Regulations and Conditions

  1. Registration is free of charge. The registration must be carried out by filling in the electronic registration form on the web page of Movibet,, Section MiradasDoc. Any registration which does not fulfil these rules will be automatically excluded from the competition.
  2. The deadline for the acceptance of works will be determined at the moment of publication of these conditions.
  3. 3. The work must have been made after 1 July 2016.
  4. Each participant may submit one or more documentaries. Each documentary is to be presented in only one of the following competitions and categories:

International Competition: Best Documentary, Best Short Film and Best First Film (social issues)
National Competition: Best Documentary with a Social Theme.
Canary Islands Competition: Best Documentary.

  1. The festival requires the projection formats to be HD video files or professional video (BluRay). The selected films must be submitted with Spanish subtitles.
  2. To participate in the selection, after electronic registration has been completed, upload the film in digital format to the site mentioned above. Uploading films to the MiradasDoc section of Movibeta is free of charge for the user.

Along with the film, it is mandatory to attach the following documents:

  • Stills of the film
  • Photograph of the director
  • Director’s biography-filmography
  • Film synopsis
  • Full technical details
  • Dialogue list
  1. The juries will be composed of recognized personalities from audio-visual circles and the world of culture. Three juries will be convened, each composed of three people. (Jury for international short and feature film, Jury for First Film and National Award, Jury for the Canary Islands). To determine which films will open and close the festival, the films for Enseñandoc and the other films programmed in special sections outside the competition, the festival management team will act as jury. The jury for the award of pitching development projects and other awards won by sponsorship will be made up of the commissioning editors and buyers from the market panel.
  2. Jury members and staff cannot compete as author, director or producer.
  3. All the participating works, whether they are selected or not, will be part of the Festival documentary archive, deposited in the Municipal Public Library in Guía de Isora. This archive will in no way be used for profit by the organisation.
  4. The documentaries submitted to the competition may be selected for the MiradasDocMarket Screening.
  5. To participate in the First Film Prize, a film must be the author’s first full-length film.
  6. MiradasDoc considers short documentaries to be those that do not exceed 30 minutes.
  7. The films competing for the National Prize may not have been exhibited before in the Canary Islands and must not have been shown on television or internet.
  8. The films competing for the International Prize may only have competed before in a Spanish festival and may not have been broadcast on television or shown through internet portals
  9. The films competing for the Canary Islands Prize must not have been shown on television or internet.
Art. 1 – Overview of MiradasDoc

The Guía de Isora International Documentary Film Festival, MiradasDoc, has among its main objectives the dissemination and promotion of documentaries on social issues – in the broadest sense of the term – produced anywhere in the world, with the idea that factual film offers a direct way of understanding, observing and making visible the social processes currently taking place in human society.

Aware of the growth in importance of the documentary genre in our country, the Festival Organising Committee has identified the need to include a competition section devoted to promoting the Spanish documentary.

Similarly, MiradasDoc is interested in documentaries on any theme produced in the Canary Islands, with the aim of contributing to the development of the documentary in our islands.

Thus, there are three different areas in the official competition section of MiradasDoc: international prize, national prize and Canary Islands prize. In turn, the international award is divided into prizes for feature film, short film and first film.

MiradasDoc also brings together other events related to documentary film:

– The objective of MiradasDocMarket is the distribution, sale, development and financing of documentary films on social issues from anywhere in the world. For this, it organises pitching sessions (to sell projects) and screening sessions (to sell films) as well as professional conferences, lectures and workshops. In addition, MiradasDocMarket includes among its objectives the development of the documentary landscape in the Canary Islands, and so it is facilitating the participation of producers from the Canary Islands in this market through the creation of a Canary Islands VIP Pass.

– Another objective of MiradasDoc is in the field of training. Training professionals in the audio-visual field is key to the development of the film industry and necessary in order acquire the ability to express the complex systems of symbolic projection and the deepening knowledge of reality through the language of cinema . Therefore, MiradasDoc is developing international documentary workshops. Similarly, the creation and training of audiences for this type of cinema is one of the key aspects of the work of MiradasDoc, and the reason why the “EnseñanDoc” docu-forum is proposed annually for primary and secondary school students.

Art. 2 – Frequency

The MiradasDoc International Documentary Film Festival is held annually. Opening, development and closing dates, as well as the dates for the different calls for entries, will be determined by the MiradasDoc Organising Committee.

Art. 3 – Events

MiradasDoc consists of the following events:


  1. International Documentary Film Festival. This includes:



“INFORMATION SECTION”, which is non-competitive and is intended to provide examples of the best in international documentary. The criteria followed in the designing of this section, as well as the number of screenings included in the programme each year, will be determined by the festival’s management team. Here are some examples of different screenings that may make up this information section:


“MIRADA PERSONAL”, a non-competitive section for a number of documentaries as a retrospective tribute to a renowned filmmaker.


“DOCURAMA”. This section is entirely devoted to documentary films from countries in the continents included in the interests of the festival. Both current production and retrospective material will be included.


“DOCUMENTARY AND TELEVISION”, which each year will aim to offer a look at some aspect of current documentary films on television.


“Islands and documentary” is a screening including the best contributions of documentary films made in the Islands.

The management team reserves the right to change, depending on the interests of the festival, the general structure of the thematic screenings.



Parallel activities. “Foro de las miradas”

The activities carried out in parallel with the MiradasDoc Festival combine lectures and theoretical sessions with working groups and screenings of documentaries from the different sections. The festival’s thematic itineraries are a new component of the “Foro de las Miradas” and are established according to the films that are part of both the screenings and the official sections of the festival. These itineraries, designed to make it possible to go more deeply into each selected theme, incorporate a series of talks by specialists appointed for the event, talks about films which address the theme, meetings with directors, meetings with local agents, special viewings …

  1. Market [MiradasDoc Market]

“MIRADASDOC MARKET” is a film market for producers/filmmakers of documentaries, produced in any country in the world, (based on the idea that there are traceable social processes which it is interesting to learn about) that have projects under development and want to get funding from television stations and other sources of development (pitching) or alternatively films which have already been developed but need distribution or exhibition (screening). From next year’s festival, MiradasDoc Market will offer the possibility of opening production meetings between countries.

3. Training

(Workshops) During the MiradasDoc Festival, the Festival Organisers will arrange workshops on the theory, practice, development and criticism of documentary cinema, taught by prominent documentary filmmakers of international prestige.

The open enrolment workshops, the number and theme of which are determined for each year by the festival management team, will vary in duration and will be aimed at both professionals and students of the genre. The cost of registering for a workshop will be published each year on the festival website at the start of the enrolment period.

(DocExprés) The DocExprés workshop is a closed event and can only be accessed through invitation by the festival. It is aimed at documentary film schools and audio-visual schools around the world as well as audio and visual study centres. The idea of Doc-Exprés is for it be a practical exercise, in which teams of five people must make a documentary piece of no more than 10 minutes during the course of the festival. These pieces are presented one day before the closing ceremony, at a public screening organised for that purpose by MiradasDoc.

(EnseñanDoc) In MiradasDoc, we open the doors to young students and to training the public through Enseñandoc, where the scheduled projections offer them a way of developing as citizens. Today, education cannot stop at the mere transmission of theoretical elements but must also convey positive civic attitudes and values. Within this framework, MiradasDoc offers young students tools to develop a civic culture; an active, responsible and critical participation in public life; attitudes and values such as tolerance, social justice, equality, human rights, solidarity, participation, human dignity … that will help to train them as responsible citizens.

Each year, the festival selection committee will choose one of the year’s selected films which is particularly suitable for display to audiences from secondary schools and the final year of primary school. Special screening conditions will be agreed with the director or the producer of the film, as well agreement for the presence of the director and lead participants of the selected documentary during the morning of the festival, in order to hold a documentary forum with students from the Islands.

Art. 4 – Registration Requirements

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


  • Films produced from 1 July 1 2016 can be entered.
  • The films for selection will be uploaded to MiradasDoc on the Movibeta platform, in the original version, ideally with Spanish subtitles and at least with subtitles in English or French (the viewing of films that do not meet this requirement is not guaranteed). The films that have been selected to be part of the official section must send a projection copy with Spanish subtitles.
  • The documentary format must be an HD video file or professional video (BluRay)
  • The films may be either full length or short. Documentaries are considered to be short films if they do not exceed 30 minutes.
  • Racist, sexist and/or xenophobic works will not be admitted.
  • Authors may submit as many works as they want.
  • Each work may only be submitted to one competition category (with the idea of achieving the best possible programming, the festival selection committee reserves the right to select a film for a different competition category than that in which it was registered. Any such changes will be communicated through the registration contact for approval by the filmmakers).
  • The films competing for the International Feature Film Prize may only have competed before in a Spanish festival.
  • The films competing for the National Prize may not have been previously exhibited in the Canary Islands (nor on television, internet, etc.).
  • The entire annual production of documentary film from the Canary Islands may be selected for the Festival, but only those films that have not been broadcast on television or the internet may be awarded a prize. Films which have not previously been screened in Tenerife are especially valued.
Art. 5 – Registration Process

To participate in the selection of the Festival, complete the following process:


Registration of documentaries for the Official Competition Section:
The interested party should fill in the details of the registration form which is on the online platform, section MiradasDoc.


Registration is only valid if made using the electronic form referred to above. Other means of registration (such as e-mail, fax or regular mail) will not be admitted.


To participate in the selection, after electronic registration, upload the film in a digital file to the platform mentioned above. The charges are paid by MiradasDoc.


Along with the film, it is mandatory to attach the following documents:

  • Stills from the film
  • Photograph of the director
  • Director’s biography-filmography
  • Film synopsis
  • Full technical details
  • List of dialogues


Registration deadline
This year, the opening date is set for the day after the publication of these Rules by the Local Government. The closing date of the call for entries will be October, 15 – 2017. No works will be accepted after the deadline.


The selection will be conducted by a selection committee composed of persons of recognized standing in the audio-visual or cultural worlds.
The selection will be made in two phases, each of which will have its own Selection Committee.


Phase One: Preselection, in which the films entered in the festival are viewed and reports are made on each, based on valuation records.

Phase Two: Selection, in which films which scored above six (of 10 possible points) in Phase One are viewed.

After the selection process, the outcome will be communicated to all participants, selected or not, through the festival website. The selected films will receive an email confirming their selection. A professional copy of the film with subtitles in Spanish will then be requested, together with the documentation necessary for payment of prizes in the event that the film wins an award. The documentation to be presented will be:
– for Spanish citizens and residents in Spain:  DNI, bank details and an “alta a terceros” form in the Ayuntaminto of Guía de Isora.

– for foreign citizens: full bank accreditation document, accreditation of residency (In case of not presenting tax residence certificate, the percentage established in the Spanish tax regulations will be applied) and passport.

Both films in the official competition section and those that the selection committee chooses under its authority will become part of the MiradasDocMarket catalogue, giving them options for sales to the television channels accredited in the market. Films can be viewed in the festival documentary library by accredited buyers and commissioning editors. In order to expand the buying possibilities, MiradasDoc has created its own space within the Movibeta portal where, during a period after the market, the films can be watched exclusively by buyers and commissioning editors accredited at the market.

The Festival will keep digital copies of the films presented at the festival, which will become part of an audio-visual archive held in the Public Library of Guía de Isora for purely professional consultation.



From all the documentaries selected for the competition’s OFFICIAL SECTION, three juries each of three members, international professionals of the documentary genre or the world of culture and duly appointed by the Miradasdoc management team and ratified by the Board of Directors for that function throughout the month of December 2017, will decide the awarding of the prizes that are listed below, of which a written record will be made by an official of the City Council, and which will be communicated to the winners through the noticeboard and on the Festival website:



Official prizes:


MiradasDoc Prize for the Best Documentary €6,000 The MiradasDoc Best Documentary prize is a recognition of the documentary and the film-maker. (International Jury)

Prize for the Best Short Documentary Film. €2,500 The award for Best Short Documentary is a commitment to this format of less than 30 minutes duration. (International Jury)

Prize for the Best First Film. €3,000 This prize is awarded in order to support new filmmakers and their first films. (Jury for best first film and national award)

Special Prizes: The following special prizes will be awarded between all the documentaries selected for the various categories of the official section of the competition:

Special Audience Prize. Honorary. The festival audience will choose their favourite documentaries and vote during the course of the event.

Honorary Prizes: The jury may award an honorary prize to one of the documentaries selected in each official category: Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary and Best First Film.




Prize for the Best Spanish Documentary. €2,000 The documentary boom in Spain in recent years has led us to create a special prize for a documentary produced in our country. (Jury for the Best First Film and National Prize) Honorary Prize.



Prize for the Best Documentary from the Canary Islands. €2,000 This prize is presented with the aim of supporting documentary filmmakers from the Canary Islands and contributing to the development of the documentary in our islands. (Canary Islands Jury) Honorary Prize.


Each year, the panel of buyers and commissioning editors of MiradasDocMarket will award a development prize, chosen from among the projects selected for presentation at the pitching and worth €3,500 euros. There will also be other prizes whose allocation will be determined during the festival’s production process and linked to possible external sponsorship.


A team made up of the festival steering committee and members of the jury will decide whether to grant assistance to a maximum of 4 post-production documentary film projects produced in island territories or territories considered by the European Community as outermost regions. A maximum investment of €6,600 is anticipated for this.


To participate in the First Film Prize, a film must be the first documentary full-length or short film by its maker(s). Jury members and festival staff will not compete as authors, directors or producers.

No prize will be awarded jointly to two or more films.

The award will be subject to the corresponding withholding under the rules governing income tax

The producers of the winning films must use in their publicity the Miradasdoc festival logo and/or text highlighting the prize awarded. In future Festivals, any changes to the financial value of the prizes will be agreed by the Organising Committee.

The MiradasDoc Festival awards prizes exclusively to the film-maker.

The MiradasDoc festival, through its selection committee, will propose two films from those entered for the competition, or by direct selection, for the Opening and Closing Films.

“Mirada Personal” Prize: The MiradasDoc festival, through its organising committee, may each year grant a lifetime achievement award in documentary film, called “Mirada personal”. This prize includes a screening dedicated to the award-winning author. The award will be of €4,000

Art. 6 – Sending films for projection

Once the works participating in the official competition section of the Guía de Isora International Documentary Film Festival, MiradasDoc, have been selected, the procedure is as follows:


Documentaries selected by the Selection Committee: a digital projection file and trailer of the work (maximum duration 2 minutes) will be sent to the Festival. The file will be of no more than 6GB and will include Spanish subtitles.  This file must be sent a minimum of fifteen days before the festival start date.


Producers of works also authorise the use of an excerpt (of up to three minutes) for broadcast via any medium. The Festival may use photographs of the works for press advertising, brochures, posters or other media, and may include works in the official catalogue or other Festival publications.

Art. 7 – Programming

The Festival management team will establish the order and the date of screening of each documentary. Once a documentary has been entered, it can not be withdrawn before its screening at the Festival.

The Festival screenings will be held in Guía de Isora, with one screening per day per auditorium with a maximum of three screenings of each film on different days.

The MiradasDoc organisation reserves the right, in consideration of the prizes awarded, to promote the festival by organising three international and three national screenings of the winning films, on the basis of a cultural and non-profit project. It is understood that their authors or producers, by participating, grant permission for such projections.

Art. 8 – Storage of the works presented

All registered works will become part of the video library of the Festival, held in the Public Library of Guía de Isora, for use by researchers, for cultural and educational purposes and under no circumstances for commercial use. (In the event that, as a result of consultations within the Municipal Library, any public or private institution would like to organise the screening of a film, MiradasDoc will notify the contact email provided by those responsible for the film, and will not release copies to third parties under any circumstances).

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

Art. 9 – MiradasDoc Market Catalogue

After a separate selection process, some of the works registered in the festival will become part of the MiradasDocMarket catalogue of documentaries. MiradasDocMarket may open a specific call for screening with different dates to those of the call for entries to the MiradasDoc festival.

The films that become part of the MiradasDocMarket catalogue, and which therefore opt to be sold through its purchasing channels and distributors accredited by the festival, will be available for exclusive viewing and protected on a site specifically created by MiradasDocMarket on the Movibeta portal. In this virtual catalogue, accessible during the six months following the festival, access will only be available to buyers and commissioning editors accredited in the festival’s market and will be password-protected.

Art. 10 – Acceptance of the Rules

Registration in the Festival implies full acceptance of these rules. The interpretation of its contents shall be the responsibility of the Festival organisers. In case of dispute, the matter will be addressed under Spanish legislation and jurisdiction.