Following the huge success of Senna (2010) and Amy (2015), to name just two examples, documentary film has recently experienced a surge in popularity, with audiences opting for authentic storytelling and factual content over spectacular visuals and far-fetched plots. Celebrating its 19th edition this year, DocsBarcelona is an international documentary film festival running from May 23rd until May 29th. There are a number of activities to get involved in, from exclusive screenings and wine-tasting sessions to expert masterclasses and award ceremonies. Displaying over 40 international films (all subtitled in English), selected titles include Sonita and the BAFTA-nominated A Syrian Love Story—both of which were rated 5* by the Guardian. There is a competitive edge to the festival, with seven prizes up for grabs, including Best Film, Best Teenage Filmmaker and, new for this year, an award for the Best Documentary made in the Iberian Peninsula or Latin America. Featuring emerging talent and established filmmakers, film fanatics can enjoy DocsBarcelona across the city, with venues including the Aribau Cinema Club and the CCCB.
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