BSF 2023 will screen in November 2023 at Zumzeig Cine, Barcelona.

Full programme:


BSF 2023 will screen in Barcelona in November 2023. All of the films will have English Subtitles.

An international jury will select the 7 winning categories including, Best International Short Film or Video 2023, which will receive 500€.

BSF is an international, juried short film festival, created in 2017 and based in Barcelona, Spain. BSF screens outstanding short film, animation, docs, experimental and video art. We understand that some short film and video blur the lines of typical film festival categories, so we also enthusiastically encourage non-traditional and experimental formats.

The stories of and by women, girls and non-binary people are underrepresented in film festivals, so we want to encourage submissions from anyone self-identifying as a woman, non-binary and/or anyone telling stories about women, girls and non-binary people.

BSF supports a culture of equality, diversity and non-discrimination, and is run as a non-profit organisation.

Full programme from 2022:

2022 Trailers :

El BSF és un festival internacional de curtmetratges amb seu a Barcelona que projecta destacats curtmetratges, animacions, documentals i video art. Som conscients que alguns curtmetratges i documentals transgredeixen les divisions dels festivals de cinema tradicionals, i per tant també ens encantarà rebre propostes en formats experimentals i no tradicionals.

Els films fets per i sobre dones, nenes i persones no binàries tenen poca visibilitat en els festivals de cinema. És per això que volem animar a qualsevol que s'identifiqui com a dona o persona no binària a que expliqui històries sobre dones, nenes i persones no binàries.

Un jurat internacional de cineastes i vídeo-artistes seleccionarà els curtmetratges guanyadors, entre ells el de Millor Curtmetratge Internacional, que rebrà 500 €.

El BSF es un festival internacional de cortometrajes con jurado, con sede en Barcelona, que proyecta destacados cortometrajes, animaciones, documentales, arte experimental y vídeo. Somos conscientes de que algunos cortometrajes y documentales transgreden las divisiones de los festivales de cine tradicionales, y por eso también nos encantará recibir propuestas en formatos experimentales e innovativos. 
Las películas hechas por y sobre mujeres, niñas y personas no binarias tienen poca visibilidad en los festivales de cine, por lo que queremos animar a cualquiera que se identifique como mujer o persona no binaria a que cuente historias sobre mujeres, niñas y personas no binarias. 
Un jurado internacional de cineastas y vídeo-artistas seleccionará los cortometrajes ganadores, entre ellos el Mejor Cortometraje Internacional o Video Artístico, que recibirá 500 €.

BSF Best International Short Film or Video 2023 - prize of 500€

Best Performance (laurels)

Best Cinematography (laurels)

Best Animation Short (laurels)

Best Documentary Short (laurels)

Best Experimental Short (laurels)

Best Special FX (laurels)

Best Audio (laurels)

All work selected for screening will receive BSF 2023 OFFICIAL SELECTION laurels.

Submissions are open to everyone.

*Due to the continuing uncertainty around covid-19, if national and/or international rules change closer to the festival dates, we may need to move our festival online. Awards and cash prizes will remain in place.*

All applications and payment must be made online through (Free to join.)

Film or video can have been made at any time since 2016.

Each submission should not exceed 30 minutes in runtime. No minimum duration.

Film and video not in English must include English subtitles. If selected for BSF 2022, and requested, you must provide an English language transcript for your project.

Submit your film or video to the category that you think best suits your work, however BSF reserves the right to award you within a different category. Every submission is considered for every applicable prize category.

These are the deadlines and fees for BSF 2023:

Earlybird Deadline: Feb 7th 2022

General Deadline: May 2nd 2022

Late Deadline: July 4th 2022

Extended Deadline: August 1st 2022

The jury will vote for these categories:

‘BSF Best International Short Film or Video 2023’ - this award receives laurels and 500€

Best Performance (laurels)

Best Cinematography (laurels)

Best Animation Short (laurels)

Best Documentary Short (laurels)

Best Experimental Short (laurels)

Best Narrative Short (laurels)

Best SFX (laurels)

Best Audio (laurels)

Audience Award (laurels)

All work selected for screening will receive ‘BSF 2023 OFFICIAL SELECTION’ laurels.

If your submission is successful you will be informed by the end of August 2023.

If selected for screening at the festival, all work must be submitted electronically via secure online file transfer, (eg. WeTransfer), by the deadline specified in your acceptance email. The digital format for screening submission will be stipulated in your acceptance email.

Promotional videos are not eligible for submission (e.g. adverts, commercials, corporate videos etc).

The festival director and jury’s decisions on all things are final. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the organisation/management reserve the right to change dates, location and awards.

By submitting your work to BSF, you certify that you have obtained all the film, performance and music rights, and clearances, including third-party clearances for everyone involved in the film/video, for your entire submission. By submitting to BSF, BSF is in no way liable for any issues arising from violations of these rights, including if they have not been legally and lawfully obtained by the participant.

If selected for the programme, BSF reserve the right to use up to 30 seconds of any selected submission, and 3 film/video stills, for non-commercial promotional purposes.

Films that are submitted are not guaranteed to be accepted into festival. BSF does not pay screening fees.

Overall Rating
  • Michael Vukadinovich

    This is a fantastic festival with really great people and films. Really recommend it!

    December 2020
  • Melissa Collier

    Incredibly supportive and lovely festival to be a part of. We were thrilled to be selected especially during what has been a difficult year for everyone. Cannot recommend enough and hope to go in person next year!

    November 2020
  • Claire Kinnen

    Really lovely festival. I'm so happy I participated and would love to again. Highly recommend.

    November 2020
  • Kamil Krawczycki

    Everything was perfect. Thank you!

    November 2020
  • linda ward

    I was delighted Mary Sea was screened at the Barcelona International Short Film and Video Festival - the event was friendly, informative and inspiring. Thank you to Nuria and her team for such an uplifting experience.

    October 2019