On its second edition, BEAST – INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL continues showing the latest  Eastern European cinema in Portugal. This year, the festival is proposing a broader experience with the first edition of Visegrad Film Hub, an initiative supported by International Visegrad Fund, providing support for the works of the region, activation of networks and educational events. This collaborative experience with four other film festivals from the V4 countries will also focus on presenting regular screening while developing an audience on the Portugal territory. This is to be the first event of its kind,  a gathering of film enthusiasts, young professionals and a step further in building the identity of the New East.


V4 Academy A series of workshops focused on young filmmakers and kids, but also with masterclasses for industry professionals and young animation filmmakers.

V4 and After: A Film Journeywith screenings of contemporary and archive cinema from the four countries.


The V4 countries will be represented by major film festivals partners on VISEGRAD FILM HUB:

Fest Anča is an international animation festival in Žilina, Slovakia. Its purpose is to show contemporary, progressive animated films to commemorate the best of the genre’s history. The long-term vision is to promote the art of animation and all its forms, filling an empty space in this art form in Slovakia.

New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland, started as an event meant to present independent art cinema. Throughout the years, it grew to be one of the most important film festivals of Central and Eastern Europe and is now on its 18th edition.

Brno16 Film Festival is one of the oldest film festivals in the Czech Republic with its 59th edition in 2018. The main programme consists of a contest of fictional films with a single formal condition of being up to 30 minutes. The festival has accumulated a vast expertise in guest lectures, art exhibitions, discussions and workshops.

BuSho Film Festival was born in Budapest in 2005, becoming an international breakthrough in a very short period of time, only two years. The festival was created as a solution for the need to give the more and more thriving short film society an opportunity to introduce itself in Budapest, and young talents the possibility to prove themselves in an international field.

MASTERCLASS - Animated Film & Video Gaming

Open discussion about the differences between film and game animation. More specifically, it will address the question of how the principles of animation apply to games. The masterclass will also cover the topic of how animated characters are being created from scratch and brought into games. Everything will be related from an animator point of view with the aim of transporting the participants into the video gaming world.

MASTERCLASS - Film and Young Audiences

Cinema is not dead for young people, but it is certainly under threat. How are we trying to reverse this trend in Poland? Running a film festival gives you a very clear snapshot of changing audience habits. At New Horizons International Film Festival in Poland, we saw a definite trend in the age of our audience. Festivals cannot afford to wait to act when it comes to young audiences.

WORKSHOP - Film4Youth

Built to train youngsters with an interest in the art of filmmaking, whether they had experience making films or are new to the field. The process will help  developing each participant abilities in the areas of writing, directing, shooting and editing through intensive training.

WORKSHOP - Animation For Kids

Through this workshop the participants will be introduced to three different stop motion techniques: animation of objects, claymation, and cut out. The participants will have a theoretical part and a film screening in the beginning so that they can get a bigger picture of animation and also inspiration for  the practical part of the workshop.

Fugue (2018)

Alicja has no memory and doesn’t know how she lost it. During two years of living with amnesia, she manages to build her new, independent self away from home. She doesn’t want to remember what she was before. So when her family finally finds her, she’s suddenly forced to fit into the roles of the mother, the daughter and the wife, and relate to people who are now complete strangers.

25 Years of Slovak Animation

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary years of Slovakia’s independence, Slovak Film Institute and International Animation Festival Fest Anča prepared the compilation 25 Years in Slovak Animation, presenting widely recognized and renowned Slovak animated shorts made since 1993. The selected shorts introduce various precedencies, milestones and distinguish authors who have formed Slovak contemporary animation. Titles demonstrate literacy, technical prowess, thematic maturity and inventiveness of their authors.

HUNGARIAN SHORTS: From Budapest to Porto

Do you want a short? The BuSho (Budapest Short) Film festival was established in 2004 by a group of young Hungarian filmmakers in order to fill a gap in the category of short film, but over the years it became clear that it was about much more. „BuSho Vision is not a media campaign against the US President!” After this article published on shortfilm.de in 2005, the international breakthrough came rapidly, on the 3rd festival in 2007 shorts were screened already from 45 countries. The festival celebrates it’s 14th edition in 2018.

Brno 16mm Archive

The first edition of the oldest Czech festivals Brno 16 took place in 1960s. Since the second half of the 1960s it has systematically been creating its own archive. At the beginning it contained predominantly 16mm films (which is how the festival got its name) and today it contains more modern formats.

The selection represents a selection of Czech short films from the competition which were created during the Communist era outside the studio system between 1960s and 1980s.


Curated platform that makes available information on films and filmmakers from the V4 countries, promoting their work and internationalization in the portuguese cinema market.

The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.