01 Dec 2022
Call for entries

30 Apr 2023
Final deadline


01 Jul 2023
Notification date

08 Aug 2023
13 Aug 2023


-,  60010-340, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil

Festival description
Short film festival 30'<
Feature film festival >60'

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  30'<
 Feature Films  >60'
 Any language
English Portuguese
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Festival start: 08 August 2023      Festival end: 13 August 2023

Welcome to a temple of fantasy, horror, science-fiction, thrillers and surrealism.

In August, the city of Fortaleza will become the capital of all fantastic things.

SINISTRO aims to be one of the biggest Fantastic Film Festivals in the world and certainly the one with the most beautiful setting, the state of Ceará in the Northeast of Brazil.

During its four days of festival, SINISTRO will screen movies, ranging from fantasy to thriller, sci-fi and horror, some features and shorts in world, international, latin american or brazilian premieres.

SINISTRO will be a meeting place for directors, producers, actors and actresses, technicians and distributors.

Fortaleza is a fascinating town and the perfect place for artistic exchange.

Each section will have its awards accompanied by their respective trophy.

Best International Feature Film.
Best International Short Film.
Best Brazilian Feature Film.
Best Brazilian Short Film.
Best Screenplay
Best Direction
Best Ceará Sinistro

1) The festival is structured in the following categories:

- Short Films Competition (less than 30 minutes)

- Feature Films Competition (more than 60 minutes / more than 50 minutes for documentaries)

- Ceará Sinistro (Brazilian film made in Ceará or with a director from Ceará)

2) Eligible films must be related to the following film genres or themes: horror, thriller, science-fiction, fantasy, mystery, weird, grotesque, dark comedy, noir, experimental.

3) Each author is responsible for the contents of its own work.

4) If the dialogues of the film are not in Portuguese, the film must be completed by Portuguese or english subtitles. If you don't have Portuguese subtitles, it's mandatory - in case of selection - to send us the SRT file of the english subtitles and a low-res file of the film, in order to let us create the Portuguese subtitles.

(IMPORTANT: the low-res version of the film for subtitling purposes must be identical to the screening copy).

If, once selected, you can't provide a SRT file of the english or the Portuguese subtitles, the movie might be dismissed from the selection.

5) Movies received without the requested documentation or after the deadline could be excluded from the selection.

6) You will find the screenings program of the selected works on the official website before the beginning of the Festival itself. Juries will examine each work and award one for each category.

7) In case of selection, we'll reach out privately to ask for all the required materials, both for marketing and subtitling purposes.

The screening copy of the films must be sent to the festival 3 weeks (at least) before the beginning of the event, via digital download.

- Short and feature films format: DCP or high quality H264 or ProRes.

The screening copy must be free of any subtitles (or with Portuguese subtitles burned in).

8) Once selected, a film can't be withdrawn from the competition.

9) The jury will assign the following awards:

Best International Feature Film.
Best International Short Film.
Best Brazilian Feature Film.
Best Brazilian Short Film.
Best Screenplay
Best Direction
Best Ceará Sinistro

10) The festival will not take charge of trophy and awards shipping in case winners can't attend the day of the proclamation.

11) The festival will not pay any screening fee to authors/distributors of the selected films.

12) The demand for participation in the SINISTRO FILM FESTIVAL constitutes full and unconditional acceptance of this regulation.



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