Elche International Independent Film Festival turns 42th. It is the 12th oldest in Spain. He is a contributor to the Goya Awards of the Spanish Film Academy and Festival Recommended by the Association of the Short Film Industry in Spain for 2019.

In this 42th Edition we have as one of the main novelties to differentiate authors by profiles. We know that no two authors are the same and so we give you the freedom to participate as you want. In each profile there is a prize: you decide. And that's why this year we have increased the economic value of the awards.

We want the public in our city to discover the talents that will never reach theaters alone. If you are one of those selected your short film will be seen by a demanding jury and by a loyal audience. Every day we are accompanied in the city of Elche thousand people who want to see the best works of independent cinema.

There is also the online visualization. The official website of the Festival www.festivalcineelx.es is an advanced tool. If you want your short film to be seen in open mode the page can be used to watch short films, comment them, share them on social networks and vote them.

If you want your short film to be seen only by the jury, only they will see it. It's up to you.

This year we have reached an agreement with the Video on Demand (VOD) platform Filmin. All the short films that are selected for the Official Selection and give their consent may be shown on this platform between July and August 2018.

FICIE is committed and wants authors to be able to start receiving financial rewards for their short films. All information and rules for this edition are available at www.festivalcineelx.es/bases and also at https://es.scribd.com/document/375840786/41st-Elche-International-Independent-Film-Festival-Contest-Rules

We hope that this year you enjoy this edition and that you find your site to be with us.

Thanks!

The rules of the Festival can be seen here: https://es.scribd.com/document/402242499/42th-Elche-International-Independent-Film-Festival-Rules

Las bases en español se pueden descargar aquí: https://es.scribd.com/document/402242448/42-Festival-Internacional-de-Cine-Independiente-de-Elche-Bases

AWARDS

“CAJA MEDITERRANEO” FOUNDATION FOR THE BEST SHORT FILM AWARD, which can be chosen from among Fiction, Animation and Documentary. It is endowed with 3,000 euros and the “Dama” Trophy, for which both spanish and international short films are eligible.

It is the Extraordinary Award of the FICIE. In addition, in the event that it is a spanish short film and complies with the rules of the Spanish Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences in the section of Best National Short Film in any category, you will have the right to automatically enter your short film in the Pre-selection for the 33rd Edition of the 2020 Goya Awards.

ELCHE TOWN COUNCIL FOR THE BEST FICTION SHORT FILM AWARD, which can be spanish or international and is endowed with 2,000 euros and the “Dama” Trophy.

BEST ANIMATION SHORT FILM AWARD, which can be spanish or international. It is endowed with 2,000 euros and the “Dama” Trophy.

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM AWARD, which can be spanish or international. Endowed with 2.000 euros and “Dama” Trophy.

BEST IBEROAMERICAN SHORT FILM AWARD, which can be spanish or international. Endowed with 2.000 euros and “Dama” Trophy.

BEST EUROPEAN SHORT FILM AWARD, is endowed with 1,000 euros and “Dama” Trophy. It can be chosen from among those of Fiction, Animation and Documentary, coming only from the countries of the European Union (not Spain).

“FES CURT". BEST SHORT FILM OF THE VALENCIAN COMMUNITY AWARD, endowed with 500 euros and “Dama” Trophy. Which can be chosen from among Fiction, Animation and Documentary and whose production comes from authors from the Valencian Community or from producers based in that Autonomous Community and preferably in Valencian language or subtitled to this language.

“CINECLUB LUIS BUÑUEL". BEST NOVEL AUTHOR AWARD, endowed with 500 euros and the “Dama” Trophy. Which can be chosen from among Fiction, Animation and Documentary. Both spanish and international authors who have made up to their third short film are eligible.

MOBILE FILM MAKER AWARD, endowed with 500 euros and “Dama” Trophy. They can be Fiction or Documentaries, to which both spanish and international authors whose production has been made through smartphone will be able to opt.

"HORT DEL XOCOLATER" PUBLIC AWARD, endowed with 1.000 euros and “Dama” Trophy to which those spanish and international short films that are part of the Official Section of FICIE will be eligible and the short film that receives the most votes from the public attending the projections of the Official Section in the “Hort del Xocolater” Park between 19 and 25 July 2019 will be awarded.

ONLINE PUBLIC AWARD, endowed with the “Dama” Trophy, for which both spanish and international short films shown openly on the official FICIE website at www.festivalcineelx.es will be eligible. The short film that receives the most votes from the date of publication of these rules until 23:59:59 (spanish time) on 25 July 2019 will be awarded. Only registered users of the website www.festivalcineelx.es will be able to vote for the short films presented in open format.

The Organization reserves the right to cancel any vote cast fraudulently or due to any type of manipulation of the voting system.

FICIE SCHOOL PITCH AWARD, which will be chosen by students of the “Miguel Hernández” University, in Communication who carry out a television series project. The prize is endowed with 1,000 euros and “Dama” Trophy with the concession of the prize as aid to carry out the project. All the information of this call in the document attached to these rules "Call for FICIE School Pitch Award" which will appear on the website of the “Miguel Hernández University”, on the official website of the FICIE at www.festivalcineelx.es and on its blog https://festivalcineelx.wordpress.com.

Any prize obtained is exclusive of all others, except the "Hort del Xocolater" Public Award.

The members of the juries of Qualification have the power to change categories to those short films that deserve to be awarded.

The Selection and Qualification Juries will be formed by members of the Cineclub "Luis Buñuel" of Elche (founders of FICIE) and professionals of production, direction, photography, university and design and their verdict, which will be unappealable, will be announced at the Closing Ceremony on July 26, 2019.

All the prizes will be given to the authors or will be collected in their place by the people designated by them and who can attend.

In order to protect copyrights, all participating works, both those presented openly and those that have been presented solely for the Jury's viewing, will be eliminated after the Closing Ceremony and the closing of the website www.festivalcineelx.es.

In addition,

In the opinion of the jury, a spanish short film from the Official Section will go as a finalist in the Spanish Focus of the Reykjavík International Film Festival in its 2019 edition.

The winner of the Mobile Film Maker Award enters directly as a finalist in the Cinephone Smartphone Film Festival.

MARCH 2019

The rules of the Festival can be seen here: https://es.scribd.com/document/402242499/42th-Elche-International-Independent-Film-Festival-Rules

Las bases en español se pueden descargar aquí: https://es.scribd.com/document/402242448/42-Festival-Internacional-de-Cine-Independiente-de-Elche-Bases
KEYS TO THIS EDITION

- Short Film Admission Deadline: from the date of publication of these rules until May 3, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. (spanish time)

- Online viewing and voting of the short films presented in open format: from the date of publication of these rules until 25 July 2019, at 23:59:59 (spanish time).

- Selected communication Official section: as of 10 June 2019

- Submission of selected digital files: In the second half of June 2019

- Communication of the calendar of the Projections Agenda: In the second half of June 2019.

- Place of the projections of the Official Section and of the sections Mostra´t: "Hort del Xocolater" Park and in the “Arenales del Sol” Beach (Elche).

- Projections of the Sections Mostra´t (non-competitive): From 19 to 25 July 2019

- Projections of the Official Section: From 19 to 19 July 2019, from 22:00 (spanish time)

- Closing Ceremony: 26 July 2019, at 22:00 (spanish time)

- FICIE screenings in Filmin: July/August 2019. See below.

- School Pitch. Announcement of scholarship to the best project in the development of a television series. See below.

- The economic endowment of the awards and the School Ptich amounts to 14,500 euros.

- In the opinion of the jury, a Spanish short film from the Official Section will go as a finalist to the Spanish Focus of the Reykjavík International Film Festival in its October 2019 edition. See below.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Any natural person over 18 years of age, any legal entity, may participate and/or compete, regardless of nationality. There is no limit to the number of short films with which an Author/Producer/Distributor can participate.

WHAT TYPE OF SHORT FILM CAN PARTICIPATE?

The Author/Producer/Distributor may submit as many short films as he/she wishes that have been produced after January 1, 2017.

The short films are audiovisual productions of up to 25 minutes and must be fiction, animation or documentary in the video formats admitted avi, mov, mp4 and mkv and with a resolution of 1920x1080 and with a weight of 500 megas admitted by the official website of the FICIE.

In the Mobile Film Maker category, the same rules apply as for the rest, but with the following conditions: shorts made by smartphones are only allowed, indicating brand and model; the use of mobile devices (drones, action cameras, etc.) is allowed for a maximum of 10% of the total duration of the short film; the duration will be up to 15 minutes; the use of external elements (microphones, dollies lighting) is allowed during filming and the use of editing programmes or image treatments that the participant deems appropriate during post-production.

Failure to indicate the make and model of the smartphone will result in the automatic disqualification of the short film, and the prize may not be awarded at the discretion of the Jury and the FICIE Organization.

Reduced, modified or extended versions of other short films will not be admitted, nor may they have been presented in previous editions of FICIE or with any other title. Commercials, video clips or trailers of other films or unfinished works (work in progress) will not be accepted.

If their language is NOT spanish, they must have subtitles inserted in spanish. The official online platform of the FICIE at www.festivalcineelx.es admits subtitles in srt format separately.

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?

The Author/Producer/Distributor may submit as many short films as he/she wishes from the date of publication of these rules until 12:00 p.m. (spanish time) on 3 May 2019 on the FICIE website at www.festivalcineelx.es or on the associated online platforms described below. Physical delivery via postal and/or courier services will NOT be accepted.

The associated online platforms in this edition are Click for Festivals, Movibeta, Filmfreeway and Festhome. There will also be available the bases of this edition of the FICIE in english.

If contestants wish to register via the FICIE website at www.festivalcineelx.es, they may opt for one of the two forms of participation after registering on the FICIE website:

- Open: the works may be viewed in their entirety on the official FICIE website for the purposes of viewing, voting and recognition.

- Restricted to the Jury: the entrant will expressly indicate that he/she wishes his/her works to be seen only by the Jury and they will only be exhibited if they enter the Official Section.

All short films presented openly on the associated online platforms will appear openly on the official FICIE platform. All short films that wish to be shown only in the eyes of the Jury will appear in the same way on the official FICIE platform at www.festivalcineelx.es.

- Embed from Vimeo

The official FICIE application is able to "embed" also from files coming from Vimeo, as shown in the attached image. You only have to write in the field "ID of the video" the numbers that go behind the url of the video that will start with http://vimeo.com........

In the example https://vimeo.com/209266360 the ID of the video to be annotated would be 209266360.

- Embed from Youtube

The procedure would be very similar to the previous one. The ID of a video on Youtube is the combination of numbers and letters that come after "v=" in the link (Youtube link in the browser bar:

For example: from this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXvucVWwm28, where RWvucVWwm28 would be the ID.

Both the official platform of FICIE and its associates do NOT distribute these contents to third parties or display them on their websites without the consent of the Author/Producer/Distributor.

The Author/Producer/Distributor may at any time request the deletion of any work submitted to the competition by emailing festivalelche@cajamediterraneo.es.

In order to preserve the rights of the Author/Producer/Distributor, at the end of the 42th Edition of the FICIE all short films uploaded, both open and private, to the FICIE website will be removed and the links to the associated online platforms will also be deactivated.

All doubts can be resolved in:

E-mail: festivalelche@cajamediterraneo.es
Facebook: https://es-es.facebook.com/festivaldecine/
Twitter @festivalelche

At the time of registration, both on the official FICIE platform and on the associated platforms, the Author/Producer/Distributor will have at their disposal a menu where they can choose in which category and prize they wish to register their short films.

The Organization will contact all participants from the end of the registration period to confirm or not their effective participation in this edition.

WHEN, WHICH SHORT FILMS WILL BE SCREENED AND WHERE?

The Selection Jury will select the short films that will form part of the Official Section. Their decision will be known as of June 10, 2019. All the short films that have been finally selected will be notified of their participation.

The screenings of the Official Competitive Section and the Sections Mostra´t (non-competitive) will take place from 19 to 25 July 2019, from 21:30 (spanish time) in the "Hort del Xocolater" Park and “Arenales del Sol” Beach.

The Sections Mostra´t (Mostra´t Jove, Mostra´t UMH and Mostra´t Elx) are NOT competitive and have the objective of supporting short films made by ilicitan authors, associations, students of educational centers and universities of the Degree of Communication of the University Miguel Hernandez de Elche. The aim is to emphasise the values of equality, integration and training in local audiovisual production both for future filmmakers and young people as film consumers.

The FICIE Organization will publish in its written media, online and on social networks, the calendar and programming of the screenings.

HOW AND WHERE IS IT SCREENED?

Once the short films that will form part of the Official Section are known, the Organization will contact the Author/Producer/Distributor to request high quality projection copies that must be in their possession by June 25, 2019.

The short films selected must be identical in length, content and title to those presented on the official FICIE website and/or its associated online platforms. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

The Organization is committed to maximum quality in the screenings and will guarantee the satisfaction of the Author/Producer/Distributor. The quality standard to be projected is a minimum recommended resolution of 1080 and a weight of 1.5 GB and in avi, mov, mp4 and/or mkv format.
The form of shipment will be online: Dropbox, Google Drive, Onedrive, Wetransfer, etc., but in the case that originals of maximum quality are sent the Organization will take care of the sent materials. The FICIE Organization will contact the selected ones in order to reach a consensus on the quality of the project.

The screenings will take place in the "Hort del Xocolater" Park in the city of Elche and before a capacity of approximately one thousand people. There will also be simultaneous screenings on the “Arenales del Sol” Beach with a capacity of approximately three hundred people.

FICIE CHANNEL. FILMIN

The short films selected for the Official Section will participate, if they wish, in the online edition of the competition, through the film platform at VOD Filmin, the Spanish reference for independent cinema. The short films will be shown on this platform during the months of July and August 2018, including the official dates of the FICIE.

The profits obtained will be distributed as follows: 60% for short films; 40% for Filmin.

In order to be registered in this channel, the FICIE Organization will contact those selected to obtain their authorization and request the digital files of the short films in the following formats:

File containers: mov, mkv
File encoding: ProRes 422 and 422 HQ, H264, avi or DCP.

The following information is also required:

Title
Synopsis
Year
Duration
Nationality
Director
Poster
2 photos per short

The FICIE Organization will contact the authorised contact of the selected short films to find out whether or not they wish to participate in the FICIE channel on Filmin. A posteriori it will facilitate contact with Filmin so that they can directly manage the sending of these materials and so that they can resolve doubts and so on.

You will be able to follow all the programming at http://filmin.es/canal/festival-de-elche

WHAT CATEGORIES OF CONTESTANTS ARE THERE?
No two authors are the same as no two categories are the same. A short film can only be assigned to one category.
When registering their short films on the official FICIE platform at www.festivalcineelx.es (or on the associated online platforms), the Author/Producer/Distributor will decide in which category to register their short film. However, the FICIE Selection Juries will have the power to transfer from profile those short films that, according to their criteria, are not in the corresponding one:

- Fiction Category: Those who enter this category will be spanish and international fiction authors who wish to compete for the “Caja Mediterráneo” Foundation for the Best Short Film Award, Elche City Council Award for Best Fiction Short Film, for Best European Short Film Award and Best Ibero-American Short Film Award.

- Animation Category: Those who enter this category will be spanish and international Animation authors who wish to compete for the Best Animated Short Film Award, “Caja Mediterráneo” Foundation for Best Short Film Award, Best European Short Film Award and Best Ibero-American Short Film Award.

- Documentary Category: Those who enter this category will be spanish and international documentary filmmakers who want to compete for the Best Documentary Short Film Award, “Caja Mediterráneo” Foundation for Best Short Film Award, Best European Short Film Award and Best Ibero-American Short Film Award.

- “Fes Curt” Category: Those productions that come from authors from the Valencian Community or from producers based in that Autonomous Community and that only want to compete for the Best Short Film in the Valencian Community Award will be entered. They can be works of Fiction, Animation or Documentary and preferably in Valencian language or subtitled in it.

- Novel Author Category: Both spanish and international authors who have made up to their third short film and who only want to compete for the Best Novel Short Film Award are eligible. They can be works of Fiction, Animation or Documentary.

- Mobile Film Maker Category: Both spanish and international authors whose production has been made using a smartphone are eligible. It can be Fiction or Documentary.

WHAT AWARDS AND COLLABORATIONS ARE OFFERED?

“CAJA MEDITERRANEO” FOUNDATION FOR THE BEST SHORT FILM AWARD, which can be chosen from among Fiction, Animation and Documentary. It is endowed with 3,000 euros and the “Dama” Trophy, for which both spanish and international short films are eligible.

It is the Extraordinary Award of the FICIE. In addition, in the event that it is a spanish short film and complies with the rules of the Spanish Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences in the section of Best National Short Film in any category, you will have the right to automatically enter your short film in the Pre-selection for the 34rd Edition of the 2020 Goya Awards.

ELCHE TOWN COUNCIL FOR THE BEST FICTION SHORT FILM AWARD, which can be spanish or international and is endowed with 2,000 euros and the “Dama” Trophy.

BEST ANIMATION SHORT FILM AWARD, which can be spanish or international. It is endowed with 2,000 euros and the “Dama” Trophy.

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM AWARD, which can be spanish or international. Endowed with 2.000 euros and “Dama” Trophy.

BEST IBEROAMERICAN SHORT FILM AWARD, exclusively from Hispanic American countries plus Brazil (not Spain). Endowed with 2.000 euros and “Dama” Trophy.

BEST EUROPEAN SHORT FILM AWARD, is endowed with 1,000 euros and “Dama” Trophy. It can be chosen from among those of Fiction, Animation and Documentary, coming only from the countries of the European Union (not Spain).

“FES CURT". BEST SHORT FILM OF THE VALENCIAN COMMUNITY AWARD, endowed with 500 euros and “Dama” Trophy. Which can be chosen from among Fiction, Animation and Documentary and whose production comes from authors from the Valencian Community or from producers based in that Autonomous Community and preferably in Valencian language or subtitled to this language.

“CINECLUB LUIS BUÑUEL". BEST NOVEL AUTHOR AWARD, endowed with 500 euros and the “Dama” Trophy. Which can be chosen from among Fiction, Animation and Documentary. Both spanish and international authors who have made up to their third short film are eligible.

MOBILE FILM MAKER AWARD, endowed with 500 euros and “Dama” Trophy. They can be Fiction or Documentaries, to which both spanish and international authors whose production has been made through smartphone will be able to opt.

"HORT DEL XOCOLATER" PUBLIC AWARD, endowed with 1.000 euros and “Dama” Trophy to which those spanish and international short films that are part of the Official Section of FICIE will be eligible and the short film that receives the most votes from the public attending the projections of the Official Section in the “Hort del Xocolater” Park between 19 and 25 July 2019 will be awarded.

ONLINE PUBLIC AWARD, endowed with the “Dama” Trophy, for which both spanish and international short films shown openly on the official FICIE website at www.festivalcineelx.es will be eligible. The short film that receives the most votes from the date of publication of these rules until 23:59:59 (spanish time) on 25 July 2019 will be awarded. Only registered users of the website www.festivalcineelx.es will be able to vote for the short films presented in open format.

The Organization reserves the right to cancel any vote cast fraudulently or due to any type of manipulation of the voting system.

FICIE SCHOOL PITCH AWARD, which will be chosen by students of the “Miguel Hernández” University, in Communication who carry out a television series project. The prize is endowed with 1,000 euros and “Dama” Trophy with the concession of the prize as aid to carry out the project. All the information of this call in the document attached to these rules "Call for FICIE School Pitch Award" which will appear on the website of the “Miguel Hernández University”, on the official website of the FICIE at www.festivalcineelx.es and on its blog https://festivalcineelx.wordpress.com.

Any prize obtained is exclusive of all others, except the "Hort del Xocolater" Public Award.

The members of the juries of Qualification have the power to change categories to those short films that deserve to be awarded.

The Selection and Qualification Juries will be formed by members of the Cineclub "Luis Buñuel" of Elche (founders of FICIE) and professionals of production, direction, photography, university and design and their verdict, which will be unappealable, will be announced at the Closing Ceremony on July 26, 2019.

All the prizes will be given to the authors or will be collected in their place by the people designated by them and who can attend.

In order to protect copyrights, all participating works, both those presented openly and those that have been presented solely for the Jury's viewing, will be eliminated after the Closing Ceremony and the closing of the website www.festivalcineelx.es.

In addition,

In the opinion of the jury, a spanish short film from the Official Section will go as a finalist in the Spanish Focus of the Reykjavík International Film Festival in its 2019 edition.

The winner of the Mobile Film Maker Award enters directly as a finalist in the Cinephone Smartphone Film Festival.

WHAT IS DONE WITH THE SHORT FILMS AND THE STORED PERSONAL DATA?

The Author/Director/Distributor of the works submitted to the competition declares that they are their own authorship, direction and production and that, being original, they are free from third party claims.

Without prejudice to the use and marketing that the Author/Director/Distributor makes of the winning work, the Organization is entitled to:

- The right to keep the works in a digital archive in the domains and/or web pages of the “Caja Mediterráneo” Foundation, so that they can only be viewed by users during the period of validity of the Festival in any of its editions during the period of validity. Only those works that have been marked "Open" by the Author/Director/Distributor will be viewed online. Online access to the works may be made from the place and at the time chosen, allowing only direct online viewing (streaming). Once the edition is finished, all the participating works, both open and private, will be deleted and removed from the online support.
- The limited public communication rights of the winning works so that the “Caja Mediterráneo” Foundation, through the activities it organises or collaborates with, can carry out as many screenings as necessary in order to promote the winning works. The screenings will serve to disseminate the short film and the Festival itself, as long as this does not affect the distribution and possible marketing of the short film and always in contact with the Author/Director/Distributor.

- The reproduction rights of the winning works so that they can be archived and so that the “Caja Mediterráneo” Foundation can make a special edition in cd, dvd, online or similar format in which the work is included together with the rest of the works submitted to this or previous Editions of the Elche International Independent Film Festival, but always with the authorisation of the Author/Director/Distributor in order not to damage its distribution and commercialisation.

- Despite the Organization having these limited rights of reproduction, the Author/Director/Distributor of the winning works may contact the Organization to request the withdrawal of any of their works, in the event that it is negotiating its marketing or distribution. The “Caja Mediterráneo” Foundation supports the short film industry by paying royalties to SGAE on all its reproductions, whether during the screenings in the Official Section or in other cycles that are organized.

HOW AND WHEN ARE PRIZES PAID?

The FICIE Organization will contact all the winners to inform them of the payment conditions. The Organization undertakes to make the payment in a maximum of three months after having the corresponding information, with the following exceptions:

If the Organization is unable to establish contact with the winner(s) within this period, the amount of the prize will be returned to the Fundación Caja Mediterráneo as the organiser of the FICIE.

If the Organization is unable to make the bank transfer due to international trade embargoes.

If the Organization cannot contact or have a postal address to properly deliver the trophies of the authors who could not come to collect them, they will be returned to the “Caja Mediterráneo” Foundation.

WHAT ABOUT LEGAL NOTICES?

All the legal points accompany the bases in the document that is on the FICIE website called Legal Notices.

The Organization is exonerated of all responsibility in case of the malfunction of the Internet network, which prevents the normal development of the competition for reasons beyond the control of the Organization and, especially, for external acts of bad faith.

Participation in this edition of the Festival implies full acceptance of these rules. Any circumstance not foreseen in the same, will be resolved by the Organization and will be mandatory for all participants.

MARCH 2019

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  • Sadegh Javadi Nikjeh

    Unfortunately I could not attend the Elche festival. But my film was broadcast there and I hope that I will be in the next year with my new animation .

    July 2018
  • Rodrigo Cardoso

    Great festival, well structured and organized.

    July 2017
  • Vinay Pujara

    Thanks for the platform & opportunity. Looking forward to next year.

    May 2017
  • kevin albuquerque

    Thank you guys!!! Really nice.

    March 2017
  • Andrew hay

    Thank you for voting my film '1 and 2' semi finalist in your festival !!!! it means very much to me , I hope to visit one day !! Andy Hay.

    February 2017