MOTELX 2020: The horror is back to Lisbon!

by Lisboeta

Lisbon International Horror Film Festival is back for the 14th edition

MOTELX – Lisbon International Horror Film Festival is back for its 14th edition from 7 to 14 September. In a year of numerous changes for the artistic sector, the organization of the event revealed, its main highlights, characterized by adaptation to current circumstances.

DGS’s recommendations prompted the decision, which will allow for more spaced sessions with reduced capacity. The priority is to ensure the “comfort and safety of all spectators”, without excluding “the same strong emotions that have characterized the festival”. This year there’ll be two more days of movies to watch.

Among the biggest highlights of this year is a retrospective on racism and horror cinema, with a selection of seven films that are considered “precursors” of the Black Lives Matter movement.

For the first time, the festival will also have a program of experimental shorts —dedicated to distinct and alternative narratives that use revolutionary techniques or new languages to tell a good horror story (and perhaps cause many nightmares to viewers).

“And since horror movies are a place of freedom and risk, in 2020 MOTELX presents for the first time a programme of Experimental Shorts, dedicated to alternative narratives that use revolutionary techniques to create otherworldly nightmares. In the domain of more traditional fiction, 20 shorts make up this year selection of International Shorts, which continues to showcase projects in subgenres as varied as sci-fi, period drama and satire.

The competitive sections of MOTELX also make a return. The MOTELX Award for Best Portuguese Horror Short Film/Méliès d’Argent continues to encourage the national production of genre cinema with the biggest monetary prize awarded to short films in Portugal, €5,000, and a nomination to the Méliès International Festivals Federation’s Méliès d’Or. In light of the disruption caused by the current pandemic, this year the deadline for submissions has been extended to 2 August. Finalists will be announced next month, as will the films selected for the MOTELX Award for Best European Feature/ Méliès d’Argent and many other Festival highlights.”

From 7 to 14 September, Cinema São Jorge. More info at:

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