Thirty-nine shorts are part of this year’s selection of Un Impulso Colectivo: all, premieres in Catalonia. Divided into seven thematic sessions between Friday, April 5th and Thursday, April 11th, all of them have the reduced price of 3 euros. An opportunity to discover the best that is being done in short format in Catalonia and throughout Spain.

In the last edition, D’A Barcelona Film Festival raised the stakes and its firm commitment to the world of short films and turned the program Un Impulso Colectivo — Shorts into a competitive section. 1,000 euros prize for the best short film, which was received last year by Mario Sanz, director of the award-winning film, Ten Minutes to Midnight, a radical portrait of the actor and musician Pascal Kunze.

As the curator of Un Impulso Colectivo, Carlos Losilla, already pointed out, the last decade has been a catalyst for Spanish cinema. Certain trends and open avenues that seemed eternal have perhaps been exhausted or, better yet, have mutated and have surprised us by going further, in form and content.Tthe short film field is the most fertile for experimentation. Thus, the D’A turns the short film sessions into a refined radar of what contemporary authors propose, be they debutants or filmmakers returning to the short format.

Of the thirty-nine shorts, fifteen are world premieres, like the portraits of some “Barcelonas” as different as those suggested by Imade (Ignacio Acconcia), about migration and family, or Bona nit, Rambles, about the great avenue of mass tourism in the city. Others come with the endorsements of prestigious international festivals such as Cannes, which in 2023 premiered Crack of Dawn (Anna Llargués) at Cinéfondation and Contadores (Irati Gorostidi Agirretxe) at Critics’ Week. Another up-and-coming director, Gala Hernández López, will also visit us this year. She lately won a César Award, after having completed the success of his The Mechanics of Fluids (Un Impulso Colectivo Award 2023). Now she comes back with an existentialist film about cryptocurrencies, Spanish premiere at the D’A, For Here I Am Sitting In a Can Above The World. Three very powerful female directors among the sixteen who complete a section that is the flagship of gender parity.

Vacations, disappearances, places, militancy, love, generation, and art… each short film session will unfold its own universe of about 100 minutes length, with four to seven films per screening. Sessions that will welcome many new views and others well known to the D’A audience: Carolina Astudillo, Pablo García Canga, Víctor Moreno, Carlos Balbuena… The collective impulse of a broad, open generation, where everything is yet to be told.

-Marc Barceló Tost


Marc Barceló Tost
Marc Barceló Tost

Cinematographic journalist for the Sant Sebastià Festival newspaper, he is a programming advisor for Un Impulso Colectivo - Short films, as well as a photographer, short film maker and artistic curator. He has trained at Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola and ESCAC.