Competition & Awards

Up-and-coming directors, screenwriters and filmmakers from all over the world submit their work ahead of each of our seasonal screening and awards editions, at which we present our jury’s final selection.


Best Medium or Feature Film

Best Short Film
Best Debut Film
Best Director
Best Actor/ Actress
Best Screenplay

How to Enter

Make sure you have carefully read the rules and agreements section below prior to submitting your film. 


Once you’re ready, you can use any of the platforms below to upload your film and complete your submission: 


FilmFreeway, FilmFestivalLife, Click for FestivalsFesthome, Movibeta and SFilmmaker.

Any questions, let us know here.


  • The submitter hereby certifies that he possesses the right(s) and all of the proper clearances to submit the film, including, but not limited to image rights, talent releases, soundtrack and/or source music releases; and assumes all responsibility for their material. Cinalfama Lisbon Screening and Awards accepts no responsibility, financial or otherwise, for any film 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. 

  • 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 of 5 nominees, 1 winning film per category, as well as honourable mention recipients.

  • The Cinalfama Awards only accept online screeners. Please submit your film via one of the following online platforms: FilmFreeway; FilmFestivalLife; Click for Festivals, S Filmmaker, Festhome 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 previous editions.

  • Submissions in languages other than English must be subtitled in English. English subtitles must be embedded in the film. No additional srt files will be accepted. 

  • Only films released after 2015 are accepted.

  • Short films are considered to be up to 30 minutes and medium or feature films to be 30 minutes or more. 

  • Cinalfama reserves the right to disqualify any film whose submitter might be in any way linked to illicit or criminal acts, proven or otherwise. 

  • Selected, nominated and awarded films’ promotional material will be announced and viewable on our website ( and on our social media pages.

  • The awarded films rightful owners of the rights, in each category of every edition, hereby authorise the film’s live screening at Cinalfama events, and use of relevant content on our social media platforms. This authorisation is an indispensable condition for the inclusion in the festival’s official selection.


We invite the winning directors, screenwriters and music supervisors or composers to present their work in the heart of Lisbon's old town, Alfama.


  • The selected, nominated and awarded films promotional material is shared on our website and on our social media platforms. 

  • All winners will receive a laurel and a certificate.

  • Winning films will be promoted at our partner festivals.

  • Access to ECU Paris International Festival. Winners will have a privileged selection viewing at ÉCU. Several Cinalfama awarded films were selected and awarded at ÉCU as well. 

  • The winners will have the opportunity to schedule a one-to-one mentor session with members of our renowned jury, like Leonor Teles and Pedro Cabeleira.