The Barcelona Mecal Pro: International Short Film and Animation Festival is holding its 16th edition, from 6 to 30 March.
Its short films, 350 out of 5.300 entered, are split between four official competition sections. These are: international, the biggest; Oblique, with the most daring offerings; Documentary, a genre with a strong international growth; and, following the success of the previous edition, Animation, plus fringe sections with 15 variously themed categories.
This year’s Mecal Pro will see the Netherlands taking part and it is devoting two sections to the best topical short films on the guest country, a special programme in collaboration with the Nijmegen International Short Film Festival – Go Short and another with the Netherlands Film and Television Academy. What’s more, the Dutch film-maker Rosto, the director of ‘Mind My Gap‘, will be giving a master class and audiences will be able to treat themselves to screenings of some of his works at the festival.
There will also be a special presentation of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) 2013 nominees, held in collaboration with the British Council, a space for creative video clips and advertisements, and a retrospective on works by the French film-maker Jacques Demy.
Other sections will include one paying tribute to one of the great legends of fantasy and horror films, Frankenstein, and another to cats, the most treacherous of pets, entitled Mecat. The I Bike section will naturally be devoted to bicycles and Special First Time to “first times“.
They will be shown at several venues in Barcelona, such as the Antic Teatre, the Barcelona Institut Français, the Santa Mónica Arts Centre and the old Moritz Factory, in addition to the Cinemes Girona and CCCB – Barcelona Centre of Contemporary Culture.