The Official Competition will be broadcast through the Filmin platform and will feature 31 shorts, 16 of them shot in Spain and the another 15 from different European, American and Asian countries.
Compared to other years, the main novelty of this edition is that the cash prize for the awards has been cancelled. Instead, 200 euros will be awarded to each of the selected short films. This allocation rules for the rest of the competitions: Castilla y León, Spanish Showroom and De Campo. This last category is one of the novelties of this edition and is made up of works that from different perspectives address the situation in rural areas.
Cycles and special sessions
All the short films that are part of the Castilla y León, Spanish Showroom and De Campo contests will be screened for free through Festhome, a platform where the rest of the sessions can also be seen. As a non-competitive section, the festival offers the six shorts retrospective dedicated to the young filmmaker Andrea Jaurrieta.
Moreover, the Aguilar Film Festival has organiced a special session with Spanish animation works shot by women in recent years, another season dedicated to the new talents of the Scottish short film and another with some of the best titles from the Varicoloured distributor.
Children and young people will also have their space, despite the limitations of this year. For the little ones, three sessions have been organized that are part of the Minifica. In the meantime the young Secondary students of the region will be in charge once again of awarding the Young Jury prize, after having watched the works that are part of the Official section in their educational centers.
As usual, the Aguilar Film Festival will complete its program of competitions and short film seasons with various complementary activities: tables, conferences and professional meetings. Enrico Vanucci, one of the members of the jury of the Official section, will give a presentation on the new opportunities that online communication offers to the short film, while another of the members of the jury, the Scotsman Matt Lloyd, will talk about the consequences that Brexit has generated in the European and British short film industry.
The Aguilar festival has also organized a discussion table in which representatives of various festivals will participate and in which the new situation generated after the outbreak of the Coronavirus and the need to establish alliances to ensure the survival of the contests will be analyzed.
Finally, on the occasion of the celebration of the Aguilar Film Festival, one of the annual meetings of the regional short film agencies will take place, organizations that promote production in their territory but also share common strategies to achieve greater diffusion at the national and international level.
The Aguilar Film Festival is a contest organized by the Aguilar de Campoo City Council, through the Department of Culture, and is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Spain -through the ICAA and ACE-, the Junta de Castilla y León and the Provincial Council of Palencia. Among its main private sponsors are Gullón, Aquona and Grupo Vicauto.