Filmmakers and Submissions

Entry Fee 9€
Entry Fee
The Entry Fee is your ticket to our Awards.
Review Only 35€
Review Only
The Board of Reviewers can view and analyse your film, giving you the opportunity to get professional critical feedback. All reviews will be promoted and archived on our website.
Entry Fee + Review 40€
Entry Fee + Review
Best value for money.

rules and submissions

  • The entrant/submitter/moviemaker hereby certifies that he possesses the right(s) and all of the proper clearances to submit the movie, including, but not limited to image rights, talent releases, soundtrack and/or source music releases; and assumes all responsibility for their material. The CINALFAMA AWARDS accepts no responsibility, financial or otherwise, for any movie submitted to the festival.
  • Every entry/submission will be judged based on its directing, acting, technical, and artistic merits, as related to the submission. All decisions made by the judge(s) are considered final and incontestable. We reserve the right not to give all of the possible awards if we don’t receive enough entries in a particular category or if none of the submissions meet our high judging standards. If we deem it appropriate, additional categories of awards may be presented as well.
  • The Cinalfama Awards only accept online screeners. Please submit them via one of the following online platforms: ClickforFestivals, Fest Home, Film Freeway, Withoutabox, Cineport or Movibeta. We do not accept discs or any downloadable files.
  • Entry fees are nonrefundable.
  • Multiple entries are allowed. You can submit more than one film to the same category. Any entry will be considered eligible in the next edition only if the film was not awarded in the previous edition.
  • Submissions in languages other than English must be subtitled in English.
  • We accept every kind of film released after 2012.
  • We consider short films to be up to 30 minutes and medium or feature films to be 30 minutes or more.
  • Access to ECU Paris International Festival. We are working together 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 win the best directing award. Many more opportunities will come in the future.
  • Cinalfama reserves the right to disqualify any film whose submitter might be in any way linked to illicit or criminal acts, proven or otherwise.

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  • The selected, nominated and awarded movies promotional material will be announced and viewable in our site ( and in our social media pages. If the submitter willingly allows it can be integrally displayed.
  • The participants will not get feedback unless they submit their entry with a review request.
  • All the films awarded in the bimonthly sessions will compete in the annual event and the best of each category screened once more in September’s 18 Annual Cinalfama Awards, with media coverage. The films awarded in Lisbon’s annual ceremony will receive a Flight Voucher Prize and a Trophy.
  • The nominated and winner rightful owners of the rights, in each category and every edition, hereby authorise the film’s live screening in the Cinalfama Sessions. This authorisation is an indispensable condition for the inclusion in the festival’s official selection.
  • There can be, if the jury by its own quality so decides, two winners ex aequo in any of the categories.
  • The official selection is composed by the nominated films, four in each category in every edition, plus the honorable mentions.
    These are the categories for the monthly and yearly awards nominees:

BEST MUSIC (Score or Song)

For this specific award only the entries who meet the following criteria are considered:
a) Having entered the credit information concerning the work’s authorship.
b) Musical works that have been produced or composed expressly for the film.
c) Music used with author permission.
d) Music used from public domain

BEST ACTING (Female or Male)

  • Two awards will be given annually:

“City in Film Award” – best film around the theme
Public’s Choice Award – voted by the public in the Lisbon annual award ceremony

jury members

Cinalfama’s juri is composed of experienced professionals that can also give you a professional and critical feedback on your work that will be made public on our site and social media.

  • João Gomes
    João Gomes Festival Director

    Graduated in sociology, trained in screenwriting and photography, graduated in Cinema in 2013 in the Theatre and Film School of Lisbon (TFCL). The film “The Eve of St. Anthony” (2015) is his final project of the Masters Degree in directing in TFCL. Director, producer, editor and writer in several award-winning films for cinema and television –

    He is the founder and programmer of several film events, blogs and movie magazines and translator of publications on cinema.

  • Ricardo Franco
    Ricardo Franco Juri Member

    Ricardo Franco was born on the 9th of June, 1988. He studied Cinema at the Lisbon School of Theater and Cinema (ESTC), at FCSH (Universidade Nova de Lisboa) and at RESTART.

    He also studied Philosophy and Teaching of Philosophy at FCSH and studied Theater Directing under Claudio Hochman, at Teatro de Carnide.

    He is a teacher, works at the theater company of SMUP and develops independent cinema projects. He produced, directed and co-wrote the independent feature-film “Cold Matchstick” and co-directed and co-wrote the play “Ask Death if my Father has found it”.


  • Carlos Pereira
    Carlos Pereira Juri Member

    Carlos Pereira was born on the 13th of May, in 1969.

    He is a Music Professor at Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa and attends a Phd in Performing Arts and Moving Images at Faculdade de Letras de Lisboa.

    Carlos has a Master degree in Music Education by Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa.

    He works regularly with cinema director João Gomes as a music consultant and composer for television documentary.

    Carlos has a “Título de Especialista em Música” by IPL in Lisbon (The Title of Music Specialist by the IPL).

  • Diogo Figueira
    Diogo Figueira Juri Member

    Diogo Figueira, 25 years-old, graduated in Screenwriting from the Lisbon Theatre and Film School. He worked on the distribution of the documentary José and Pilar (2010, Miguel Mendes) and wrote Estrangement, a medium-lenght feature directed by Pedro Cabeleira (selections: Fantasporto; La Cabina).

    Along the way, Diogo was selected by Nisi Masa – Young Network of European Cinema to cover the 61st San Sebástian International Film Festival for Nisimazine.

    Currently, he is part of the production team of the documentary The Meaning of Life (TBD, Miguel Mendes), collaborates with Videolotion in story development for film and TV and with Leo Burnett Lisbon as a copywriter. He also works as a freelance screenwriter.

  • Vasco Esteves
    Vasco Esteves Juri Member

    Vasco Esteves was born in 1992 in Santarém, Portugal. He graduated in Cinema (Production branch) at Lisbon Theater and Film School, in June 2013. “Estrangement” (Fantasporto 2014; La Cabina 2014) was his graduation short-film and was also his first film as a Producer. Between 2012 and 2014 he worked in production at Amatar Filmes and Ukbar Filmes. Vasco has also been a writer for the online magazine “Scifiworld Portugal”, since 2012.

    He was a part of several cinematographic projects and he is an alumni of Nisi Masa – European Network of Young Cinema and Fest Film Lab.

    Vasco has a Masters degree in Marketing from the Lisbon School of Economics and Management, with focus on Film Distribution. Currently he is working at JumpCut with Miguel Gonçalves Mendes, author of the acclaimed documentary “José and Pilar” about the portuguese literature Nobel winner, José Saramago.


Cinalfama sessions experience

Cinalfama is keen on having the filmmakers presenting their awarded work!
We would love to spend the day with you around our beautiful city.

The Cinalfama team will welcome our guests to a typical and delicious portuguese dinner in Alfama before the show begins.

After that we will head for “Tasca Beat” in the wonderful Rosário alley. A couple of drinks, cinephile conversations and the show begins.

A clip will introduce samples of the 4 “best music” nominees, and the winner track will lead and score the announcement and excerpts of all the nominees and winners.
Hopefully, the best short film and best Feature Film directors will join us to introduce their work and the cinema session officially begins!
We will try to set the tone for a spontaneous and informal conversation about the viewing.

The guest filmmakers will be accommodated for the evening right in the heart of historical Lisbon.