Bellavista Film Festival (2)


20 Apr 2024
Call for entries

20 Jul 2024
Final deadline


20 Sep 2024
Notification date

08 Oct 2024
12 Oct 2024


Cra. 1 #46-50,  130002, Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia

Festival description
Short film festival >7' 30'<
Feature film festival >70' 90'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 January 2023
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  >7' 30'<
 Feature Films  >70' 90'<
 Any language
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Festival start: 08 October 2024      Festival end: 12 October 2024

The BELLAVISTA FILM FESTIVAL (BVFF) seeks to inspire, empower, and unify our audience through cinematographic art of social impact.

The festival is a space in which the community and cinema converse through cinematographic works of art selected with great artistic value and a theme of representative and relevant social impact. Thus promoting social impact cinema as a tool to stimulate critical thinking and motivate social action to catalyze agents of change in their communities and beyond.

As a development of a social project for cultural growth, the festival seeks to promote exhibition spaces for the curated works, in addition to movie theaters, cinematheques and cultural institutions, also in neighborhood and rural locations and on an itinerant basis in representative cultural spaces in the rest of the country and Latin America.

We trust in the power of cinema as a commitment to social transformation and high-quality cultural reflection.

1. Best Social Impact Fiction Film

2. Best short fiction of Social Impact

3. Innovation in animated feature film with social impact

4. Innovation in short social impact animation

5. Best social impact documentary

6. Best Short Social Impact Documentary

7. Best creative social impact documentary

8. Best short creative documentary of social impact

9. Recognition for the best proposal in an institutional feature film

10. Recognition for the best proposal in institutional short

11. Award for Innovation in social narrative in children's feature film

12. Award for Innovation in social narrative in children's short film


We invite producers, directors and distributors from anywhere in the world who own the copyright, intellectual rights and other rights related to audiovisual and cinematographic works that address film themes of creative social impact at an international level.


Participants must own the rights to the registered audiovisual work, including images, sounds and soundtrack, and have all written authorizations. Likewise, they must possess the rights and authorizations of third parties involved, especially in cases of minors or people under guardianship.

The legal representative of the entity that nominates the work is the only interlocutor with the Festival, assuming full responsibility before third parties related to the production.

The Festival is not responsible for breaches of the regulations, exempting itself from claims from third parties. Participants agree to indemnify the Festival for legal expenses and fees, as well as direct or indirect damages, derived from judicial proceedings or agreements with plaintiffs.


To register a work at the Bellavista Film Festival International Film Festival, it is necessary to use the Festhome platform during the established period.


Registrations for the Festival will be available from April 20, 2024 and will close on July 20, 2024 at midnight.


▪ Only works produced after January 1, 2022 will be admitted to the Festival.

▪ Works in a foreign language must have subtitles in Spanish to be considered in the selection.

▪ Works that do not address relevant themes for the festival will be automatically disqualified.


Feature film 70 to 90 minutes
Short film 7 to 30 minutes

1. Fiction:
Films that present imaginative and creative stories, both in narrative and visual form. Fiction films can address a wide range of social issues, from the fight for equality to the exploration of the human condition.

2. Animation:
Animated films that use visual creativity to address issues of social impact. From short films to feature films, we value innovation in animation technique and the ability of films to convey powerful messages through their images.

3. Documentary:
Films that offer an authentic and insightful look at real-world issues and experiences. From political documentaries to intimate portraits of everyday life, we value filmmakers' ability to capture the essence of their subjects and make a lasting impact on audiences.

4. Creative Documentary:
Documentary films that experiment with unconventional narrative forms and innovative techniques to tell stories of social impact. We value originality and creativity in the presentation of themes, as well as the ability of films to challenge perceptions and generate critical reflection. From essay film to experimental documentary, we look for works that expand the limits of the documentary genre.

5. University Cinema:
Films that highlight the emerging talent of young university filmmakers who are exploring topics relevant to their generation and society at large. We value freshness and originality in narrative, as well as students' technical ability to tell stories effectively. This category provides a platform for emerging filmmakers to share their unique perspectives and contribute to the dialogue on important social issues.

6. Cinema for kids:
Films that address relevant topics for boys and girls, from universities and inclusion to caring for the environment. We value the artistic quality and the ability of films to captivate the imagination of young people while transmitting positive and constructive messages.


1. Social Justice and Human Rights: Films that address issues of inequality, discrimination, and struggles for justice and human rights.

2. Environment and Sustainability: Exploration of issues related to climate change, environmental conservation and the relationship between humans and nature.

3. Migration and Cultural Diversity: Reflection on the experiences of migrants and refugees, as well as cultural diversity and intercultural coexistence.

4. Health and Wellbeing: Treatment of public health problems, access to medical care and the promotion of individual and community well-being.

5. Education and Community Development: Focus on educational initiatives, community empowerment and sustainable economic development.

6. Gender Equity and Feminism: Analysis of gender inequality, violence against women and the promotion of gender equality and women's rights.

7. Technology and Society: Exploration of the social, ethical and political impacts of technology in contemporary society, including the digital divide and privacy.

NOTE: Successful registration does not automatically guarantee the selection of the film for the Festival programming.



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