Years running: 15 (since 2004)

Black & White Audiovisual Festival

International festival devoted to black&white aesthetics in visual arts.


Taking place at the School of Arts of the Portuguese Catholic University, this world renowned festival with unique characteristics welcomes amateurs and professionals of the area of audiovisual art from around the world to take their video, audio and photographic black and white works into competition.

The festival intends to celebrate monochromatic aesthetics as a specific, peculiar and unique kind of artistic expression. This initiative grew from the a need to answer to the audience's growing sensitivity to black & white specificity, leaving behind the prejudice that relates this aesthetics with works of early cinema. The festival shows not only videos and photos in two colours, but also encourages the creation of sound environments referring to the black and white.

During the festival several activities related to the audiovisual world are carried out in addition to the competitions: artist talks, screenings and extensions from other international festivals.


  • Best fiction video,
  • Best documentary video,
  • Best animation video,
  • Best experimental video,
  • Best music video.

The jury can nullify the attribution of one or more trophies, but can also distinguish any work with a special award.


  • The competition is open to works produced from January 1st, 2013 onwards. Works that applied last year will not be admitted;
  • Only black and white productions will be accepted. Exceptionally, colour inserts can be used, whenever justified by the conception of the work;
  • Each applicant can present no more than 3 works in a section. Each work presented implies the subscription of one entry form;
  • Works under 20 minutes.

Documents and Other Requisite Items

Send by mail:

  • a preview DVD;
  • a signed entry form;
  • a CD containg an entry form, 3 film stills, synopsis in English (minimum 20 & maximum 40 words), credits, artistic curriculum and photo of the applicant.

All text documents must be in MS Word and photos in TIFF/JPEG, 300 dpi.

The packages sent from outside the European Union must present the statement “No commercial value - For cultural purposes only Value = Euros 0”.

Additional Information

Both the authors of the selected works as well as the authors of the works not selected for competition will be notified. The results will also be announced on the official site.

All the works in competition can be presented in the means of social communication (until a maximum of 10% of the total duration of the work), exclusively for promotion of the Festival on the month immediately before and after the Festival.

The materials submitted to pre-selection will only be returned if the author pays for all shipping expenses.

The selected applicants must pay for the shipping costs of the screening copies and for any promotional material. These screening copies will be returned to the authors.

Selection Media Type: DVD

Screening Media Type: DVCAM, Digital BETACAM, miniDV, DV, Betacam SP PAL

Audio language: any

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement




Official website



Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Escola das Artes
Festival Audiovisual Black & White
Rua Diogo Botelho, 1327
4169-005 Porto

Phone: +351226196251

Email: b&

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  • Deadline
    February 09, 2016
  • Event dates
    13 — 14 May 2016
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