MOTELX - Lisbon International Horror Film Festival promotes the best of horror produced worldwide while also encouraging the national production of genre films. The Festival 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, recognised as a public utility entity, 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 €.


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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Portuguese Cinematheque – Film Museum

The collaboration between MOTELX and the Portuguese Cinematheque - Museum of Cinema is pivotal to the origin of the Festival, having hosted in 2005 the "Zombies - The Living Dead" cycle, still when CTLX organised several activities as a film club. Throughout MOTELX's latest editions there have been special screenings in the many locations the Cinematheque holds, before, during and after the Festival.
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Convent São Pedro de Alcântara

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Largo Trindade Coelho

Open-air screenings during the MOTELX Warm-Up.
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Museu de Lisboa - Palácio Pimenta

The long-term exhibition at Pimenta Palace, headquarters of the Museum of Lisbon and located on Campo Grande, provides a chronological overview of the development of the city from prehistoric times to the late 20th century. 
The complex also features a garden which occupies three distinct areas of the former property: the formal walled garden, the woods and two former agricultural areas which have since been converted. With the adaptation of the palace into a museum, the gardens were embellished with sculptures and other elements from the collection and, since 2010, are host to a project by artist Joana Vasconcelos which integrates ceramics designed by Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro.
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São Luiz Teatro Municipal

On the eve of celebrating its 125th year, São Luiz Teatro Municipal sees itself as a theatre of the city and for the city, of everyone and for everyone, with a keen awareness of Portuguese culture and world cultures.
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General Inquiries
E-mail: geral@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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