THIS YEAR’S annual Alfas del Pi Film Festival has received twice as many entries into its short film category awards as last year.
Organisers of the prestigious festival, now in its 29th year, have received 1230 pieces of work for the category, which is a competition open to Spanish producers and filmmakers of fiction films, in digital format, that do not exceed 30 minutes in length.
Deputy Director of the Festival, Javier Pascual, whilst expressing his delight that twice as many movies have been entered into the category than previous years, also added, “This year, moreover, 35% of the short films presented are directed by women,” he said.
As if to prove the growth in the use of digital technology, ninety nine percent have been received on the film making platforms Festhome (887), Movibeta (191) and Click for Festivals (142).
“A large majority of shorts are sponsored by distributors and they are responsible for presenting them to festivals and for that they use digital platforms,” explained Pascual, whilst confirming that only a dozen directors from the province have chosen to present their works through postal mail or courier.
Madrid, Catalonia, País Vasco, Valenciana and Canarias are the regions with most entries although this year has also seen many co-productions between Spain and other European countries.
A committee made up of professionals from the audiovisual and narrative environment has viewed and judged the 1230 films to decide which will make the final 20 to be entered into the final official category and those that will be screened at the festival out of competition.
Their final decision will be announced on Saturday June 10.
The Festival awards a first prize of 5,000 euros and Faro de Plata, a second prize of 2,500 euros and a third prize of 1,250 euros, in addition to the Audience Prize of 500 euros. Awards are also given to the best actor, actress, screenplay, direction and photography.
Additionally, the winner of the contest can attend the Goya Awards, which are seen as the Spanish Oscars, as the Festival has been selected by the Academy of the Arts and Cinematographic Sciences of Spain to pre-select candidates.
This year’s Alfas del Pi Film Festival will be held in the town from July 7 to 16.