The second Festival Internacional de Curtmetratges de la Bisbal d’Empordà will take place on August 3 – 5, 2017 at Torre Maria gardens.

After almost 2.500 submissions from more than 100 countries and about 600 total viewers in the last edition, FIC.BiE will continue on working to keep film activities in la Bisbal d’Empordà.

This year will consist in two different sections: one will be the international section and the second one will be the one with specific production from Girona “GiCurts”.
Short films selected on both sections will also participate in a poster design contest. The exhibition will be available weeks before the event will take place and will be placed in an indoor location of la Bisbal (to be determined).

On 2016 we also organised some workshops for high schools of the village and we collaborated with the women’s collective, organising a micro short film contest against gender violence.

Please, read these rules & regulations carefully before submitting your short film.

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Awards & Prizes

Best International short film: Festival trophy, diploma and 600€

Audience award for the best International short film: Festival trophy, diploma and 300€

Best short film “GiCurts”: Festival trophy, diploma and 100€

Mentions (Festival trophy and diploma):
- Best Performance
- Best Cinematography
- Best Original Music
- Best Screenplay

Best poster design: diploma

Rules & Terms

Article 1. Registration period

From February 6th until April 3rd, 2017 inclusive. Submissions are free.

Article 2. Sections

- International short film
- GiCurts (Girona county)

Article 3. Eligibility Requirements for international short film section

Films completed on or after January 1st, 2016 are eligible. Each participant can submit a maximum of three films.
Fiction short films from any country are accepted with a duration of up to 20 minutes.
All entries that are not in Catalan or Spanish must be accompanied by a Catalan, Spanish or English subtitles for the preview. Dialogue lists will not be accepted.
There is no set topic for the short films.
The participant must be more than 18 years old. If not, it will be needed an authorisation.

Article 4. Eligibility Requirements for “GiCurts” section

Films completed on or after January 1st, 2016 are eligible. Each participant can submit a maximum of three films.
Registration is free.
Fiction short films with a duration of up to 20 minutes are accepted. There is no set topic for the short films.
Only directors or producers with a connection with Girona County are available to participate. It will be necessary to accredit their birth place or residence sending a copy of the national ID to info@labisbalfilmfestival.com and writing down the title of the short film.
All entries that are not in Catalan or Spanish must be accompanied by a Catalan, Spanish or English subtitles for the preview. Dialogue lists will not be accepted.
The participant must be more than 18 years old. If not, it will be needed an authorisation.

Article 5. Poster contest

All selected short films automatically will compete for the best poster. If a short film does not provide a high resolution poster to be printed for the exhibition, as it is required on the article 8, it will be withdraw of the poster contest.

Article 6. Submissions

There are two ways to submit the short film:
- Submit your short film with Filmfreeway.
- Filling an online form: https://goo.gl/forms/RrX4ZPRiGLlPfnbl1
Once the inscription is done, Festival does not refund the fee if the filmmaker withdraws the short film.
The preview for the selection must have a minimum resolution of 720x576 (we recommend 1280x720).
Submitting in both cases, participant is accepting our rules and regulations. If the participant submits his short film in “GiCurts” section, he might send a national ID copy to info@labisbalfilmfestival.com
A short film which meets all requirements can be submitted to both sections but it only can be selected for one.
We will contact you if your film is selected and we will request a high quality file for the screening (article 7) and a press kit (article 8).

Article 7. Technical requirements for screening

The resolution must be 1920x1080 or 1280x720. We do not accept HQ resolutions with different aspect ratios.
The file format must be .mov or .mp4.
The video codec must be Apple PreRess 422 or H264.
The audio codec must be AAC or PCM.
The film itself only can have embedded subtitles if there are in Catalan or Spanish. If subtitles are needed, it is necessary to provide a s.rt subtitle file (Catalan, Spanish or English)
The organizers reserve the right to recode the original image to ensure the projection.

Article 8. Judging & Selection

If a short film is selected for screening, the Festival will contact the participant by phone or email.
All participants will be notified on or before June 9th, 2017.
Once a short film has been selected it cannot be withdrawn from the Festival programme during the event.
If your short film is selected for screening, participants will be required to immediately supply a press kit for promotional purposes consisting of a) a technical form (we will provide), b) at least one still of the film, c) a picture of the director and optionally d) an A3 size poster of the short film (300DPI).
The short film in high quality, the subtitles and press kit must be send to the organisation before July 2nd.
There will be 3 professional juries for the different sections and poster contest.

Article 9. Awards

Best International short film: Festival trophy, diploma and 600€
Audience award for the best International short film: Festival trophy, diploma and 300€
Best short film “GiCurts”: Festival trophy, diploma and 100€
Mentions (Festival trophy and diploma):
- Best Performance
- Best Cinematography
- Best Original Music
- Best Screenplay
Best poster design: diploma
If participant can’t come to award’s ceremony and wants the festival trophy, he will have to pay the shipping. The Festival won’t send the trophy if the winner does not claim it.

Article 10. Policy

Participants agree that they are authorized to submit the film to Festival Internacional de Curtmetratges de la Bisbal d’Empordà without the consent of any third party (or, if the consent of other parties is required, all are also signing this agreement)
The participant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival. The film does not violate any copyright, trademark or other intellectual property right of any person or entity. Releases for music, images, content and talent must be obtained by the filmmaker. The Festival Internacional de Curtmetratges de la Bisbal d’Empordà is not liable for copyright infringement or unauthorized use.
If the short film is selected by the Festival, the participant allows the screening of said film during the event as many times as decided by the Festival.
Participants agree that all materials related to their film may be published for any promotional purpose related to the Festival, including the Festival Program, Festival Web Site, and any local or national media. Posters and images of the film may be used independently or in combination with images from other films to promote the Festival. In addition, all the material will be kept by the Festival as part of its video library.
The Festival don’t pay any fee for selected short films to be projected.
Submissions that are found to have violated any of the requirements listed above may be disqualified by the Festival at any time.