- All submitted works must have been released after January 2020.
- Participants can belong from any country, provided they are adult and their works are in Spanish language or with Spanish subtitles. Authors can submit as many works as they want.
- The works may be fiction, animation, documentary or experimental, provided they will be in the fantastic context and have not been submitted in previous editions of the festival.
- The works may not exceed 20 minutes, including the credits.
- The submission dates are from Friday, September 3 to Monday, October 4, 2021, inclusive.
- Submissions will be made only through the platform FilmFreeway paying the minimum fees, which won’t be returned if the work is not selected.
- For this edition, Elche International Fantastic Film Festival – FANTAELX establishes the following distinctions:
– Best International Short Film (outside Spain): gift + direct access to Festival Internacional de Cine de Terror de Valparaíso (Chile).
– Best National Short Film (Spain): gift + direct access to Festival de Cortometrajes de Terror y Fantástico 1000 Gritos from Buenos Aires (Argentina).
– Best Short Film from Alicante (Spain): gift + direct access to the festival Navidades Sangrientas – Weekend Horror Awards from Alicante. To be qualify for this category, the authors must show that they have been born in the province of Alicante, or have been resident in the province during the production of the work submitted.
- The authors will be notified before Monday, November 8, 2021 if their works are selected.
- The Jury of Selection and Qualification will select, from all submissions, those works that will configure the festival’s program. The jury’s decision is final.
- Elche International Fantastic Film Festival – FANTAELX reserves the right to display the selected films in theaters and public meetings as it deems appropriate during the event. Producers and distributors give the screen rights free of charge for the Festival.
- The authors authorize the broadcasting up to one minute of images of their works in any media from the event. Elche International Fantastic Film Festival – FANTAELX will decline all responsibility of the works and contents to the authors.
- The participation in Elche International Fantastic Film Festival – FANTAELX involves the acceptance of these rules and the rights assignment for display at the festival.
- In case of not being able to carry out the screening due to adverse causes, the selection of the short films will also count for the purposes of this edition, granting the aforementioned distinctions to the short films awarded by the Jury.