1. doclisboa 2011 - International Documentary Film Festival - will be held between 20 and 30 October, 2011.

2. doclisboa is a festival dedicated to documentary cinema, seeking to promote new forms of thinking, of viewing the world and communicating. The festival gives priority to films that have not yet been shown in Portugal both in the case of Portuguese as well as foreign films. The aim of the festival is to allow a more profound reflection upon contemporary issues and current affairs, thus stimulating new debates and new approaches of reality. Doclisboa also focuses on breaking new cinematic grounds and aims to celebrate the great diversity and vitality of this "cinema of reality".

3. The Selection Committee seeks films with cinematographic quality, offering the point of view of an author both in terms of content as well as in form.

4. Only films concluded after January 2010 are eligible for the competitive categories.

5. Short and feature length films can compete, with the following projection formats: 35mm, 16mm, Beta SP Pal and Beta Digital Pal. All the films selected will be screened during the festival with subtitles in Portuguese and English. Portuguese films will be screened with English subtitles.

6. Each director is invited to submit one film.

7. The deadline for entries is 15th June 2011.

8. Only entries that include a DVD version of the film and a duly filled application form will be accepted. Entries must be filled at

9. The Selection Committee will decide the section in which the film will be classified. The festival is responsible for selecting all the documentaries that will be screened during the programmed schedule.

10. Doclisboa has three competitive sections:

a) International Competition - with two categories:
- Feature and mid-length Films - films over 40 minutes
- Short Films - films up to 40 minutes
b) Portuguese Competition - open to films produced and/or directed by Portuguese filmmakers, with two categories:
- Feature-length (and mid-length) Films - films over 40 minutes
- Short Films - films up to 40 minutes
c) Competition - Investigation: open to short and feature-length Films.

11. For the Best First Film Award are eligible first and second films presented by a director.

12. The Competition Juries will comprise nationally and internationally renowned Portuguese and foreign personalities from the cinematographic world.

13. The Doclisboa awards consist of a trophy, a diploma and prize money awarded to the director.

14. Awards:

International competition
· City of Lisbon award for best feature film?
· Award for best short film
· Special Jury Award

· Award for best feature film in the investigations competition

(includes the acquisition of rights for television)

New talent
· Award for best feature film in international competition, investigation or new visions

Portuguese Competition
· Award for the best feature-length film
· Award for the best first film
· Award for the best short film

Universities award
- Award for the best feature-length film in the International competition

Schools award
For the best feature-length film in the Portuguese Competition

15. The decisions of the Juries are final

All films sent for pre-selection must be registered on-line by June 15th the latest.

doclisboa should receive until 15th June:
- A fully filled application form
- A DVD version of the film with subtitles or a version in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese. Participants are requested to test the DVD copies they send to doclisboa.
- DVD must be sent to:
Doclisboa: Largo da Madalena, nº 1, 1º - 1100-317 Lisboa | Portugal

Please write on the envelope : "No Commercial value".

Immediatly upon selection
- A script of the dialogued continuity of the films in English
- Three photographs from the film (minimum resolution: 300 dpi - 10x10cm) in a digital format- a photo of the director in a digital format
- Biofilmography of the director
- Final Synopses
- Previous Festivals and Awards

Deadline for the Selected films :
Until 20th September:
- Print of the selected film (in the exhibition format)
- Posters, postcards and promotional materials.

17. All costs of sending DVD versions to the competition are responsibility of the participants who are entering the films.

18. The DVD copies to be used in the selection process will not be returned and will become part of the festival's archive, which may be consulted for screenings with educational purposes. For any kind of public projection, a permission from its authors will be required.

19. All the selected as well as not selected films can be consulted during the festival at Video Library of doclisboa. The selected films can be consulted only after their last screening at the cinema.

20. In case the film is selected, doclisboa will inform the participant up to one month prior to the opening of the festival. After the participant has been informed about the participation of the film in the festival, the film must not be shown in Portugal until it is screened at doclisboa. The festival will also inform the entries that were not selected for doclisboa up to one month prior to the initial date of the festival.

21. After the film has been selected, the festival can use:
Three minutes of the film for promoting the festival; via tv, radio, internet-; the publicity material of the film (press kit, posters, postcards, etc.) for promoting the festival.

22. In the case of films from non-EU countries, the copy must be accompanied by a pro-forma invoice with the sender's name, the film's title, weight, measurements and number of reels.

23. The costs of sending the copy to Portugal will be borne by the participant. The costs of clearing the film through customs in Portugal, as well as the costs associated with returning the films to their country of origin, will be borne by the festival. Any customs duties in the country of origin will be borne by the participants.

24. All films screened during the festival must remain there until its ending, and will be returned only after the closing ceremony.

25. The festival is responsible for the insurance covering transport when responsible also for the transport. After receiving the copies of the films, the festival is responsible for these copies until the moment they are sent back. The insurance of copies is not applicable to negatives, positives or masters.

26. doclisboa guests are not covered by the festival's insurance.

No film can be withdrawn from the Festival after the official announcement of its selection.

27. The producer of a film that is awarded a prize at doclisboa will undertake to mention the doclisboa prize in all promotional materials for the film and in the film credits of all copies afterward the festival.

28. All entries of films made to doclisboa presuppose knowledge of and an acceptance of these regulations.

29. The Festival Board will decide upon all matters that are not covered by these regulations in accordance with the international rules of Film Festivals.