The HISPASAT 4K International Short Film Festival returns to Madrid for its third edition

April 6, 2017

The call for entries for this third edition of the festival will be open until 14 June.

Once again, the winner of the Award for Best Director will have the opportunity to direct a feature film produced by Cine365 Film.

The awards ceremony will be held at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid.

HISPASAT, the Spanish satellite telecommunications operator and leader in distribution of content in Spanish and Portuguese, has announced the call for entries for the third edition of its Hispasat 4K International Short Film Festival, one of the first contests in the world to exclusively feature short films shot and post-produced in 4K format.

The Festival is sponsored by the production company Cine365 Film, leading companies in the film production sector such as Dolby Laboratories, SGO, Fujifilm and the sound studio AdHoc Studios, as well as RTVE, the leading television broadcaster in this technological field in Spain, and Atreseries, which given its role as a distributor of audiovisual content, has joined the initiative this year. The joint collaboration makes this one-of-a-kind contest possible. The deadline for the submission of projects will be 14 June and the awards ceremony of this third edition will be held on 19 October at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid.

Categories and prizes for this edition

The excellent response by filmmakers and the industry to the Festival’s 2015 and 2016 editions, have made this year’s edition possible offering an award as important as that of Best Director, giving the winner the paid opportunity to direct a feature film in 2018, produced by Cine365.

In addition, the festival offers a new award given by Atreseries, the Atresmedia television channel that joins the festival this year as a sponsor and that will be awarding the prize for Best Short Film for TV, which includes channel broadcast and promotion of the winning film, as well as an interview with its filmmaker.

Finally, and in line with HISPASAT’s commitment to sustainability and social responsibility, the Festival jury will positively assess those short films whose topic is related in some way to any of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, and will award at least one of the prizes, in any of its categories, to a short film addressing these topics through any approach, genre, treatment or style.

The HISPASAT 4K International Short Film Festival is open to films produced in any country, in any genre, with a maximum duration of 25 minutes and shot and post-produced in 4K format. The following categories and awards have been established:

  • CINE365 FILM AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR: Opportunity to direct a feature film.
  • DOLBY/ADHOC AWARD FOR BEST SOUND: €1,000 + Dolby Atmos mastering.
  • FUJIFILM/SGO AWARD FOR BEST PHOTOGRAPHY: €1,000 + professional photo camera.
  • RTVE AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM FROM A FILM ACADEMY: €1,000 + short film broadcast on the programme “Versión Española”, where its director will also be interviewed.
  • ATRESERIES AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM FOR TV: €1,000 + broadcast and promotion of the short film on Atreseries, including an interview with its director.

The official rules and regulations for the contest are available at: Entry forms shall be submitted through the MOVIBETA site.

Leaders in promoting Ultra High Definition

4K, or Ultra High Definition (UHD), is the latest technological revolution in the audiovisual sector. The format constitutes a fourfold increase in the number of pixels of conventional high definition, allowing viewers to enjoy an unparalleled cinematic experience with never-before-seen image quality. The Hispasat 4K International Short Film Festival aims to inspire the creation and display of audiovisual content in this format.

HISPASAT has been at the forefront of driving the development and implementation of UHD, with the goal of making it available as soon as possible to film and television viewers. It was the first satellite operator to broadcast in Ultra High Definition in Latin America via the Amazonas 3 satellite, and since September 2013 it has broadcast its Hispasat 4K TV channel free-to-air in Europe, available to the industry as a means of promoting the use of this new technology. Since April of 2014, Hispasat 4K has also been available in North and Central America and is expected to broadcast in South America in the future. The initiative of the Hispasat 4K International Short Film Festival over the past two years has defined a new milestone in reinforcing HISPASAT’s role as a as a leader in this field.

The companies that join Hispasat in this initiative aimed at promoting innovation and technological development in the production and display of contents are also at the cutting edge of UHD. Cine365 Film has clearly committed to this technology, undertaking the commitment to produce all of its films in 4K. It is now finishing production of the film MAUS, directed by the winner of its 2015 Award for Best Director, Yayo Herrero, and it will soon begin shooting the film that will be directed by last year’s winner, Haritz Zubillaga.

Very early on, RTVE joined the ranks of Europe’s pioneering television stations in adopting different aspects of UHD and through La2 it has filmed and produced several documentaries about museums and Spanish cities, broadcasting its content with ground as well as satellite technology, and through the Botón Rojo of Atresmedia is currently Spain’s largest communications group, a worldwide operator and a leader in television, radio and digital communications, and steadfast promoter of film production in Spain. Dolby Laboratories, SGO, Fujifilm and the sound studio AdHoc Studios are leading companies in different fields of film technology which have brought innovation to sound and video systems, film editing and post-production, the most advanced optical technologies and sound editing.

About Cine365 Film

Cine365 Film is a platform with the primary aim of searching out first-time directors in order to produce their films. The project was launched in 2013 and since then it has produced three films. “Maus”, directed by Yayo Herrero, is the most recent. The premiere is planned for 2017 in Spain and the other territories. The film was filmed and post-produced in 4K. For more information, visit

About Dolby Laboratories

Dolby Laboratories (NYSE: DLB) creates audio, video and voice technologies that transform both entertainment and mobile communications in cinemas, at home and in the workplace. For fifty years, video and audio experiences have become more vibrant, clear and powerful thanks to Dolby. For more information, visit

About AdHoc Studios

AdHoc Studios is a sound post-production studio with 15,000m3 of silence to create the best sound. Its unique qualities offer mixing, designing and recording rooms with extraordinary volume, which is acoustically unbeatable in Madrid. It has the most advanced sound technology in Spain: Dolby Atmos System (cinema and TV), 4K Projection, Avid S6 mixing tables, Protocols 12 with 8 HDX, 7 madis Avid and DSpatial with multi-touch technology. The professionals at Ad Hoc Studios push themselves every day to provide the best services for all users of their installations and technologies. For more information, visit:

About Fujifilm

In 2014, the year of its 80th anniversary, Fujifilm was recognised as the world’s largest imaging and photography company. Fujifilm innovates in fields such as medicine, high-precision optical systems, solutions for industry and high functional materials, as well as in many other high-tech-related areas. Operating in Europe since 1966, it celebrated its 50th anniversary on the continent by introducing innovative solutions that bring it closer to the future. For more information, visit:

About SGO

SGO is an up-and-coming Spanish company with offices and distributors all over the world. SGO is recognised as the developer of the innovative, award-winning and powerful Mistika post-production system and the Mamba FX composition system, which are both tools used in the film, advertising and television sectors. For more information, visit:

About RTVE

RTVE’s track record attests to this company’s role and commitment in the field of UHDTV in three clearly defined spheres: a commitment to quality, innovation and public service. Through La2, TVE is making a firm commitment to creating its own content and co-producing documentaries in UHD, being the first general channel to create documentary content. Likewise, through the BOTON ROJO application by, this technology can be freely enjoyed. RTVE is also a driving force for UHD research and experimentation through the projects that are developed in the field of new technologies; it is at the forefront of research and development among the different TV channels that operate in Spain. For more information, visit

About Atreseries

Atreseries is the most-watched new generation, non-sporting channel to date, with an audience share of 0.9%. The Atresmedia Televisión channel has become a clear and differentiated option that offers the best national and international programmes. Furthermore, its in-house production offering is noteworthy, where the company made a significant effort in its first year to create new content, broadcasting more than 400 hours of original formats associated with the programmes broadcast on the channel. For more information, contact:

About HISPASAT Group

HISPASAT Group is comprised of companies that have a presence in Spain as well as in Latin America, where its Brazilian affiliate HISPAMAR is based. The Group is a world leader in the distribution and broadcasting of Spanish and Portuguese content, and its satellite fleet is used by important direct-to-home television (DTH) and high-definition television (HDTV) digital platforms. HISPASAT also provides satellite broadband services and other added value solutions to governments, corporations and telecommunication operators in America, Europe and North Africa. HISPASAT is one of the world's largest companies in its sector in terms of revenue, and the main communications bridge between Europe and the Americas. For more information, contact:

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