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International Competition

New films from all over the world, with diverse poetics, forms and lengths, drawing a map of contemporary cinema through singular works that question both themselves and what they portray. Films produced after September 2021, largely screening as international or world premieres.

Portuguese Competition

Portuguese produced and/or directed films, with no limitations in terms of format or length. This section presents an overview of the diversity of visions, practices and languages within contemporary Portuguese cinema, through a rigorous, open and attentive selection of films. Films produced after September 2021, largely screening as world premieres.

New Visions

New Visions explores the possibilities of cinema as a site for experimentation in both film practice and film programming. It places bold and innovative new propositions and tendencies in filmmaking into dialogue with radical moments from cinema’s past. Here categories, formats, and durations are challenged, through a cinema that believes reality is less captured by the camera than constructed anew.

From the Earth to the Moon

Premieres of the latest films by key directors from the documentary scene, out of competition. A selection of works that allow us to see the worlds of yesterday, today and tomorrow, through powerful visions and stories.


Films exploring all forms of art and expression are represented in this section, in a celebration of creation. Music, sport, literature, the performing and visual arts… The arts beat in doclisboa, not only on the screen.

Cinema of Urgency

The sessions of Cinema of Urgency are built around contemporary problems which urgently demand the creation of a community of debate. The section features films from social media and other sources that respond to gaps in media narratives and are resolutely anchored in reality, challenging citizens to be active members of an ever-changing society.

Green Years

World and international premieres of European films of any length, from students and new directors taking their first steps in film. The section creates a platform for dialogue and reflection, seeking to contribute to the development of new filmmakers. Green Years has its own competition and jury, and features an annual programme from an invited school.

Doc Alliance

Doclisboa is part of Doc Alliance, an international network composed by other six other European documentary film festivals that aims to support documentary film. The seven festivals present a programme of films nominated for the Doc Alliance Awards – for Best Feature and Short Film, given by a jury of international critics.


Cross-Sectional Competition comprising all sections with the exception of the retrospectives and Cinema of Urgency

New Talent Award
TVCine Channels Award for Best First Feature-Length Film (over 60’)

Award for Best Short Film (up to 40’)

Healthy Workplaces Film Award
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work  Award for Best Feature-Length Film Dealing with Work

Practice, Tradition and Heritage Award
INATEL Foundation Award for Best Film Dealing with Cultural and Traditional Practices as well as Intangible Cultural Heritage

Fernando Lopes Award
Midas Filmes and Doclisboa Award for Best Portuguese First Film