The Hell Chess Film festival is an event celebrated in Campo de Gibraltar, Spain.
This year we got a special Festival with a final venue in Madrid and a special venue in Sierra Nevada (Granada).
We celebrate our screening and Awards Festival.
We celebrate the commemoration of the great Hell Chess film made by From the ruin to Paradise society. This is our sixth Edition .
This year you´ll receive a philosophical welcoming!
We invite all artists from the whole world to participate.
Every year since 2013, we project our Hell Chess film and we play chess in a tournament.
But this year the thing is going to be completed with your artistic works (films and photos) . So, we have a double contest to all kind of films and to photos of cinemas.
Make a better place to live with the best of your souls!
And be elegant to express it!


Awards & Prizes

The spirit of the Hell Chess Festival is so mysterious that you could feel a victory sensation even before starting. So, be sensitive now!

Sterling Silver Trophy to the Best Film.
And diplomas to the rest of the selected films.
One special award to "The Best screening room" (if you had a public cinema or a private screening room in your home send us a photo using our images as festival in the screen). If you win you can be one of our special venues.
Special awards will receive our spanish limited edition book "La nieve en llamas".

We got a very special communication with the filmmakers, so all your films will be revised in a very complete way and you will receive our review to improve future projects. You will feel this festival is the festival all filmmakers needed to have.

Rules & Terms

The rules are quite simple.
You can submit all kind of films and all kind of music without any limit.The artist freedom is complete. You can submit short films, feature films, documentaries, video clips, trailers, Video Art or whatever digital sight and sound form. Films got no length required.
But the risk, a deep colorful philosophy and the new forms of cinema language are better for us to be selected. As well as synthesis and capacity of being brief.
For the screening /cinema room photos the rules are these: Take a photo of your cinema while an image of our festival is in the cinema screen. Under this rules you got liberty, but the cinema room got to be yours (private or public screening room). As special, original or romantic you can.


4 Reviews

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    Mohammad Mohammadian

    Your festival is very nice, Thank you so much.

    March 2017
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    Shihyun Wang

    As a new filmmaker, I grew used to rejection. So it was a pleasant surprise to get feedback on my films "not selected" by "Hell Chess". A quick note telling me how I can improved my film showed their interest in helping filmmakers like me to excel. Although most people would give up after the first rejection, I submitted 4 more films. 3 were rejected with great advises. Eventually, "The Last Chance to Save Earth" was accepted and "Girl Indigo", which won "Best Film" of 2017.

    When my Spanish Speaking friend watched the announcement with me, he pose the award video to double check google translate as he can't believe we won. It is unthinkable that someone with little experience and low budget can even be considered in such a prestigious film award. But life is full of choices, their choice on my film was a brave one. It showed that films are not made by cameras, but by heart. If you are as passionate in telling your stories as I am, and you can only submit to 1 film festival, send to Hell Chess. When you make the choice to send your film, you are a winner already.

    March 2017
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    The Hell Chess festival is really a film festival about passion and search of new trends in cinema. From what I can tell, the selection was eclectic and original! It was original because it was experimental and philosophical.

    Regarding logistics, I had a very good contact with the director who is passionate with experimental movies. For sure it is not a for-profit festival and the Director made everything possible to send a beautiful piece of art as a reward for the Best Movie. Everything was about trust and curiosity!

    We were lucky enough to watch the experimental movie which led the director to organize the festival: Hell Chess. Though it is usually only broadcast in festival, the director agreed to share its view on cinema with us in order to show us what he thought was worthy. I already planned to make everything possible to take part of next year festival as a spectator in order to share experience with the members.

    The director also manage to get some visibility on the press. Our movie was mentioned and shortly depicted, telling the reason it got the award. We were able in the future to share it in order to justify the skills of our team.

    I hope this Festival will have a great future and I already see it as an alternative place to share uncommon ways of telling stories and ideas through images. As winner of the Best Picture award, I am now the guardian of a plate of silver which already belonged to another great artist in the past. It made me proud and willing to continue cinema knowing that somewhere on the globe some people are receptive to new experiment.

    July 2016
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    David King

    Although I won the Best Director award for my experimental art film EXIT, I was unable to attend the Hell Chess Film Festival for the simple reason that I live in Australia and the airfare to Spain is too expensive.

    So I cannot comment on how well run the festival was or the quality of the screenings. I can only say that from the moment the organisers took a liking to my film, I had excellent online communication with them. I have since been informed that the technical quality of the screenings was – and always is - excellent.

    The Hell Chess Film Festival isn't interested in crowd-pleasing conventional movie fare. It aims to attract films which dare to challenge and break the rules, find new ways to tell stories, and present bold new artistic visions – something which is becoming all too rare in these economically rationalist times with film studios run by the kind of people who could just as easily be manufacturing toasters or drilling for oil.

    My film was a perfect fit for this festival but I didn't know this when I entered. I only realised later after watching the festival's own film which turned out to be similar in some ways to my own. Even
    the length of our films was similar, both being around 27 minutes.

    Perhaps because of this similarity (and the joy of finding a kindred spirit), the organisers were happy to help me with Spanish subtitles which otherwise would have been impossible for me to achieve since I was unable to engage a commercial subtitling company and Google Translate tends to be unreliable at best.

    From this experience, I can say that if the Hell Chess Film Festival's organisers like your film, you will be extremely well treated.

    The communication is constant and there is never any feeling of being a burden on busy people. Not for them, the curt one or two word reply to a question. They answer properly and in detail and follow up to ensure everything is okay.

    They also take time to let those filmmakers whose films they reject know why they were rejected. In many cases it has nothing to do with the quality of a film but simply the philosophy of the festival which is reflected in its selection.

    Hell Chess is indeed be a wonderful experience for those few (nine in all this year) filmmakers lucky enough to be selected. Even from Australia, it was a wonderful experience for me.

    Vive a la Hell Chess!


    July 2016