Commitment towards sustainability

Every day, we face and feel the consequences of the environmental crisis. Everyone of us, individually and collectively, has the responsibility to ensure the environmental, economic and social sustainability of future generations. As a festival, we acknowledge the impact of our activities, the difference we can make in raising the awareness of those around us and our role in pushing and demanding from governmental bodies measures that contribute to structural changes.

We want to promote, produce and execute cultural events without compromising the present and the future. We are dedicated, therefore, to adopt management methodologies and practices that reduce negative impacts and enhance positive ones. Furthermore, we are committed to ensuring that environmental issues form part of our programme and of the subjects discussed during the debates promoted by Doclisboa in October and throughout the year, in the activities we develop with the general public and with school audiences.

Since 2022, Doclisboa has established a sustainability plan, which is constantly being updated according to the objectives achieved and the results obtained.

We have made our commitment towards sustainability and in this 21st edition we are already:

  • We are once again committed to 100% local and seasonal food, and 75% vegetarian, thanks to the Criolense Kitchen Club.
  • Creating good practices guides for team and guests.
  • Reducing and calculating the carbon footprint caused by the air transportation of team and guests.
  • Measuring and evaluating the impact of Doclisboa, as well as sharing ideas and methodologies in film festival networks (such as through the Green Charter for Film Festivals initiative and the Doc Alliance network).
  • We only use electric cars through our partnership with Drivalia.
  • We produce the Doclisboa trophies with shellfish waste through a partnership with Sal Marisco & Co.
  • We donated our advertising canvases to ReCreate: an upcycling design project that gives new life to advertising canvases, transforming them into original and sustainable pieces.
  • We donated the surplus food to local restaurants and the Portuguese Refugee Centre.

At the same time, we are committed to:

  • Reduce waste and avoid, essentially, disposable materials.
  • Dematerialise, reuse and reduce communication and dissemination materials; and when creating new ones, prefer more sustainable options.
  • Raise awareness of good practices in water consumption.
  • Associate ourselves with partner entities that share the same commitment to sustainability and that implement eco-friendly practices.
  • Raise awareness on combating the climate crisis, through programmes dedicated to the topic. *
  • To offset the emissions caused by transporting guests by air in the future.
  • Being in a place of visibility also provides the responsibility to play an influential role in this crisis. We are confident that the obvious consequences must be tackled with structural changes at a political level that regulate and change practices at all levels of production. It is in this spirit that we intend to build and integrate networks of entities committed to demanding changes from government powers – these, capable of implementing continuous and effective measures that bring about structural changes to protect the future of the planet.

* Sustainability-related programme at the 21st Doclisboa:

From the Earth to the Moon

  • Sand, Mud and Sea, Amilcar Lyra
  • Strata Incognita, Grandeza Studio, Locument
  • Yvy Pyte – Heart of the Earth, Alberto Alvares, José Cury

New Visions

  • Monica in the South Seas, Sami van Ingen, Mika Taanila


The workshop How to Define the Other? will use the film In the Time of Summer: A day in the Ashaninka village, by Wewito Piyãko.

Anastasia Lapso and Markku Lehmuskallio Retrospective

The destruction of the ecosystem and the need for balance between people and nature:

  • Pohjoisten metsien äänet (Sounds of the Northern Forests), Markku Lehmuskallio, 1973
  • Tapiola, Markku Lehmuskallio, 1974
  • Mies jolla on kahdet kasvot (The man with two faces), Markku Lehmuskallio, 1974
  • Korpinpolska (The Raven’s Dance), Markku Lehmuskallio, 1980

The last indigenous population of Europe – Sami:

  • Skierri, vaivaiskoivujen maa (Skierri: Land of the Dwarf Birches), Markku Lehmuskallio, 1982

Canadian indigenous people, whose ancient customs have been destroyed, and the Nenets, who are being destroyed:

  • Kadotettu paratiisi (Lost Paradise), Anastasia Lapsui, Markku Lehmuskallio, 1994

Indigenous ways of living in and thanks to the forest:

  • Uhri – elokuva metsästä (The Sacrifice: A Film About a Forest), Anastasia Lapsui, Markku Lehmuskallio, 1998

The nomadic lifestyle of shepherds in Belgium:

  • Paimen (Shepherd), Anastasia Lapsui, Markku Lehmuskallio, 2001

Nature, birds, animals and a sustainable way of life:

  • Elämän tanssi (The dance of life), Markku Lehmuskallio, 1975

The abandonment of the Nenets by the Russian authorities, how gas exploration overtook and destroyed their traditional herding routes 

  • Jäähyväisten kronikka (A Farewell Chronicle), Markku Lehmuskallio, 1995