Cinenova is looking for short films by young directors – and the best win prizes | competition

Cinenova started the hunting season for the best short films of 2021. This year the screening of the films will take place from September 28th to October 1st later than usual at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. The candidates apply for a prize of 2000 euros in the category of the best international film and a prize of 1000 euros for the best Portuguese film.

Works can be submitted on the FilmFreeWay platform until May 2nd. The films must have been produced by a university student after January 2018 and have a maximum duration of 30 minutes.

On the first day of opening submissions, February 1, Cinenova received more than half of all applications submitted in the first edition in 2019. “The aim is not only to make space for those who submit their short films, but also for all students who take part in the production, so that they can put what they have learned into practice,” says Patrícia Lima, executive producer of the festival fully organized by students from the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (FCSH) of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

Patrícia was part of the organization from the start. He studied cinema, specialized in communication, culture and art and is now doing his doctorate in art history at the FCSH. “Cinenova is very important to me. If I invest in a project I believe in, I can’t leave it, even though it takes a lot of effort, ”says the volunteer. “Our mission is not just to develop cinematic art, but all forms of knowledge,” he explains, referring to the festival’s big theme, which remains year after year: cinema and knowledge.

In 2020, Cinenova, the only university film festival in Portugal, received more than 800 films for competitions from 77 countries. The young Belgian director Kato de Boeck won the prize for the best international film with the short film Provence, and the Japanese director Atsushi Kuwayama, director of documentary film at the Universidade Lusófona, won the prize for the best Portuguese film with Três Perdidos Faz Um Encado.

The festival is an initiative of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa where it takes place, the Nova Communication Institute (ICNOVA) and the laboratory IFILNOVA-Cinelab, Nova Films and Philosophy. In addition to showing the films in the competition, FCSH teachers and students organize master classes, debates and workshops during the festival. The full competition rules can be found here.