Rules FICBUEU 2017 -

The 10th Bueu International Short Film Festival will take place from September 10th – September 17th 2017. Festival will aim to promote the best short films made in the last two years in the international scene as well as promoting young talents.

The festival is organized by the cultural association FICBUEU.


Only films completed on or after 1st January 2015 are eligible for entry into the 2017 Festival competitions. Any producer or filmmaker of any nationality who owns the rights to the films being submitted are eligible for the International Short Film Competition on the condition that they are over 18 years.

The festival is open to all genres short films up to thirty (30) minutes in length, credits included.

Each participant may submit as many films as desired.

Films previously submitted to the Bueu International Short Film Festival are NOT eligible.

Short Films must be presented in their original language. If the language is not Spanish (Castilian) or Galician, it must have English subtitles (and optional in Spanish if possible) or the original script and a translation to Spanish or English must be included attached to your online form.

The short film can be shot in any format, but it is necessary to have a digital copy to project.

The organization reserves the right to refuse a work by poor picture or sound quality.
Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry. Under no circumstances shall the organization accept any responsibility that might arise due to the infraction of this clause.

Works that do not meet any of these requirements will be rejected.

Unless Festival requires, short films will be only received in


Submission will be in shortfilmdepot platform where conditions are specified.

Deadline for submitting shortfilms:

1st April 2017 – 14:00 (local time – UTC/GMT +1h). Late applications will not be accepted.

FICBUEU guarantees that your film will never be used in any way other than preview mode for the selection process and will not be available online to the public.

65 short films will be selected from among all the films received:

  • Official Section: 20 short films
  • Panorama Section: 5 short films
  • Spanish Section: 5 short films
  • Galician Section: 5 films *
  • Comedy Section: 5 short films
  • Animation Section: 5 short films
  • Invited Festival Section: 5 short films
  • Family Section: 5 short films
  • Emerging Section: 5 short films
  • Latin America Section: 5 short films

* In order to be considered as a “Galician short film”, entries must meet one of the following conditions:

a) At least one of these three key positions (director, writer or producer) is filled by people resident in Galicia.
b) The Short Film has been produced or co-produced by a Galician entity, regardless of the language of the film.
c) Short films whose technical and art department are composed by, at least, 70% Galician people.

The festival may accept a work regarding its special relationship with Galician culture.

All submitted works will compete for entering the official section. Once that section is completed, the remaining sections will be configured.

The organization has the right to reduce or increase the number of short films for section.

Selected works will be screened up to 3 times during the festival. The selection will be announced by e-mail on 15th May.

Selected works will send an EPK (Electronic Press Kit) by e-mail containing:

– Teaser of the selected work for promotional purposes.
– Promotional poster and three representative pictures of the film (300ppi).
– Synopsis of the short film in Spanish (Castilian) and English.
– Photography of the director. With the same characteristics described above.
– Director’s CV/resume.
– Track record.
– Web page and Facebook.
– Film rating age.

Selected films and the EPK must be sent before May 31st , 2017 at 14:00h (local time – GMT +1).

By signing the entry form, the filmmaker gives the Bueu International Short Film Festival permission to use all submitted promotional materials, including but not limited to film stills, descriptions, director’s biography and film screening history in any and all forms of media for the express purpose of festival promotion and publicity.
For promotional reasons, the materials about the film (including stills), the film trailer or clips sent by the producer may be made available to the media, television stations or partner Internet portals on the conditions defined in the online entry form.
Participants are not entitled to claim rental or other fees for the screenings of their films at the festival.


FICBUEU Association shall appoint the members of the Selection Committee, selected among specialists linked to the Festival as well as the members of the International and Galician Jury.

International Jury will be composed of a minimum of three members involved in the world of cinema and culture, and representing the international film field. Besides it will have parity of composition.

Galician Jury will be composed of a minimum of three members involved in the world of cinema and culture and it will also have parity of composition.

The judges reserve the right to declare void any of the awards. They can also award special mentions which are not specified in these entry conditions.

Jury may decide to award a prize ex aequo, this shall be divided in equal parts.


Films selected for the Official Competition will be eligible for the following awards:

First prize: 2.500 € and trophy.
Second prize: 1.000 € and trophy.
Best Galician short film *: 500 € and trophy.
Audience Award: 500 € and medallion.
Best Director: medallion.
Best Screenplay: medallion.
Best Actress: medallion.
Best Actor: medallion.
Best Cinematography: medallion.
Best Art Direction: medallion.
Best Costume Design: medallion.
Best Makeup / hairdressing: medallion.
Best sound: medallion.
Best Editing: medallion.
Best Music: medallion.

All prizes will be awarded to the participants in the official section. Galician short film will be also awarded to audience award.

The audience award is based solely on audience voting at the film screenings.

Prizes shall be paid out to the person or production company whose name appears on the registered Entry Form.

The production and distribution companies commit to use the FIC logo for promotion if their film is selected by FICBUEU. The production and distribution companies also give permission for FIC and related activities to use the selected films.

All prizes shall be subject to the taxes stipulated by law. The final amount of the awards will be determined once all taxes and other transfer costs to the winner are deducted.

The final content of each price will be fully announced and advertised in the festival’s website prior to the festival celebration.

In order to receive a cash prize, at least one member of the awarded shortfilm must attend the Closing Ceremony.


The submission and participation of a film in the Festival imply acceptance of the Rules and Regulations for participation. In any unforeseen eventuality, the decision of the Festival Directorship is final.

These regulations are subject to change without prior notice.

These rules are available in Galician, Spanish and English. For any difficulty regarding its interpretation the reference text is the Spanish.

For any questions or information: +34 678 85 89 90 or or FICBUEU- Montero Ríos 191 1º- 36930- Bueu (Pontevedra) Galicia. España.


The organisation guarantees that all personal data in the entrants’ file shall be dealt with according to article 12 of the Organic Law, 13 September 1999, regarding Personal Data Protection (LOPD).