MANIFESTO What is Craft Cinema?

Craft products are associated with sophisticated taste, multifaceted flavours, quality ingredients, a personal touch, passion, and copious talent involved in the production process. All of this applies to craft cinema in particular. It is a result of boutique microproduction that lacks the support of big industry and important institutions but fights for its independent viewpoint.

Craft means auteur cinema par exellence created by people who often sacrifice their sleep and private lives for the sole sake of expressing what they could not leave unexpressed.

Its common features include:

- auteur point of view;
- distinctive personal style;
- high quality of all its components with attention to details;
- off-"big industry";

- not (or scarcely) supported by mainstream institutions;

- independently and self-produced;

- with limited distribution (not necessarily but it often happens).

Such stylistic and production "restrictions" often suppose micro-budget as well, but the budget amount is not a defining criteria.

The most important characteristic of craft cinema is that it comes straight from the heart. And this is priceless.

We have three awards in our festival. All feature films compete with each other for the audience award and for the jury award.

The short films will compete for the jury award.

Winners will receive a sculpture of our eye logo. Depending of the edition this will be maid of iron, wood or other materials.

FEATURE FILMS:
DIY, indie , micro-budget independent and self-financed international FEATURE FILM ONLY -
NO DOCUMENTARY.
All genre : animation, fiction, fantastic, horror, experimental
MAXIMUM DURATION OF FILM 60' to 120' MAXIMUM - OTHERWISE SUBMISSION DISQUALIFIED - thank you
SUBTITLES : SPANISH PREFERABLE + ENGLISH
No preview screening of the film in Barcelona, Spain.
The film cannot be on display to be viewed on online platforms in Spain.

SHORT FILMS:
MAXIMUM DURATION OF SHORT is 15' MAXIMUM - OTHERWISE SUBMISSION DISQUALIFIED
All genre : animation, fiction, fantastic, horror, experimental
SUBTITLES : SPANISH PREFERABLE + ENGLISH

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Cautiva y Desarmada

    Craft Film Festival BCN apuesta verdaderamente por un cine artesanal y alejado de los circuitos comerciales. No es tan frecuente, pero ellos creen en su propuesta y la defienden con uñas y dientes, así lo corroboran las películas seleccionadas.

    En esta tercera edición han completado su programa con coloquios, conciertos y una pequeña exposición de carteles. Todo enmarcado en la Nau Bostik, un referente del circuito artístico alternativo en Barcelona.

    El trato fue cercano, cálido, por parte de los responsables del festival. Y el público respondió acudiendo a las proyecciones: para que sus ojos miren las películas.

    Craft es una ventana abierta. Si te asomas ves cine, respiras cine.
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    Craft Film Festival BCN is truly committed to independent cinema, far from the commercial circuit. That's not a well-trodden path, but they know how to walk and they believe in their purpose. This is reflected in the films they select.

    In this year's edition -the third one already- they have expanded the program with roundtables, concerts and a small exhibition of film posters. All events were framed in Nau Bostik, a flagship spot of the alternative art circuit of Barcelona.

    The festival team were very hospitable and welcoming. And the audience responded by attending the screenings so that their eyes could gorge on the films.

    Craft is an open window. If you look through it you see cinema, you breathe cinema.

    May 2019
  • Diana Galimzyanova

    My debut feature The Lightest Darkness was screened at Craft Film Fest. Unfortunate i wasn't able to attend, but the communication was perfect. And the festival stuff did the tremendous amount of work promoting the festival, with real media coverage and all. They also were amazing enough to translate Spanish subtitles for my film. I wish nothing but the best to the wonderful people who run the festival. I hope I'll be able to attend it in the future when it's gonna become even bigger, cos with this kinda dedication it will for sure.

    April 2018
  • Sangwoo Lee

    Although I couldn't make it to the festival, the communication was excellent. I wish I could attend the film fest next year for the new film.

    June 2017
  • Michał Węgrzyn

    Super! This festival has incredible energy.

    April 2017
  • We were very fortunate to attend the inaugural 1st Craft Film Festival BCN event in Barcelona for the premiere of our Film and we were really impressed by the great hospitality we received by all of the festival team members. We met the Founder Vanessa, who is just a lovely and wholesome person with great vibes. The Festival showcased some really awesome films and totally stands by the "Craft" credo in support of the true Indie Filmmaker and projects with Low to No budget. We thank the CFFBCN for selecting our Film this year and wish them the best to come in the years ahead. We completely recommend Filmmakers to submit their Films to this Festival. YOU WON'T REGRET IT!

    Viva Craft!!

    April 2017