What drive us

A contest dedicated to transcendental cinema, at its several meanings, including philosophic, psychological, scientific, anthropological, spiritual and poetic cinema.

Because transcendence in the man and the world, might be eventually ineffable and, on this, cinematographic art has certain advantages, and a huge responsibility.


Cinemística as an open space-time, with non restrictive features, enabling the authors to develop their own language: all formats, duration, nationality, year of production, etc. are accepted.


An international refuge for films that intend, technically or with the plot, an approaching to the big mystery of world representation, in the art and in the man. Without dogmas, under any individual or collective perspective, from faith, but also from agnosticism, spiritual atheism and scientific thought.


Filmmakers' looks, in all their socio-cultural diversity, interested in any film as a result of personal discovering, researching or experimentation, inspiration and work, from revelation or introspection of the authors. Quotidian, ecstasy and disparity as structures to create depth on the film treatment.


Mysticism and asceticism in film production represent, probably, a more absolute estate compare to others, because a cinema with huge budget and more technical complexity could be done, but sometimes the most humble and simple film is, however, universal.


Impermanent cinematographies, from the still, from 'amateur' cinema (from French verb aimer), define directors not only by what they show and how they do it on screen, but by what they decide not to show.


What appears and disappears, topologies emergence, materials or conscious, and their invisibility or subsequent expiration. The sequential surroundings of emptiness, of matters and time. Shafts at the discourse, eloquent, everyone can understand it by himself. Absence and miracle: Mystic as a possible cohabit together.


The first and highest award of the contest has a strong symbology: “THE MAGNIFIER AND THE MAGNET”. It’s about two elements connected very close with the person of the famous granadian cinemist José Val del Omar (1904-1982), who thought about the magnifier as occidental culture symbol (the obvious, the rational) against the magnet, element of the oriental culture (the magnetism, the invisible). For Val del Omar, Granada will be the meeting point between East and West.

1. Participation

Participation is open to all film producers and directors of any nationality or origin. Each author can present the number of films that they want, except for films which have previously been submitted to this contest.

2. Requirements

All genres are allowed (fiction, animation, documentary, experimental), production year, duration (shorts and features films), and format. The pieces will be presented either on DVD or Vimeo link etc.

The formats of the films to the projection can be:

- Physique format of S8mm, 16mm. or DVD or BluRay.
- Digital format (.MP4, .MOV, .MPEG, etc...)

The participant films must be in original version with Spanish subtitles. They could be admitted with English or French subtitles, by justified reasons.

The authors will be the responsible of doing the pays of the copyright of their films.

3. Registration

To participate in this contest, the following conditions must be respected, and the participants will behave in accordance with:

- Each participant must complete and send before the dead-line the registration questionnaire which will be found further on this same web:

The Festival will recognize the signer of the registration questionnaire as the only interlocutor to negotiate all the aspects related to the film and as the only responsible rather than other companies or people who have been involved on the film production.

- Audiovisual format for the preselection.

In case that you have not indicated in the entry form a link & password for downloading your film, a copy will be sent by postal mail or courier service, in DVD or BluRay format, to the next address:

Plaza Campo del Príncipe 1, bajo-izquierda
18009 Granada - Spain

Transport costs will be paid by the entity which register the film.
Express agreement is made to the contrary, the Festival will not return any DVD received. In case of refund, the shipping costs will be paid by the person who request it.

The sender will communicate immediately to the Festival the delivery information.

In case of being selected, the management will contact the author asking for the material necessary for the projection and promotion of the film.

Selected films will be exhibited at the time and places showed on the programme and on the official website The films received will be kept on Arte7Cinemateca catalogue and may be free used (without copyrights etc.) for their cultural activities as well as in screenings in the Asociación Guadalcine/Arte7 activities in universities, cinema clubs and cultural centers.

Participation implies the full acceptance of these rules.

4. Price list for film inscriptions

Film with a duration of 30 minutes or lower: 10.- $
Film with a duration over 30 minutes: 19.-€

Overall Rating
  • Patrick Pfister

    This excellent, experimental, exuberant festival is a sanctuary for true cinema. Manuel Polls cares deeply, curates wisely and does the work of five or six normal people. It was an honor to be selected, a joy to attend.

    Muchas, muchas gracias y un abrazo muy fuerte desde Barcelona.

    November 2022
  • !Una maravilla! I was so honoured to participate in this wonderful festival, with such a wide variety of high quality films. Thank you Miguel and the rest of the team and I hope to see you all again in the future. !Que bonito! Gracias

    November 2021
  • Gang Zhao

    It’s a great film festival, and it’s a great honor to participate in it. Thank you!

    May 2021
  • Steve Socki

    Hope to attend festival next year!

    February 2020
  • Manuel Alvarez Diestro

    In my sincere opinion one of the best curated film festivals that I have seen in my ten years of screening in film festivals. A very sincere and sensitive approach where all films get a proper announcement through the festival's channels. Also, the festival efforts to connect film making transversaly with other disciplines such as philosophy, the spiritual or architecture. Not to forget you always get contacted by the programmer particularly at times when many film festivals screen your films with no efforts to connect with the filmmaker. Clearly a festival in Granada that considers itself small but I think very big in human touch and handling of beautiful projects.

    January 2020
    Response from festival:

    Estimado Manuel, muchas gracias por sus amables comentarios y su obra, que nos sedujo antes, durante y después de su proyección en el aula magna de la ETS de Arquitectura de Granada. A mí personalmente me evocó la ciencia ficción de "Farenheit 451" y de "2026", pero con un tono ataraxico y ascético que rozaba la mística. He visto sus fotos de urbanismo en Corea y sería un placer seguir en contacto. Yo coordino un taller de cine y arquitectura en la ETSAG, y tal vez le interesase ver algunos cortos experimentales que van saliendo de nuestra cosecha. Mi correo es
    Un fuerte abrazo, Manuel