Best Portuguese Short Film Award / Méliès d'Argent

Best Portuguese Short Film Award / Méliès d'Argent

The MOTELX Award - Best Portuguese Horror Short Film is one of the highlights of the Festival and the result of one of MOTELx's main goals: the promotion, stimulation and screening of horror films made in Portugal.

The winner will receive a money prize worth €5,000 and an inspirational weekend at one of the Belver Hotels, one of MOTELX's sponsors.

The winning short also receives the Méliès d’Argent and is automatically selected for the international competition Méliès d’Or for Best European Short Film, a prize awarded annually by the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation (melies.org) to the best short and feature films made in Europe. The Méliès d’Or is awarded every year to the best european genre feature and short film.

Past Winners

In 2009, in MOTELX's 3rd edition, the first MOTELX Award was given to «Sangue Frio», by Patrick Mendes.

Every year since, a number of submitted Portuguese short films enter the competition in order to win our prize money as well as the Méliès d'Argent, given by the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation, of which MOTELX is part of (melies.org).

Here are the winners from every edition so far.

MOTELX 2018

4 - 9 September 2018

The Strange House in the Mist (2018) by Guilherme Daniel (2018)

MOTELX 2018

Winner
A lost pilgrim finds a strange house on the edge of the abyss and its mysterious occupant.

Agouro by David Doutel, Vasco Sá (2018)

MOTELX 2018

SPECIAL MENTION
A harsh winter freezes the surface of a river by the house where two cousins live. Immersed in the cold wind that rises that day, the rudeness of their relationship grows, reaching its limit.

MOTELX 2017

5 - 10 September 2017

Thursday Night by Gonçalo Almeida (2017)

MOTELX 2017

Winner
An elusive stranger pays a visit to Bimbo in the middle of the night to deliver a vital message.

The Silence Afterwards by Guilherme Daniel (2017)

MOTELX 2017

Special Mention
A desolate woman struggles to accept the unexpected death of her husband, but is confronted with his recurring return to the world of the living.

MOTELX 2016

6 - 11 September 2016

Post-Mortem by Belmiro Ribeiro (2016)

MOTELX 2016

Winner
Edgar is a jaded photographer. One evening he witnesses a murder. The culprit escapes. Edgar, instead of helping the victim, becomes mesmerised by the expression of pure terror in her face.

Clowns by Pedro Crispim (2015)

MOTELX 2016

Special Mention
Jorge, a clown, feels betrayed once he finds out his circus partner Marco is in a relationship with Luísa, an acrobat. The couple is getting ready to leave the circus, making Jorge even angrier.

MOTELX 2015

8 - 13 September 2015

Miami by Simão Cayatte

MOTELX 2015

Winner
Raquel is a teenage girl who dreams of escaping from her neighborhood and becoming a star. She wants to be famous. But unfortunately reality is another thing.

Face by João Teixeira Figueira

MOTELX 2015

Special Mention
A robot lives on his own in an abandoned building, studying human life by looking at painting catalogues and pretending to drink tea with an imaginary friend.

MOTELX 2014

10 - 14 September 2014

Pela Boca Morre o Peixe by João P. Nunes

MOTELX 2014

Winner
Years of illegal fishing made him famous among those that share a passion for the grotesque and the unlawful. One day, the hunter becomes the prey.

MOTELX 2013

11 - 15 September 2013

O Coveiro by André Gil Mata

MOTELX 2013

Winner
A story of a child who was born a monster, narrated under the moonlight.

Desespero by Rui Pilão

MOTELX 2013

Special Mention
The crisis and austerity measures push a man towards desperate actions that will put the existence of his family at risk.

MOTELX 2012

12 - 16 September 2012

A Bruxa de Arroios by Manuel Pureza

MOTELX 2012

Winner
She arrives home at the end of the day, tired. While she prepares dinner, he reads the newspaper. Finally, she decides to bake some special cookies.

O Reino by Paulo Castilho

MOTELX 2012

Special Mention
Walking along the hidden borders of the Kingdom, our hero stands face-to-face with his worst enemy. A period story with a timeless perspective.

MOTELX 2011

7 - 11 September 2011

Conto do Vento by Cláudio Jordão, Nelson Martins

MOTELX 2011

Winner
A bedtime story with boys and girls, old men and old women, bonfires and monsters, death and screams.

Banana Motherfucker by Pedro Florêncio, Fernando Alle

MOTELX 2011

Special Mention
Six adventurers go on a quest for a mystical cemetery. After disturbing the dead, they trigger an ancient curse that will destroy the world.

MOTELX 2010

29 September - 3 October 2010

Bats in the Belfry by João Alves

MOTELX 2010

Winner
Deadeye Jack, after a failed robbery attempt, returns to the scene of the crime using the night as cover.

Nocturna by Francisco Carvalho

MOTELX 2010

Special Mention
A woman wanders the empty streets of a city desperately searching for her daughter. 

MOTELX 2009

2 - 6 September 2009

Cold Blooded by Patrick Mendes

MOTELX 2009

Winner
The story of a sadistic relationship between a girl and a supposed scarecrow

Papa Wrestling by Fernando Alle

MOTELX 2009

Special Mention
After bullies steal his son's lunch-box, a retired wrestler goes on a violent rampage to avenge him and bring justice to the school.
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