Fantasporto International Film Festival 2020

Ref: 10003270


MA International Film Production students  are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 30 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


This trip to an industry recognised international film festival, will offer the MA students an opportunity to not only view the latest film products that they would aspire to produce (in a setting where they are being discussed amongst leading industry critics and international audiences), but also to engage in industry-led panel talks and events around several topics that are pertinent to their modules FILM5002: The Production Process, FILM5001: Key Roles, and FILM5005: Production Planning and Development. These key learning areas include; understanding of advanced production skills, knowledge of the commissioning and funding structures within the film industry (and how these structures relate to creative development and to entrepreneurship), and key skills and tools utilised in the industry to get a film project off the ground, creatively and financially.

Please note that Festival Passes are not yet available to purchase. Whilst we can provide support with this, we cannot guarantee tickets or availability to the festival or to any specific events at the festival. Film Festivals operate on first-served basis, and festival passes do not guarantee access to any particular films or events. Individual screening and event tickets are ordinarily arranged separately to your festival pass.

Fantasporto has a good track record in educational engagement, and in holding quality industry event programmes around the festival. The trip would provide valuable insight into film distribution and the market place in a different territory (Europe) as a point of comparison to the UK industry insights that the students are gaining throughout their time on the course. This is particularly pertinent to the ethos of the course as an ‘International’ Film Production MA.

Cultural activities

Porto is rich with cultural history, accessible at very low cost. Medieval Porto is a world heritage site which includes Muralha Fernandina (Porto’s 14th Century defensive city wall) and the Church of Santa Clara (completed in 1457, an extravagant building of red marble, gilded mouldings, and wooden carvings of meticulous detail). These are accessible for free. The 18th Century Torre dos Clérigos Church is an emblematic symbol of Porto, built for the Clérigos Brotherhood by Nicolau Nasoni, an Italian architect and painter responsible for a large body of work in the north of Portugal. This is 5 Euro to enter. There is also the Livraria Lello, a stunning bookshop often touted as one of the best in the world, with an Art Nouveau design, a sinuous wooden staircase, ceiling piping and stained-glass skylight inside. J.K. Rowling was a fan when she lived in Porto as an English teacher.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the Portuguese immigration requirements. EU nationals will not require a visa to travel to another EU country. Non-EU nationals will require a visa to travel to Portugal and are responsible for obtaining a Schengen visa. Further information related to obtaining a visa can be found here.

The #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Friday 28 February 2020
  • Return date: Tuesday 3 March 2020
  • Estimated cost of travel, transfers and accommodation: £450
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, Festival Pass (£72), food, drink and visa costs (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Monday 21 October 2019 9am