- D’A—Festival Internacional de Cinema d’Autor de Barcelona. Reflecting upon current world cinema, this festival celebrates a broad range of award-winning arthouse and independent films, and new releases by international and local artists.
- DocsBarcelona. Provides a platform for local and international talents to showcase projects and documentaries. The best are selected to compete for TV3’s Best Documentary Award, New Talent Award and Audience Award.
- BCN Sports Film. Specifically designed for sport enthusiasts, this festival presents a range of animations, documentaries, feature and short films, experimental projects and more.
- Barcelona Creative Commons Culture & Film Festival. This festival celebrates film and audiovisual work produced with free licenses. Films screened are projects seeking to explore the digital world, and the concept of copyright within it.
Cinema Lliure a la Platja:
- Mecal. Screening a range of international short films and animations, this outdoor summer festival takes place in Poble Espanyol and the Hotel Silken Diagonal’s rooftop terrace. The programme promises an array of short films and animations, offering a cultural alternative to mainstream blockbusters.
- Cinema Lliure a la Platja. Free independent film screenings take place on the beach, creating the perfect environment to relax in the summer evenings. Recent editions have been extended to Badalona, El Prat and Mataró.
- Sala Montjuïc. One of the city’s most popular activities during the summer months, international films are screened in the spectacular grounds of Castell de Montjuïc. Films range from contemporary to classic, and are accompanied by a live concert.
- FIRE!! Casal Lambda presents a collection of films designed to highlight the struggles and realities of the LGBTI community around the world. Screenings take place in various locations across the city, and include a selection of documentaries, short films and feature films.
- Barcelona Surf Film Festival. Dedicated to the world of surf, this festival features film and documentary screenings from an array of international filmmakers, complete with workshops, live music and a surf market.
- L’Illa. Taking place on Thursday nights throughout the month, this outdoor festival screens an array of international films. Held in the park situated next to the L’Illa shopping centre, sunbeds are available to hire for some after work chilling.
- Gandules. Hosted by the CCCB, the cultural centre’s courtyard invites film lovers to a diverse assortment of films dedicated to a theme. The free festival provides deck chairs and sun beds for viewers to relax, and a bar selling drinks and snacks.
- Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival. Quentin Tarantino, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Cameron Diaz have all attended this world-renowned festival, with an assortment of presentations, exhibitions and screenings of fantasy films from around the world.
- Beefeater In-Edit. An international music documentary film festival that provides a space for cultural diffusion for the world of music. The eclectic screenings represent a variety of star personalities, musical styles, social movements and more.
- L’Alternativa. This independent film festival promotes creativity, freedom, innovation, commitment and reflection through the films it selects. It also includes two competitions for feature and short films.
- El Meu Primer Festival. Designed for children aged between two and 12 years, the festival aims to promote imagination, creativity, entertainment and education with a series of international film screenings, complimented by a range of activities and workshops.
- FICMA International Environmental Film Festival. The longest-running film festival in the world of its kind, FICMA is dedicated to raising awareness of environmental issues through cinema and aims to reach people of all ages and backgrounds.