Doclisboa is a festival dedicated to documentary and to the new possible paths that are being opened for the genre. We are particularly interested on the new modes of relation between the cinematographic and the real, and we are looking for proposals that suppose an implication on the world, facing cinema as a political and artistic practice.


Doclisboa seeks to imagine reality through new cinematic forms of perception, reflection and action, placing filmmaking into dialogue with its history to question the present of cinema. Doclisboa is interested in films that are rigorous about their conceptual and formal implications; films that experiment with cinema’s artistic and political possibilities and refuse to be categorized; films that engage with and mirror the complexity of the world. Doclisboa offers a ground where cinema and the contemporary are investigated as acts of being together in, and with, time.


The 22nd edition of Doclisboa will take place between the 17th and the 27th of October, 2024. Film submissions for this edition can be made between January 15th and May 31st, 2024. National and international films, produced from September 2023, of any length, can be submitted. Regardless of the date of submission in any category, the film screeners can be sent to the festival until May 31st.


International Competition

New films from all over the world, with diverse poetics, forms and lengths, drawing a map of contemporary cinema through singular works that question both themselves and what they portray. Films produced after September 2023, largely screening as international or world premieres.

Portuguese Competition

Portuguese produced and/or directed films, with no limitations in terms of format or length. This section presents an overview of the diversity of visions, practices and languages within contemporary Portuguese cinema, through a rigorous, open and attentive selection of films. Films produced after September 2023, largely screening as world premieres.

New Visions

New Visions explores the possibilities of cinema as a site for experimentation in both film practice and film programming. It places bold and innovative new propositions and tendencies in filmmaking into dialogue with radical moments from cinema’s past. Here categories, formats, and durations are challenged, through a cinema that believes reality is less captured by the camera than constructed anew.

From the Earth To the Moon

Premieres of the latest films by key directors from the documentary scene, out of competition. A selection of works that allow us to see the worlds of yesterday, today and tomorrow, through powerful visions and stories.


Films exploring all forms of art and expression are represented in this section, in a celebration of creation. Music, sport, literature, the performing and visual arts… The arts beat in doclisboa, not only on the screen.

Cinema of Urgency

The sessions of Cinema of Urgency are built around contemporary problems which urgently demand the creation of a community of debate. The section features films from social media and other sources that respond to gaps in media narratives and are resolutely anchored in reality, challenging citizens to be active members of an ever-changing society.

Green Years

World and international premieres of European films of any length, from students and new directors taking their first steps in film. The section creates a platform for dialogue and reflection, seeking to contribute to the development of new filmmakers. Green Years has its own competition and jury, and features an annual programme from an invited school.

Doc Alliance

This section is present at all festivals that are members of the Doc Alliance project. It presents a programme of films nominated for selection by Doc Alliance, including the winner of the Doc Alliance Award, given by a jury of international critics.


Nebulae is the space for networking at Doclisboa. It is a group of activities, gatherings, opportunities and people for the advancement of the creation, production and dissemination of independent film.


Audience building through film literacy is one of Doclisboa’s goals, which continuously invests in the relationship between the school communities and the movie theatre. Doclisboa’s Educational Project offers a series of activities aimed especially at children and youngsters, and in coordination not only with schools, but also families and groups with special needs. The goal is to complement and diversify the contents of the various school subjects, thus fostering curricular and extra-curricular knowledge, cultural and scientific repertoire, sensibility and interest for documentary film.