Call for poetry films: Festival Silêncio 2016

The Festival Silêncio is coming to Lisbon at the end of June, and they’ve issued a call for poetry films to be screened during the festival. You can download PDFs of the guidelines and submission form at this link. They’re looking for films in either Portuguese or English (or with subtitles in one of those languages), up to five minutes long. The deadline for submissions is June 19.

[Update 6/6] Festival organizer Alexandre Braga sent along a plain-text version of the guidelines. I’ll paste them in below.


Festival Silêncio will take place between June 30 and July 3 at Cais do Sodré, Lisbon.
Festival Silêncio is the word celebration! It is a popular and transdisciplinary event that celebrates the power of words to stimulate, inspire and enhance the artistic creation, cultural reflection and collective participation. In this context, the Festival holds a Poetry Film cycle which includes a competitive section and a non-competitive section.

Poetry-film is an artistic genre that combines words, sound and vision. As stated by Alastair Cook (2010), “it is an attempt to take a poem and present it through a medium that will create a new artwork, separate from the original poem”. The competing films must use cinematic language to convey a poetic narrative.

Between June 30 and July 3, 2016, in Lisbon.


  • Poetry films with a maximum 5-minute duration are eligible for selection.
  • There are no restrictions regarding genre, theme or approach.
  • The films may be inspired by canonical poems or original poems.
  • Films with incorporated voice or text and whose original version is not Portuguese should have English or Portuguese subtitles.
  • There is no age limit.
  • Each participant can present an unlimited number of films.
  • Registration is not admissible for commercially distributed films.


  • Film registration is free of charge;
  • Registrations end in June 19, 2016;
  • To register a film, the following elements are to be sent:
    1. the link to the visioning copy (youtube, vimeo). Other platforms may be accepted only if a minimum visioning quality is ensured;
    2. the film’s synopsis (max. 400 characters);
    3. the author’s biography (max. 200 characters);
    4. other relevant materials, such as film posters;
    5. duly completed registration form.

Registration documents must be sent to

Film copy (MP4 format | H264 in 1080p or 720p HD), with a maximum 5-minute duration, with English or Portuguese subtitles or dialogues.

The selection jury will be appointed by the organization and its task will be to select the works to be presented.
The selection of films will take into account three categories:

  • Best National Poetry Film
  • Best International Poetry Film
  • Public’s Selection

Intelectual property and copyrights of the films being submitted to competition are to remain with the director. By signing the registration form, the participant declares that he or she is the author of the films being submitted and copyright holder. The participant has full responsibility for any dispute on a work’s originality and/or the ownership of the aforementioned rights. For all legal intents, every author has full responsibility on the films that he or she registers. Festival Silêncio will decline any responsibility with regard to third parties.

By registering his or her name at the Competitive Exhibition of Festival Silêncio the participant agrees that it may be fully or partially reproduced in any further locale or event related with Festival Silêncio.

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