Regulations and conditions


Art. 1. Objectives
The International Documentary Film Festival in Guía de Isora, MiradasDoc, has among its fundamental objectives the dissemination and promotion of documentaries on social subjects – in the widest sense of the term – produced anywhere in the world, with the idea that there is a direct manner of understanding, observing and making visible the social processes which take place in human society in general nowadays.

Conscious, furthermore, of the boom that the documentary genre is undergoing in our country, the Organising Committee of the Festival has decided on the need to include a competition section devoted to promoting the Spanish documentary.

In the same way, it is among the interests of MiradasDoc to promote documentaries on any subject produced in the Canary Islands, with the aim of contributing to the development of the documentary in our islands.

In this way, three different areas are established in the official competition section at MiradasDoc: the international prize, the national prize and the Canarian prize. In turn, the international prize is divided into the prize for a full-length film, a short and a first work.

In the same way, MiradasDoc brings together other events related with the documentary:

MiradasDoc Market has as its objective the distribution, sale, development and funding of documentary films on social subjects from any part of the world and for this purpose it organises pitching sessions, a screening and professional lectures, talks and workshops. What is more, MiradasDoc Market includes among its objectives the development of the documentary panorama in the Canary Islands, with the result that it enables Canarian production companies to participate in this market by means of the creation of a Canarian VIP Pass and the Audioinvest Forum.

Another very important aspect among the objectives of MiradasDoc is training. The training of professionals in the area of the audiovisual is one of the keys to the development of an audiovisual industry in many territories which unfortunately do not have one nor any apprenticeship structures or the infrastructure necessary for specialist and competitive training. For this reason, MiradasDoc runs the international Documentary Workshops. In the same way, the creation and training of the audience for this kind of cinema is one of the keys in the work of MiradasDoc, and the reason for which each year a documentary forum called Enseñandoc is proposed for secondary and baccalaureate students.

Art. 2. Regularity
The International Documentary Film Festival, MiradasDoc, is held annually. The opening and closing  dates as well as those of the different registration periods, will be determined by decision of the Organising Committee.

Art. 3. Events
MiradasDoc consists of the following events:

1. Festival

“OFFICIAL SECTION”, which is divided into three competitions:

“INFORMATIVE SECTION”, of a non-competitive nature, in this section it is intended to offer a view of the best international documentaries. The different awards which make up this informative section are:

“PERSONAL VIEW”, a non-competitive section which is made up of an indeterminate number of documentaries by way of a retrospective and tribute to a filmmaker of acknowledged prestige.

“CINEMATECA SUR”, This section is totally dedicated to the documentary cinematography of countries from the continents of reference of the festival. These cycles will be occupied by works of contemporary production and retrospective material.

“DOCUMENTARY AND TELEVISION”, which will have as its objective each year to offer a view of an aspect of the current situation of documentary films on television.

“REALITY IN FICTION” a showing of fictional cinema of reality.

The Organising Committee reserves the right to modify, according to the interests of the festival, the variation in the general structure of the themed showings.

2. Market [MiradasDoc Market]

“MIRADASDOC MARKET” is a film market aimed at producers/filmmakers of documentaries on social subjects, produced anywhere in the world (with the idea that there are traceable social processes which it is of interest to know) who have projects under development for which they wish to obtain funding from television companies and other sources of development(pitching), or alternatively for projects that are already complete which need distribution or exhibition (screening).


3. Documentary film workshops

The Organisation of the Festival will offer, during the MiradasDoc Festival, two kinds of workshops devoted to the theory, practice, development and criticism of documentary cinema imparted by outstanding documentary makers of international renown.

The open workshops, of a number and on subjects determined for each edition by the managerial team of the festival, consist of workshops of twenty hours’ duration and are aimed both at professionals and students in the genre. The cost of registration will be set by the organising committee according to the nature of the workshop and will be published each year on the festival web page at the beginning of the registration period.

The Doc-Exprés workshop is considered to have a closed registration and it is only possible to take part through an invitation from the Festival itself. It is aimed at schools of documentary cinema, or audiovisual schools around the world. The idea of Doc-Exprés is an exercise of real practice, in which teams of five persons are formed which have to make a documentary of no more than five minutes during the days of the festival. These pieces are presented one day before the closing of the festival at a public showing organised especially by MiradasDoc.

4. Parallel activities. “Forum of views”

The activities which take place in parallel with the MiradasDoc Festival include the lectures and the theoretical sessions with the working groups and the projections of documentaries in the different sections.  Likewise, in this section, cultural activities are included such as concerts, exhibitions, actions… A new area of this “Forum of views” is the thematic itineraries of the festival, established according to the films which form part of both the screenings and the official sections of the festival. These itineraries, intended to make it possible to look more deeply into the selected subject area include a number of talks by specially designated specialists, discussions on the films dealing with the subject, meetings with directors and local agents, special screenings, etc.


5. EnseñanDoc

At MiradasDoc, we open our doors to young students and to the training of the public through EnseñanDoc, so that they can find in the programmed projections a way to train themselves as citizens. Nowadays, education cannot be limited to the mere transmission of theoretical elements, it must also transmit positive civic attitudes and values. And in this framework, MiradasDoc offers young students tools so that they can develop a civic culture, active participation, which is responsible and critical in public life, some attitudes and values such as: tolerance, social justice, equality, human rights, solidarity, participation, human dignity… which will help in the process of training as responsible citizens.

Each year, the selection committee of the festival will choose from among the films selected for the official section, one which is especially suitable for exhibition to an audience from secondary education or the final cycle of primary education. Special conditions for the projection will be agreed with the director or producer of the film as well as the presence of the director and leading figures in the selected documentary during the mornings of the festival, with the aim of carrying out a docu-forum with students from the islands.

Art. 4. Conditions of those registered for the Official Section

The documentaries registered for the OFFICIAL SECTION must fulfil the following conditions:

  • Films produced after 1st January of the year prior to the holding of each edition of the festival may be registered.
  • The films will be presented in their original version, ideally with subtitles in Spanish and at least with subtitles in English or French.
  • The format of projection of the documentary must 35 mm, or professional video (BetaCam, DVCam or Blu Ray).
  • The films may be full-length or shorts. Shorts are considered to be those documentaries which do not exceed 30 minutes’ duration.
  • Racist, sexist and/or xenophobic works will not be accepted.
  • Each filmmaker can present the number of works he wishes.
  • Each work may only be entered for a single category of Competition.
  • Those films which are entered for the International Prize may only have competed earlier at one Spanish festival.
  • Those films which opt for the National Prize may not have been shown on television, the internet, etc.
  • All the annual production of documentary cinema in the Canaries may be selected by the Festival, but only those which have not been shown on television may be considered for a prize.

Art. 5. Process of registration, date, prizes
In order to participate in the selection of the Festival, you should proceed in the following manner:

Registration of documentaries in the Official Section for Competition:
The interested party should fill in the details on the registration form which is on the official web page of the  Festival:

Only those registrations sent using the above-mentioned electronic form will be valid and other methods of registration such as e-mail, fax or ordinary mail will not be accepted.

In order to participate in the selection you must, once you have made your electronic registration, send the film by mail, with two copies in DVD (Region 2 PAL) with the registration number supplied by the festival at the moment of registration, to the Selection Committee of the MiradasDoc Festival to the following postal address:

International Festival of Documentary  Cinema of Guía de Isora
Ayuntamiento de Guía Isora
C/ del Ayuntamiento, nº 4
38680-Guía de Isora
Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Together with the two copies of the film in DVD, the following documents should also be sent in computer format (word or similar):

  • Stills of the film
  • Photograph of the director
  • Biography and films of the director
  • Synopsis of the film
  • Complete infobox
  • List of dialogues
  • Trailer or, in its absence, a forty second cut

Registration period
The deadline will be indicated in the official announcement of the Competition.

No works will be accepted outside the registration period, with the date of franking by the official mail being taken exclusively as proof, with no exceptions.

The Selection Committee of the organisation will make a selection of the films registered. The decision of the committee is final.

At the end of the process of selection, all the participants will be notified of the results, whether they are selected or not, via the festival web site. The films selected will receive an e-mail confirming their selection. In that e-mail, another set of documents necessary for inclusion of the film in the catalogue or on the web site may be requested.

The Festival will not return the DVDs of those documentaries that are not selected, which will form part of an audiovisual archive for professional consultation deposited in the Municipal Public Library of Guía de Isora.

Among all the documentaries selected for the OFFICIAL SECTION of competition, three juries each of which is made up of three members, who are international professionals of the documentary genre or from the world of culture, will decide on the award of the following prizes:


Official prizes:
MiradasDoc Prize for the Best Documentary. €8,000. The MiradasDoc Prize for the Best Documentary is a recognition of the documentary work and the filmmaker. (International Jury)

Prize for the Best Documentary Short. €4,000. The prize for the Best Documentary Short is a commitment to this format of less than thirty minutes. (International Jury)

Prize for the Best First Work. €3,000. This prize is given as support for new filmmakers and their first works. (First work and national prize jury)

Special prizes:
The following special prizes will be awarded to one or more of the documentaries selected for the different categories of the Official Section of the Competition:

Special Audience Prize. €1,500. The audiences at the festival will choose their favourite documentary and will vote during the event.

Honorific prizes:
The jury may award an honorific prize to one of the selected documentaries in each official category: Best Documentary, Best Documentary Short and Best First Work.


Prize for the Best Spanish Documentary. €4,000. The documentary boom in Spain over the last few years has led us to create a special prize for documentaries produced in our country (Jury for First Work and the National Prize). Honorific prize.


Prize for the Best Canarian Documentary. €3,000. This prize is awarded as a support for documentary makers in the Canary Islands, with the aim of contributing to the development of the documentary in our islands.  (Canarian Jury) Honorific prize.

In order to be eligible for the First Work Prize, the film must be the first documentary full-length film or short of the filmmaker or filmmakers.
The members of the jury may not compete as filmmaker, director or producer.

No prize may be awarded jointly.

The prize will be subject to withholding of the corresponding amount set down in the Income Tax Regulations.

The producers of the prize-winning films must use the MiradasDoc festival logo and/or the text of the award as it has been adjudicated in their advertising.

In future editions of the Festival, the economic variations in the prizes will be decided by the Organising Committee.

The MiradasDoc Festival awards prizes exclusively to the director of the work.

The MiradasDoc festival, through its selection committee, will propose one title from among the films presented, or by direct selection, for the day of inauguration (Opening Film) and the day of closing (Closing Film). Both films will be excluded from the competition, and for this reason it is expected that there will be a negotiation of a payment of projection rights as well as the management of special trips and advertising for the directors of these films.

The MiradasDoc festival, through its organising committee, each year awards a prize for a documentary career, known as the “Mirada personal” or personal view. This prize, which includes an exhibition devoted to the prize-winner, will be worth €3,000.
Art. 6. Procedure for selected works
Once the works are selected to participate in the Official Section for Competition of the International Documentary Film Festival of Guía de Isora, MiradasDoc, it will be necessary to proceed as follows:

Documentaries selected by the Selection Committee: A copy in cinema format (35 mm o 16 mm)or alternatively a video of the documentary in the PAL system in any of the professional formats Betacam SP, DVCAM or blu ray must be sent to the Festival Organisation including a trailer of the work of a maximum duration of 1 minute, forty-five (45) days before the starting date of the festival. Digital photos(jpg or tiff) and a synopsis of the plot, as well as any other kind of additional documentary material (press dossier, posters and photograph of the filmmaker) must have been sent in advance, at the moment of registration. The copy must be sent by courier to:

International Festival of Documentary Cinema of Guía de Isora
Ayuntamiento de Guía de Isora
C/del Ayuntamiento, nº 4
38680-Guía de Isora
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Canary Islands  (Spain)

The producers of the works authorise the use of a fragment (maximum three minutes’ duration) for use in the media. The  Festival may use photographs of the works for press advertising, information leaflets or other media and may also include them in its official catalogue or other Festival publications.

Art. 7. Costs of sending and returning films
The costs of transport from the place of issue of the copy will be the responsibility of the interested party.  The costs arising from the return of the works once the Festival is over will be the responsibility of the  Festival. In the case of loss or damage during this period, the responsibility of the Festival will be limited to the value of replacement of the copy.  The insurance taken out by the Festival covers the risks of fire, loss, theft and destruction of the copy during the period comprised between its arrival at the offices of the Festival and its return to the address indicated by the person who registered the documentary. The maximum period of time for the return of the copies will be THIRTY (30) days to be counted from the day following the closure of the Festival. The maximum period to make any claim about a copy will be three months from the date of return.

Art. 8. Rules of exhibition of registered works
The Festival Organising Committee and its Advisory Committee will set the order and date of screening of each documentary.  Once the registration of a documentary is complete, it may not be withdrawn before its projection at the Festival.

The showing within the framework of the Festival will take place in the borough of Guía de Isora, at the rate of one showing per day and per screen, with a maximum of three showings on different days.

The organisation of MiradasDoc reserves the right, in return for the prizes, to organise as promotion for the festival three international projections and three national projections of the prize-winning films, always showing them as a cultural project and on a not-for-profit basis. It is understood that the filmmakers or producers, by taking part in the competition, give their authorisation to such screenings.

Art. 9. Video library of the festival
All the registered works will form part of the Festival video library, which is kept at the Municipal Public Library in  Guía de Isora, for the use of researchers, for cultural and educational purposes and under no circumstances commercial ends (guaranteeing in any case the rights of the author and the intellectual property of the same, reserving the screening rights on the different Cultural Circuits).

Any other use of these works will be previously agreed in writing with the legal owners of the work.

Art. 10. Catalogue of MiradasDoc Market
A selection of the works registered at the festival will form part, after an independent selection process, of the catalogue of documentaries of MiradasDoc Market. MiradasDoc Market may announce a specific screening on different dates and with different regulations from those of the MiradasDoc festival.

Art. 11. Acceptance of the Regulations
The registration in the Festival supposes full acceptance of the present Regulations. The interpretation thereof will be  within the competence of the organisation of the Festival. In case of dispute, the matter will be subject to Spanish legislation and jurisdiction.

Likewise, it is agreed to proceed to public display of the regulation on the terms set down in article 49 of Act 7/85, of 2nd April, which regulates the Local Conditions, modified  by Act 11/99, of 21st April, making the provisional approval definitive if no arguments are raised.


1. The right of registration is free of charge. The registration must be formalised by filling in the electronic registration form on the official web page of the Festival Any registration form which does not fulfil these rules will be automatically eliminated from the competition. The work will be handed over personally at the general registry of entry of the Guía de Isora Local Authority, or alternatively sent by mail and the words MiradasDoc, International Festival of Documentary Cinema of Guía de Isora must be clearly written to the following address:

Ayuntamiento de Guía de Isora
C/ del Ayuntamiento, nº4
38680-Guía de Isora
Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

2. the deadline for the acceptance of works will be determined with the publication of these requirements.

3. The production of the work must be subsequent to 1st January 2010.

4. Each participant may present one or more documentaries. Each documentary must be presented for only one of the following Competitions and categories:

International Competition: Best Documentary, Best Short and Best First Work.
National Competition: Best Documentary on a Social Theme.
Canarian Competition: Best Documentary.

5. The festival demands as projection formats 35mm., DV-Cam, Betacam SP or Blu Ray.

6. The competitors must send, for pre-selection, two copies of each film in DVD Pal format. They must be labelled, specifying the category in which they are registered, the name of the documentary, director and e-mail. Likewise, the film must be accompanied by a synopsis of the film, stills (jpg), a photo of the director (jpg), biography and films, trailer or a two-minute cut and any other documents (posters, press dossier or the like) which may be added to the catalogue or to the web of the film if it is selected.

7. The juries will be made up of recognised personalities from the audiovisual world and the world of culture. Three juries will be set up, each of which will comprise three persons. (The international short and full-length film jury, the First Work and National Prize Jury and the Canarian Jury). Likewise, in order to determine the Opening Film, Closing Film and the film for Enseñandoc the festival selection committee will act as the Jury.

8. The members of the jury may not compete as director, filmmaker or producer.

9. The totality of the participating works, whether they are selected or otherwise, will form part of the documentary archive of the Festival(DVD), which is deposited at the Municipal Public Library in Guía de Isora, and they will not under any circumstances be used for profit-making purposes by the organisation.

10. The documentaries presented for competition may be selected for the Screening of MiradasDoc Market, with prior indication on the part of the interested party on the registration form for the Festival.

11. In order to take part in the First Work Prize, it is necessary that the film is the first documentary full-length film or short by its maker.

12. MiradasDoc considers those documentaries which do not exceed 30 minutes to be shorts.

13. Those films which are eligible for the International Prize may only have competed earlier at one Spanish festival.