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Barcelona International Short Film Festival ‘Mecal’ becomes a ‘not-to-be-missed’ festival

Over 300 short films from more than 35 countries in 12 days. This is the summary of the 14th edition of Mecal, the Barcelona International Short Film Festival, which takes place in the capital of Catalonia until April 29th. In this 2012 edition more than 4,500 short films have been received, 1,000 more than the last edition (about 30% more than 2011). With these figures, Mecal becomes the most important festival of its kind in Spain according to the number of film entries. Mecal’s Director, Roberto Barrueco, explained that the festival’s objective is to show the best of work from Catalonia and across the globe.


17 April 2012 04:18 PM


ACN / Pere Francesch / Laura Quintana

Barcelona (ACN).- Short narrations, animations, documentaries, video clips, advertisements, or dance videos, are some of the movies that are screened in Mecal, the Barcelona International Short Film Festival. In its 14th edition, the festival shows more than 300 short films from over 35 countries. Mecal has become a \u2018not-to-be-missed\u2019 event among Spanish and international film festivals and the most important in Spain according to its number of film entries. For this year\u2019s edition Mecal has received over 4,500 entries, 1,000 more than last year. The competition is divided into three main sections: International, Oblique and Documentaries; however, there is a large number of other sections running parallel to them and covering different genres, topics, and periods.

Mecal screens more than 300 short films from over 35 countries selected between the 4,500 entries that the organisers have received in this 14th edition, which takes place from April 12th until April 29th in Barcelona. These works are divided into three sections (International, Oblique, and Documentaries), which are competing for the awards by a jury and the audience. The Director of Mecal, Roberto Barrueco, has admitted that they received all kind of short films, some amateur, but others with a high technical value.

Barrueco has explained that the objective of the festival is to show the best work from Catalonia and across the globe. The idea is that students and amateurs have better access to short films. \u201CIt is a general festival that covers all genres with big competition among the entries and also parallel sections\u201D, added Barrueco.

This year the parallel sections (not in competition) include a vintage-style \u2018First ever\u2019 that offers short films where the audience can see the first appearance of a mobile telephone or a screen kiss. There are also the following categories: \u2018End of the World\u2019, \u2018Antihero\u2019, \u2018Heavy Metal and Freak\u2019, \u2018Sex Special (Golden Shower)\u2019, and \u2018Nerd and other human oddities\u2019. Mecal also offers a retrospective of the French director François Ozon\u2019s short films, as well as a Swiss short film festival, from the Winterthur Festival, and the Dance Video special. For the younger audience, Mecal offers a \u2018Children\u2019s special\u2019 with morning sessions on Tuesdays. Moreover, the classic sections of \u2018Horror Special\u2019 and \u2018Womart\u2019 (dedicated to the world of women) have kept their places in the programme. Other formats that the audience of this 14th edition of Mecal can watch are Video clips and advertisements, including the year\u2019s best ads.

The guest country of this edition of Mecal is Germany. There is an animation special related to the country, including the best short films from the Interfilm Berlin Festival. Furthermore there is a selection of short films of relevant German directors such as Rainer Werner Flassbinder or Fatih Akin.

In this 14th edition the festival has been reorganised to have more screening days. Now Mecal screens the short films from Thursday to Sunday over three weekends (from April 12th to April 29th) and has 2 more days than in 2011. According to Barrueco, this new structure has some advantages such as the greater presence in the city of Barcelona and the removal of the weakest days (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday), when other screenings will take place.

A good moment for the Catalan production

The Barcelona International Short Film Festival also screens a review of the best short films from this year\u2019s Spanish and Catalan Scene. This year, Barrueco has ensured that the Catalan production in short films is \u2018very high\u2019. \u201CIn Catalonia we know how to make good cinema and production has been quite good for the last 10 or 15 years\u201D, he has explained. Barrueco has recommended the Catalan short film \u2018Flejos y Reflejos\u2019 by Roberto López; and \u2018Curfew\u2019 by Shawn Christensen and Nathalie Álvarez.

Mecal also organises the international short films market from April 26th until April 29th where buyers, distributors, filmmakers and other national and international professionals in the audiovisual sector will meet.


  • The festival's Director, Roberto Barrueco (by P. Francesch)

  • The festival's Director, Roberto Barrueco (by P. Francesch)