Barcelona International Short and Animation Films Festival

Since 1998, Mecal, the International Short and Animation Film Festival in Barcelona, has offered an annual programme of the best short films from Spain and abroad, divided into five official categories: international, documentary, animation, oblique and music videos.

Aside from the film screenings, which bring together an extensive range of themes, genres, backgrounds, time periods and writers, there is a large number of connected parallel activities.

Mecal lasts for much longer than the few days that the festival is held: throughout the year Barcelona hosts round tables, competitions, workshops, master-classes and conferences dedicated to short animated films, and they are exported outside the borders of the Catalan capital through initiatives such as Mecal Chile.