Barcelona International Film Festival, The independent awards®, 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, Semi-Finalist, Finalist and Winner 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 participating during the coverage and may upload their credits on IMDb.

Barcelona International Film Festival counts with a beautiful physical award which the winner’s filmmakers can receive after the international online awards streaming ends. (Please check the website for details)

As well we provide a digital certification at the end of the online festival-week for all the filmmakers who were involved in this unique edition.

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.
- If your creation has the potential for a collaboration opportunity such as; distribution, (co)production, or any commercial usage, Around Films keeps the right to make previews with 3rd parties. Still, the final action will be taken with the owner of the material here (submitter). And our team will contact you for confirmation through the possibilities. Previous yearly selections and the winner creations will be accessible with password protection in the safest way.


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
  • Graciela Cassel

    an excellent opportunity and support for film makers

    January 2021
  • Jean-Philippe Tranvouez

    Un super festival ! Merci pour cette belle édition.

    January 2021
  • This is an amazing film festival who really cares about the filmmakers. Everybody on the team was super-friendly, helpful, and motivating in their communication. The online festival week was smooth and perfect with many films to watch, and the award show brought everybody together with many winners. I'm very delighted about the award - thank you very much!

    January 2021
  • Tungesh Mohan

    This was a very remarkable ex[ereince, from invitation to enter to submission to screenings to presentations to the ceremony and follow-up... smoothly run by a team that displayed professionalism and generous cyber-hospitality. They were proactive to ensure that entries and filmmakers had no impediments to their showcase. Two people, Sara and Cecilia, who I interacted with, were very meticulous, courteous and patient. Thank you, BIFF.

    January 2021