What is Evolution?

Raw. Fresh. Edgy. Distinctive. Now in our 7th year, Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival (EMIFF), stays true to it's mission; BRIDGING CULTURES - BRIDGING PEOPLE via international films we shape a creative community for independent filmmakers to network, be inspired and thrive in this exciting Mediterranean island paradise. 
EMIFF is one of the fastest growing, most respected and exciting film festivals in the Mediterranean. An excellent hub for networking with some of the brightest minds in filmmaking, EMIFF is as intimate and invigorating as it is breathtakingly gorgeous. Filmmakers visit this island paradise to discover "the next great generation of filmmakers and be inspired by industry experts" They've yet to go home disappointed.

Now in its 7th year, EMIFF is based in the heart of Mallorca’s buzzing and culturally rich center of Palma. In addition to feature films and short films, EMIFF also welcomes documentaries, music videos, animation shorts, experimental shorts "Made in Baleares" films in all genres and a rapidly growing screenplay competition.

With competitive screenings unfolding at Teatro Principal, Cineciutat, Port Adriano and the museum of modern and contemporary art Es Baluard, EMIFF is an ideal place for indie filmmakers to rub elbows with industry professionals, while enjoying one of the most stunning islands in the Mediterranean as their backdrop.

This year's EMIFF will include screenings, networking events, panels, and workshops every single day for 6 days with up-and-coming filmmakers, established industry professionals as well as the general public interested in arts, film and culture. EMIFF mission is to take the festival goer on a journey without a suitcase; discover new cultures, countries, tribes, people, traditions, relationships around the world.

We have a Films for Kids section dedicated to children ages 6-12, a wonderful combination of animation, stop motion and narrative short films. Our Music Video section thrives to inspire and take you on a visually stunning journey. Our Documentaries intend to open a window to a new world and challenge your point of view with fresh new ideas. Our feature and short film narrative section is raw, distinctive and provocative. The programming is designed to inspire and evoke the emotions that push you to create new things in your own life.

EMIFF attracts over 4000 attendees from over 32 countries worldwide. In conjunction with its sister-screening event in Los Angeles; SEE THE WINNERS, a special selection of winning films screened at the Los Angeles Film School in the heart of Hollywood, EMIFF is becoming an international launching pad for promising new talent in all film genres.

Past EMIFF winners who won major awards after launching their film at EMIFF include;
El Destierro a feature film by Spanish director Arturo Ruiz won the Austin Film Festival and Toulouse Cinespaña, Where To Miss? by Manuela Bastian won best Documentary at Filmfestival Kitzbühel, A Heavy Heart by German director Thomas Stuber won best film at German Film Awards 2016, Anna's Life by Georgian filmmaker Nino Basilia won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cairo International Film Festival and Buddymoon by US filmmaker Alex Simmons won the audience award at Florida Film Festival and Slamdance Film Festival. We are proud that every year EMIFF shortfilms get shortlisted and nominated for an Oscar! This year, three EMIFF 2016 Shortfilms went on to be shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Awards; Timecode by Spanish director Juanjo Gimenez, Bon Voyage by Swiss director Mark Wilkins and Graffiti by Spanish director Lluis Quiles.

EMIFF satisfies the public’s thirst for original filmmaking through its diverse, innovative programming, while focusing on the ever-evolving trends in the world of cinema.
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Festival Prizes
– Best Featurefilm (500€ in cash or InKind prizes)
- Best Director
- Best Editing
- Best Music
– Best Shortfilm (300€ in cash or InKind prizes)
– Best Director (For Feature Film only)
– Best Screenplay (Screenplay competition excludes films being screened)
– Best Actor (For both Feature and Shortfilm)
– Best Actress (For both Feature and Shortfilm)
– Best Documentary Feature (500€ in cash or InKind prizes)
– Best Documentary Short (300€ in cash or InKind prizes)
- Best VR Short Film (In-Kind prize)
– Evolutionary Edge Award (For a filmmaker, we believe has a great future ahead of him)
– Best Made in Baleares Short (300€ in cash or InKind prizes)
- Best Wake Up Europe Award
- Best Bridging Cultures Award
- Best Music Video
- Evolutionary Island Award (Best Feature Film Filmed in the Balearic islands)
- Evolution Honorary Award

EMIFF TERMS OF USE Failure to comply with EMIFF guidelines, rules, regulations, or eligibility may be cause for disqualification and result in having your film pulled from screening. By submitting or entering your work to EMIFF you are admitting that you have read, understood and agreed to follow our Rules and Regulations for festival submissions and to abide by our Terms and Conditions of service and our general festival Rules and Regulations.

By submitting or entering your work to EMIFF , entrants release it’s Board of Directors, Officers, Staff and Volunteers harmless from and against all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation with the competition or participation in any competition related activity. By submitting to EMIFF you are granting EMIFF the rights to use screen grabs, press materials, and stills from your movie on our advertisements, press materials, festival programs and website for a minimum 15 months preceding and following the festival year you are submitted to.

By submitting to EMIFF you are admitting that you are 18 years of age or older. By submitting to EMIFF you are granting the right for EMIFF to screen your film publicly one to four times in the next twelve months, world wide. By entering or submitting to any EMIFF you acknowledge that you are not entitled to any refund or damage claims of any kind if your film is unable to screen due to technical or operational difficulties or if your film needs to be rescheduled or delayed for any reason.

EMIFF is not responsible for broken or non-functioning films, DCP's. In the case that your film gets selected for the official program in 2016, a final screening copy in form of a DCP has to be delivered to the festival no later than 1 month before the opening night of the festival. Every Film with non English dialogue that gets officially selected MUST provide a copy of their film WITH ENGLISH and SPANISH subtitles, no matter what language the dialogue is. If your Film get's to be officially selected as the OPENING FILM of the festival you MUST provide a digital high resolution file with ENGLISH if language is other than english or SPANISH subtitles if language is english - ALREADY ATTACHED AND SYNCHED UP TO THE FINAL SCREENING COPY. THE FESTIVAL DOES NOT TRANSLATE OR EDIT SUBTITLES ONTO THE FILM FOR SCREENING PURPOSES. We do NOT accept separated files of movies and subtitles it has to be provided in ONE file. If EMIFF does not receive a DCP copy of your film (if selected) your film will automatically be disqualified from the program/competition.
EMIFF does not pay any screening fees. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

Overall Rating
  • Guy Nemesh

    I had an amazing time at Evolution international film festival in Palma de Mallorca. The hospitality of the staff, and especially Sandra Seeling Lipski, director of the festival, was very kind and respectful for the filmmakers. We also had a lot of trips around the beautiful island and it's beaches. I'm very grateful for this experience.

    May 2018
  • Justin Possenti

    Wow, wow, wow! First class festival in every aspect. As a film maker I felt honored and humbled to be an official selection of such a lovely and dynamic gathering of film enthusiasts and incredibly talented cinema artists. From the grand opening night venue to the historic environs to the high class parties this festival creates a world of wonder and beauty. Mallorca is breath taking and the antique European center of the city as well as the beaches and seascapes are a feast for the imagination, heart and every last one of the senses. Curation was top notch and the panels were informative and fun. Would love to walk the streets of this mediterranean paradise, partake in the joy of it's people, eat it's exquisite culinary delights, dance until dawn and watch world cinema over and over again. Thank you for selecting us!!!

    May 2018
  • Lydia Bruna

    EMIFF is a wonderful film festival that brings international filmmakers close together. It is still intimate but you can feel how it's growing and it was a great experience to find myself in a community where Oscar-Winner and Debut-Filmmakers can sit around a table and have an on eye-level conversation/discussion.
    I will go back with a new film or without either way!

    November 2017
  • Ari Gold

    This festival was unbelievably good. You never know when you fly across the world what you're going to get. This fest could be A-list in a few years.

    November 2017
  • John Charter

    I participated in the 2017 film festival and it was outstanding. It was my best film festival experience from over a decade of participating in film festivals. Of course it doesn't hurt to be located on the beautiful island of Mallorca, Spain. But beyond that, the selected films were exceptional and highly inspiring. Unlike every other festival I have ever attended, there was not a single time when I thought to myself, why was this selected? It was wall to wall excellence with so many gems that I would have never seen otherwise. And this year Paul Haggis was the special guest. He was highly involved at the festival and shared invaluable insight with all of us filmmakers. Hats off to the entire Evolution staff!

    November 2017