This year welcomes the 16th edition of MECAL, Barcelona’s International Short Film and Animation Festival. The three-week event brings together more than 350 shorts and animations from over 40 countries. The festival is divided into four main sections: animation, documentary, international and “oblicua”, which showcases the most creative works. Within these sections, there’s a huge diversity of themes and genres, including dance, comedy, children, social issues and science fiction. And, as always, special sections are reserved for sex, horror, Catalan talent, Spanish talent, women and video-dance.
This year’s guest country is Holland, so expect some cutting-edge Dutch creations in the mix. Parallel to the festival there will be a programme of conferences and workshops. The festival takes place in a number of venues around the city, so check the website for details.
An entry ticket that gives access to all films costs a very reasonable €25.