Years running: 28 (since 1993)


International independent film festival.


L'Alternativa is a true feast for lovers of independent cinema. The kind of cinema that is daring and takes risks, a kind of cinema of feelings or reflections. For twenty years the festival has been championing creative, expressive, original filmmaking that explores new ways of stimulating and surprising viewers and has been seeking out films that spurn conventional approaches and live life on the fringes of commercial circuits.

As well as the international competition, the festival screens retrospectives, thematic programmes, work from international film schools, offers a free screen and organises workshops, round tables, concerts and parties.

The Official Sections:

  • Feature Films (fiction, nonfiction, animation, experimental)
  • Short Films (fiction, nonfiction, animation, experimental) with a maximum duration of 40 minutes.

Non-competitive sections:

  • Panorama,
  • L'Alternativa Hall.


  • 3.000 € feature film prize,
  • 1.000 € short film prize.


  • All films submitted for selection must have been completed after 1 January 2018
  • Fiction, nonfiction, animation, experimental
  • Shorts - under 40 min
  • Participants (Filmmakers) may submit a maximum of 2 films. Distributors, Production Companies and Film Schools may submit a maximum of 6 films

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • complete the online entry form for each film submitted (forms sent via email are not accepted)
  • include a web link (and corresponding password if necessary) when completing the entry form to stream the film on a video sharing website (e.g. Vimeo) OR send a copy of the film on DVD with the registration number, film title and filmmaker's name

Foreign shipments must state (on the outside of the packet) "No commercial value. For vultural purposes only."

The festival does not accept links to download films from FTP servers, or accept files sent via file collaboration services (ie. RapidShare, WeTransfer o YouSendIt, etc). 

Participants (Filmmakers) may submit a maximum of 2 films. Distributors, Production Companies and Film Schools may submit a maximum of 6 films.

The participant must take financial responsibility for the safe arrival of the preview material, and if selected, for the arrival of the screening copy in Barcelona. L'Alternativa will ensure its safe return after the festival.

Preview DVD will not be returned.

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement




Official website



L'Alternativa, Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona
Montalegre 5
08001 Barcelona (Spain)

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Deadline
    July 01, 2019
  • Event dates
    11 — 17 November 2019
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