Years running: 37 (since 1982)


International Film Festival.


The International Film Festival of Uruguay aims to create and hold interest in  cinema by introducing worthwhile films to a massive audience, making a positive contribution to the artistic forms of film and video, and stimulating intelligent film-viewing among the general public. It also aims to present films of merit which might not otherwise be shown in this region, to gain attention and publicity for the films shown and to assist in their wider distribution in this region. Its central purpose is to be a frame for meetings and discussions of regional projects of interest and to promote better understanding among people and nations through the film medium. 


The Festival has three main sections: Competition, Panorama and Focus & retrospectives, with its
correspondent subsections:

  • International full length film competition,
  • Iberoamerican full length film competition,
  • International short film competition,
  • Uruguayan short film competition,
  • International full length film panorama,
  • Short films panorama.

Some retrospectives of filmmakers and countries will be also presented.


  • First Prize to the best full length film shown at the festival,
  • Prizes to the best short film,
  • Jury Special Prize for Artistic Quality,
  • Prize to the Best Ibero-American Film, 
  • Any honourable mentions the Jury recommend,
  • The Audience Award shall be decided by the audiences of all the screenings during the whole festival,
  • Moreover, there will be a SIGNIS Prize and the FIPRESCI Uruguay Prize.



Films wishing to compete should have been finished after January 1st, 2013. It is possible to submit films that were selected by other festivals, provided that they take place  elsewhere than Uruguay.

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • Fill out entry form,
  • Send DVD with submitted film by mail.

Additional Information

Once a film or video is accepted for screening in the Festival, the deadline for the reception of screening prints is April 1st, 2014.

Prints will be insured against all risks during their stay in Uruguay, but not before or after their expedition.

Selection Media Type


Audio language:


Subtitles language:

english and/or french

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement




Official website



Cinemateca Uruguaya
31º Festival Cinematográfico Internacional del Uruguay
Lorenzo Carnelli 1311
11200 Montevideo
Telephone: (+598) 2419 5795
Fax: (+598) 2419 4572
Attn.: Alejandra Trelles/María José Santacreu

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  • Earlybird Deadline
    January 20, 2016
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    10 — 20 April 2016
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