Doclisboa wants to question the present of film, bringing along its history and assuming cinema as a mode of freedom. By refusing the categorization of film practice, it searches for the new problematics that cinematic image implies, in its multiple ways of engagement with the contemporary.
Doclisboa tries to be a place to imagine reality through new modes of perception, reflection, and possible new forms of action.

The festival was elected by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to pre-nominate candidates to the OSCARS®, becoming the first portuguese festival qualified by the Academy. Doclisboa is also a member of Doc Alliance; it was distinguished with de EFFE Label and invited to indicate films for EFA ( European Film Academy ) on the category of European Documentary.