The best horror films are at MOTELX

Ever since its first edition in 2007, MOTELX has screened the most recent horror features from all corners of the world, as well as retrospectives and homages sometimes accompanied by its directors, the greats of the horror genre.

Besides feature films another programming highlights are the short films, national and international, before each screening or on their on at "Short Films at Lunch". The MOTELX Awards, recognizing the best Portuguese horror short film and the best European feature film are one of the Festival's highlights.


All the films screened at MOTELX are divided in several sections, including contemporary cinema, short films, retrospectives, children's programming and documentaries.

Room Service

Main section of the festival which highlights the best genre features released in the last year.

Doc Horror

Highlights of documentary cinema focusing on the horror genre.

Cult of the Living Masters.

When a Living Master visits the Festival we screen a selection of highlights from their career.
Past guests include: Mick Garris, Stuart Gordon, George A. Romero, Tobe Hooper, John Landis, Dario Argento, and many more.

Special Screenings

Anniversaries, restored prints, TV series and more.

International shorts

A selection of the best horror shorts from around the world.

Big Bad Wolf

Section dedicated to introducing horror to the younger audience, through screenings and activities.

Best European Feature Film Award / Méliès d'Argent

One of the highlights of the 10th edition was the announcement of our first feature film competition: the MOTELX Award - Best European Horror Feature Film / Méliès d’Argent. Along with the Best Portuguese Horror Short Film, there will also be a candidate chosen at MOTELX at the annual European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation gala, thus contributing for the promotion and awareness of genre film made in the old continent. Previous Méliès d’Or winners include Álex de la Iglesia’s “Day of the Beast”, Michael Winterbottom’s “Code 46”, Pascal Laugier’s “Martyrs”, and Thomas Alfredson’s “Let the Right One In”. We hope to also see in the near future a Portuguese feature among those competing for the prize.


Every year MOTELX hosts a world of activities and events based on the horror genre that goes beyond regular screenings. These parallel events not only enhance the dynamic of the Festival's venues but also of Lisbon, in a city-wide celebration of horror.

Masterclasses with some of the genre's masters, workshops on a wide variety of topics regarding production of horror films, horror games nights and (not so) horror games afternoons are some of the events happening during the Festival's.

The MOTELX Warm-Up is also starting to become a recurring part of the Lisbon calendar, with events starting in the first days of September. Our open air screening in Largo de São Carlos is one of the most highlighted nights of the Warm-Up. These activities aim to promote the Festival as well as the horror genre and those in it.

Open Air Screenings

Starting in 2013, MOTELx, as part of the warm-up events leading to the start of the festival, screens a film with free entrance in Largo São Carlos, in Lisbon.


One of the main goals of the Festival is to support and encourage the production of horror movies in Portugal. Since its first edition, MOTELx offers practical workshops on different subjects, from make up, digital animation to low budget filmmaking.


The Festival's funnest event. A quiz for all horror and movie fans to come and test their knowledge, while taking part in a night of total craziness.


Every year since it began MOTELX takes advantage of the spaces where the festival takes place to showcase a variety of exhibitions regarding the horror genre. From jewellery, photography, props and even works of art.

Horror Games Night

An event dedicated to the world of board games and LARP (live action role-play) always with horror as a backdrop.
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