1. Arché is the space for thinking and creative development of Apordoc – Associação pelo Documentário (the Portuguese Association for Documentary), taking place in the scope of Doclisboa – International Film Festival (Lisbon, Portugal).

2. In 2024, Arché will take place between October 20th and 24th.

3. Arché consists of project development workshops, project presentations sessions, one-to-one meetings and other complementary activities.

4. Arché is dedicated to film projects that encompass a strong implication in the domain of the real – projects able to experiment the potential and boundaries of its documental matrix.

5. Arché is exclusive to authors from member-countries of the Ibermedia Programme: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela.

6. An annual call for projects will be announced at In 2024, calls for projects are open between April 22th and May 19th.

7. Projects submissions are free of charge.

8. To submit a project, applicants are required to fill in the application form and send the materials listed in the Submissions page.

9. The selection of the participating projects will be made by the Arché coordinators. If considered relevant, the coordinators will invite relevant professionals from the sector.

10. Applicants will be informed of the results by email until July 31st. The information on selected projects will be under embargo until the official announcement is made by the organization.

11. Each selected project will be given a participation fellowship with the support of the Ibermedia Programme, covering:

  • housing in Lisbon in one of Doclisboa’s accommodations between October 20th and 25th (5 nights);
  • access to Arché and all its activities;
  • access to Doclisboa and its Industry Programme, Nebulae.

12. Participants must cover the traveling costs.

13. The selected participants must have medical and travel insurance.

14. Applicants must ensure their availability during Arché dates. Participation in all activities is mandatory.

15. Projects’ producers, editors and writers are allowed to participate in Arché with the directors. However, Arché will only grant 1 fellowship per project, to its director.

16. Participants authorize the publication of the provided information in the official catalog of Doclisboa and Márgenes, their websites and social media, and other promotional materials.

17. Projects selected to be part of Arché agree to use the Arché logotype in its credits and promotional materials. Moreover, they agree to use the following wording “Project presented at Arché”. Logos can be downloaded here.

18. Projects winning Arché awards are also requested to use the award partner logo.

19. The submission of a project implies the knowledge and acceptance of these regulations.

20. The direction of Apordoc will decide on all matters not covered by these regulations according to the film festival international rules.

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