Catalonia International Social Film Festival receives almost 300 submissions
This represents 89 more films than 2017, coming from 41 countries around the world
The Catalonia International Social Film Festival (CLAM) is celebrating its 15th edition this year, receiving 276 submissions for the official selection. Of these, 196 are short films and 80 are feature-length, coming from 41 countries around the world. The countries that presented the most films were Spain (117 films), Iran (18 films), Brazil and Italy (16 films), Argentina (13 films), France (11 films), and the United Kingdom (10 films).
These numbers count for 89 more films than were submitted last year, which organizing entities see as a very positive development, as well as consequence of the interest that CLAM has piqued worldwide as an outlet for a committed type of cinema. It’s additionally made things easier that one can sign up through three online platforms: Festhome, Clickforfestivals, and Filmfreeway.
Festival participation regulations dictate that submissions must have been produced between 2016 and 2017 and not have been shown commercially in Spain (be it in cinemas, DVD, video or television). Inasmuch, the films shown at the CLAM festival will be first-time premiers.
€1,000 for the First Prize in feature-length films
For both the categories of short film and feature-length there are three awards: First Prize, Jury Prize, and the Audience Award. The First Prize comes with a sum of €1,000 for the category of feature-length and €500 for short films, while the rest of the awards are given without funding.
Currently, the CLAM organization is working to select the finalist projects to participate in the festival. During the event, the Pere Casaldàliga Award for Solidarity will also be presented, and there will be the opportunity to assist various activities centered on human rights. The festival will be held from April 26 until May 6 in three central Catalan towns (Navarcles, Manresa, and the last yet to be decided).