15 NOV - 5 DEC 2021



We champion creative freedom and innovation with an aesthetic flair and an ethical streak

This year the Barcelona Independent Film Festival, l'Alternativa, reaches its 28th edition. For nearly three decades we've been offering filmgoers and professionals a unique opportunity to discover and enjoy screenings and activities that value creative freedom, diversity, innovation, commitment and thought-provoking reflection.

In 2020 we were planning to run a dual onsite/online festival but were forced by circumstances to move the entire festival fully online. This year we are once again putting together a hybrid edition: onsite screenings and activities, a selection of films available on Filmin and a series of streamed activities for the public and industry professionals.

L'Alternativa has three competition sections in l'Alternativa Official: Spanish Films, International Feature Films and International Short Films. L'Alternativa Parallel presents tributes, premieres, little-known films, work by new directors and a programme of family screenings. And l'Alternativa Hall offers a rich, varied programme of free screenings, performances and debates in the CCCB Hall.

Spaces for meetings, reflection, learning, participation and celebration

Alongside the screenings, l'Alternativa Activities includes seminars, masterclasses, debates with creators, panel discussions, a symposium, creative workshops for children and grownups and Film Schools seminars. In addition, l'Alternativa Professionals will be holding the 12th Professional Symposium and the 9th Mentoring Projects.