Who can submit a film?

Any filmmaker (professional or amateur) can submit a film as long as the producer/director is Portuguese or the film is shot in Portugal.


What kind of films are you looking for?

You can submit short films, that must be tied to this year’s festival theme “Social Tales”. You should describe how the film fits into the theme in the submission platform.


What do you mean by the theme “Social Tales”?

This year, Frames - Portuguese Film Festival falls under the theme “Social Tales”. The films featured in the program deal with societal issues at various levels whether they be political, economical, or many others. How do we speak about society and reveal its patterns? How does one expose inequality, discrimination or portray a crisis whilst in the midst of it?

We want to hear from filmmakers who have tackled these topics in their work.


Is there a prize?

If your film wins the competitive section of the Festival, you will be invited to be part of the jury of Frames 2018 and the transportation (including airline fare) and accommodation will be on us.

The winning director/producer will also be awarded a monetary prize of 500 Euro.


What are the judging criteria?

Films will be judged on originality, creativity, plot, pacing, structure, cinematography, production value, sound and how adequately they fit into the theme "Social Tales".


In what form can I submit my film?

All films should be submitted using the submission platform and clearly indicate a link and password for the jury to access the film. No hard copies are needed at this stage.


Should my film be subtitled?

Yes, all films must have English subtitles. These can be embedded in the film or sent as *.srt or *.sub files.


How long/short should my film be?

We accept short films with a maximum running time of 45 minutes.


What premiere status do you require?

Films should have been released no earlier than 2014.


Can I submit more than one film?

Absolutely. However you must fill in a separate form per film.


What is the entry fee?

Regular entry fee for the competition is 25 EUR (27 USD). However, you can submit your film for free until 15 November 2016.


If I decide not to enter the competition, can I be refunded?

Unfortunately we do not issue refunds.


Who is the jury?

The jury is composed of three members, which will be announced in early 2017.


Still have questions?

Get in touch with André Spencer - andre.spencer@framesfestival.se