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Best Film Festivals in Barcelona

Written by João Moura

There are many film festivals in Barcelona. Concerning the beloved art of cinema, different strokes for different folks is what the city is all about. In the middle of all the film festivals that take place in Barcelona, you can easily find one or two film festivals more suitable to your tastes.

Americana Film Festival

Americana Film Fest is a film festival dedicated to those who enjoy the independent films made in North America. It happens early in the year, in March. In this festival, you can discover some pearls of the cinematic industry and tell your friends about it.

Related article: The best independent cinema in American Film Fest

Docs Barcelona

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The D’A is the Festival Internacional de Cinema D’Autor de Barcelona. It is one of the most important cultural events in Barcelona in the spring. Like the previous festival, it is the best place to watch great movies outside the mainstream industry.

Docs Barcelona

More into reality than fiction? Docs Barcelona is the right film festival for you, with documentaries from all over the world. It is held annually in May and exhibits some of the best documentaries of the year.


FIRE! Is the name of the annual gay and lesbian film festival from Barcelona. It usually takes place in July and it’s especially dedicated to a specific audience, but it features interesting movies for all people.

Related article: The gay and lesbian cinema festival FIRE! begins in Barcelona

Mostra Internacional Films de Dones

Held for more than twenty years, La Mostra Internacional Films de Dones is proud to present works by femalew filmmakers, and to promote women’s culture in general.

Loop Festival

LOOP is an event that occurs all over the city from May to June. The contemporary art practices related to video, film and new media is at the center of this festival. If you love contemporary art, this is the festival for you.

Festival de Cinema Jueu de Barcelona

The Jewish culture is the main theme of the Festival de Cinema Jueu de Barcelona, which takes place in September. Barcelona has a strong historical connection with the Jewish culture and this festival is a natural proof of it.

Photo by stvcr via Visualhunt / CC BY-SA

Photo by stvcr via Visualhunt / CC BY-SA

Sala Montjuïc

Sala Montjuïc is an open-air film festival that takes place during the summer, in the gardens of Montjuïc Castle. The main movies of the year are shown to everyone to see.

Related article: Open air cinema is back at Sala Montjuic in Barcelona


Enjoy short movies? MECAL, Barcelona’s international short and animation film festival, is held in March and April, but there are many rooftop projections of short movies from June to September.


Sound and music. Can it get any better? For music lovers, we suggest the festival IN-EDIT, entirely dedicated to musical documentaries.


The festival L’Alternativa is held in November promoting the alternative film production. It is an overdose for cinema lovers since it screens about 170 movies from all over the world each year.

The hard question now is what film festival you will see. We suggest trying more than one, if possible.

About the author

João Moura

João has been putting words in order on the internet for a decade. He fell in love with Barcelona on the first visit, in 2010, and he keeps coming back for more.

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