As Barcelona's premiere independent film awards, we believe limitlessness in possibility is the beauty of art and creativity. With that philosophy as our compass, each year the Barcelona International Film Festival embarks on a search for today’s undiscovered visionaries in filmmaking and screenwriting from around the world.

The Barcelona Film Awards are presented annually to the most original and well crafted works entered into competition. Awards include the coveted Grand Jury Prize, Special Jury Prizes, various Best of Category honors and Official Finalist recognition.

Honoring films from over 50 countries around the world, the Barcelona International Film Festival awards and recognizes projects from a variety of competition categories including Feature Films, Short Films, Documentaries, Student Films, Animation, Music Videos and Screenplays.

The Barcelona International Film Festival is an awards based competition created to honor standout films and screenplays with important recognition for their filmmaking endeavors. At the conclusion of the judging process, winners are announced on our official website and to the international entertainment media. Awarded filmmakers may choose, at their discretion, to display their works on our website or our official YouTube channnel for public viewing. Films are not physically screened for the public.

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Awards & Prizes

El Rey Awards

Grand Jury Prize: Narrative Film
Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
Grand Jury Prize: Screenplay
Special Jury Prize: Narrative Film
Special Jury Prize: Documentary
Special Jury Prize: Screenplay
El Rey Award for Excellence in Cinematography
El Rey Award for Excellence in Film Direction
El Rey Award for Excellence in Film Editing
El Rey Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking
El Rey Award for Excellence in Dramatic Narrative
El Rey Award for Excellence in Short Filmmaking
El Rey Award for Excellence in Animated Filmmaking
El Rey Award for Excellence in Music Video
El Rey Award for Excellence in Student Filmmaking
El Rey Award for Excellence in Acting in a Lead Role
El Rey Award for Excellence in Acting in a Supporting Role
El Rey Award for El Espíritu de España

Rules & Terms

Compliance with the following Rules and Conditions is necessary in order to participate in the Barcelona International Film Festival. Please read and understand all rules carefully prior to submitting a project into the film or screenplay competitions of the Barcelona International Film Festival.

Submitted projects must be the original work of entrant(s), completed no earlier than 3 years prior to competition entry.

Barcelona International Film Festival asserts that all personal contact information is to remain confidential and not to be shared with any third parties.

It is permissible to enter your project into multiple competition categories. Entrants are also permitted to submit multiple projects into the competition, provided that each project is submitted separately.

Submission fees are non-refundable.

All decisions regarding award winners are considered irrefutable and final.

The Barcelona International Film Festival reserves the right to make any necessary changes to deadlines and announcement dates.

Foreign film submissions should appear in their original language. Spanish or English subtitles are required for all foreign films.

You agree to indemnify and hold us harmless from all claims or liability, including attorneys' fees, arising out of any project(s) you cause to make available to the Barcelona International Film Festival.

Submitted films must not exceed production limit of $2 million USD.

Entrants retain all rights to their submissions and intellectual property.

The awards decisions of the jury, judges and administration are final.

The Barcelona International Film Festival is an awards based competition created to honor standout films and screenplays with important recognition for their filmmaking endeavors. At the conclusion of the judging process, winners are announced on our official website and to the international entertainment media.

Do not submit press kits along with your entry. If your project is selected as an award winner or finalist, you agree to supply stills and/or publicity materials upon request, or as reasonably available.

By entering your project into competition in the Barcelona International Film Festival, you certify that you are authorized to submit the project into competition and certify that you have read, understood, agree to all the Rules and Conditions listed above.

Screenplay Contest Rules and Conditions:

Screenplays must be the original work of the applicant(s).

If a submission involves two or more writers as applicants, the award will be divided equally among them.

Applicants may submit more than one screenplay/teleplay in any chosen category. Each entry requires an application, payment and script.

Once an entry payment has been processed we cannot provide a refund.

Awards are based on overall merit of the entries. Judges reserve the right not to grant an award.

Applicants retain all rights to their entries.

No revisions or missing pages will be accepted once an entry has been received.

Format Rules:
Screenplays/Teleplays should be formatted according to current industry standards.

To follow standard guidelines for format, consult any popular screenwriting or teleplay writing text for assistance.

Font size should be 12 point and, ideally, in Courier type.

By entering your project into competition in the Barcelona International Film Festival, you certify that you are authorized to submit the project into competition and certify that you have read, understood, agree to all the Rules and Conditions listed above.

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    Mona Fuller

    The Barcelona festival is very professional, and made a wise decision to select my screenplay SALACIOUS for an honorable mention! I truly appreciated it!

    June 2017
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    Dennis Posadas

    It was an honor for ADMIRAL MONTOJO to receive a Special Jury Prize. This was the historical drama of how US Admiral George Dewey saved his former Spanish naval foe at the Battle of Manila Bay, Admiral Patricio Montojo, from a court martial in Madrid, Spain in 1899.

    I would love to bring the actual film once produced to this competition again. Thank you to the organizers and staff of the Barcelona International Film Festival.

    June 2017
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    James Carroll

    I was a great honor to be included in their awards. Very professional group.

    June 2017
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    scott martin

    I never was notified about my placement in the 2015 screenwriting and music video competitions. I accidentally found out by looking at their website over a year later.

    January 2017
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    Bardroy Barretto

    Lovely festival. Will soon grow into one of the most important Film Festival.

    September 2016