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Boltaa (SPAIN) , March 27 to April 4


The Comarca of Sobrarbe is organising the XVIII International Ethnographic Film Fest of Sobrarbe to be held in Boltaa (Huesca, Spain) from March 27 to April 4 April, 2020, in accordance with the following rules:


1- Ethnographic documentary is defined, in a wide sense, as the production of a documentary whose prime aim is to display aspects relating to living and understanding life within a culture.

2- Any of these productions made after 1th January 2015, and lasting from less than 90 minutes, may enter the festival. Works presented in previous festivals, or those made by people involved in the organisation, are not admitted; neither are those promoting tourism or publicity.

3- Each producer/director may present up to three documentaries.

4- Films will be submitted in their original language. Whenever the original version is not in Spanish, they must be subtitled in Spanish or, as an exception, in English


5- The call for entry is open since 1th September till 15th October 2019.

6- Submission shall be online via or, all compulsory fields must be filled and upload the video file with embedded subtitles and with download option . Those entrants with a problematic online submission due to geographical location and conflicts in their countries, may apply to participate in the film contest via the following email address:


7- The representatives of the selected works will be informed before February 10. (This date may be extended according to the needs of the organization) and will have to send in the course of seven days the copy for projection preferably in bluray or DCP, clearly stating the title, format, type of screen and type of sound and all the information needed for the catalogue.

8- The organisation will bear the costs of bed and board for one person per documentary selected, from the dinner on Friday 3 April to lunch on Sunda 5 April 2020. Whenever there is budget availability, this will include a travel bag with cash up to 100 for trips from Spain and up to 250 from abroad

9- Documentaries selected for the competition section will take part of the file of the festival and the private consultation with investigation or educational ends is authorized.

10- Documentaries entered for the Competition Section of the festival will go to form part of the ASECIC film library (which will regulate their showing, presentation and broadcasting, never for a fee, and always for educational and cultural purposes).

11- The festival will not pay any quantity to the authors or persons in charge for the works selected by the exhibition of the films.

12- Espiello Festival can create parallel sections with films havent been selected, when they are considered interesting to screen during the festival.

13- The festival may project the selected documentaries in the competition section at possible venues simultaneous to the festival during its days.


- ESPIELLO prize, of one thousand eight hundred euros (1.800) and trophy for the best documentary.
- ESPIELLO CHOBEN prize of nine hundred euros (900) and trophy for the best documentary made by an under 36-year-old. (It will have to credit the age)
- ESPIELLO PIRINEOS prize of nine hundred euros (900) and trophy for the best documentary on a mountain theme.
- ESPIELLO BOLTAA prize of five hundred euros (500) and trophy for the documentary best voted by the audience.
- ESPIELLO RECHIRA prize of nine hundred euros (900) trophy for the best research project.
- "Guillermo Ziga" ASECIC prize (trophy) given by the Spanish Association for Scientific Cinema and Image.
- IAMS prize (trophy) given by the la International Asociation for Media in Science.

14- The jury will be international and consists of 5 prominent figures from the field of cinema, audiovisuals, anthropology and cultures designated by the organisation, with a quorum of 3 required. The jury reserves the right to grant prizes as it deems fit, as well as to declare a prize void. None of the prizes can be awarded jointly. Two prizes are not awarded to one person, unless one is the audience prize.

15- In the festival, the organisation will grant three honorary prizes: ESPIELLO CHICORRN, ESPIELLO MAYESTROS and SIAL D'ONOR ESPIELLO and the ESPIELLO AGORA X L'ARAGONS award for the best audiovisual in Aragon held in 2019 which has its own convocation.


16- For the festival promotion, Espiello organization reserves the right to exhibit an extract not longer than three minutes of the selected films in the public media.

17- After the festival, Espiello may use selected productions in the festival for cultural and environmental programs, provided that the entry is free, informing the directors or producers or distributors of the place and date. Films not selected would be used for cultural and educational purposes only in municipalities depending on the Comarca de Sobrarbe.

18- The competitor must be responsible for claiming to be the maker of an original film as entered and releases the organisation from any liability pertaining to the content of the film. The Espiello organisation is not liable before third parties for any objections that may arise over ownership of copyright.

19- By entering a film, you accept the conditions of these rules, which will be interpreted and applied by the organisation.

20- This regulation is published in English and Spanish. In case of doubt, shall be settled by the Spanish version

Boltaa, 28st August, 2019.- The president, Jos Manuel Bielsa Manzano