STATEMENT
MAGMA - FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINEMA INDEPENDIENTE


1 - 7 AUGUST 2022 - FIRST NOTIFICATION SEMI-FINALISTS
7 - 11 DECEMBER 2022 - CONFIRMED DATES VIRTUAL FILM FESTIVAL

Here at MAGMA, we're creating another landmark in the field, a new modern but prestigious film festival of the world, not limited by geography. Our mission is straightforward, it's delivering a high-value and unforgettable hybrid film festival experience in the neglected online space; because amongst hundreds and hundreds of mediocre online contests and film festivals, the coast is clear for a compelling, fun and proper awards event and film festival that breathes PASSION and delivers valuable recognition in trimestral instalments instead of yearly. With our brand at the core of Hawaii and tropical archipelagos, we're a tight-knit team of smart, super passionate people based all over the world who care about independent filmmakers and creators and their deeply personal works, our priority as an institution is to fuse prestige and speed; more and more independent filmmakers and creators can't wait an entire year to lock distribution deals with streamers such as Netflix, FILMIN and MUBI knocking on the door. That's why we're here.

A strict verification process got us here, to serve you QUALITY and recognition you can be proud of, MAGMA is IMDB accredited and the competition is very challenging, each competition round will see around 420 film projects, so to make it all the way is a big honour for an independent filmmaker.

MAGMA is the perfect first stop as well as final destination; on top of serving recognition, our film festival platform fights for independent filmmakers and creators' exposure through a 7-10 day streaming window. Overall, as well as displaying a festival experience that's sophisticated and hard-worked, we want it to be infectiously motivating, MAGMA inspires loyalty and a film festival you'll also want to return to.

- Sebastian Llinares, Festival Director

IMDb accredited award wins and nominations.
Laurels for winners and nominees.
Diplomas for winners.

Submission Packages

Main Competition
Best Narrative Feature Film (45 mins on)
Best Narrative Film (20 to 45 mins)
Best Narrative Short Film (5 to 20 mins)
Best Narrative Micro Short (up to 5 mins)
Best Series or Pilot Episode
Best Feature Screenplay (written 45 pages on)
Best Short Screenplay (written up to 45 pages)
Best Animated Film
Best Feature Documentary (45 mins on)
Best Short Documentary (up to 45 mins)
Best Music Video
Best Ad/Commercial
Best Film Trailer
Best New Media
Best Podcast
Best Fashion Film
Best Dance or Poetic Film
Best Live-Recorded Media
Best Fan Film

Narrative Division 2 (7 categories)
Best International Film
Best Independent Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Cult
Best Student Film
Best Low-Budget Film
Best Mobile Film

Genre Competition (7 categories)
Best Queer
Best Drama
Best Romantic Drama
Best Comedy
Best Action, Sci-Fi or Fantasy
Best Horror
Best Thriller

Technical Division (14 categories)
Best Directing
Best Directorial Debut
Best Young Filmmaker
Emerging Filmmaker Award
Best Original Screenplay
Best Original Concept
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best CGI & Visual Effects
Best Sound Design
Best Original Score
Best Production Design
Best Costume Design
Best Makeup, Hairstyling & SFX

Performative Division (5 categories)
Best Lead Actor
Best Lead Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Ensemble Cast

Screenplay Genre Competition (7 categories)
Best Queer
Best Drama
Best Romantic Drama
Best Comedy
Best Action, Sci-Fi or Fantasy
Best Horror
Best Thriller

Animation Division 2 (4 categories)
Best Character Design
Best Created Environment
Best Animation Style
Best CGI & Visual Effects

Documentary & Podcast Division 2 (6 categories)
Best Performative Documentary
Best Documentary Directing
Best Documentary Cinematography
Best Documentary Editing
Best Scriptwriting for Documentary or Podcast
Best Documentary or Podcast Host/Presenter

Music Video & Commercial Competition (6 categories)
Best Commercial Directing
Best Music Video Artist
Best Original Song
Best Commercial Cinematography
Best Music Video Editing
Best Commercial Scenography

TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR SUBMITTING FILMS TO THE MAGMA - INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL OF CANARY ARCHIPELAGO

a) Submission procedure, MAGMA has $ submission fees.

Submit your audiovisual project via the filmfreeway.com platform.

All submissions are final, no refunds.

All film genres and durations accepted.
No limits in regards to the project's production year.

FILMS of a short or feature-length can be submitted to: Best Narrative Feature Film (45 mins on), Best Narrative Film (20 to 45 mins), Best Narrative Short Film (5 to 20 mins) or Best Narrative Micro Short (up to 5 mins). They can also be submitted to the following submission packages: Narrative Division 2 (8 categories), Genre Competition (7 categories), Technical Division (14 categories) and/or Performative Division (5 categories).

SERIES and/or PILOT EPISODES can be submitted to: Best Series or Pilot Episode. They can also be submitted to the following submission packages: Narrative Division 2 (8 categories), Genre Competition (7 categories), Technical Division (14 categories) and/or Performative Division (5 categories).

SCREENPLAYS of a short or feature-length can be submitted to: Best Feature Screenplay (written 45 pages on) or Best Short Screenplay (written up to 45 pages). They can also be submitted to one submission package: Screenplay Genre Competition (7 categories).

ANIMATED FILMS of a short or feature-length can be submitted to: Best Animated Film or Best Narrative Feature Film (45 mins on). They can also be submitted to the following submission packages: Animation Division 2 (4 categories), Narrative Division 2 (8 categories), Genre Competition (7 categories) and/or Technical Division (14 categories).

DOCUMENTARIES or PODCASTS of a short or feature-length can be submitted to: Best Feature Documentary (45 mins on), Best Short Documentary (up to 45 mins) or Best Podcast. They can also be submitted to one submission package: Documentary & Podcast Division 2 (6 categories).

MUSIC VIDEOS and/or AD/COMMERCIALS can be submitted to Best Music Video or Best Ad/Commercial. They can also be submitted to one submission package: Music Video & Commercial Competition (6 categories).

FILM TRAILERS, FASHION FILMS, FAN FILMS, DANCE or POETIC FILMS, LIVE-RECORDED MEDIA and/or other NEW MEDIA can be submitted to: Best Film Trailer, Best Fashion Film, Best Fan Film, Best Dance or Poetic Film, Best Live-Recorded Media and/or Best New Media. They can also be submitted to the following submission packages: Narrative Division 2 (8 categories), Genre Competition (7 categories), Technical Division (14 categories), Performative Division (5 categories), Animation Division 2 (4 categories) and/or Music Video & Commercial Competition (6 categories).

The submission of works in progress will be accepted for recognition only, not showcasing. The current production status must be pointed out when submitted to the filmfreeway.com platform.
You authorise that your work is cleared for festival exhibition (all music, fonts, visuals etc. are cleared worldwide, in perpetuity, multi-platform), and the intellectual property is yours, or if acting as distributor — you have acquired permission from the copyright owner. If you don't own all rights, MAGMA can still recognise the film across the award categories, but we won't be able to exhibit it.

DVD / Blu-Ray are not accepted. Likewise, viewing links received outside the filmfreeway.com platform will not be taken into consideration.

b) MAGMA will charge a submission fee for viewing. This fee does not include any submission taxes that the filmfreeway.com platform might apply.

Payment will be made at the time the submission is done via the filmfreeway.com platform.

c) The submission deadline for all categories is 1-October, 2022.

d) MAGMA will contact the selected films for online exhibition and qualifying semi-finalists from the 1-7 August. This first communication may take place up until the beginning of August.

e) MAGMA will send an automatic notification on 5-July for all the projects that have NOT been selected nor made the finalist ranks across the various award categories.

f) MAGMA will host a fun announcement process of all finalists across all award categories in the run-up to the festival week-long event's kick-off on the 7-December.

g) Your audiovisual project can make the finalist ranks in many award categories, and still not make online exhibition. Approx. 110 projects will land finalist ranks, nominations and wins. Only around 50 projects will make exhibition and get streamed for the entirety of the week of the 1 to the 7 August.

h) The team behind the audiovisual project can, but is not always required, to provide MAGMA with high quality advertising materials: stills, posters, press-books, trailers, etc., so that MAGMA can promote the project adequately. You consent to the posting of stills and short clip fragments from the film on the festival's website/platform plus social media channels, for solely promotional, non-commercial and educational purposes. Stills from your film could be used for example within our final list of winners/nominees, and short clip fragments from your film could be used within our festival trailer.
There may be instances where the programming team will require access to download your projects to facilitate offline study/viewing, and will send you a request via the filmfreeway.com platform. You don't have to approve it, and we can continue considering you for recognition/exhibition, but whenever possible, please work to facilitate offline study/viewing.

i) If you make online exhibition, DRM encryption is in place (Google Widevine DRM encryption and Apple Fairway DRM) and password protection.

j) More than one project pertaining to the same institution or independent filmmaker/creator can be submitted.

k) Audiovisual projects can be submitted in any language. Spanish-speaking projects don't require subtitles in any language, English subs will be required if the project makes online exhibition. English-speaking projects don't require subtitles in any language, English subs may be required if the project makes online exhibition, but not always.

l) No inquiries or arguments will be entertained regarding non-selected films. MAGMA reserve the rights to disqualify any contestant if in breach of the UFFO's code of conduct for all creative individuals, filmmakers and film festivals (the 'Universal Film & Festival Organisation').

m) You agree to have read and accepted MAGMA's rules, regulations and code of conduct.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Charlotte Brown

    MAGMA's energy level is infectious!! Thank you for selecting my projects as Semi-Finalists. I look forward to November for the final results and participating upcoming competitions.

    August 2022
  • Excellent organization and very friendly and warm team.

    August 2022
  • MAGMA, you had me at “Hawaii and tropical archipelagoes.” Mostly, I like it when there are multiple screenplay genre categories. This allows my horror script to compete with other horror screenplays instead of the entire field. As a semifinalist, I look forward to the November fest and future announcements.

    August 2022
  • Eric Sollars

    Highly professional festival. Will enter again.

    August 2022
  • Antonio Bellido Marin

    Festival muy interesante para mostrar el cine independiente. Le deseo una larga vida por el entusiasmo y valor de todo su equipo que estoy seguro pondrán a Canarias como referencia dentro de la cultura cinematográfica mundial. Agradezco el aprecio obtenido por tres de mis obras: En busca del Amor, Todos queremos lo mismo y Alienazion - La conquista del espacio.

    August 2022