Mecal Pro, Barcelona International Short and Animation Film Festival

Mecal // Mecal Pro, Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes y Animación de Barcelona

20th edition

Mar 13 - Apr 01, 2018
Barcelona, Spain

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films
Film length
Genre Action, Adventure, Alternative, Art, Avantgarde, B-Movie, Biography, Burlesque, Classics, Comedy, Comedy drama, Crime, Culture, Dance, Dark comedy, Drama, Dramedy, Environmental, Family, Fantastic, Fantasy, Film noir, Flash, Foreign, Health, Hip Hop, History, Horror, Human rights, Independent, Kids, LGBT, Live Action, Medical, Melodrama, Microcinema, Mockumentary, Music, Musical, Mystery, Nature, , Parody, Post modern, Realism, Reality, Religious, Road Trip, Romance, Romantic comedy, Satire, Science, Science fiction, Silent movie, Social issues, Spiritual, Sports, Surreal, Thriller, Transgender, Underground, Urban, War, Western

Mission / description Mecal Pro, the Barcelona International Short and Animation Film Festival, will celebrate its 20th edition. With more than 5,000 short films submitted annually, Mecal has become one of the most important festivals of its field in Spain. Due to its international scope and quality programming, Mecal regularly benefits from grants awarded by various Spanish public cultural institutions.

Mecal is strongly committed to promoting the exhibition and dissemination of audiovisual creations in the short format, not only with the public, but also in having creators and distributors meet through different activities. Mecal is also devoted to foster emerging talent, by holding events and awards specially aimed at young creators. In this sense, it also works as a short film dissemination network, organising screenings both at a national and an international level, collaborating with festivals, embassies, and institutions around the world.
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Class Founded: 1997
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: Aug 03, 2017

Regular deadline: Dec 15, 2017
Late deadline: Jan 15, 2018

Notification date: Feb 05, 2018

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Fees Fees range from 3.64 to 3.64 EUR (0.00 to 0.00 USD) . See submission categories for details about fees.
Awards Total prize money: 10,000.00 USD
Festival sections
Animated Short Films
Short Documentaries
Narrative Fiction

1. The contestants can submit as many works as they wish, as long as they have been produced after 1st January 2016.

2. There are no restrictions regarding the topic or genre of the films, but they cannot exceed 30 min.

3. Any works containing dialogue must be presented with English subtitles. Those works whose original version is in English do not require subtitles but the dialogue list in case they are selected.

The festival has four official competing sections (Fiction, Animation, Oblique and Documentary) and several non-competing parallel sections. The selection committee will decide in which section the selected works will be featured and will communicate this decision to their submitters.

1.- The selected works will be screened in front of an audience during the festival according to a calendar that will be set beforehand by the festival board.

2-. The Festival will ensure proper screening conditions for all selected works. Therefore, the screening copies of the selected films will be in MP4 or .MOV with a 1920x1080 resolution H.264 codec, 20 mbps.

3- The screening copies can be sent by post (on a Pen Drive) or online via FTP or online via an FTP server, or a file transfer service such as (free up to 2GB) or (free up to 20GB).

4. The shipping costs will be covered by the participants, and the devolution costs will be paid by the Festival. The Festival will take due care of the works. In case of loss or damage, the organisation will only take responsibility for the cost of the copy.

5. The Festival is fully authorized to publish printed material of the selected pieces, as well as a short extract of the film (1 minute at the most) to promote the Festival on its website and the Media.

6. The Festival can hold in a copy of the selected works, always guaranteeing the author’s royalties and its intellectual property rights. Being selected for Mecal Pro implies being part of the Festival diffusion network, which promotes screenings of the films in different Cultural Circles such as Mecal Air.

7. The selected short films will participate, if they wish, in the online edition of Mecal Pro, through the online film streaming platform Filmin. The short films can be in Filmin for 1 year, with the option to renew the contract. The benefits obtained will be distributed in the following manner: 70% for the participating short films (that will be distributed 50%-50% between Mecal and the participant) and 30% for Filmin in case of TVOD and 60% for the participating short films (that will be distributed 50%-50% between Mecal and the participant) and 40% for Filmin in case of SVOD .

The Festival’s Direction Board will be in charge of selecting the jury, which will be made up of renowned professionals of the audiovisual industry (with the exception of the audience award):

International Grand Prix to the Best Short Film of the International Section.
Awarded by the International Jury
Animation Grand Prix to the Best Short Film of the Animation Section
Awarded by the Animation Jury
Filmin Oblique Grand Prix to the Best Short Film of the Oblique Section
Awarded by the Oblique Jury
Teloalkilo Documentary Grand Prix to the Best Short Film of the Documentary Section
Awarded by the Documentary Jury
Videolab Award for the Best Spanish Short Film
Awarded by the International Jury
Zero I U Award for the Best Spanish Photography
Awarded by the Oblique Jury
ALMA Award to the Best Spanish Script
Awarded by the ALMA Jury
Young Jury Award to the Best Short Film of the Oblique Section
Awarded by the Young Jury
El Periódico de Catalunya Audience Award to the Best Short Film of the Documentary Section
Awarded by the Audience
Avisual Pro Award to the Most Innovative Short Film of the Cinema Schools in Barcelona
Awarded by the Audience
Plançó Audience Award to the Best Short film of the Animation Schools of Catalunya
Awarded by the Audience

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.

The Organisation reserves the right to change the name of the awards and to increase their number and amount – anytime, up to a week before the beginning of the festival, in which case the participants will be informed.

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