Doclisboa seeks to question the present of cinema, placing it in dialogue with its history and assuming filmmaking as a form of freedom. Refusing the categorization of film practice, the festival searches for new complexities within the cinematic image and its multiple forms of engagement with the contemporary. Doclisboa strives to be a place in which 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.