Once again – with its second edition, BEAST International Film Festival is shining a light over the East European cinema landscape. Balkans, Baltics or Post-Communism, BEAST opened a cultural umbrella covering 21 countries, with an unique representation focusing on new works, new talents presenting the new faces of the New East.

The festival is establishing itself as a complex channel of contemporary culture between Portugal and Eastern Europe, focused on cinema but extending its program with parallel activities such as exhibitions, masterclass sessions, industry events and workshops, mostly dedicated to the younger public.

The structure is designed in a way that is able to provide a diverse collection of films as part of the official competition as well as the special programs such as Focus Country, Portuguese Abroad or BEAST Kids which help in bringing a broader and more complete selection to the big screens of Porto. During five festival days, BEAST International Film Festival will present over 80 films of which 1 world premiere, 3 European premieres and 70 Portuguese premieres (short, medium length and feature), 21 screening sessions, 7 categories, a collection of masterclass and workshops and a special line-up of national and international guests.

Official Competition

EAST WAVE – Fiction Film

The category  gives perspective over the best short and medium length fiction films of the last two years made in an Eastern Europe context. We expect to bring forth some of the best audio visual art while also supporting young promising directors. It’s also a good opportunity for filmmakers to make their debut in the film industry.

EAST DOC – Documentary Film

As a part of the competition, this section stands as a clear window towards the East European culture. It takes into consideration all works constructing motion picture based on reality. Young directors of documentary are invited to submit their short or medium length films to be brought to the Portuguese public.

experimentalEAST – Experimental Film

This very special section looks for directors ready to broaden the audio-visual standard “rules” and to create their own. This includes every type of film that defies in any way the “normal” experimenting with either the materials used or the frames, the script, etc.

Non Competition


The world of the audio-visual is complex, always growing and moving. This section follows the path of the Portuguese film directors who find themselves abroad for their creations to be brought to life. Bridges are built, developing a cinematic relation between the different territories.


A step forward with special activities from screenings, focus on new talents, schools or festivals while highlighting the Ukrainian contemporary cinematographic culture and ensuring a valuable contribution to the region.

BALTIC EYE – Lithuania

As a celebration of the Centenary, BEAST will host a special Baltic Programme with 2 special sessions. This is the result of an active partnership with Lithuanian Filmmakers Union in Vilnius.


A special section bringing education to children and teenagers through the audio visual. It hosts films meant to extend the perspective over the East European culture through the means cinema – Wonderland 6-8 years  / Short Line 8-12 years.


Proposing a broader experience with the first edition of Visegrad Film Hub, an initiative supported by International Visegrad Fund. This project is a collaborative initiative between BEAST IFF and other four film festivals from the V4 countries: Brno 16 Film Festival – Czech Republic, Fest Anča Animation Film Festival – Slovakia, Budapest Short Film Festival – Hungary and New Horizons Film Festival – Poland.  Visegrad Film Hub will provide support for the works of the region, activation of networks, and educational events, but will also focus on presenting regular screenings and develop an audience on the territory of Portugal.

The Visegrad Fund is an international donor organization, established in 2000 by the governments of the Visegrad Group countries, working to promote regional cooperation in the Visegrad region (V4) as well as between the V4 region and other countries.


A section dedicated to new productions, fiction and documentary, promoting Eastern Europe as  a cultural reference point.

Full Program available from 6th of September.

BEAST International Film Festival 2018 will take place between 26 – 30 of September in the city of Porto with screening sessions in Cinema Trindade, Cinema Passos Manuel, Casa das Artes, Biblioteca Municipal Almeida Garrett and parallel events such as masterclass, workshop, concerts in Cafe Candelabro, Soares dos Reis Museum, Multimedia School of Arvore. OKNA – Espaco Cultural and Espiga.

Tickets will be up for sale at the screening venues starting from 15th  September. Full Pass subscription HERE