Festival Internacional de Cine de Monterrey (19)

Monterrey International Film Festival


12 Nov 2021
Call for entries

31 Dec 2021
Early deadline

28 Feb 2022
Standard deadline

20 Mar 2022
Late deadline

20 Mar 2022
Festival closed

17 Aug 2023
Notification date

16 Aug 2023
27 Aug 2023


Col. Centro Monterrey,  64000, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico

Festival description
Short film festival >1' 30'<
Feature film festival >60'

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 January 2021
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  >1' 30'<
 Feature Films  >60'
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Festival start: 16 August 2023      Festival end: 27 August 2023

Since its foundation, the Festival has sought the promotion of film culture based on three principles:

1) That the exposure to film culture contributes to the awareness of communities and nations of the need to support their own cinematographic expressions, which are cultural and social ambassadors to the rest of the world.

2) That a showcase of new world cinema is a mirror on to which our local and national filmmaking can measure and compare itself, establishing references of form and content that fosters the reflection and the search for international competitiveness.

3) That films made in Monterrey, Mexico and throughout the world need to be exhibited. A film that is not shown does not exist. Thus it becomes primordial to provide a space for film exhibition.

The director of each winning category will receive the Cabrito de Plata and the prizes given by the sponsors of the Festival.


Short-length and full-length films produced after January 1, 2021 are eligible to participate. All registered titles must at least be local (Nuevo Leon) premieres. International/National premieres are preferred.

2.Film length.
Short films must be between 1 and 30 minutes long. Full-length films must be longer than 60 minutes. Medium-length films will not be accepted in any category.

Feature and short films opting for selection in competitive and non-competitive sections must be submitted exclusively through the following platforms:
Festhome – http://festhome.com/

– No other submission format shall be accepted (including Vimeo, YouTube, ftp, WeTransfer or any others).
– Filmmakers can enter as many films as they see fit.
– Works in progress will not be accepted.
– Films whose original language is Spanish do not need to submit subtitles for registration; however, any other film made in a language different from Spanish must have Spanish and/or English subtitles.
– It is not necessary to submit any other documents until the film is selected. The selection will be notified via email.
– Registering a film to the Festival means accepting the conditions of this call for entries.

4.The producers should own the rights of all the materials resulting in the final film: script, music, audio, pictures, etc. At any moment in the selection process, the Festival can request a letter from the distributor or producer to certify the possession of the rights. In case the participant does not submit such documents, the film will be immediately disqualified from the selection process.


5.All participants can submit their films in the following available categories:

I. International: Any nationality except Mexican. In case of co-productions with Mexico, the director must choose a single category in which to participate (International/Mexican):
International Feature Films: Fiction
International Feature Films: Documentary
International Feature Films: Animation
International Short Films: Fiction
International Short Films: Documentary
International Short Films: Animation

II. Mexican: Only films produced with Mexican funding will be considered for this category. In case of international co-productions, the director must choose a single category in which to participate (International/Mexican):
Mexican Feature Films: Fiction
Mexican Feature Films: Documentary
Mexican Short Films: Fiction
Mexican Short Films: Documentary
Mexican Short Films: Animation

III. Nuevo León: This section is for any full-length/short film: feature, documentary or animated film in the following categories:

Nuevo León Feature Film *
Nuevo León Short Film *

* The films submitted in this section should meet at least one of the following requirements:
1. The film has been directed, produced, written and/or starred by people born in Nuevo Leon (residents for at least 3 years).
2. The film has been shot, at least 70%, in Nuevo Leon.
3. The film has been produced by a person or production company whose head office is in Nuevo Leon.

IV. Kinostart*: This section is for Mexican student short films of all advanced studies levels, from technical programs to postgraduate. Only students, not teachers, can participate. It is very important that the logo of the institution to which the student belongs appears in the credits of the short film.

*The Festival reserves the right to demand proof that the producer or director are students.


6.This call for entries has three periods (Costs subject to currency exchange rate at the time of the transaction).

I. Early bird: November 12th to December 31st 2021
International Short Films: $5 USD
Mexican Short Films: $2 USD
International and Mexican Feature Film: $7 USD
Nuevo Leon section, feature and short films: without fee

II. Regular entry: January 1st to February 28th, 2022
International Short Film: $8 USD
Mexican Short Films: $4 USD
Nuevo Leon Short Film: $ 4 USD
Mexican and International Feature Film: $10 USD
Nuevo Leon Feature Film: $8 USD

II. Late entry: March 1st to 20th, 2022
International Short Film: $12 USD
Mexican Short Film: $8 USD
Nuevo Leon Short Film: $5 UDS
Mexican and International Feature Film: $15 USD
Nuevo Leon Feature Film: $9 USD

7.The payment of the entry fee is the participant’s responsibility, and does not, in any way, guarantee the film’s participation in the Official Selection of the Festival.


8.Due to the volume of entries, arrival of submissions and preview copies cannot be confirmed except through each submission platform’s own notification process. Only selected films will be notified via email. The programming team’s decision is final.

9.The final Official Selection will be announced online at www.ficmonterrey.com after July 30, 2021.

10.Registered films must be local premieres. Films that have had a commercial run in the city of Monterrey, or those committed to be exhibited in any way before the Festival dates, may be considered, but will not be high priority during the selection process.

11.The films that are available on YouTube or some other website that is open to all audiences will not be considered to be part of the Official Selection.

12.Only finished films will be accepted.

13.ficmonterrey - The Monterrey International Film Festival cannot accept films in which its employees have participated as director, producer, screenwriter, or lead actor. This also applies to the Festival’s consultants, suppliers, and officers of Cultural Secretariat at UANL, CONARTE, and the Federal Ministry of Culture. Projects and activities related to or representative of municipal, state, or federal public institutions will not be accepted. Employees and owners of sponsors and trade partners of the Festival cannot participate.

14.The Festival Programming Committee reserves the right to change a film registered in one category to another if it deems it necessary.

15.Virtual Screenings.
Currently, the ficmonterrey is being planned in the hybrid mode. However, the risk continues that sanitary conditions change suddenly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which forces the Festival organization to consider the possibility of changing all programming to virtual screening rooms, to ficmonterrey's sole discretion, a possibility that the participants must consider at the time of their registration, since the registration of a film for this call implies the express acceptance of presential and / or virtual exhibition.

Taking into account the circumstances that are currently experienced or that could arise from the health crisis caused by the COVID-19 epidemic, the participation of the directors or representatives of the selected films not residents of Monterrey could be carried out virtually .


16.The Organizing Committee will designate a jury comprised of three specialists of renowned trajectory. They will be responsible to select the winning films for each category.

17.The jury will be appointed before the Festival starting date. Their decisions cannot be appealed.

18.The jury may declare any category void if it deems it necessary.


19.The director of each winning category will receive the Cabrito de Plata and the prizes given by the sponsors of the Festival.


20.In case a film is selected, the Festival requires that the filmmaker keep the same passwords provided for the online screenings, to facilitate the classification system of the Mexican government. This is an essential requirement and must be fulfilled until the Festival is over.

21.In the event that a film is selected, the producer, director or distributor shall send a trailer or preview of the film in professional video format, as well as the poster and other promotional materials required by the Festival.


22.Accepted projection formats for feature films are: Digital Cinema Format (DCP).

23.International short films should send a file in .mov, H264, Full HD as minimum quality.

24.Nuevo Leon Short Films and Mexican Short Films projection format is DCP.

25.The projection copies whose native language is not English should provide subtitles in English, including films in Spanish.

26.In case your movie is in a language different from Spanish and you already have Spanish subtitles, please send the STR file or the dialogue list to us.


27.At any moment of the selection process the Festival can request a letter from the distributor or producer to certify that the possession of the rights and exhibition authorization is in order, as well as a commitment to turn in a copy of the film in HD.

Any eventuality not addressed in this call for entries will be solved by the Organizing Committee and this will not be subject to appeal.

Any additional questions can be submitted to:

for full-length films information.

for short films information



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