AVANCA PITCH SESSiONS is an event dedicated to the presentation and promotion of cinematographic projects in an early development stage, organized by AVANCA 2021 – Encontros Internacionais de Cinema, Televisão, Vídeo e Multimédia.


Applicants may submit original projects whose main shooting phase has not yet occured, in the categories of feature film and short film. It will only be accepted one application per candidate, and no additional applications are considered.


Applications must be sent to the email until July 4th, 2021 at 18:00 (Lisbon Time) including a single document in pdf format containing:

  • – Project title
  • – Synopsis (maximum 600 words)
  • – Identification, contact and short biography of the candidate
  • – Film category you are applying for.

Contents might be sent in Portuguese, English or Spanish languages.


The competition sessions will occur July 29 and 30th, 2021 and the selected candidates do their project pitch presentations to the Jury.


The competition sessions will occur July 28 and 29th, 2021 and the selected candidates do their project pitch presentations to the Jury.

The Jury, comprised of industry professionals and experts invited by the Steering Committee, will distinguish one winner per category to whom prizes will be awarded by the AVANCA FILM FUND Program and according to its Rules, with the following amount:

  • – Feature Film: 1500 Euros
  • – Short Film: 750 Euros

The winners also gain the right to exhibit the produced film at an Avanca Festival special session.

The 2nd and 3rd places of each category will be awarded an Honourable Mention.
The remaining selected candidates will receive an Official Nomination Mention.


The Steering Committee reserves the right to make the changes deemed necessary in the rules or in the program.

The Steering Committee reserves the right to use the contents, images or footages of the selected projects for marketing and communication purposes (web, print and media).

All ideas presented at AVANCA PITCH SESSIONS belong to the authors, regardless of whether they are or not nominated or awarded. We recommend registering in the competent authorities.

The personal data received within the AVANCA PITCH SESSIONS scope are treated according to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), guaranteeing its confidentiality and no sharing, under any form or condition. These data can only be supplied to judicial or administrative authorities, according to the law.


When submitting your project to the AVANCA PITCH SESSIONS, you fully agree with all the above described TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

All eventual doubts or issues that may be raised will be clarified or solved by the Steering Committee.