this year’s selection also includes the return of familiar faces such as Rúben Sevivas, Matilde Calado, Edgar Morais and Alberto Seixas.

Be Kind Rewind | Isabel Coixet

Accompanying the presence of influential Catalan director Isabel Coixet is a complete retrospective of her oeuvre. As such, this year's Be Kind Rewind section presents some of her most significant films, such as the Ben Kinglsey and Penelope Cruz starring Elegy, and the emotional The Secret Life of Words. This section will spread her charm with sessions happening throughout Espinho, Porto and Lisbon.

Special Screenings

The gala screenings are always special moments in any event, and this year we bring two of the most provocative films of the moment. In the opening ceremony we will exhibit The Divide, winner of the Queer Palm in Cannes last July. And to close the event we will screen The Sacred Spirit, one the most obligatory films of the year that caused much debate in Locarno this August.


The 17th edition of the festival will take place between the 4th and 11th of October 2021, in the seaside town of Espinho, Portugal.


Full program will be announced soon.