Spain doesn’t host or organize such a bombastic film festival as the Vimeo or the Youtube Play one (which both happen to be this month… and some of the videos are nominated for both!!!), in fact no other European country does, but on the other side we have some great independent ones like the Walthamstow Internacional Film Fest in the UK, Festival Des Tres Courts in France, Sedicorto Internacional Film Festival in Italy…. and the Notodofilmfest here in Spain, the most renown on-line festival at this side of the pond.
The new director for this 9th edition will be Daniel Monzón (behind the Goya winning “Celda 211”), but that’s not the only change. This new edition will be giving out more than 77000€ to the winners including courses, scolarships, trips and 9000€ in filming material. New categories & prizes, like the one for LatinAmerican filmmakers or the “Remake” prize which is pretty much very similar to the Vimeo remix category (mixing your favorite films from all times).
As with many other film festivals if you decide to finally participate (you have until December 21st!!!) you should obviously subbmit an original and never released before film which cannot be a reduced or enlarged version of another short made prior to this festival.
About the format….
Your film can be up to 20 Mb and it cannot last longer than three and a half minutes, in other words 3 min 30 sec (including the initial and final screens). This does not mean that the short has to necessarily last 3 min 30 sec; this figure is only the maximum time that it can last, but within this margin you choose the most appropriate length for your short. If you submit your short in the Triple Distillation category, it must last exactly 30 seconds, including screens, not one second more or less. And the copy you submit shall be in .flv format measuring 600 píxels wide x 340 píxels high. Oh and of course, anyone can participate regardless of the nationality or language spoken, just make sure your film has English / Spanish subtitles 😉
The same categories & prizes are kept as usual….
Jury Grand Prize for the Best Film: endowed with €15,000 plus a four-week scholarship at the New York Film Academy. Jury Prizes as follow: Best Fictional Film Prize: endowed with €3,000. Best Animated Film Prize: endowed with €3,000 plus a master class and a one-week workshop at the Istituto Europeo Di Design (IED) in Madrid. Best Documentary Film Prize: endowed with €3,000. The winning short in this section will be shown in the Cámara Abierta programme on RTVE – La2 channel. Jury Prize for the Best Performance: endowed with €2,000. Jury Prize for the Best Screenplay: endowed with €3,000. Jury Prize for the Best Triple Distillation Film: endowed with €3,000 plus a one-week scholarship at the New York Film Academy.
There’s also a new category “Si es Calle 13”, the famous horror & adventure 13th Street channel (belonging to the NBC) will be airing the short that best suits their spirit.