1. Doclisboa’16 – 14th International Film Festival – will take place from 2Oth to 30th October 2016.

2. Doclisboa is a festival dedicated to documentary and to the new possible paths that are being opened for the genre. We are particularly interested on the new modes of relation between the cinematographic and the real, and we are looking for proposals that suppose an implication on the world, facing cinema as a political and artistic practice.

3. The Selection Committee is looking for films with cinematographic qualities bringing forth, as a whole, the point of view of their authors.

4. The deadline for entries is 15th June 2016.

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


Doclisboa shall receive up to the 15th June:
– A version of the film with English subtitles, exception to be made to the Portuguese or English spoken films.
– For submitting your film, please, apply through FilmFestivalLife.
– The films should be sent through FilmFestivalLife with the download permission activated. As an alternative, after submitting the film information at the platform, a private online screener can be sent to:
– In case you do not submit an online screener, the DVD screener (any region) must be sent to the following address:

Att. Joana Sousa
Doclisboa – International Film Festival
Casa do Cinema
Rua da Rosa, 277, 2º
1200-385 Lisbon, Portugal

On the package, there must be the indication “without commercial value”.
In case you have got any question about the submission process, please contact Joana Sousa: +351 213 470 816 –

7. All the costs concerning the sending of the preview DVD are responsibility of the entity that submits it.

8. The version of the films to be used for the selection process will not be deleted. They will become part of the archive at Apordoc – Portuguese Documentary Association (the festival organiser), where the associates may consult them. For any kind of public projection, permission from the rights owners will be required.

9. The selection committee will decide the section in which the film will be programmed. The festival is responsible for the selection of the films that compose the entire program.

10. Short and feature length films can compete, with the following projection formats: 35mm, 16mm, Beta SP PAL/NTSC, Digital Beta PAL/NTSC, DCP. At the festival, all the selected films will be screened with English subtitles and with Portuguese electronic subtitles. Portuguese spoken films will be screened with English subtitles.

11. Doclisboa has two competitive sections:
a) International Competition
b) Portuguese Competition – open to films produced and/or directed by Portuguese filmmakers

12. Only films concluded after the 15th May 2015 and never before screened in Portugal are eligible for the competitive categories.

13. 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.

14. If the premiere status mentioned upon the submission of the film changes within the selection process, Doclisboa must be informed.

15. Immediately after being confirmed the selection, you should send by email:
• A script of the dialogued continuity of the films in English
• Three photos from the film (minimum resolution: 300 dpi – 10x10cm) in a digital format
• Biofilmography of the director
• Final Synopsis for the program (250 characters) and for the catalogue (600 characters)
• Previous Festivals and Awards.
Until 15th September, the copy of the selected film (in the right screening format) as well as posters, postcards and promotional materials should be sent to:
Att. Joana Galhardas
Doclisboa / Culturgest
Edifício Sede da Caixa Geral de Depósitos
Rua Arco do Cego, nº50, Piso 1
1000-300 Lisbon, Portugal

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

17. The costs related to 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. On the latter situation, any customs duties in the country of origin will be borne by the participants.

18. When the festival is responsible for the transportation of a film, a transportation insurance will be granted. After receiving the copies of the films, the festival is responsible for them until they are sent back. The insurance of copies is not applicable to negatives, positives or masters.

19. All films screened on competitive sections during the festival must remain there until its ending, and will be returned only after the closing ceremony of the festival.

20. The competition juries will comprise nationally and internationally renowned Portuguese and foreign personalities from the cultural world.

21. The Doclisboa awards consist of a trophy and a monetary sum and/or technical services. All the awards are attributed to the directors, exception to the Investigations award that is delivered to the exhibition-rights holder.

22. Awards:
International competition
• City of Lisbon award for best film
• Special Jury Award
• Award for best investigation film
New talent
• Award for best feature film in international competition, Portuguese competition or new visions
Portuguese Competition
• Award for the best film
• Special Jury Award
Universities Award
• Award for the best film in the International competition
Schools award
• Award for the best film in the Portuguese Competition
For the New Talent Award, the first feature film signed by a director is eligible. This award comprises International Competition, Portuguese Competition and New Visions.

23. The decisions of the juries are final.

24. All the selected films can be consulted during the festival by accredited professionals at the video library of Doclisboa.

25. Any selected film may take part on the special screenings for schools, during the festival.

26. After the film has been selected, the festival may use a fragment of three minutes length of the film for promotion of the festival on tv, radio, internet, as well as the publicity material of the film (press kit, posters, postcards, etc.) for promotion purposes also.

27. Doclisboa guests are not covered by the insurance of the festival.

28. 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 that are produced after the festival dates.

29. All entries of films made to Doclisboa presuppose knowledge of and acceptance of these regulations.

30. The festival board will decide upon all matters that are not covered by these regulations in accordance with the international rules of film festivals.