Avanca Film Festival


Years running: 28 (since 1997)

Avanca Film Festival

International Meetings of Cinema, Television, Video and Multimedia.


With twenty-four years of existence, (the first edition was in 1997) AVANCA Film Festival was awarded first place in 2011 contest of the support film festivals sponsored by ICA / Ministry of Culture.

An additional thematic programming has happened over all these years, giving space to screening of significant works of contemporary cinema appropriately framed in concerns and / or well-defined objectives.

The AVANCA is known as a space for workshops led by personalities of world cinema, and being more than a "master class", has allowed a unique cinema practice. Every year we have workshops, bringing together participants from all over Europe. The media have written that this is the largest European area of professional workshops in the field of cinema.

AVANCA is the only festival that congregates a Cinema International Competition, works from the television area, video and new supports of multimedia, with a special concern of exhibit the best world productions done in each category. 
Since the first edition, the festival only accepts unprecedented films in Portugal.

The World Premiere competition is unique in our country and was only possible because Avanca became a passage point of unpublished authors and movies with great quality. Films that have their world premiere in the festival, independently of the submitted category, are also participating in the World Premiere Competition. 
AVANCA is the Portuguese festival with the highest percentage of worldwide unpublished movies that find here their first showing.

Since 2010, we have organized the international film conference AVANCA | CINEMA, becoming the most important conference in the field of cinema in the Iberian Peninsula. This conference brings together speakers and participants from around the world. 
Thematic exhibitions, editions of books, bibliographic presentations and various projects have marked these last 10 years of AVANCA with the quality that compels the festival and the participants obviously require.


The festival will award the best work of each category:

Cinema (feature film), Cinema (short feature), Television, Video, VR and trailer/videoclip. The jury will also deliver prizes to the best Animation, best Actor/Actress and best Cinematography Direction, among others.

In the Cinema category (feature film), since only a maximum of 4 films are selected, all works will automatically receive a special mention.

The international jury is composed of cinema professionals invited by the organization.
The selected films may be object of acquisition proposals for the Portuguese market (cinema, television, video, VOD).

World Premiere Prize

Films that have their world premieres in the AVANCA 2021 regardless of the submitted category are also candidates for the World Premiere Special Prize. Candidates must refer to the entry form if the film is a world premiere.

Filmmaker Prize

Filmmakers under the age of 30 and over 60 will be candidates for the <30 Filmmaker Award and the Senior Filmmaker Award, respectively.


Works admitted for selection must join the following conditions:

  • Be produced after January 1, 2022,
  • Have not been screened in Portugal,
  • Not available on the web.

Fill out the online registration form. Send DVD with submitted film or upload the films using one of the platforms.

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

National premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

Director: António Costa Valente




Official Website




Rua Dr. Egas Moniz, nº 159
Avanca 3860-078

Phone: +35123-488-0658
+351 966190163

Fax: +35123-488-0658

Email: ccavanca@gmail.com​

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    November 18, 2023
  • Earlybird Deadline
    December 31, 2023
  • Regular Deadline
    April 28, 2024
  • Notifications
    July 05, 2024
  • Event Dates
    24 — 28 July 2024
Categories & Fees

Admission Trailers- works should have less than 3 minutes.

  • Earlybird Deadline — free
  • Regular Deadline — free
  • Earlybird Deadline — $21
  • Regular Deadline — $25
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