Sacalacalaca® is a point of gathering, diffusion and exhibition for independent audiovisual artists around the world interested in the making or that specialize in horror and science fiction genres. Direct, produce, and enroll an original horror/sci-fi short-film to win professional filmmaking equipment, scholarships, and other prizes. All the projects will be exhibited in the second Interdimensional Horror & Sci-Fi Festival Sacalacalaca 2017 within different dates and locations the next november in the streets of México City.

First Place for each category:
1.- INDIe half scholarship with a value of $3,000.00 USD
2.- Specialized Filmmaking hardware for each cathegory.
3.- Crystal Skull Trophy


1. There is no age, sex or nationality restriction for the participants.
2. There is no restriction in the country from which the project comes from.
3. One entry per author, however, directors can take part in other projects in different areas.
4. All films can be no less than 5 minutes, and no more than 21 minutes (this excludes the EXPERIMENTAL, VIDEOCLIP and ANIMATION categories), final credits are also excluded from duration.
5. FILMSCRIPT: Original by author or authors of the film (in case of adaptations the participants must present the respective owner rights of the original work).

Considered in this category are all live-action films showcasing happenings in a fictional sense.

Considered in this category are all entries accomplished with one or more of the following techniques:

1.- STOP-MOTION: Photographic succesion of slight changes on inanimate objects to give them the illusion of live movement.
2.- CLAYMATION: Stop-motion of objects made from malleable materials (such as clay, dough, and other polymers).
3.- PIXILATION: Stop-Motion technique were live actors are used as frame-by-frame subjects.
4.- TRADITIONAL: A photographed succession of drawings on paper and cellulose.
5.- 3D: Computer generated objets, animated through specialized software (modo, 3dmax, Maya, etc).
6.- INTERPOLATED ROTOSCOPING: Technique in wich the animation is achieved drawing over film or video.
7.- CUT-OUT: Animation done with cut outs of flat materials such as paper.
8.-PROCEDURAL: Type of computer animation, used to automatically generate animation in real-time to allow for a more diverse series of actions than could otherwise be created using predefined animations.

Considered under this category are all the projects filmed with the purpose of visually accompanying a musical composition. All entries under this category must register with the consents of the owners. Preference will go to the entries filmed by the same author, compositor, or owner of the music.

Projects filmed with 360 cameras or spherical video techniques that can be experienced through head mounted displays. Stereoscopic experiences will have a preference over monoscopic ones, so will those that include stereographic/holophonic sound.

(Open definition/interpretation). Accepted duration of these projects will be of 3 to 10 minutes.

This guide will help you to find online the accepted genres that are accepted in this contest
(ex. search genre “A”, subgenre “X”).

Subgenres: Body, Gore/Splatter, Slasher, Giallo, Small Creature, Monster, Kaiju, Survival, Thriller, Supernatural, Erotic, Sexploitation, Cannibal, Psychological, Space Thriller, Surreal, Abstract, etc.

Subgenres: Apocalyptic, Holocaustic, Post-Apocalyptic, Cyberpunk, Steampunk, Slipstream, Fantasy, Lovecraftian, King-esque, etc.

-Standard definition: Webcam, Hi8, MiniDV, 720p, etc.
-Film: 8mm, 16mm, 35mm, Super, etc.
-HD: DTV (1280×720), 1080p.
-UHD: 4K, 8K+

There are no restrictions on the equipment or the film format. Projects that use alternative techniques and technologies will have a preference over those that employ the use of commercialized techniques or equipment.

There are no restrictions, however, the following aspects are preferred: 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16.18:10, 16:9, 2.35:1, 2.76:1.

10. SOUND DESIGN. Original music and SFX. In any case of use of sound galleries, samples, or recordings, credits must be given to the respectable authors.

11. ENROLLMENT. All works must be sent through postal mail, ftp (electronic), or be given directly in the general office of Centro de Estudios Cinematográficos INDIe A.C. with all including specified documents below.

a) REGISTRATION FORM.- .PDF File, downloadable from the official site.
b) SYNOPSIS.- Brief outline of the project.
c) DATA SHEET.- Fields included in the registration form.
d) REGISTRY.- Copy of the document proving the authorship of the work.
e) OFFICIAL IDENTIFICATION.- Copy of ID; passport, driving license, voting card or birth certificate.

a) TEASER/TRAILER.- 30 seconds of duration. Does not apply for EXPERIMENTAL category.
b) POSTER.- All projects registered must include an original poster in digital format (png or jpg) with a minimum resolution of 500×500 pixels at 72dpi.
c) All enrolled works must include the graphic “Sacalacalaca2017_sctreen.tif” (attached to the registration form) within the cut, either in the opening credits, through the film, or in the final credits.

Submit the project in one of the following physical formats: USB (flash drive), HDD (Hard disk), SD (secure digital card), DVD, Blu-ray, along with the registration forms to the following mailing address:

Centro de Estudios Cinematograficos INDIe A.C.
Carretera Xochimilco a San Pablo #2501,
San Andres Ahuayucan, Delegacion Xochimilco
Ciudad de Mexico – C.P 16810

Deliveries through wetransfer must include the subscription documents in .pdf or bitmap (digital image format) and the project in digital video format: .mov, .mp4 or .mpeg with a maximum weight of 20Gb.

c. DIRECT DELIVERY in Centro de Estudios Cinematográficos INDIe A.C. can be done Monday through Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm in any of the physical delivery formats mentioned before, along with the registration documents.

The trailer, synopsis, data sheet and poster of the projects will be published in the festival network throughout the year.

Submitted projects in previous versions to the final treatment will always be able to compete as long as the author acceeds.

-”DEATHLINE”: Submission limit date: Friday 3, November 2017.
-EXHIBITION: Projections will take place the first half of November 2017, official dates will be announced in the festival networks along the year.

Projects delivered through postal mail that arrive after the “deathline” will be considered for contest as long as they arrive three days before the end of the festival week.

16. JURY. 4 jurors will compose the jury; these 4 jurors will be added to the festival’s official site. The jury will take charge of the official selection process.

17. PRIZES. The prizes for each category will be announced in the official site throughout the year.

- Full films uploaded to internet video streaming sites (like youtube or vimeo) will be disqualified.
- The production date of the project cannot be prior to the year 2015.
- Projects cannot have been exhibited in more than two previous festivals.
- Throughout the official selection process, the jurors will remain inquisitive in order to assure that no violations are committed to the rights of authors.
- Categories and genres DO NOT include “snuff”, that is to say, any unstaged physical violence of any type. Any work that includes real cannibalism, mutilation, automutilation, torture, “scatting” (non-musical definition), filmed fatal accidents or non-consensual sexual violence will be automatically rejected. Any type of animal violence, usage of real blood, viscera, entrails, excretions or mutilated limbs will be rejected. The infringement of the previous will be reported to the respective local authorities.

General Director Juan Blanco V.

Let the production begin!

Overall Rating
  • Андрей Прядченко

    All good! Very friendly fest)

    November 2017
  • javad daraei

    I am very happy and welcome every year to participate in your festival and thank you for this fine festival.

    November 2017
  • Vanessa Gudgeon

    It was an absolute honour to have my film be a part of this wonderful festival! The organisers were very quick to respond to my emails and from everything I saw on their website and social media, everyone seemed to have a great time at the event!

    November 2017