Opera prima

Who can participate?

Any natural person over 18 years of age or any legal person of Spanish nationality may participate and/or compete.

What type of feature film can participate?

The Author/Producer/Distributor can present all the Fiction feature films that they want and that have  been produced after January 1, 2021 and it must be their first feature film or “first film”, which  has not been released in theaters , on TV channels and/or VOD platforms or that these  premieres have occurred after January 1, 2022. 

Important: The recommended video formats are mov, mp4 and with a resolution of 1080, framing  of 16:9. The recommended sound format is 2:1 stereo. 

Important: Reduced, modified or extended versions of other feature films will not be accepted.  Neither commercials nor unfinished works (work in progress) are allowed. 

Important: If your language is NOT Spanish, you must have the subtitles inserted in Spanish,  or the subtitles separately in srt. If, where appropriate, a work in a non-Spanish language is selected,  it will have to provide subtitles in Spanish in .srt format, otherwise it will be disqualified. 


In this edition, the only category of feature films “first operas” in competition is Fiction.


Important: Digital files on physical support will not be accepted, only links on Vimeo. 

Important: The Spanish Author/Producer/Distributor can present all the Fiction debuts they want  from the date of publication of these rules and until 23:59:59 pm (Spanish time) on April 25, 2022  through the associated official platforms, Click for Festivals, Movibeta and Festhome. There will also  be the bases of this edition of FICIE in Spanish and English. 

The Organization will get in touch, through the associated online platforms , with all the participants after  the registration deadline closes to inform them of their effective participation in this edition. 

All doubts can be resolved at: 


Important: The Selection Jury will select the “first films” that will be part of the Official Section. Their  decision will be known as of June 15, 2022. All those feature films that have been finally selected will be  notified of their participation at least two weeks before the start of the screenings. 

Important: The projections of the competitive Official Section will be from July 8 to 14, 2022, at the  Cultural Center that the Fundación Mediterráneo has in the Glorieta de Elche.  (C/Kursaal, 1) 

Every day there will be a meeting before the screening and afterwards between the author and/or someone  from his team with the public. To make things easier, the FICIE Organization will provide travel, diet, hotel  for one night for the author and companion. 

If assistance is not possible for health reasons caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, options for online  activities will be studied. 

At the time of communicating the selection, the Organization will send each of the finalists a PDF of the  projection conditions, the Official Selection laurels and the reminder of the optimal audio and video formats  and the details of the projection location. In this cultural center there is a maximum capacity for 180 people, but it may be conditioned by the sanitary measures that, for this purpose, are in force in July 2022. 

Important: the incorporation of the Official Section laurels is mandatory for all those selected in the FICIE. 

The FICIE Organization will publish in its usual media, on its website and on social networks, the calendar  and programming of the screenings. 

Important: in order to pay the corresponding and due Author Rights, those selected will have to inform the  Organization if they are registered in the General Society of Authors (SGAE) or similar.


Important: Once the short films that will be part of the Official Section are known, the Organization will  contact the Author/Producer/Distributor to request the high-quality projection copies that will have to be in  their possession by June 25, 2022, from optimally at least two weeks before the start of the projections. 

The selected feature films will have to be identical in duration, content and title to those presented on the  official associated platforms and on the Vimeo links presented. Failure to comply will result in disqualification. 

Important: The Organization is committed to the highest quality in screenings and will guarantee the  satisfaction of the Author/Producer/Distributor. The recommended video formats for this festival are mov,  mp4 and with a resolution of 1080, frame of 16:9. 

The sound format is 2:1 stereo. The weight of the recommended digital file to be able to project in an optimal  way should not exceed 3 GB, although the FICIE Organization will try to give the best experience to its  authors and public. 

Important: As indicated above, for those feature films in non-Spanish language and that have been selected  at this time , it will be mandatory to submit a copy with inserted subtitles or at least in separate .srt  format. Otherwise they will be disqualified and will not be able to project. 

The delivery method will be online: Dropbox, Google Drive, Onedrive, Wetransfer, etc. Shipments by physical  means (pen drives, etc.) will NOT be accepted. 

Important: With the aim of reaching all audiences, this year the Organization will give the option and for this  it will request permission from the authors/distributors/producers of the selected works to be able to carry out  online screenings on the same days with the usual security measures. and required geographic restrictions.  

It is optional, NOT mandatory. The same feature film can be screened to face-to-face audiences and online  at the same time or only to face-to-face audiences, to choose from. Once the FICIE is finished, this option will  be deactivated.


“MEDITERRÁNEO FOUNDATION” AWARD FOR THE BEST FEATURE FILM “ÓPERA PRIMA”, of Fiction and of Spanish nationality. It is endowed with 2,000 euros and a Lady Trophy.

This award will be announced during the Closing Gala on July 22, 2022. 

Important: at the discretion of the FICIE Organization and the Jury, if necessary, this award could be  declared void. 

Important: Finally, FICIE will announce and incorporate all those new collaborations and prizes that  have not been closed at the time of publication of these rules.


The Author/Director/Distributor of the works submitted to the contest declares that these are their  authorship, direction and production and that, being original, they are free from claims of third parties. 

Without prejudice to the use and commercialization that the Author/Director/Distributor makes of the  winning work, the Organization will be empowered to: 

  • The right to preserve the works in a digital file so that they can be viewed only by users during  the week of screenings at the Fundación Mediterráneo Cultural Center in the Glorieta de Elche. 
  • The limited rights of public communication of the winning works so that the Fundación  Mediterráneo, through the activities it organizes or collaborates with, can carry out as many  projections as necessary for the purpose of promotion. The screenings will serve to publicize the first film and the Festival itself, as long as this does  not affect the distribution and possible marketing of the feature film and with the permission  of the Author/Producer/Distributor. For future screenings, the Organization will obtain permission to screen said works from its Official Section and/or will negotiate the fee or canon  to screen them. 
  • The reproduction rights of the winning works so that they can be archived and that the Fundación  Mediterráneo could make a special edition in CD, DVD, or similar format in which the work is  included together with the rest of the works presented. to the present or previous Editions of  the International Independent Film Festival of Elche, but always with the authorization of the  Author/Director/Distributor with the aim of not harming its distribution and marketing. 

If necessary, the Organization will negotiate a fee or canon for this type of edition. 

  • The Fundación Mediterráneo supports the film industry by paying copyright to the SGAE  on all its reproductions, whether during the screenings of the Official Section or in other  organized cycles. 
  • All personal data and only the email addresses of those registered in the FICIE edition will  be kept for the purposes of communication of new editions.  Those registered for the newsletter on the official website of the  FICIE at 


The FICIE Organization will contact the winner to indicate the payment conditions. The Organization  undertakes to make the payment within a maximum of three months after having the corresponding  information with the following exceptions: 

  • If the Organization cannot establish contact with the winner within that period, the amount of  the prize will revert to the Fundación Mediterráneo as organizer of FICIE. 
  • If the Organization cannot make the bank transfer due to seizures of the Tax Agency or other official bodies. 
  • The economic endowment of the prize are gross amounts to which the corresponding  withholdings will be applied by Spanish legislation.


Important: The FICIE does not condition or impose the presence at the Closing Gala at the  time of awarding the prize and, for this, it offers the facilities mentioned above so that the winner  or someone from his team can come to the city of Elche and collect your prize 

But, if due to the safety and hygiene conditions provided by the health authorities caused by the  Covid-19 pandemic, the trophy will be properly packaged, sanitized and sealed and subsequently  sent through the SEUR international courier service. 

At this point, after the completion of this edition, the Organization will contact the Author/Producer/ Distributor to request their postal address and contact telephone number and to be able to send it.  If no one can be contacted, the Fundación Mediterráneo, as organizer of FICIE, will keep the 

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