Fastival Type National

Real Venue Festival with screenings

Online Festival with award ceremony

Script Contest
Contact Person Daniela Boino
Designation Festival PLAY



Awards & Prizes


Rules & Terms


​​1. General
1.1 Objectives

PLAY is the first Portuguese film festival, exclusively dedicated to children and teenagers, determined to promote the access to culture for a younger audience through Cinema, and intends to be a national reference in the pedagogical and leisure field.

1.2 Dates
PLAY will take place in February 2016, in the São Jorge Cinema in Lisbon, Portugal.

1.3 Eligibility
Submission to the Festival is open to feature films, creative documentaries, experimental films, ​student films, short films and innovative visual productions for digital media completed after January 1, 2012. 
Films submitted for the 2016 Festival that are not selected, will not be reconsidered for the 201​7 Festival.

1.4 Entries

Entries for the 2016 PLAY Lisbon International Kids Film Festival are open from

April ​1 ​to July 31, 2015, the latter being the deadline for filling the required online entry form (

Films should be submitted for evaluation by the selection committee by providing an online screening or link or sending a DVD screener.

The deadline for receiving the copies for selection is August  31  2015.

1.5 Programs
The 2016 PLAY Lisbon International Kids Film Festival will include, but will not be limited to, the following program sections: 

1-2 years old – Learn to see; 3-5 years old – Learn to play; 6-9 years old – Learn to think; 10-13 years old – Learn to deconstruct.

The Festival Program Committee will place selected films in the appropriate section.

2. Competitions

2.1 Audience Competition


All movies are eligible for the audience competition. There will be Three winners: Best Short Movie in the category of 3 to 5 years old, 6 to 9 years old and 10 to 13 years old.
The Festival Program Committee will make the selection of competing films.
This is a non-monetary award, and the three winners will each receive a certificate.


Monetary awards are still in a negotiation stage; other prizes may also be awarded by sponsors and/or partners. The producers of the selected films will be informed in advance in order to accept participation in other prize contests.

2.2 Promotional materials
Participants are asked to make available all requested publicity materials for promotion.

3. Submission Guidelines and Materials

3.1 Entry Form
The film should be entered through the online form:

3.2 Preview Copy
In order to complete the submission, the applicant is requested to send: 
a DVD or a link for online screening.

3.3 Selection
Festival programmers select and invite all films presented at the festival. Films selected for the PLAY Lisbon International Kids Film Festival will be announced by January 6, 2016 on our website. Filmmakers selected to participate will be notified prior to this date. 

4. Selected films


4.1 The list of selected films will be released officially by January 13 2016.


4.2 Selected films must have their exhibition clearly authorized according to the model, which will be released. A pdf copy must be sent, with the signature of the detainer of the exhibition rights, to the mail

4.3 Catalogue materials
All contact persons of selected films will receive a request for catalogue materials upon confirming participation in the festival.

4.3.2 Catalogue writings
Catalogue writings are entirely at the discretion of the Festival.

4.4 Publicity Materials
The publicity contacts of the films participating in the Festival will receive a request from the Press office to send publicity materials. These materials will be used in Festival publications and for distribution to the press.

4.4.1 Excerpts
After official selection of a film, the Festival is qualified to use excerpts from the film, with a maximum of 1 minute. In the event that excerpts are not available, and it’s being understood that under no circumstances the entire print might be lent out.


4.4.2 Promotion
For promotion of the entire selection and of each selected film, the Festival website is allowed to use any photo or digital film clip (less than 3' duration).

4.5 Programming
General scheduling and the timetabling of both public and private screenings are entirely at the discretion of the Festival Management.

4.6 Subtitling
Selected films will be screened in their original version. When not in Portuguese, films must be subtitled using an electronic subtitling system. It is imperative, before shipping the print, to send the English dialogue list (including time codes) together with the final version of the film on DVD. Any cost made for translation, producing time coded files or DVD’s needed will be covered by the PLAY Festival.

4.7 Formats
Film formats and video systems that can be presented during the Festival are: 35mm, DCP, BETACAM HDCAM, HDVcam, MOV files.

Presentation of other formats and video systems or delivery through any other type of disk, formatting or licenses requires the authorization of the Festival. Without this authorization the Festival retains the right to exclude a film from the program. 

5. Shipping of Prints and Videos of Selected Films

5.1. The copies of the selected films must be at the Festival address no later than January 6, 2016.

5.2. Shipping instructions
Detailed print/video/DCP shipment information will follow upon acceptance of the film.

5.2.1 Availability of screening copy
Unless authorized by the Festival, prints/videos must be made available for the whole festival period. A DCP can be returned upon request right after ingesting and testing. 
In case you send a DCP take into account that the Festival needs time for testing and ingesting, and must therefore be available. In case an encrypted DCP will be delivered, the DKDM time-window should be valid from 27 January 2016 till the 29th of February 2016. 

5.1.2 Shipment
The Festival will pay for the transportation charges.

5.1.3 Pro forma
A pro forma invoice must accompany the print/video stating the name of the sender, the title of the film, format, length, number of reels (if applicable) and whether it is in color or in black and white.

5.2 Print return
All prints will be returned within two weeks after the Festival. DCP’s can be returned upon request right after ingesting and testing. It is the responsibility of each participant to inform the Festival in due time on (any change in) the details of the return address as well as the desired date of arrival at the return address. In case there is no confirmation of the address within two weeks after the Festival, the screening copy will be returned to the print source of the film (as listed on the entry form). The Festival is not liable for any inconvenience this may cause.

5.3. Insurance
The insurance of the copies comes into effect the moment the film has arrived at the Festival office. The insurance remains in effect until the film is reshipped. In case of damage to or loss of a film during the Festival, the Festival is only responsible for the costs involved in making a new print or replacing the damaged reel(s) based on the current laboratory rates for ordering a standard print. 

5.4 Damage claims
Damage to the film print must be reported to the Festival in writing within a month after return and prior to any following screening. Any claims will be judged by the reported state of the print. The insurance does not cover any damage during normal screening use.

6. Conclusion

Entry and participation of films implies unconditional acceptance of the regulations. In unspecified cases, the Festival Management will make a final decision.

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Dates & Deadlines

  • January 30,2016Start Date
  • July 31,2015Early Deadline
  • July 31,2015Regular Deadline
  • July 31,2015Late Deadline
  • February 07,2016End Date