BEAST International Film Festival
71 films | 20 national premieres | 1 European premiere | 1 International premiere | 23 countries
9 venues | 3 competition sections | 2 workshops | 3 Masterclasses | 1 coffee talk | 1 urban market
40+ guests | 11 Q&A sessions | 16 team members | 25 volunteers | 40,000+ Social Media & Website Reach
3 parties | 3 warm-up events
In Europe, the cultural wind blows from East to West. Beast International Film Festival decided to guide that specific wind in one of the westernmost cities – Porto, Portugal. Despite it being a Film Festival, activities go further than just Screenings integrating Masterclasses and Workshops for both grown-ups and kids as part of the program. Its well shaped structure and friendly atmosphere made BEAST to be demanded by the public but also by our partners as a recurrent Festival. The Eastern European energy unravels as quite colorful and expansive, and changing the stereotypical greyish filter from public view is our goal.
1. MEET THE BEAST – Presentation Event (16 March 2017)
2. WARM-UP PORTO (23 August 2017)
3. WARM-UP BRAGA (07 September 2017)
The competition was meant to present, to the Portuguese public, a wide and diverse selection of Eastern European films. All the films screened were directed by young and promising directors.
East Wave – Fiction Film Category – 14 Films – 7 national premieres – 1 European premiere – 1 national premiere
East Doc – Documentary Film Category – 11 Films – 7 national premieres
ExperimentalEAST – Experimental Film Category – 12 Films – 6 national premieres
Focus country (POLAND)
Poland was this year’s choice, having its cultural pattern printed all over the festival.
Its particular beauty is brought to light with various sections of the festival, like: Director focus | Video art projection | National film school screening selection | Opening film |Lux Film Days
This section focuses on educating the young public through screenings and workshops.
2017’s edition had: 12 films and 1 workshop.
Classes where the Festival public can gain knowledge and share ideas .
They are a chance to discover sensitive topics of modern age with talks guided by professionals.
All of the Masterclasses have well-known Eastern-European speakers and are related to Eastern European points of interest.
Filmmaking workshop for teenagers, held by writer and director Sebastian Buttny
Animation workshop for kids, held by artistic producer Dagna Kidon
Both part of Focus Poland section and made possible in collaboration with Adam Mickiewicz Institute and Lodz Film School.
A special section of the festival, meant to introduce several Eastern European co-productions directed by Portuguese directors.
Lux Film Days
A collaboration between the European Parliament Information Office in Portugal and BEAST brought to the Portuguese public two Eastern European films: Ida and Urok (The Lesson).
The LUX prize is an annual film prize given, by the European Parliament, to a competing film that illustrates the European values and culture.
Culture2Culture: Building Peace Through Dialogue | ERASMUS+
Youth mobility co-financed by the EU;
30 participants from Kosovo, Spain and Portugal met in Porto to debate topics like diversity, interculturality and tolerance.
Other public programs
BEAST tries to merge with the local community’s cultural habits and makes friends on the way.
BEAST co-organised Urban Market: Meet the East with activities spread through all of the days of the festival;
Livraria de Mulheres hosted a talk about Eastern European women writers called Mala Herstory;