The D’A Film Festival Barcelona is consolidating its commitment to locally produced cinema with its Un Impulso Colectivo section, created in 2013, and which this year involves the festival showing 12 feature length and 27 short movies, many of which have never appeared on our screens before. This second advance of the D’A 2019 schedule follows on from the 15 titles that have already been announced for the ninth edition of the festival, to be added to very shortly until reaching the more than one hundred films that will be showing from April 25 to May 5 in the city of Barcelona.

Curated by the director of the D’A Film Festival Barcelona, Carlos R. Ríos, and movie critic Carlos Losilla, the Un Impulso Colectivo programme is taking a bold step forward at this latest edition by including two awards that will be an additional boost for a section that since the outset has provided a showcase for some of the most rambunctious independent Spanish and Catalan directors.

On the one hand, the Movistar+ award will be up for grabs, which consists of the acquisition of broadcasting rights by Movistar+ for an amount of €12,000, judged on the creativity and originality of the piece, and the quality of the production and performances. All feature length movies in the Un Impulso Colectivo section will be competing for this prize. But there will also be a second accolade on offer, the OpenECAM prize, awarded in association with the ECAM (School of Cinematography and Audiovisual of the Community of Madrid), which will be offering its premises and technical material (for a value of €10,000, and as long as its facilities and resources are available) for the production or post-production of the winning director’s next film. The winner of the OpenECAM prize will be selected by a jury of three from all of the feature length movies in the Un Impulso Colectivo section.

The Un Impulso Colectivo sections brings together a wide variety of names, themes, genres and styles, both by new directors and by veterans that are still soldiering on, making a different breed of cinema that rarely makes it into the big theatres and whose natural habitat is at independent festivals around the world. For the second year running, and both in terms of feature length and short movies, the Un Impulso Colectivo section includes an equal number of movies by male and female directors.

Standout films in this section include La ciudad oculta, the return of Víctor Moreno (Edificio España, D’A 2013), which won Best Photography at the Seville Festival, and Cantares de una revolución, a new movie by the tireless Ramón Lluís Bande, winner of Best Director at the Gijón Festival, which delves into the past to blend the Asturias Revolutionary Strike of 1934 with a collection of folk songs performed by Nacho Vegas. D’A 2019 is also showing the stunning directorial debut of Gemma Blasco with El zoo, <3 by María Antón Cabot (winner of Best Movie in the Permanent Revolutions section of the Seville Festival) and the Catalan production Ari y Yonay pasan el rato by Yonay Boix (Las aventuras de Lily Ojos de Gato, D’A 2014) and Ariadna Onofri.

Movies Un Impulso Colectivo D’A 2019