Created in 2009, FUSO is the only open-air video art festival in Lisbon, in unique spaces such as gardens and museum cloisters. With free admission and over six nights, the festival welcomes artists, curators, the general public and Portuguese institutions involved in this artistic practice.

A program of excellence proposes new perspectives on video art, revealing authors and contemporary works, but also presenting historical pieces rarely or never seen in Portugal.

By exposing the relationship between experimental film languages, performance, photography and cinema, FUSO brings a new awareness to the moving image of the 21st century.

A national competition encourages creators and artists to develop proposals and present them through an open call, awarding the winner with the acquisition prize by the collection of MAAT/EDP Foundation.

By fostering critical thinking around new media and promoting the enrichment of knowledge and dissemination of video art in the Portuguese panorama, FUSO contributes to the dynamics of contemporary national art.

FUSO 2020

To reflect on our societies and the ways we relate to the planet and the countless forms of life that inhabit it is in line with the concept designed for FUSO 2020, even before the appearance of Covid-19. And that continues to be urgent.

Diversity Adversity

Diversity is a constant in the world. Means plurality, differentiation. It concerns the variety and coexistence of innumerable cultures, languages, traditions, customs, spiritualities, bodies and genders. Ethnicity, immigration status, nationality, family organization model, politics, socioeconomic class and sexual orientation are also part of the dialogue on global diversity.

It is a real and urgent issue in the contemporary world*, which has a significant impact in the scope of social policies and in the philosophies of education, since a multicultural, multiracial or multiethnic education implies a positive transformation of the coexistence between differences, not of assimilation or subjugation, but respect for diversity. However, diversity easily turns into adversity in moments of exclusionary extremism and the rise of fascism, as is currently the case around the globe.

FUSO 2020 seeks to reflect how current artistic practices address the global diversity and the problems faced when the concentration of diverse thoughts is not always received in a peaceful manner, leading to intolerance, racism, violence and exclusion.

*2020 marks the 15th anniversary of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (signed in Paris on 20 October 2005).


OPEN CALL for all Portuguese artists
or foreign artists living in Portugal

General Conditions

A jury, presided over by Margarida Chantre, will select the best video.

The previous selection of videos in the running will be the responsibility of Jean-François Chougnet.

In 2020, the EDP/MAAT Foundation maintains its partnership with the FUSO Open Call – Lisbon International Annual Video Art Festival, through its granting of the EDP/MAAT Foundation Acquisition Award for the jury’s selection of the best work, in the amount of 2.500€.

The public will also be invited to vote on pre-selected videos. The author(s) of the work, selected by the public, will be awarded the Restart Incentive Award, in support of a pro-ject, through providing resources and technical means, in the amount of 1.500€.

The selection of the competing videos, as well as the awarding of the prize, will be en-tirely the responsibility of FUSO - Lisbon International Annual Video Art Festival. There will be no appeal or complaint permitted with regards to its decisions, given that they are always, and in all circumstances, unquestionable and final.

The jury reserves the right to not attribute an award if no competing videos fulfil the quali-ty prerequisites of, or are in conformity with, the requirements of this competition.


Jury’s Selection
EDP/MAAT Foundation Acquisition Award in the amount of 2.500€.

Public’s Selection
Restart Incentive Award, support for a project through providing resources and technical means, in the amount of 1.500€.

Participation Conditions

All Portuguese artists living in Portugal or abroad, and all foreign artists living in Portugal only, may participate.

More than one application may be submitted, up to a maximum of three, by each artist or collective, but each must be submitted separately.

In order for us view the selection of submitted videos, these must be hosted on a web platform (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.). The respective link, as well as any password, if appli-cable, must appear on the application form, in the appropriate fields.

The submitted videos:
a) may be by an individual or a collective;
b) must not exceed 10 minutes;
c) must have been produced between 2018 and 2020;
d) must be accompanied by their technical files containing the following data:

  • name of the artist or collective
  • title
  • duration

The authors must own all copyrights for, or have written permission to use, any music, images and videos.

The artists will be notified via email if their video is selected, by 25th of July, 2020.

At that time, if you are selected, you will be asked to immediately send the following:
a) video(s) in one of the following formats: MP4 or MOV, adequate for projection;
b) 2 to 3 stills of the video(s) selected;
c) declaration of authorization for exhibition of the selected video at FUSO - Lisbon Interna-tional Annual Video Art Festival;
d) copy of identification document.


Applications must be submitted online, on the appropriate form until 11:59pm on the 30th of June, 2020.

Applications will only be valid if all the fields on the form are properly filled out.
All elements registered in the application will not be returned.

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