Cinalfama Lisbon International Film Awards

the festival

LISBON, A CULTURAL MECCA – Lisbon suddenly became a European Mecca for all kinds of artistic and cultural ventures. But although Lisbon’s cosmopolitan culture is booming some say that a small town intimate feeling is still in place when walking through quarters like Alfama. An artist, impressed by Lisbon’s cultural renaissance, said:

“It’s like a village, but our clients are from all over the world!”

CINALFAMA AWARDS – From this intimate yet international city comes the Cinalfama Lisbon International Film Awards. Fully open to diversity – all genres, lengths and subjects – we are looking for bravery and self exposure. Some call our film nights sharing sessions. It’s all about intimacy: the films, the venue, the atmosphere – the Cinalfama Mystique!

We frequently kick off our nights with CINEATIC PERFORMANCES. Last session we had the amazing Hungarian classical guitarist Sandor Mester improvising to the cult experimental short “At Land” by Maya Deren.

The Cinalfama Awards are bestowed every two months in the live Cinalfama Awards’ Sessions, where the winners will be announced and the best Feature Film and best Short Film categories will be screened.
The winner films in each of these Cinalfama Sessions will automatically compete in the 2018 Cinalfama Annual Award Session, where the best of the year will be screened once more.

CINALFAMA, A LISBON CULTURAL REFERENCE – In just one year we had 1900 spectators and 2153 films submitted from 115 countries. Cinalfama is now a big Lisbon cultural reference as you can see in clips from all the Sessions in our youtube channel: from the first and memorable in September 16, till the last one. You can also find clips from all our official selections.

AWARDS AND PRIZES – The filmmakers of the bimonthly winners for Short Film and Medium or Feature Film will be invited to present their films personally in our bimonthly sessions and receive a trophy. We cover transfer from the airport, accommodation in central Lisbon and invite them to have dinner with us in the event night. Plus the annual winners in those categories are also awarded with a Flight Voucher Prize and a Trophy.

JURY VIEWING GUARANTEE – In the Notification date we will also inform individually each one of the submitters of our exact viewing dates so everyone can check their video channels and be sure their films were properly evaluated, a Cinalfama point of honour.

DISCOUNT – The general promotional Cinalfama code offers you a 10% discount in the first two deadlines. Don’t miss it! The code is GeneralDiscount.

ÉCU

PARTNERS AND NETWORKING – We are working together with ECU Paris International Festival and all our selected winners will deserve a privileged selection viewing. Our multi-awarded film “The Elusive” is the first one to deserve that privilege and to win “best director award” and many more opportunities will come in the future.

JURY AND REVIEWS – The festival jury is composed of experienced professionals that can also give you a professional and critical feedback on your work that will be made public in our website and social media. You can submit the review request separately or along with the film entry.

THE CITY IN FILM AWARD – This event stemmed from a famous cineclub sessions in Lisbon. To reflect on the ever changing identity of the city has always been a main focus. More relevant than ever the subject of urban identity and the portrayal of the city in film will be subject for a specific annual award: “The City in Film” award.

You can submit your film to this specific annual category. All info about this particular prize here.

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Check out our youtube channel to watch the official selections’ clips and media coverage footage.

Cinalfama Annual Awards Session 17

NEXT EDITION: January 24th 2017

Hundreds gather in every session and more than 2000 films, from more than 115 countries, have been submitted in this first running year. Cinalfama is now a big cultural reference in Lisbon.

the city in film award

THE CINALFAMA AWARDS STEMMED FROM A FAMOUS CINECLUB’S SESSIONS IN LISBON. TO REFLECT ON THE EVER CHANGING IDENTITY OF THE CITY HAS ALWAYS BEEN A MAIN FOCUS OF ITS PRODUCTION COMPANY A CIDADE E AS CENAS.

MORE RELEVANT THAN EVER, THE SUBJECT OF URBAN IDENTITY AND THE PORTRAYAL OF THE CITY IN FILM WILL BE SUBJECT FOR A SPECIFIC ANNUAL AWARDS: THE CITY IN FILM AWARD.

the sessions

MUSIC
Samples of the 4 “best music” nominees will kick off the Cinalfama Sessions in a clip that also introduces all the nominees and announces the winners.
FILM
Best “Short Film” and best “Feature Film” will be projected.
CONVERSATION
An informal conversation, with the aim to extend the two films' relevance well beyond their cinematic borders, will be held.
SPECIAL NOTE
If the duration of the awarded films allows for it, we will always be keen on showing a few more of our awarded films.
PARTNERS
This festival would never be possible without the invaluable contribution of our Cinalfama Partners.
LANGUAGE
All films will be projected in their original language and subtitled in english.

tasca beat do rosário

Right in the heart of Lisboa, in one of its most tucked away and magical alleys, “Tasca Beat do Rosário” will be the home of the Cinalfama Awards Sessions.

It belongs to one of the most relevant Portuguese world music bands: “Oquestrada”. They are all about popular culture and urban identity, intimacy and cosmopolitism.

“Tasca Beat do Rosário” has a cinema tradition as its set is idyllic for the outdoor Cinalfama Summer Editions (September 2016, May and July 2017).

festival partners