MOTELX - Lisbon International Horror Film Festival has promoted for the past 10 years the best of horror produced worldwide, while also encouraging the national production of genre films. It has conquered a very relevant positioning in the international circuit of genre film festivals, becoming one of the most expected and highlighted cultural events of the year in Lisbon.

MOTELX is organised by CTLX, a non-profit cultural organisation based in Lisbon, Portugal.

Best Portuguese Short Film

The MOTELX - Best Portuguese Horror Short award is given to the best Portuguese short film in competition at the Festival. The winner gets a prize money worth 5,000 €, an inspirational weekend at a Belver Hotels and becomes nominated for the international competition Méliès d'Or, promoted by the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation.


The Festival's programme is divided in several sections that include contemporary cinema, short films, retrospectives, children programming and documentaries.


Besides films, MOTELX promotes a series of events and activities before and during the Festival. Parties, workshops, concerts, quizzes, exhibits and much more.


Cinema São Jorge

Regarded as the most emblematic film theatre in Lisbon, recipient of the Municipal Architecture Prize in 1951, Cinema São Jorge remains the Festival’s main venue, where most of the films will be screened, as well as other actitivies like masterclasses and workshops.
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Teatro Tivoli BBVA

An iconic arts venue in Portugal, Teatro Tivoli BBVA opened in 1924 as a cinema. Some of the greatest horror movies of all time were shown here and now the 1088-seat auditorium is home to some of MOTELX’s most popular screenings.
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Beco do Bar Lounge (Rua da Moeda 1, Cais do Sodré)

A mandatory stop in the Lisbon nightlife, Lounge bar has transformed the Rua da Moeda alley into one of the most famous and frequented spots in the city. It has also been a part of MOTELX's Warm-Up Circuit for several years now. In 2017 it hosts a special concert by Acid Acid, followed by an outdoor screening.
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Lounge is a mandatory stop in Lisbon’s nightlife, specially for those who start having fun in Bica and want more music and partying. Its programme is eclectic, varied and never disappoints. Partner of MOTELX's Warm-Up, it hosts a party after the open-air screening at Beco da Rua da Moeda and is the co-producer of the Acid Acid concert.
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Portuguese Cinematheque – Film Museum

In 2017 MOTELX visits for the first time the Portuguese Cinematheque – Film Museum, which will show three historical ibero-american horror films during the Festival’s Warm-Up period.
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Largo de São Carlos

For several years now, on the last Saturday before the festival, Largo de São Carlos has been host to a screening soirée of a horror classic dedicated to the whole family. An open air theatre with 600 seats, in central Lisbon, is the perfect backdrop for a warm summer night.
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Sabotage Club

The place in Lisbon for intimate gigs with both established and up-and-coming rock bands. Sabotage hosts MOTELX’s Warm-Up concert.
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Cinemateca Júnior

With its activities at Palácio Foz, Cinemateca Júnior, a project of
Cinemateca Portuguesa – Museu do Cinema, was created in 2007 with special programmes for children and youngsters.
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Berardo Museum

The Berardo Collection Museum is a space of reference in Lisbon, where the visitor can enjoy the best of modern and contemporary art. In 2017 it welcomes MOTELX for the first time to present a Big Bad Wolf session of shorts, followed by an activity that invites the younger ones to create 'monsters' inspired by the works of the Collection.
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Projeto Bússola

Projeto Bússola is a polyvalent space based in Travessa do Rosário in Lisbon that bets on academic, leisure, civility and creativity components and has the main goal of guiding young people into better citizenship.
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General Inquiries
E-mail: info@motelx.org

Production Team
E-mail: prod@motelx.org

Submissions / Print Traffic
E-mail: films@motelx.org

E-mail: press@motelx.org


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