FILMETS Badalona Film Festival (50)

50 edition FILMETS Badalona Film Festival


15 Feb 2024
Call for entries

31 May 2024
Standard deadline

31 May 2024
Late deadline

31 May 2024
Festival closed

14 Oct 2024
Notification date

18 Oct 2024
27 Oct 2024


Sant Agustí, 11,  08915, Badalona, Barcelona, Spain

Festival description
Short film festival 30'<

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Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 June 2022
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  30'<
 Any language
 Any language
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Festival start: 18 October 2024      Festival end: 27 October 2024

FILMETS Badalona Film Festival, is an international short film festival with 50 years of history. It is a reference festival in Catalonia awarded by the Barcelona Provincial Council and is a prescriber of the Goya awards.

Badalona celebrated the first edition of the old festival in 1971, on a biennial basis. The Amateur Cinema Section of the Museum was the entity that organized that international contest with the name 'Badalona World Amateur Cinema' and also held other contests such as Images (for members of the entity), the National Festival of Filmed Song (state wide) and the Religious Film and Human Values Contest (state wide). The entity collaborated with the main amateur film festivals in Catalonia, such as those held in Barcelona (Union of Amateur Filmmakers, the Catalonia Excursionist Center or the Barcelona Photographic Association) and others in Figueras, Terrassa, Valls, Mataró, Manresa, Vilanova i la Geltrú, etc.

These festivals screened films in 8 mm, Super8, Single 8 and 16 mm, where works by amateur filmmakers Tomàs Mallol, Rafael Marcó, Enric Menal, Miquel Esparbé, Jan Baca, Toni Garriga, Tomàs Freixas, Arnal S. Licer, Josep Parra, Enrique Montón, Agustí and Rafel Argelich, Joan Vidal, etc. At the end of the 1980s, a new association was created, with the name of Badalona Independent Filmmakers, which took charge of the new festival, the Badalona International Film and Video Festival, until the end of the 1990s.

In 2001, the Badalona City Council and Badalona Comunicació SA, with the support of historical members of the festival, launched the 27th edition of the new festival, under the name of FILMETS Badalona Film Festival. That new edition had 400 registered short films and 2,000 viewers and was the starting point and the new benchmark for short film festivals in Catalonia.

From then on, FILMETS Badalona Film Festival has been a benchmark not only for the short film festivals with the most international coverage and echo, but it is also a meeting point for filmmakers and, above all, for the most loyal public. Since its recovery, it has had the participation of the main short filmmakers from Catalonia and from the rest of the state and in its twenty-two years of the new stage, true film talents have participated who have subsequently stood out with the production of feature films with worldwide impact.

Some of the directors who have participated in the festival are Álex de la Iglesia, Fernando Trullols, Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza, Kiko Maillo, Judit Colell, Mar Coll, Javier Fesser or Àlex Pastor among others, as well as the participation of prominent international filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Pedro Almodóvar. It has also given way to the new current generations of short filmmakers such as Bill Plympton, JA Bayona, Ari Sandel or Carla Simón, among others. The international jury has been made up of people of recognized prestige in the audiovisual scene such as Manuel Huerga, Josep Maria Forn, Roland Nguyen, Joao García, Ventura Pons, Antoni Verdaguer, Lluís Marco, Roger Coma, Romà Gubern, Florence Keller, Judit Colell, Jaume Figueras, Llorenç Soler, Sílvia Quer, Carles Bosch, Albert Solé and Oriol Sala-Patau, among others. In recent years, professionals from the short film distribution sector have attended, such as Marvin&Wayne, Freak, Kimuak, Catalan Films, Agence du Court Métrage, Nikita Distribution, France TV, RTP, or festival programmers such as Medit, Mecal, Fec Cambrils-Reus , Cittadella di Corto, Biennale di Vicenza, Off Courts Trouville L'Alternativa, My first festival, OH, LA LA!, BCN Sports Film. They have also played an important role in the film schools of Catalonia (ESCAC, Bande à Part, CECC, 9 Zeros, ECIB, FX Animation, EMAV) or the renowned Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Germany, ESRA, ESMA, Arte FX, Les Gobelins of France USC California, etc.

The festival is also a platform for our filmmakers, since the presence of the festival in the main international markets (WSFF Toronto, Regard Saguenay Quebec, Short Film Corner Cannes, Tous Courts Aix -en-Provence, Off-Courts Trouville, Clermont-Ferrand , BISFF Brussel·les, etc) has made it possible for FILMETS Badalona Film Festival to be a catalyst for the genre, also promoting its own productions. Directors and producers of short films that have subsequently won the Oscar, or Goya, Gaudí, César, Donatello, etc., have attended and participated.

FILMETS Badalona Film Festival has maintained relationships and collaborations with the main festivals in the world since its origins, from the USC of Southern California, the New York Film Institute, the London Film School, among others, but mainly the most important producers and distributors of independent short films (Premium Films, European New Sales, Marvin&Wayne, Freak, Agencia du Cortmétrage, Interfilm Berlin, Kurtz Film Hamburg, Ouat Media, etc.)

In this regard, the festival is active throughout the year and beyond the dates of the celebration it has organized sessions all over the world, with anthological sessions in several European cities. FILMETS develops year after year a pedagogical work of the best cinema, with contents that have been carefully worked on by the programming team. At the same time, members of the organizing committee of the festival have actively participated in different conferences, round tables, professional meetings and as members of the official jury of the festivals: ImagineNative Toronto, WSFF Toronto, Regard Saguenay Quebec, Off-Courts Trouville/Deauville, Très Courts Aix -en-Provence, Short Film Corner Cannes, Huesca International Festival, Docs Barcelona, Cryptshow Badalona, BISFF Busan South Korea, Clermont-Ferrand, etc. On the other hand, they have also participated as speakers or moderators in: Short Film Corner, Clermont-Ferrand, Quebec, Trouville, and in different exhibitions and festivals in Catalonia, as well as a member of the short film commission of the Gaudí Award by the Catalan Cinema Academy.

FILMETS Badalona Film Festival has promoted all over the world not only the festival brand, but also the main short film festivals of Catalunya Film Festivals CFF (founding member).

Venus of Badalona and € 4,000 - Best Film Award

Venus of Badalona and € 1,000 - Jury’s Special Prize

Venus of Badalona and € 1,000 - Audience Award – La Vanguardia

Venus of Badalona and € 2,000 – Emerging Producer Award - PAC

Venus of Badalona and € 400 - Best Animated Film

Venus of Badalona and € 400 - Best Documentary Award

Venus of Badalona and € 400 - Best Badalona Production Award

Venus of Badalona and € 400 - Best Catalan Production Award

Venus of Badalona and € 400 - Best Spanish Production Award

Venus of Badalona and € 400 - Best Director Award

Venus of Badalona and € 400 - Best Screenplay Award

Venus of Badalona and € 400 - Actor/Actress Award

Venus of Badalona and € 400 - Score Award

The cash prizes are subject to taxation under Spanish law, without prejudice to the tax applicable in the winner's country of residence.

The Organising Committee may expand the list with any special awards not provided for in the rules and regulations that it deems appropriate.

Badalona, 18-27 October 2024

The FILMETS Badalona Film Festival is an international short film festival that showcases fiction, animation and documentary films. The programme is selected on the basis of rigorous artistic, technical and screenwriting criteria.

The FILMETS Badalona Film Festival is organised and produced by Badalona Comunicació SA. Its Organising Committee comprises the following members:

Xavier Casanovas, CEO
Agustí Argelich, Artistic Director
Esther Marquès, Productions Director
Jordi Coloma, Technical Director
Jordi Martí, Commercial and Communication Director
David González, Content Director

Any short film not previously released at the FILMETS Badalona Film Festival may participate. Unreleased short films are those that have not been programmed in the Official Section of the FILMETS Badalona Film Festival.
Registration will be carried out online according to the technical terms and conditions of these rules and regulations.

All short films registered for the festival must have the permission and copyright assignment of the right holder and any other right holder of original pre-existing works included in the short film.
By accepting and agreeing to comply with these rules, participants make a sworn declaration that the short film they submit does not infringe any rights associated with intellectual or industrial property, usage, honour, privacy, image, third parties, or any current legislation.
The festival organisers accept no legal liability for the short films submitted to the festival or their content.
The makers of short films registered for the festival surrender their public screening rights for all the sessions programmed and organized by FILMETS.
The filmmakers of films included in the Official Section, and therefore in the festival’s official programme, transfer their broadcasting rights to local television Televisió de Badalona and to the local broadcast network Xarxa de Televisions Locals (XAL).
The rights will be transferred for a period of two years starting from the end date of the current edition of the festival.
The filmmakers authorise the festival organisers to use and publicise the names of the director, cast members and technical team of participating films to promote the festival via any communications medium.
The organisers reserve the right to partially or fully use the short films, or just certain frames of those, in the Official Section, to promote or publicise the festival - in no instance seeking commercial or financial gain. They also reserve the right to release a maximum 30-second-long trailer or clip of all the short films in the Official Section, which will be broadcast on the festival’s website and social media platforms for the same purpose.
Once registration has been completed, participants must submit at least two high-resolution photographs by email to be included in the official catalogue. Other material considered of interest (posters, flyers, etc.) may also be submitted.
Participation in the festival implies full acceptance of these rules and regulations.
The Organising Committee reserves the right to settle any issue not provided for in these rules and regulations. Its decision will be final.

Screenings will be from 18th to 27th October 2024, at the official Festival venues. The International Jury, specialist juries and audience will decide winners of the awards, which will be announced on Saturday 26th of October.

The Organising Committee will appoint the following juries: a Selection Jury, which will view all of the shorts submitted to the festival and select the films that will compete in the Official Section; and an International Jury, made up of five people linked to the cinema, audiovisual and culture world, that will decide on the award-winning films.
There will also be specialist juries to decide the following awards: Amics del Teatre Zorrilla awards for Best Actor or Actress; Amics de la Música - Orfeó Badaloní Award for Best Original Score; PAC (Audiovisual Producers of Catalonia) will award the prize to the best new producer and the public attending the festival will award the audience prize.

Venus of Badalona – Best Film Award 4.000 €
Venus of Badalona – Jury’s Special Prize 1.000 €
Venus of Badalona - Audience Award – LA VANGUARDIA 1.000 €
Venus of Badalona - Emerging Producer Award – PAC 2.000 €
Venus of Badalona - Best Animated Film 400 €
Venus of Badalona - Best Documentary Award 400 €
Venus of Badalona - Best Catalan Production Award 400 €
Venus of Badalona - Best Catalan Production Award 400 €
Venus of Badalona - Best Spanish Production Award 400 €
Venus of Badalona - Best Director Award 400 €
Venus of Badalona - Best Screenplay Award 400 €
Venus of Badalona - Best Actor/Actress Award 400 €
Venus of Badalona - Best Original Score Award 400 €

The cash prizes are subject to taxation under Spanish law, without prejudice to the tax applicable in the winner's country of residence.

The Organising Committee may expand the list with any special awards not provided for in the rules and regulations that it deems appropriate.

Participation in the festival implies full acceptance of the rules and regulations.

Best emerging producer award PAC (Productors Audiovisuals de Catalunya)
Productors Audiovisuals de Catalunya PAC and FILMETS organize this award to stimulate talent and creativity, as well as highlight the figure of the producer, so necessary and at the same time so unknown outside the sector.
This is a vindication or the short film as an essential format within the range of the audiovisual production and a product of a great artistic and creative value, representing one of the first production exercises planned and carried out at a semi-professional stage.

Short films selected in FILMETS 2024.
Emerging producer can be either natural or legal person.
Emerging producer/s will be considered when their activity is mainly independent and they have produced no more than two qualified short films or one qualified feature-length film.
Their activity must be based on mostly catalan production (equipment, suppliers and locations)
The emerging producer must be in the credits.
The production company must be registered as an audiovisual producer.

Identify new talent in the Catalan audiovisual production industry.
Reward the producer's risk and creative freedom.
Recognise the role of the producer.

The Jury will be made up of 3 people representing the profession, chosen by Productors Audiovisuals de Catalunya – PAC

Best Emerging Production Award, worth 2,000 €:
500 € in cash.
One year’s PAC membership, valued 828 €.
Mentoring, valued 650 €.

Best Badalona Production Award
Films will be considered as Badalona productions when they have a direct link to the city either from a technical or an artistic point of view. Only films selected in the official section of the festival will be eligible for the Best Badalona Production award.

Registration will be online through the website
And also on the platform

Registration is open until 31st of May, 2024 at 22:00 CET.

FILMETS Badalona Film Festival
C/ Sant Agustí, 11
08915 – Badalona (Barcelona)
Telephone +34 93 497 40 00

Films can be shot in any format.
In the case of selected films, a high-quality copy and a minimum of two frames of it will need to be provided.
The festival’s projection resolution is 1920x1080 (1080p).
Video files received for projection must comply with the following:
• File extension: the file format must be *.mov or *.mp4, and maximum 10GB.
• Video codec: the video codec must be AppleProRes 422 or H264/MPEG-4 AVC and must not exceed100 mbs bitrate.
• Audio codec: the audio codec must be AAC or PCM and stereo format (2.0)
• Resolution in pixels: the maximum resolution must be 1920x1080 (1080p) and the minimum should be 1280x720 (720p).

The organisers reserve the right to recode the originals in order to adjust the image, guarantee projection and ensure the highest possible quality.
Files must be sent to for download via WeTransfer, Dropbox, other platforms or uploaded to the festival's FTP.
The copy sent must be clean and subtitle free, or with subtitles in Catalan or Spanish.
If the version does not have subtitles in Catalan or Spanish, please send a clean copy along with an additional file containing the synchronised subtitles or a list of dialogues in english, French or German.
The festival will translate the dialogues into Catalan and add the subtitles.
Distributors or producers can also provide us with access to their FTP to download the film in original format according to the above-mentioned technical standards.
The short films should have a duration of 30 minutes or less.


All personal data provided to Badalona Comunicació SA for the purpose of participating in this edition of the FILMETS Badalona Film Festival will be stored in files owned by Badalona Comunicació SA, with registered address C/Sant Agustí 11, 08915 Badalona (Barcelona). You may exercise your rights of access, rectification, cancellation or opposition by writing to the address above and attaching a copy of your ID, or by sending an email to

Participants in the competition authorise their data to be used and processed for the purposes of managing their participation in the current edition of the FILMETS Badalona Film Festival, and for the research, promotion and marketing of Badalona Comunicació SA’s services and products by any channel, including electronic channels. Consent to the processing of personal data for the receipt of commercial communications is optional. Accordingly, participants may exercise their right of cancellation if they do not wish to receive further commercial communications at any time during or after the festival.

Participation in the competition implies full acceptance of these rules and regulations and, in doing so, participants authorise Badalona Comunicació SA to publish their name and image on its website, and to create any advertising, promotion or publication for commercial or informational purposes so long as it relates to the FILMETS festival, without reimbursement of any kind.

Thus, in accordance with the provisions of the Personal Data Protection Act (Organic Law 15/1999 of 13 December) and the Information Society Services and Electronic Commerce Act (LSSICE 34/2002 of 11 July), you are understood to have consented to the processing of your personal data exclusively for the purposes mentioned above.

In the event of any discrepancy in the interpretation of the participation rules and regulations for the FILMETS Badalona Film Festival 2024, the Organising Committee will make a majority decision within FIVE CALENDAR DAYS on any issue raised by a participant, and that decision will be fully binding.

These rules and regulations were drafted by the Organising Committee and deposited on the 12/02/2024 at the notary office of Sr. Iván-Emilio Robles Caramazana. They are available to anyone who wishes to consult them at the following address:, in the file Ábaco.



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