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L’Alternativa Independent Film Festival

Written by Allison

L’Alternativa Independent Film FestivalThroughout the month of November every year in Barcelona a film festival takes place. This festival was first held back in 1993 and was organised by the Film Fàbrica Alternatiu and now bases its self in the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona. Throughout the time this film festival is taking place its main objective is to showcase independent films on both a national and international level, including films that are shown in European cinemas.

This year will see the festival celebrating its 21st birthday and just as in the beginning those who have organised the event are eager to ensure that they reveal the hidden side of filmmaking. They hope to do this by allowing not only other professionals but also the public a chance to discover and also enjoy a wide selection of screenings that aren’t only creative but also thought-provoking.

Discover A Wide Range Of Creative And Thought Provoking Screenings

However this film festival isn’t only about the screenings, during the time there are a number of other events taking place. There are film school seminars as well as an event being run by l’Alternativa Professionals. During this particular event, those who wish can get advice on getting projects for short films arranged.

Events that make up this festival take place at three different venues around the city. The first of those being Barcelona Centre for Contemporary Culture (CCCB) and is the festival’s main venue. Here films will be screened from l’Alternativa Official, l’Alternativa Parallel and l’Alternativa Hall sections. Plus here is where film school seminars take place along with activities organised by l’Alternativa Professionals, and of course this is where the opening and closing nights of the festival take place as well.

CCCBThe next location where events occur is the Filmoteca de Catalunya, this is another location where films are screened that are classed as being part of the Anne-Marie Miéville parallel section . Then finally we come to the French Institute in Barcelona and again certain films that are considered to be part of the Anne-Marie Miéville section as well as the Djibril Diop Mambéty and Mati Diop sections. Plus a number of seminars also take place throughout the time the festival is taking place here that relate to the works of Djibril Diop Mambéty.

Ticket prices vary from €2 to €6 per session. However, you can save money by actually purchasing them online or by purchasing them an hour before the event is due to commence. The box offices for the events that take place during the course of the festival open an hour before the start of the first session each day. You need to be there early as there are only a limited number of tickets available at each point of sale.

Finally, you should deb aware that there are also some screenings available that are free and this also is the same with certain other events taking place. But as you would expect the number of places available for these is very limited.

About the author


Allison is a writer who has spent a number of years traveling around Europe before deciding to make Spain her home. Since then, she has spent a lot of time enjoying all that the city of Barcelona has to offer.

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