The Barcelona International Documentary Film Festival, known as DocsBarcelona, is a film festival dedicated to the documentary genre . It is made up of competitive international sections and non-competitive sections. This festival brings together professionals from all over the world every year and offers lectures and master classes of interest to the documentary sector.
DocsBarcelona awards a dozen prizes in each edition, some of them decided by the Jury of each edition and others awarded by the public. The prizes with economic endowment are possible thanks to the sponsors of the festival.
Since it began its journey 26 years ago, DocsBarcelona has reached the figure of 1,677,249 spectators, if we add the public of the festival, Docs of the Month and other screenings in theaters and online. In parallel to the programming, its market has become a reference for professionals in southern Europe, with the presentation to potential funders of 718 projects, of which 272 were Spanish productions and, of these, 165 Catalan.
Sections of the DocsBarcelona Festival
- Panorama Official Section: competitive section with a selection of the most outstanding documentaries on the international scene.
- Latitude Official Section: competitive section in which the best documentaries from the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America are screened.
- Special Sessions: documentaries out of competition.
- DOC-U: section dedicated to the documentary talent of Film and Audiovisual Communication students from universities, training courses and film schools.
- Docs&Teens: section aimed at ESO and Baccalaureate students that offers a unique opportunity to raise awareness.
About the 2023 edition
The 26th edition of DocsBarcelona will include 26 feature films and 11 shorts. The CCCB, Cine Aribau and the Filmoteca de Catalunya will be the venues for the festival, and the organizers will have the collaboration of Festival Scope, which will allow a selection of the programming to be viewed on its platform. The Barcelona filmmaker Isabel Coixet will be the president of the jury of the Official Panorama Section, and DocsBarcelona will pay tribute to the prestigious Czech documentary filmmaker Helena Třeštíková, who will receive this year's DocsBarcelona Honor award. In addition, there will be a master class on his cinema and a retrospective in collaboration with the Film Library of Catalonia.
The festival will screen documentaries that reflect a wide range of styles and themes, with a great line related to the violence of patriarchy in society. As is the case with the inaugural film (the Estonian production Smoke Sauna Sisterhood, by Anna Hints , inspired by Vermeer's painting and winner of the Best Documentary Director award at the last Sundance Festival), or Lyra, with which the Filmmaker Alison Millar vindicates the figure of Lyra McKee, an Irish LGTBIQ+ journalist and activist who was murdered at the hands of a member of the new IRA in 2019. An award-winning film from the Sheffield International Documentary Festival.