Since the early days of cinema robots have been an inspiration for great directors: Fritz Lang, Ridley Scott, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, etc. starring in an endless list of films.

In recent years, film production with robotics theme has experimented a special boom, mainly due to the technological evolution of robots themselves, but also because the relationship between humans and machines is getting closer and closer and is increasingly becoming part of the social imaginary.

In addition to establishing a new space for dialogue between art, science and technology, the main aim of the Robotic Online Short Film Festival (ROS Film Festival), is to be able to elucidate how this imaginary we previously referred to is made up, by making creators and viewers reflect on a not so distant society where we share our daily life with social robots, those who are capable of interacting and empa-thizing with humans or among themselves.

Thus, the ROS Film Festival aims at creating stories where robots, alone or with humans, are the protagonists. It has two official sections and another two out of competition.

Official section “Real Robots”
Short films where at least one of the actors is a programmable robot with the ability to speak, express emotions or interact with humans and other robots. It is possible to use any kind of programmable robots, of your own creation, commercial, research prototypes, etc.

Official Section “Fictional Robots”
Short films in which at least one of the actors is a non-programmable robot, that is, not including electronic and computerized elements that enable programming. They can be purchased or made by the participants, created through animation techniques or represented by actors through characterization. In this section, works will also be accepted if one of the central characters represents an artificial intelligence, with or without physical form.

Section out of competition “Advertising”
Audiovisuals where the story focuses on the promotion or sales of real robots or other artificial intelligences, with or without physical form. In this category, stories about the dissemination and/or diffusion of robotics in general and its integration into society will be accepted.

Section out of competition “Videogames”
Will be accepted plot sequence in videogames that focus on stories where at least one of the main characters is a robot or adventures in a highly robotized world.

Real Robots Awards
Jury Prizes

1st Prize: 1200 euro
2nd Prize: 500 euro
3 Secondary Awards of 100 euro Audience Awards
Audience Awards

500 euros to the short film from the Real Robots section best valued by the audience.
Fictional Robots Awards
Jury Prizes

1st Prize: 1200 euro
2nd Prize: 500 euro
3 Secondary Awards of 100 euro Audience Awards
Audience Awards

500 euros to the short film from the Fictional Robots section best valued by the audience.
A short film can be awarded both a Jury Prize and an Audience Award. All prizes are subject to current tax legislation.

The resolution of the awards will be published on the festival website before September 30, 2018 and it will be broadcast on all communication channels of the ROS Film Festival and written media.

The jury will be formed by personalities and renowned professionals in the film industry and in the world of technology or communication. The decision of the jury will be final.

The call may be declared fully or partially deserted and the jury’s decisions will be final.

Requirements for participating short films
The short films must be unscreened or produced after January 1, 2016.


The short films must have at least one robotic actor or character and any number of animals or human actors considered appropriate by the creators (zero to infinity). The films sent for competition will have a maximum length of 20 minutes, excluding bumpers and credits.

An extra video (with a maximum length of 3 minutes) with additional material (outtakes, making of, tributes and references) can be included with each short film. This additional video will not be assessed by the jury.

Technical specifications for short films and additional material submitted: files must be MP4, audio AAC-LC, encoded in H264, and minimum resolution 1280x720 -commonly called 720p-, in 16:9

Participants must keep a copy of exhibition in FullHD of the short film, in MP4, encoded in H264, of 1920 x 1080 in 16: 9 that ROS Film Festival organization will require if they become finalists, for screening in theaters and festivals.

Festival organization will add two identifying bumpers from the ROS Film Festival, one at the beginning and one at the end in each one of the films submitted.

Accepted languages
Short films must be filmed in English or in any other language, as long as they were submitted with English subtitles. Festival organization reserves the right to subtitle short film to any other language and screen it with these subtitles.

Special requirements for the official section “Real Robots”
To ensure that the short films have been made with programmable robots, the organization may ask winners for a representation of a fragment of the robots’ acting in the short film and the code of that fragment.

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