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IndieLisboa focuses on bringing independent cinema closer to the audiences, showing films that do not reach the regular distribution circuit. The festival screens mostly films (features and shorts) in competitions of both young and renowned directors. It is also a platform to premiere and release new films, thus an important ally for Portuguese distributors. IndieLisboa fosters cultural and linguistic diversity by diversifying its geographical scope.
The festival aims to draw the spotlight to worldwide productions and also to the discovery of Portuguese recent films (some even works in progress) through its competitions and industry-oriented activities. It has also focused, for this reason, in successfully expanding its industry core. In 2021 we expect to reach an audience in screenings of around 40.000 people and an overall audience of 50.000 people, once again confirming IndieLisboa as the best attended film event in Portugal.
The activities that go beyond regular screenings - workshops, masterclasses, debates, a scriptwriting lab, a film fund, a pitching forum, screenings of works in progress for industry guests, networking events, etc. - will continue to expand in 2022, consistently supporting our mission of film literacy and promotion of independent cinema. Like in 2020, we expect a growth in industry attendees (programmers, directors, producers, distributors, sales agents, film critics, etc.), actively contributing to the dynamics of the European film exhibition and distribution network.