Years running: 30 (since 1995)


International Film Festival.


One of BEAST’s aim is to provide a platform for young Eastern European artists, or Portuguese artists working abroad - for our Portuguese Abroad section, to present their work in a western country, Portugal. 

BEAST International Film Festival is set to bring Eastern European cinema and its audiovisual culture to Porto, a thriving cultural center in Europe’s westernmost country - a bridge connecting the two sides of the Old Continent. BEAST IFF aims to present a unique film scene with fresh and intriguing storylines, depicting a specific and contemporary society. It is the first Film Festival totally dedicated to Eastern European cinema taking place in Portugal, promoting the film industry, culture and identity. 


  • East Wave Award - Best Film 
  • East Wave Jury Mention 
  • EastDoc Award - Best Documentary Film 
  • EastDoc Jury Mention 
  • ExperimentalEast Award - Best Experimental Film 
  • ExperimentalEast Jury Mention 


  • The maximum duration of the films submitted for the competition is 60 minutes and must be completed after January 1st, 2022.
  • Eligible for the festival are films from Eastern Europe or by filmmakers of Eastern European descent worldwide irrespective of theme, as well as films by international filmmakers with a focus on Eastern Europe.
  • Eligible countries: Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Poland, Belarus, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Ukraine, Kosovo.
  • You can submit more than one film to the same category or different category, using a different entry form.

Selection Media Type: Vimeo, WeTransfer or other file-sharing services

Screening format: DCP, QuickTime H264, MP4 H264, MPEG2 HD, Blu-ray.

Subtitle language: English 

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Festival director: Radu Sticlea
Festival co-director: André Lameiras





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Phone: +35191-693-9521

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    February 10, 2024
  • Earlybird Deadline
    March 25, 2024
  • Regular Deadline
    May 20, 2024
  • Late Deadline
    June 10, 2024
  • Notifications
    July 01, 2024
  • Event Dates
    25 — 29 September 2024
Categories & Fees

This includes every type of film that defies in any way the “normal” experimenting with either the materials used or the frames, the script, etc.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $5
  • Regular Deadline — $8
  • Late Deadline — $16

Young directors of documentary are invited to submit their short or medium length films to be brought to the Portuguese public.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $5
  • Regular Deadline — $8
  • Late Deadline — $16

EastWave gives perspective over the best short and medium length fiction films of the last two years made in an Eastern Europe context.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $5
  • Regular Deadline — $8
  • Late Deadline — $16
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