Submit a film

The 20th 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 2024.

The film submission period is now open. The Early Bird deadline ends on the 25th of October



We are accepting films under the following formats:

  1. A) Fiction and non-fiction feature films (minimum length is 55 minutes) from directors who are on their first or second feature-length project, regardless of age.
  2. B) Fiction, Documentary, Animation, and Experimental Short films (up to 54 minutes of duration) from directors who have completed no more than two feature films, regardless of age.

All the submissions, except for Portuguese films, are subjected to a submission fee of:

Early bird deadline (up to the 25th of October 2023) 6€ for short Films | 10€ for Feature Films

Regular deadline (up to the 12th of February 2024) 8€ for short Films | 12€ for Feature Films

Extended deadline (up to the 4th of March 2024) 12€ for short Films | 16€ for Feature Films


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


- Portuguese Productions - free of charge

- Partner School Students - free of charge |

For more information about partner schools please email us to



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


Alternative Platform submission

You can submit a film through one of our partner platforms (just press the desired platform below).

Portuguese Filmmakers or anyone submitting a Portuguese majority production should always select Portuguese film category when filling the form)