The 18th Doclisboa International Film Festival will take a very different form in 2020.

Taking place in six different moments, between October 2020 and March 2021, Doclisboa 2020 responds to the unique challenges of the year. These challenges are not just a result of the Coronavirus but also from the “insufficient cultural and labor policies, which lack due respect for the professionals of the sector” as the festival team puts it. With that, “each Portuguese film shown at this year’s festival will intrinsically be, through their very fact of having been made, an act of resistance.”

The first phase of the 18th Doclisboa edition will go from 22 October to 1 November. Then, from November to March programming will be presented one week a month, in the usual venues. Accompanying the screenings will be a greater number of debates and conversations. Furthermore, Doclisboa 2020 will not be structured through the usual sections and competitions but will maintain the plurality of looks, languages, and ways of thinking in each moment.

On the unique nature of the 2020 festival, its team says: «Resistance is also the act of going to the theater. We conceive of cinema as an art of collective experience. By extending in time the presentation of our programming in Lisbon’s various venues, we hope to contribute to the reconstruction of a gesture that brings those who watch and those who make films together.»

Submissions will remain open until 30 June 2020