The in-between land of fiction and nonfiction
Founded in 2003, the festival seeks to bring independent cinema from around the world to the city of Manlleu and to promote the talent of both emerging and established filmmakers. The MFF is held every July in the open air for 6 days in a privileged space by the river, which makes it a popular and unique festival.
Each edition includes an average of 50 Catalan and international short films selected from over 1,000 entries, as well as several feature films in parallel sections. The program also includes lectures, workshops, family activities, filmmakers’ meetings and special screenings. The festival combines the international vocation with which it was born with the support to the cinema produced in Catalonia and the will to strengthen the Catalan audiovisual sector.
In 2022 we launch the MFF+D, the seed of what will be a series of film industry activities such as masterclasses or round tables that aim to promote the professionalization of the local film scene.
The Festival has up to 3 competitive categories: Osona, for films produced in the Osona region; Nacional, for films produced or co-produced in the Catalan Countries; and International, for films produced around the world.
The evolution of the way we all consume audiovisual productions in recent years has been extremely fast and constant. Content platforms play a key role in terms of the type of cinema we end up consuming.
We believe that non-fiction as an art form has a lot of room to grow, with codes yet to be discovered, rethought or devised that offer great expressive freedom. We are convinced that this type of cinema has an extremely fertile path ahead and that it will play a key role in the evolution of cinema in the short term. Now more than ever, it is important to make radical and transformative cinematic proposals that challenge reality and bring new forms of storytelling.
The MFF intends to give screen-space and visibility to unconventional and independent cinema that finds its raison d’être in the intersection between non-fiction and fiction cinema.
Since 2003, hundreds of films that have been screened at the MFF have had a major social impact and have toured festivals around the world.
The MFF is a Manlleu City Council project.
∴ A PLURAL AND INCLUSIVE REALITY
Year after year, we strive to build a diverse festival both in the conformation of the team and in the offered programming. We seek to encourage free and diverse opinions, as well as respectful and constructive debate within the festival team as a basis for decision-making.
∴ TIED TO THE TERRITORY
We intend to contribute to the decentralization of culture, giving space to local productions in the MFF program and bringing international cinema to the region, far from the neuralgic centers of cinematographic activity in Catalonia.
We are committed to work according to sustainable values that are respectful of the world around us, not only in terms of ecology, but also in terms of feminism, diversity and social change. The MFF is based on values such as respect, responsibility and transparency.
Visual director and graphic design
Quim Marin Studio
Eloi Casellas (LUEE Studio)
Technical equipment provider
Carles Garcia (Museu del Ter)
Jury MFF 2022
Young Jury 2022
Cultural coordinator Manlleu City Council
Communications manager Manlleu City Council
Manlleu City Council supervisor