Barcelona International Film Festival is an international competition celebrating every three months, the best and major independent films and filmmakers from around the globe. The most adventurous audiences are waiting for you!
Our mission is to discover high quality and ambitious films, to promote filmmakers’ works and to be the next step in their career.

All selected participants receive the notification letter along with our digital Official Selection kit as a welcome.
Our Jury will award the best films through private screenings. Every submitter can enter multiple categories to increase their probability to win an award. Every Official Selection Member will receive our Official Laurels. Award Winners will also receive our Official Certificate in High-Quality digital format, will be listed on our website, may order their Trophy, will be shared on our social media and by our network of International Media Partners + media press.

Barcelona International Film Festival counts with a beautiful physical award exclusive for winners. (Please check the website for details)

Submissions DO NOT guarantee selection.
-If selected, Filmmakers will be asked for further materials.
-All international films MUST have English subtitles if in another language.
-If NOT selected, your project will be submitted into the international filmmaker database for any upcoming screening we may have in the future.
-Official Selections will be announced on the website, social media and partners.


We are mainly looking for: Feature Film, Short Films, Documentaries, TV/Web-Series, Series Pilots, Student Films, Animations, Trailers, Music Videos, Produced and Unproduced Scripts, Commercials, Experimental Films, Professional Mobile Films and Disruptive formats as Portrait Orientation.
We accept films of any genres, length and language.
Any genre and any length of film will be considered – anything under 45 minutes is classified as a short, anything over 45 minutes is classified as a feature. Maximum film length for the Screendance and Queer Short Film Competitions is 20 minutes

WE DO NOT ACCEPT: 1. Amateur videos. 2. Extremist or propaganda content from religious or political organizations. 3. Pornography. 4. Films with a poor production standard (bad sound, lack of subtitles/captions for non-English films, video resolution less than 1080p HD). 5. We don't accept excerpts/scenes from films: you must submit the entire film.

By submitting your film, take note that: The Barcelona International Film Festival is hereby granted the rights to utilize an excerpt (trailer/teaser/poster/stills) from any film submitted for promotional purposes. Multiple entries are allowed for each filmmaker and each entry may be submitted to multiple categories. Winning categories vary depending on the submissions we receive. If the administration thinks the categories submitted are not to a standard of the Barcelona International Film Festival win, they will be removed. The Competition reserves the right to refuse entries and the Jury can remove a movie from the competition at any time. Entry fees are non-refundable.
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for possible screening (private and/or public) and understands and accepts these requirements, rules and regulations. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Barcelona International Film Festival, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss or damage of the screening videos entered.

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Overall Rating
  • Wonderful film festival. Great creative team. I enjoyed participating in the program. I recommend everything to filmmakers!

    May 2021
  • It's not everyday an American trained federal Psychiatrist-III has the opportunity and the challenge of moving from the field of medicine to filmmaking. In a time with so much uncertainty, the Barcelona International Film Festival has helped me to shape a unique physician-filmmaker voice and inspired me to move forward in world where inspirational messages to a large amount of people remains an noble goal -- be it in filmmaking and/or public health. It would be my dream that a year from now I will be able to contribute some more work to such a wonderful collection of Spanish people in the Barcelona International Film Festival. Muchismas Gracia y Vaya con Dios!

    May 2021
  • Thank you for choosing my film for your festival. It's such an honor and it's been wonderful being in your festival.

    May 2021
  • Tonya Pinkins

    I wish I could have attended in person! They were generous to our film and to our team . Bravo

    May 2021
  • Great festival! I was honored with Best Actor for my film Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body, and I'm truly happy with my experience on this festival. They are very responsive, the communication is fluid, and they care about us artists.

    May 2021