Festival Villa del Cine (7)


01 Apr 2021
Call for entries

28 Aug 2021
Festival closed

11 Sep 2021
Notification date

24 Sep 2021
26 Sep 2021


All Town,  154001, Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia

Festival description
Short film festival >1' 30'<
Feature film festival >50' 90'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Online and Physical Location
 January 2019
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  >1' 30'<
 Feature Films  >50' 90'<
 Any language
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Festival start: 24 September 2021      Festival end: 26 September 2021

The Festival Villa del Cine is a four day experience where the streets and theaters of Villa de Leyva, Colombia become a stage dedicated to celebrate, encourage and reward the seventh art.



The general guidelines for presentation and participation provide binding regulations for all matters and procedures from the submission of the film to the participation of a film in the festival. Here you can find out what must be completed by what deadline, what rights authorizations are required and what materials must be provided to Villa del Cine.

• OPERA PRIMA: Committed to promoting new national talents, in order to contribute to the national film industry, this category seeks to become a platform for national independent cinema that risks, experiences, tries and finds new ways.

• WORK-IN-PROGRESS: Part of the festival's training process consists of providing incentives to national cinema, which is why we reward post-production productions with incentives.

• BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORTFILM: We reward foreign or foreign-produced films in our country, in order to expand our gaze towards the world.

• BEST NATIONAL SHORT FILM: This category rewards the effort of professionals who are an active part of the film industry and the audiovisual market of the country, in order to bring quality stories and narratives of our idiosyncrasy to people.

• BEST PASSIONATE SHORT FILM: Cinema is a passion, we are sure of that, that is why this category rewards and encourages “non-filmmakers” (Non-professionals) who are driven by the love of art. This category is focused on young students of film or other careers who have a restless mind that is expressed in an audiovisual way.

• BEST SCHOOL SHORT FILM: This category receives and rewards short films from schools where cinema is part of its academic curriculum and the results obtained from the work carried out in the "Workshops at school" also participate.


The Villa del Cine Festival was born with the promise of creating an inclusive space in the film industry dedicated to true cinema lovers. With the Festival we want to make the artists grow and in turn highlight the culture that is generated around the cinema in Colombia, and thus build a more participatory and empowered society of their stories.

Films can be submitted to one or more of the sections mentioned above. The person is responsible for the accuracy of the information provided in the online film submission form ("the sender") selects the appropriate section (s) during the film submission process .

Villa del Cine is a festival accredited by ANAFE (National Association of Festivals, Shows and Cinematographic and Audiovisual Events of Colombia) and is subject to its guidelines.



• Only films that have been registered can be considered for selection.

• deadlines: (the following deadlines must be met without exception):
Film registration.
Standard: April 1 to August 28.
Announcement of the official selection:
September 11.
Festival Date: September 24, 25, 26.

• Projections can only be made with the express approval of the corresponding section. Applications should be sent to inslacionesvilladelcine@gmail.com

• Films that have been submitted and viewed for previous editions of Villa del Cine cannot be re-registered.

• Short films and feature films completed until January 2019 can participate.

• The Festival does not distinguish between fiction and non-fiction and both options have a place in any of its sections.

• The participating feature films must have a minimum duration of (50) minutes for documentary and (70) minutes for fiction. (debut).

• The winning project undertakes to include the logo of the companies that award the award and the logo of the “Festival Villa del Cine - Postproduction Award” in the final cut of the film, as well as to finish making it in one term. not older than 12 months. Once completed, it must be presented in the 2021 or 2022 edition of the Villa del Cine Festival. (Work-In-Progress)

• The participating feature films must be Colombian. This includes co-productions with other countries, but Colombia is the country with the highest percentage of participation.

• Short films may not exceed 25 minutes in length.

• The Festival Director reserves the right to rule
on any case not provided for in these guidelines.

• Each sender will receive written notification of the selection selection result.


Films will only be considered for selection once the processing fee has been received. A refund is not possible. The fee for registering a film is as follows:

Standard: 20 USD (International)
Standard: $ 50,000 (National)

Standard: 20 USD (International)
Standard: $ 50,000 (National)

Best international shortfilm:
Standard: 10 USD

Standard: $ 30,000
Standard: 10 USD

Standard: $ 15,000
Standard: 5 USD

* In case the film entered in this category does not meet the conditions of the category (be passionate or demonstrable university) It will be automatically declassified.

Films must be submitted in their original version for the selection process. Films in Spanish do not require translation. Films in other languages ​​must be subtitled in Spanish.

File in digital format:
Films can be submitted to the festival through digital platforms such as: Drive. Vimeo. Mega. Youtube (private user) or through the platforms mentioned above.

Recommendations: Do not use links that expire, that the weight of the file does not exceed 4GB for Short Film.

Other technical formats accepted for the selection exams are Blu-ray and DVD to the address:
• Villa de Leyva. Calle 5 n 10-213.
• In Bogota. Calle 122 # 11D 71 apt 513.
In any case, an email will be sent with the guide number and the information required in the DOCUMENTS, MEDIA AND INFORMATION REQUIRED section. To the mail insletosvilladelcine@gmail.com

Villa del Cine will only accept the presentation of a film if the petitioner is the holder of all the rights of use of the film necessary for the presentation and use in the context of participation in Villa del Cine, as specified in the paragraph of the Guidelines. general. for the Presentation and Participation, and if the sender can also effectively grant Villa del Cine these rights. Villa del Cine reserves the right to demand adequate proof of these rights and to reject the presentation by not providing it.


Only officially selected films can participate in Villa del Cine. The invitation to participate is issued by the Festival Director or the section chiefs, respectively.

The programming of the selected films is also carried out by the Festival Director or the heads of each section, respectively. Each film can be shown up to five times during the festival. In addition, participants can authorize a sixth screening of the film selected during the festival in the corresponding section on the Participation Form.

To participate in Villa del Cine, the sender (hereinafter or after signing the participation form, called "the participant") must accept the invitation in writing, send the film before the deadline and provide the festival with documents, media and information.

Each film presented in the Villa del Cine selection receives a certificate of participation after the festival.


No film may be removed from the festival program after its participation has been publicized.

Participation in the festival requires unconditional compliance with all the rules established in these guidelines. Producers, distributors and other persons or organizations presenting a film must guarantee that any third party connected to the production accepts their participation in the festival. Additional terms and conditions of participation apply for individual sections.

The Director of Villa del Cine reserves the right to decide on any case not provided for in these guidelines.


The participant must ensure that the official logo of the festival is clearly visible in all advertising and promotional measures for the participating films. Villa del Cine will provide specific logos for each section of the program. Send any questions by email to inslacionesvilladelcine@gmail.com


Acceptance of the invitation obliges the participant to provide promotional and press material, to authorize its publication for the uses established in the General Guidelines for Presentation and Participation.

• Photos, press kits, posters.
The participant must provide the following material:
• Frames and a portrait of the director, with subtitles, in electronic format (300 dpi JPG 13 x 18 cm)
• Film poster in electronic format (300 dpi JPG 13 x 18 cm).
• Press kit as Adobe Acrobat PDF file (maximum 3 MB). (only for National and International)
Villa del Cine will transmit this material to third parties for the editorial coverage of Villa del Cine. Images will also be used for Villa del Cine's publicly available print products (festival publications) and online media (websites, apps, social media) where they will remain available without any time or territory restrictions.
Films and audio clips for television, radio and online media coverage

The participant agrees to provide various clips of the film and audios for use in Villa del Cine's journalistic coverage on TV, radio and online media (including podcasts and other multimedia formats). as social media channels in appropriate formats by uploading files.

The material will be available to the press for use as a download or in other formats. Villa del Cine will make the aforementioned clips available to TV and radio stations and online media.

Additionally, the clips can be used for Villa del Cine's online media (websites, apps, social media channels) and can remain available there without time or territorial restrictions.

Excerpt from the film for Villa del Cine's online media

The participant may provide a 30-60 second film clip (not a trailer!) For the presentation of their film in Villa del Cine's online media.
The film excerpt can be published by Villa del Cine for public use within the context of its online media (particularly websites and applications), without any kind of time or territory restriction, even in the form of a non-downloadable file ( transmission).

* The participant must send the files by Drive or other means to the mail: inslacionesvilladelcine@gmail.com one week before the start of the festival.
The internal archive of Villa del Cine
In the long term, Villa del Cine must keep a digital copy of each participating film in its internal archive to keep it as a reference point for the identity of the festival and its programming work. as well as for the profile of its sections. Films in the Villa del Cine archive are exclusively available to festival employees for internal use.

By registering through any means, the participant grants Villa del Cine free of charge the non-exclusive and sub-licensable right without territorial restrictions to use the film, as well as the press and promotional material mentioned above for the purpose of presenting the film at Villa of Cinema, in particular for this purpose.

The granting of the following rights is valid indefinitely, but can be revoked at any time: use of the film in Villa del Cine's internal archive; the use of photographs for the print and online public access media of Villa del Cine and the use of the excerpt from the film.

The participant declares and guarantees that he is the holder of all the rights of use necessary for the use of the film in the context of this agreement and that he is in a position to effectively grant Villa del Cine these rights. The participant states that any third party involved in the production and distribution of the film has agreed, when necessary, its use in the context of Villa del Cine as specified in this agreement. The participant guarantees that by using the film in the context of this agreement, the rights of third parties, including the persons represented in the film, are not infringed.



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