Manlleu Film Festival to transform its 18th edition

Manlleu Film Festival to transform its 18th edition into an extraordinary call for short film projects affected by current crisis

With the aim of helping to minimize the impact of the Covid-19 in the audiovisual sector of the short film, the organization of the Manlleu Film Festival has decided not to celebrate its eighteenth edition, scheduled for next July. The festival, for which more than 600 short films have participated since its first edition in 2003, will focus its efforts and resources this year on an extraordinary call for short film projects between 5 and 30 minutes that are in pre-production or production stage and have been affected by the current crisis. Its director, Èric Motjer, recalls that the Manlleu Film Festival is organized and funded by public institutions, “a is a singularity that we want to make
prevail in these difficult times to support the short-film industry and directors who contribute to the festival with their works every year”.

A call open to national and international projects

The call, with a financial endowment of € 8,000, will open on July 1 and will last until September 15. It will include two categories: the national, for those short film projects directed by a person born, resident, who studies or works in Catalonia or in any of the Catalan-speaking territories, and the international one, open to projects from the rest of the world. The winning audiovisual works will be included in a special section of the programming of the 19th Manlleu Film Festival, which will be held from 8 to 11 July 2021. The rules can be found on the Manlleu Film Festival website, www.manlleufilmfestival.

Next Saturday 11th of July, we will celebrate a special outdoor cinema session outside the Museu del Ter with the screening of the film ‘O que arde’, directed by Oliver Laxe, Jury prize award at the Cannes Festival in the category ‘A Certain Regard’, and winner of two Gaudí awards and two Goya awards.

The Manlleu Film Festival is an initiative of the Culture Service of Manlleu City Council, which has the support of the Diputació de Barcelona.