El Mecal: short-film festival in BCN
The 16th edition of El Mecal, the international Short and Animated Film Festival of Barcelona will take place from the 6th to the 30th of March, with The Netherlands as guest country.
As is customary, the festival is divided into official sections which, this year, are entitled International, Oblique, Documentary and an additional section devoted to Animation (following last year’s success). There will also be parallel sections subdivided into a total of fifteen categories covering a wide range of themes. Screenings will be held in the Antic Teatre, the Instituto Francés, Arts Santa Mònica, Cinemes Girona and the CCCB.
This year’s edition of El Mecal has The Netherlands as guest country and two sections will be dedicated to the best and most recent of that country’s short film productions. In addition, Dutch film maker Rosto, the director of the Mind My Gap project, will be offering a masterclass. There will also be a special event in collaboration with the British Council which will include presentation of the nominees for the BAFTA Awards and a retrospective of the early films of French director Jacques Demy.
Aside from the ever-popular sessions dedicated to sex and horror, the 16th edition of the Mecal festival will include a tribute to one of the legends of fantasy film, Frankenstein, a section of short films about cats, a special section dedicated to bicycles, a separate section devoted to video clips and advertising spots as well as presentations and workshops featuring artists and experts in the field.
An international selection of short fiction films intended to illustrate the diversity of plot, aesthetical features and gender in the current worldwide production of the short film format. The short-form documentary is one of the most ignored genres in film festivals even though it finds itself in a period of great vitality and strong growth. These are aggressive works that allow us to recognize and take interest in certain aspects of reality far removed from our daily lives. All information and the whole program is avalaible on the Mecal 2014 official website.
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