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 nominees participants receive the notification letter along with our Official Selection laurel.
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 can upload credits on IMDb.

Submissions DO NOT guarantee selection.

-All international films MUST have English subtitles if in another language.
-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 genre, length and language.
Any genre and any length of film will be considered
(STAGES: 1. Selection, 2. Nominees, 3. Finalists, 4. Award-Winners.)

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.
** (when Expedited feedback, If no main category is selected, the entry will be disqualified)**
Note: any DISCOUNT CODES ARE NOT VALID for the purchase of trophies at “FilmFreeway”. DISCOUNTS CODES ARE VALID, ONLY for submit films at the festival. If there is a trophy purchased at “FilmFreeway” with a discount code, that purchase will be CANCELED. - Remember that payments are not refundable.

** This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Barcelona International Film Festival® 2021 All Rights Reserved **

Overall Rating
  • Kevin Short

    Nice to get the recognition for Charlotte and the therapist project as a nominee for best humanitarian film, good swift communication.
    Hopefully we will make it to Barcelona another year. Thank you.

    November 2021
  • T.J. Barkwill

    Great selection of material, varied, exciting, fun. This is a fest for filmmakers in love with the art of film in all its guises.

    November 2021
  • Yulia Petrova

    I’m honored and humbled to be a award winner in category “Best song”. Thank you for your attention to my music, it means a lot to me!

    November 2021
  • How wonderful to have FLUX shown in Barcelona. And winning best experimental too !! Thank you .

    October 2021
  • My complaint is with the lack of communication, not the fact that my action packed short doc Who Killed Jazz did not win any awards. Who Killed Jazz was selected as In Consideration, but I learned of this only by checking in w Film Freeway. I appreciate the festivals that send emails notifying one of not being selected for an award; it brings closure and leaves no mystery. The only email I actually received (aside from an offer to submit another film) was the one asking me to write a review - wait! that email actually came from Film Freeway! Oh my goodness… PS I wish I could watch the winner’s films that are listed on your site: even posting their trailers would be cool. The “Comments” section is broken on your website too: I tried leaving a compliment to one the winning composers (Mahlon), but was glitched out; site said Captcha error, but there was no Captcha provided. Even at 50% off of $82 this fest does not provide the value I have received from much less expensive festivals.

    October 2021