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 30th edition. For three decades we have 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 2023 we will once again be running a hybrid edition: onsite screenings and activities plus a selection of films available on Filmin.
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, performances, creative workshops for children and grownups and Film School seminars.
In addition, l’Alternativa Pro  runs industry days, workshops, masterclasses, meetings and Cinema Pendent, which encompasses a series of activities to boost the development of independently produced films and audiovisual projects.
Beyond the festival
We help keep the films selected for l’Alternativa alive and kicking throughout the year by arranging screenings at cultural centres, film clubs, museums and independent cinemas and by partnering with other festivals across Spain and further afield.
In addition, thanks to the close ties we have forged with Filmin since 2011, a wide selection of films screened at recent editions of the festival is available all year round to anyone in Spain.