The poster, designed by Maria Herreros, for Mecal 2018

Twenty years bringing short films and entertainment to Barcelona

This year, the Mecal Festival features more than 350 films in the four official sections of the competition.

From 15 March to 2 April, dozens of short films from 110 countries can be seen in Barcelona, selected from the over 5,000 titles submitted to the Mecal Festival. These figure are a testimony to the importance of the festival, which this year is celebrating its 20th edition.

Fàbrica Moritz, the Design Museum, the Institut Français, the MACBA Museum of Contemporary Art and Casa Gracia are the venues chosen to host this edition’s film screenings, as well as a number of parallel activities. The competition is divided into four official sections (International, Oblique, Animation and Documentary), though there are plenty of non-competitive sections devoted to horror, young people, sex, capitalism, comedy, kids, state authoritarianism... Some of these are long-standing sections, such as Womart, a section dedicated entirely to women.

The parallel activities on offer are also numerous, ranging from a Short Film Market to the presentation of various animation and video game projects, workshops, conferences, and a virtual reality corner. And, as always, the festival has reserved pride of place in its programme for a guest country, and given that this is its 20th edition, this space will pay tribute to the embassies, consulates, film schools, film institutes, festivals and other institutions that have collaborated with Mecal over the last two decades.

You’ll find the complete programme here.

Publication date: Wednesday, 14 March 2018
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