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Monstra Festival, 22 July - 1 August 2021

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
22 July 2021 - 01 August 2021
Lisbon, Portugal
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Festival Description

MONSTRA | Lisbon Animation Festival is an event where animated films meet other media and arts, aiming to present, disseminate, experiment and discuss ideas, crossing over new artistic approaches and forms, on which animated film is the narrative and aesthetic expression. The Festival’s main goal is to present and promote the best animated films made all over the World.

MONSTRA's 20th edition will happen from 22 July to 1 August 2021 (moved from the original March 2021 dates). Each edition we focus on a guest country with retrospectives and curatorships of several authors on a guest country.

2021 Festival Coverage

For its 20th edition, Monstra is celebrating the animation cinema from Belgium. 

Belgium is the home country of one of the most important names in animation in Europe, Raoul Servais, and the motherland of one of the oldest animation festivals in the world, ANIMA Brussels, who is this year celebrating its 40th anniversary. 

Moreover, in 2021 Belgian animation is also celebrating its centenary. 

Indeed, it was in 1920-21 that the Brussels-based Houssiaus family started producing the first animated films for advertising. And yet, only more than a decade later, Ernest Genval would direct his first film “Plucky en Egypte”, and between 1935 and 1937 the Vanpepestraete brothers would make the first animated series with puppets: “Tout va très bien, Madame la Marquise”, and “Couchés dans la foin”. It was during the Nazi occupation that Paul Nagant founded the first animation studio in Liège, where he produced among others “Zazou chez les nègres”. 

These were but the first steps in a great history that MONSTRA will revisit with screenings of short and feature films, exhibitions and training courses showcasing the best of Belgian animation in one of the biggest retrospectives ever made. 

Monstrinha 2021 Spot:

2020 Festival Coverage

After the postponement of MONSTRA, the festival prepared to present #MONSTRAatHOME, an online edition of the Festival, from May 25th to 31st , celebrating the 20th anniversary, streaming the short films competitions.

2019 Festival Coverage (20-31/3/19)

2018 Festival Coverage

2021 Call For Entries (Archive)

The festival's competitive sections are: Feature Films, Short Films, Student Short Films, Super Short Films, Short Films for Children and Youth (MONSTRINHA) and Portuguese Short Films.

Feature Film Competition:
- Grand-Prix MONSTRA - Best Feature Film
- Jury Special Award
- Best Soundtrack
- Best Film for Young Audiences
- Audience Award
- Honorable Mentions (if applicable)

Short Film Competition:
- Grand-Prix MONSTRA - Best Short Film
- Jury Special Award
- Best Portuguese Short Film
- Best Soundtrack
- Best Experimental Film
- Audience Award
- Honorable Mentions (if applicable)

Student Film Competition:
- Best International Student Short Film
- Best Portuguese Student Short Film
- Jury Special Award
- Best International Student Short Film (Junior Jury)
- Best Portuguese Student Short Film (Junior Jury)
- Audience Award
- Honorable Mentions (if applicable)

Super Short Film Competition:
- Best International Super Short Film
- Best Portuguese Super Short Film
- Honorable Mentions (if applicable)

Short Films for Children and Youth Competition:
- Audience Award
- Honorable Mentions (if applicable)

Portuguese Short Films Competition
- SPA / Vasco Granja Award - Best Portuguese Short Film
- Audience Award
- Honorable Mentions (if applicable)

Monetary Prizes and the Competition Jury will be announced on the festival's website by February 2021.



Event Dates

  • From 22 July 2021 to 01 August 2021


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