26th edition

Caminhos Film Festival returns in November 9th until November 28th as a reference event of the Portuguese film panorama. Since 1988, it is the only festival dedicated to Portuguese cinema. It has been organized in the city of Coimbra promoting all sorts of genres and footage of aspiring or established authors.

Coimbra is entitled the students’ city due to its oldest, most prestigious Portuguese University, now considered a Unesco Heritage Site, with 727 years of history. This city is known for its academic traditions and important places, such as the Botanic Garden, “Biblioteca Joanina”, “Pátio das Escolas”, “Penedo da Saudade”, “Jardim do Sereia”, “Arco de Almedina, “Quebra Costas” and so on; besides, it is also famous for Coimbra’s exclusively men-interpreted Fado, a musical genre full of emotion and sentiment, expressed by beautifully written lyrics and heartfelt melodies, which elevate this genre to an art-form that does not need to be understood, only felt.

Caminho’s Festival will take place in “Gil Vicente” Theater (TAGV) and “Salgado Zenha” Mini auditorium. It is located in “Praça da República”, Coimbra’s center.

Prices to attend the festival


Daily Ticket

Students, Professors and Staff of University of Coimbra , CEC & AACC Caminhos associates, Unemployeds – 3€

General Public – 4€

10 sessions Pack

Students, Professors and Staff of University of Coimbra, CEC & AACC Caminhos associates, Unemployeds – 15€

General Public – 20€

All Films Pass

Students, Professors and Staff of University of Coimbra , CEC & AACC Caminhos associates, Unemployeds – 25€

General Public – 30€

Short Description

This festival offers the only Portuguese cinematic competition that sums up different age groups and stylistic registers that national cinematography runs from the feature film, to the short film, documentary or animation, among others, and aims to encourage and reward the combination of technique and artistic vision that transforms cinema into the seventh art.

In addition to its Competitive Sections, the festival advocates a deepening of the national film culture, promoting activities for Juniors, Seniors, an International Competition and a whole other set of activities that allow different audiences to participate in this festival of Portuguese cinema, in a spirit of exchange of ideas.

Are you a film director or producer? Check our open call for movies.


If you are interested and in need of a place to stay, Coimbra offers plenty of choices and price ranges in different historic locations such as downtown or uptown, near the University and “Praça da República”. To begin your search, try looking for Tivoli Hotel, Botânico Hotel and Bragança Hotel.

We were navigators, discoverers, champions. But why leave it in the past?
Portuguese Cinema is alive and will not resign itself to the dusty shelves. We want light in the theaters of our country, we want to love the Portuguese people (again) for what is theirs!

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Come walk with us trough the Portuguese Cinematography, at Caminhos Film Festival!