BEAST ON SITE #2: winners of the 2021 Official Competition

With the country’s new health and safety measures, the winning short and medium-length films make their debut on the big Portuguese screens.

Every year, exciting new short and medium-length films compete for the awards of Best Fiction, Best Documentary and Best Experimental within the ambit of BEAST International Film Festival. With each edition, this competitive programme enriches BEAST IFF and its community, introducing new works, new faces through a diverse selection of style and form.

Location: Maus Hábitos – Espaço de Intervenção Cultural

Date: May 5th (WED), 8:30 PM

Ticketing: Free admission*
*Pre-reservations can be made by purchasing a snack pack at the Maus Hábitos store.


East Wave Award for Best Fiction Film: SH_T HAPPENS (Michaela Mihalyi e David Štumpf, Czech Republic, 2019, FIC., 13’02, SUB. PT)

A caretaker exhausted by everything, his frustrated wife and one totally depressed deer. Their mutual despair leads them to absurd events, because… shit happens all the time.

Experimental East Award for Best Experimental Film: The Close River (Marta Hryniuk, Poland, 28′, 2020, EXP./DOC., SUB. PT)

Shot over the course of three weeks, in various locations in western Ukraine, The Close River is a poetic investigation of a region with multiple overlapping temporalities of colonisation and exploitation. The film traces shifting borders and markers of power, exploring how the histories of coexistence, violence and resistance are carved into the landscape and culture of the region, and ultimately how they shape contemporary ways of living.