Phenomena Festival - São Paulo Premiere Fantastic Film Festival (5)


16 Mar 2022
Call for entries

20 Apr 2022
Early deadline

20 May 2022
Standard deadline

20 Jul 2022
Late deadline

20 Sep 2022
Festival closed

10 Oct 2022
Notification date

06 Dec 2022
12 Dec 2022


Rua Vergueiro, 1000,  05436-030, Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Festival description
Short film festival >1' 30'<
Feature film festival >70' 240'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 Production date: Any
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  >1' 30'<
 Feature Films  >70' 240'<
 Any language
English Portuguese
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Festival start: 06 December 2022      Festival end: 12 December 2022

Phenomena Festival is a competitive international films and arts festival. Focused in fantasy, sci-fi and horror, we are in search of the most uncanny film makers.

Our mission is to find the most surreal, unique and amazing genre films of the globe and bring then into the spotlight to be seen by the largest number of weirdness aficcionados possible! The greatest genre films for us are the ones that on the surface are excellent fantasy or scary movies, but if you start digging, you get a sense of another layer that speaks about a truth of a kind. Simply put, films we do not forget so fast. Films that we get sucked into and go for a voyage with. Films that we feel gave us more than just the satisfaction of being glued to the screen. Because mindless entertainment is everywhere and we're not sure if there is an excuse for it anymore. Genre films or films with genre elements are one of the few last resorts where one can make both art and entertainment and still have that special layer hidden within, and we really love that.

The event takes place in the megalopolis of São Paulo, Brazil, with 7 days of screenings, panels and workshops.

We promise a rollicking good time and a slate packed with great films. We can't do that without the filmmakers and artists, so submit now! Diversity and originality are not only welcome, but also encouraged. Absolutely no ratings restrictions, ever.

For Phenomena Festival 2022 we are remodeling our trophy and starting a new phase for the event. Created by artist Davi Cananéia, the Night Mask represents all the mysteries of our worlds, both external and internal. The mask is still on paper and should have its physical version in a few months. It will come with a support and satin ribbon for those who want to use it at masquerade balls or enact their favorite private fantasies. It comes with the power to show us our unconscious facets, dark corners of the soul, as well as bring out our most enlightened and powerful potential. It's a unique and magical item made to honor the best filmmakers on the planet. Stay tuned for news...

Best Feature Film - Phenomena Mask Award
Best Short Film - Phenomena Mask Award
Best Short Animation - Phenomena Mask Award

Other categories will receive our beautiful
certificate. This certificate highlights the significance and value that art represents for the Phenomena Festival, and therefore it is awarded as a quality seal for the uniqueness and mastery of the cinematic arts demonstrated by this work. In our constant search for works that transcend mainstream entertainment, we applaud visions and artists willing to take risks as narratives, films that escape conventional categorization and stories that dwell on the edges between the surreal, the mysterious and the extraordinary. The creation of films and myths is a unique gift that we have as humans, let's celebrate this potential by praising the great directors who participated in the Phenomena Festival 2022.


By entering the Phenomena Festival the participants recognize the elements they fill are true and they are the original authors of their works and holders of the copyright. The participants agree that the organizing committee has the right to refuse to receive works which may be considered offensive morally, political or religiously. Submission of entries acknowledges the right of the organizers to use them for the publication of the catalog/book of the event (including digital publication), for promotion of the event purposes (including posting in social media and adds) and for an eventual exhibition regarding the Phenomena Festival event. Any different use of the entries needs the participant's approval.

Eligibility Requirements for the feature film and short film competition (jury award):

- Running time for all feature films must be 70 minutes or more

- Running time for all shorts must be less than 30 minutes.

- Selected films must be made available in a 35mm composite print, Blu-ray, or DCP.

- All films must be at least a São Paulo premiere and cannot be made available publicly online at any time before the fest.

- Preview screening format is an online screener ONLY - No DVD screeners.

- If submitting more than one film, a separate completed entry is required for each title.

- The submitted films must have Portuguese or at least english subtitles.

Entries are scheduled at the discretion of Phenomena Festival. Phenomena Festival retains the right to make changes to the published schedule at any time and for any reason. Films may be screened more than once.



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