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Submissions for the 4th BEAST International Film Festival will open on March 1st 2020.

BEAST IFF - Festival of East European Cinema
4th Edition | 30th of September - 4th of October 2020
Porto, Portugal

Since its first edition (2017), BEAST International Film Festival brought Porto’s community together in celebration of the best cinema from Central & Eastern Europe. Through its public screenings, BEAST IFF premieres highly curated features, documentaries, short films and animation. The post-screenings Q&A create a space for connecting filmmakers, pioneers ,opinion-makers, and the wider audience. 

Submit your film and give it the chance to be seen on the big screens of Porto’s cinemas, between 30th of September - 4th of October 2020.

BEAST IFF aims to provide a platform for emerging CEE filmmakers and Portuguese directors working abroad. Until now, BEAST IFF screened over 300  films, representing over 21 countries from the region. The official competition presents three categories: EAST WAVE (fiction film) EAST DOC (documentary film), and experimentalEAST (experimental film), screening short and medium-length films released in the last two year.

Besides the competition section, the festival invites filmmakers to submit their film for BEAST KIDS, an off-competition program dedicated to the younger public. 

The call for entries is open until the 1st of July 2020.
Submit your film for free during the first week of the call (1st - 7th of March 2020). 



The maximum duration of the films submitted for the competition is 60 minutes and must be completed after January 1st, 2018.
Eligible for the festival are films from  Central & Eastern Europe or by filmmakers of Eastern European descent worldwide irrespective of theme, as well as films by international filmmakers with a focus on the CEE region.
The selection team is authorized to reject any entry that does not meet the required technical standards, quality and compliance with the festival idea. Their reports are final and confidential.
Eligible countries: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine.
Filmmakers can submit their film in suitable categories:
East Wave - All kinds of fiction, animation films, no longer than 60 minutes with opening and closing credits.
East Doc - All kinds of documentary films, no longer than 60 minutes with opening and closing credits.
ExperimentalEast - All kinds of short experimental films, no longer than 30 minutes with opening and closing credits.
BEAST KIDS - All kinds of animation, live action or documentary films for children, no longer than 60 minutes with opening and closing credits.
Submission Requirements:
Submissions in languages other than English must be subtitled in English.
Multiple entries are allowed. You can submit more than one film to the same category or different category, using a different entry form.
Filmmaker/Sender must have full copyright and permission for a public screening of a film and any part of it (screenplay, acting, camera work, soundtrack, etc.).
Entrants who incorporate any images, writing, music or other creative material where rights (including intellectual property rights) belong to a third party must obtain the third party’s express permission.
We keep the submission fee as low as possible for our screening series. The submission fee is intended to cover part of the costs of paying judges to review the films. The entrance fee is non-refundable.
Entry forms must be filled out and submitted through the FilmFreeway platform.
Films available online can be uploaded directly to FilmFreeway (Vimeo, WeTransfer or other file-sharing services) or a downloadable link can be sent to . Please include FilmFreeway tracking number on all submitted materials.
Please only submit your film if a DCP format is available as well as a backup version in one of the following: QuickTime H264, MP4 H264, MPEG2 HD, Blu-ray.
We accept online password protected screeners only.
By submitting to this festival, the submitter acknowledges that their film poster(s), and excerpts from a trailer(s) and teaser(s) can be used by the festival organizers to promote the submitted entries and the festival's interest.
The selected participants will be required to send in additional materials about their films for the Festival’s catalogue and press materials, as well as screening copies.
All participants will receive a notification by email regarding the results of the selection, not later than July 15, 2020.
If your film is selected, it cannot be withdrawn for any reason; the film hasn’t been and will not be available online or as a rental until the conclusion of our festival;
Festival is not responsible for any claims related to copyright and property rights, trademarks, financial losses and liabilities.
You agree that your film promotional information will be posted on our website and on our channels, if selected.
All details and issues not expressed on these regulations will be decided and communicated by the Festival's Committee.
For more information regarding the festival please contact us -