The contest is aimed at filmmakers who have shot a fiction, animation or documentary film in 2016. There are four categories: National Short Fiction Films, International Short Fiction Films, Animation Short Films and Documentary Short Films.
All films received shall be viewed by a pre-selection panel that will choose up to 30 films per section. Those will be the films competing for the official award (€1,500) and will make up the Official Selection of films to be screened in Lanzarote. The list of selected films shall be made public on 17th January 2017.
As usual, the enrolment shall be done online via the Movibeta and Short Film Depot platforms. On the official FICL website, you may check and download the conditions of the competition in Spanish and in English, and further details regarding maximum length of the films, formats, and necessary documents to be sent in by distributors, producers and directors, among others.
The 17th Lanzarote International Film Festival is organised by the Culture Area of the Cabildo of Lanzarote and Fisme Producciones, and it will be held from 20th to 29th April 2017. In previous editions interesting filmmakers from all backgrounds have been awarded, such as Marina Seresesky (La puerta abierta), Raúl de la Fuente (Another day of life) and Martín Rosete (Money).
As of this year, the FICL is one of the qualifying festivals for the Goya Awards (next to well established festivals such as Seminci, the Malaga Festival and Animayo). This means that filmmakers who win in the National Fiction, Animation and Documentary Short Film categories, will automatically be registered in all awards given by the Spanish Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences.