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BEAST International Film Festival[edit]

Beast International Film Festival is a short and medium length film festival featuring feature film, documentary and experimental cinema taking place annually in Porto, Portugal. It is focused on representing the culture of 23 East European countries to the public by showcasing new work produced by independent filmmakers.

Beast International Film Festival
Cinema Passos Manuel during BEAST 2017
One of the Festival's main locations
LocationPorto, Portugal


Started in 2017 by the nonprofit Association Plus East, BEAST IFF focuses mainly on countries with a low Audiovisual distribution capacity, from the "Balkans" to the "Baltics" but also on Portuguese film directors working in an international environment. Every year, part of the program is a different Focus Country with an active presence throughout the event.[1]

First Edition[edit]

The BEAST participants compete in three categories, each containing the award for Best Film and the Jury Mention. EAST WAVE is devoted to fiction film, EAST DOC targets documentaries and ExperimentalEast covers experimental cinema. In addition to these three categories, the festival kicked off with the Focus Country section. In the first edition, the opening session featured the film " All These Sleepless Nights" by Polish filmmaker  Michal Marczak.

On the remaining days, Polish cinema was explored through some of its best directors and students, with a Director Focus on the young director Bartosz Kruhlik , a video art projection by Pani Pawlosky and a school visit with the best students of the Lódz Film School.

Portuguese cinema also marked its place in Beast with Portuguese Abroad, a selection of films produced by Portuguese who studied or made their films in one of the Eastern European countries, with the aim of promoting the national cinematic production that is made abroad. Also, the younger ones had their own cinematic moments with the special selection of BEAST KIDS films, which presented an educational program for children aged 6 to 12 at the Almeida Garrett Auditorium.

In addition to the screenings, the festival will also offer the opportunity to participate in various workshops and masterclasses, led by national and international filmmakers and producers, including a Children's animation workshop, a youth cinema workshop and Masterclasses that cover topics such as: feminism, documentary cinema and history .

The BEAST International Film Festival is organized in partnership with the Porto City Council , the Cineclube do Porto , Europe Direct Porto and other national and international cultural institutions.[2]

Visegrad Film Hub[edit]

In parallel with the second edition of the Film Festival, starts the first edition of Visegrad Film Hub, an initiative supported by the International Visegrad Fund which providing support for the works of the region, activation of networks and educational events.[3] This collaborative experience develops the program of the Festival in partnership with four other Film Festival from the V4 area: BuSHo International Film Festival from Hungary, Fest Anča International Animation Festival from Slovakia, Brno 16 International Short Film Festival from Czech Republic and New Horizons Film Festival held every year in Poland. [4]


  1. http://p3.publico.pt/cultura/filmes/23053/beast-o-novo-festival-de-cinema-do-porto-dedicado-europa-de-leste
  2. "BEAST IFF | Cidade Invicta recebe a primeira edição do festival". Cinema Pla'net (in português). 2017-08-30. Retrieved 2018-05-18.
  3. "Visegrad Fund - Visegrad Fund - Visegrad Fund". www.visegradfund.org. Retrieved 2018-05-23.
  4. "https://beastfilm.pt/visegrad-film-hub/". beastfilm.pt. Retrieved 2018-05-23. External link in |title= (help)

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