Fastival Type National

Real Venue Festival with screenings

Online Festival with award ceremony

Script Contest
Contact Person Roberto Barrueco
Designation Director



Awards & Prizes



  • Awarded by the International Jury

International Fiction Section:

o   GREAT INTERNATIONAL AWARD for the Best Short Film from the International Section


Spanish production short films in any section:

o   ZERO I U AWARD for the Best Photography of Spanish production (provision of all equipment and technical staff necessary for the editing of a short film, valued at 2500€)


  • Awarded by the Obliqua Jury

Obliqua Section:

o   OBLIQUA AWARD for the Best Short Film of the Obliqua Section

o   VIDEOLAB AWARD for the Best Short Spanish Film (equipment and technical staff needed for the postproduction of a Short Film, valued at 2.500€)


  • Awarded by the Animation Jury

o   GREAT ANIMATION AWARD for the Best Short Film from the Animation Section


  • Awarded by CANAL + France
    • CANAL + AWARD for the Best Short (acquisition of the best short film rights by Canal + France)
  • Awarded by SHORTS TV
  • SHORTS TV AWARD for the Best Short (acquisition of the best short film rights by SHORTS TV)


  • Awarded by the Alma Jury
    • ALMA AWARD for the Best Spanish Script, valued at 300€
  • Awarded by the Young Jury

Obliqua Section:

o   YOUNG JURY AWARD for the Best Short Film from the Obliqua Section.


  • Awarded by the audience

International Documentary Section:

o   AUDIENCE OF THE PERIODICO DE CATALUNYA AWARD for the Best Short Film from the Documentary Section.


The judges reserve the right to declare void any of the above mentioned prizes. They can also award special mentions which are not specified in these entry conditions. Cash awards will become effective in the figure of the owner of the short film’s rights.



Rules & Terms

Submission guidelines:

1.-This festival is open to international filmmakers. Contestants can submit as many works as they wish, as long as they have been produced after 1st January 2013 and they don’t exceed 30 minutes of length. Works must be spoken, subtitled or translated into Spanish or English.


2.-Works may be completed on 16 mm. or 35 mm. film, digital video or Betacam, but must be converted into DVD PAL for submission. Sound or silent movies must have optical or magnetic sound incorporated. No additional reproduction systems will be admitted.

3.-Once registered, the participants, no later than 8h December 2014, must send the short film through the  platform following the webpage instructions.


Upload the short film file (PAL) with English subtitles in the case of Spanish speaking works; with English or Spanish subtitles for non-Spanish-speaking works.


4.-The Festival’s Selection Committee will be in charge of informing those participants whose works have been selected for both competitive and non-competitive sections. In that case, the participants will have to send the following documentation:

  • Dialogue list in English and Spanish (via e-mail)
  • The regulation’s document signed by the person holding the exhibition rights of the film, in accordance with the conditions hereby expressed (e-mail or post)
  • Entry form, also signed (e-mail or post)
  • An HD H264 file, -mp4 or .mov 20 megabites, 1920x1080 or 1280x720.


5.-The shipping costs will be in charge of the participants, and the devolution costs will be paid by the Organization, not for DVDs. In case of loss or damage during the shipping, the organization will only accept responsibility for the cost of the copy. The Organization will watch over the integrity and the proper screening conditions of each piece of work.


6.-According to the Festival’s calendar, the selected films will be shown in public during the period of time established by the Organization assuming that, by taking part in the competition, filmmakers or producers agree on doing so. The Organization is fully authorized to publish printed material of those selected pieces. Filmmakers and producers also allow the exhibition of a short extract of the film (1 minute at the most) for the Festival’s promotion on any media. Also an extract (1 minute at the most) of the official competition selected short films can be showed on the festival’s webpage ( The Festival can hold in property a DVD copy of the selected works, always guaranteeing the author’s royalties and intellectual property. The Festival reserves the right to show those works in different Cultural Circles.


Mecal is not only a film festival, but also a Short Film Diffusion Network throughout which, all year long, Mecal organizes short film screenings in towns with no access to the short film genre. Submitting a short film to the festival implies entering this diffusion network, where the selected short films could be screened in Mecal’s different networks, like its international and national networks, and the Mecal Air, amongst others.


7.-The Festival’s Direction Board will be in charge of selecting the jury, which will be formed by renowned audiovisual industry’s professionals.


8. - The Organization reserves the right to change – anytime until a week before the beginning of the festival - the name of the awards and to increase their number and amount. Participants will be informed.


9.-Submitting for competition implies the full acceptance of the entry requirements stated in this document.

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Dates & Deadlines

  • April 01,2015Start Date
  • September 18,2014Early Deadline
  • November 14,2014Regular Deadline
  • December 08,2014Late Deadline
  • April 30,2015End Date