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Monstra Festival, 10-21 March 2021

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
01 November 2020
Lisbon, Portugal
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Festival Description

MONSTRA | Lisbon Animation Festival is an event where animated films meet other media and arts, aiming to present, disseminate, experiment and discuss ideas, crossing over new artistic approaches and forms, on which animated film is the narrative and aesthetic expression. The Festival’s main goal is to present and promote the best animated films made all over the World.

MONSTRA's 20th edition will happen from March 10th to 21st 2021.

Each edition we focus on a guest country with retrospectives and curatorships of several authors on a guest country.

2021 Call For Entries

The festival's competitive sections are: Feature Films, Short Films, Student Short Films, Super Short Films, Short Films for Children and Youth (MONSTRINHA) and Portuguese Short Films.

Feature Film Competition:
- Grand-Prix MONSTRA - Best Feature Film
- Jury Special Award
- Best Soundtrack
- Best Film for Young Audiences
- Audience Award
- Honorable Mentions (if applicable)

Short Film Competition:
- Grand-Prix MONSTRA - Best Short Film
- Jury Special Award
- Best Portuguese Short Film
- Best Soundtrack
- Best Experimental Film
- Audience Award
- Honorable Mentions (if applicable)

Student Film Competition:
- Best International Student Short Film
- Best Portuguese Student Short Film
- Jury Special Award
- Best International Student Short Film (Junior Jury)
- Best Portuguese Student Short Film (Junior Jury)
- Audience Award
- Honorable Mentions (if applicable)

Super Short Film Competition:
- Best International Super Short Film
- Best Portuguese Super Short Film
- Honorable Mentions (if applicable)

Short Films for Children and Youth Competition:
- Audience Award
- Honorable Mentions (if applicable)

Portuguese Short Films Competition
- SPA / Vasco Granja Award - Best Portuguese Short Film
- Audience Award
- Honorable Mentions (if applicable)

Monetary Prizes and the Competition Jury will be announced on the festival's website by February 2021.

2020 Festival Coverage

After the postponement of MONSTRA, the festival prepared to present #MONSTRAatHOME, an online edition of the Festival, from May 25th to 31st , celebrating the 20th anniversary, streaming the short films competitions.

#MONSTRAatHOME is a sharing, a meeting, an animation film festival that takes place at everyone’s home. It is another way to celebrate our 20 years and to take to all the latest and the best animated films in the world.

This is the first part of a festival intended to take place in theaters at the end of September, where, in addition to all retrospectives, the festival will also psresent the feature film competition. In this online edition, they will make available the Short Film, Student Short Film, Supershort Film and Portuguese Short Film competitions.

Fernando Garlito, festival director: "It’s a journey that now reaches its 20 years of existence. We kept our initial goals and will always remember: Art is one of the most robust ways of transforming the world in a better, more beautiful, balanced, multicultural, and more human place."

Competition Screened

  • Short Film Competition
  • Student Short Film Competition
  • Supershort Film Competition
  • Portuguese Competition

Award ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 30th, at 7:30 pm (Lisbon time) via Monstra Facebook - need to register.

2019 Festival Coverage (20-31/3/19)

2018 Festival Coverage



Event Dates

  • From 10 March 2021 to 21 March 2021


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