The number of entries for Málaga 4K Fest, an international festival of short films in 4K-Ultra High Definition (UHD) has quadrupled compared to the last edition and has grown from 127 to 517, while the countries of origin of the works have gone from 17 to 47. These are the fantastic figures once the registration period for this contest ended on the 9th, which was presented at the 4K Summit held in November 2018 at the Digital Content Hub in Malaga, and which is organized by Medina Media Events. The technical direction has been in charge of Festival de Málaga since this year, which has given a decisive impulse in the internationalization of this initiative that the Spanish satellite company Hispasat started in 2015.
Málaga 4K Fest has, among others, the support of companies that for years bet on 4K as RTVE, Atresmedia, Dolby, Ad Hoc Studios, Fujinon, SGO, Hispasat, Medina Media 4K and the World Forum of the UHD, which sponsor the seven awards that are given to the winners.
The short films received this year come from Spain (321 shorts), France (34), Argentina (29), Brazil (19), Mexico, Colombia and South Korea (all three with 11), Iran (8), Chile, USA, India and Italy (with 6), United Kingdom (4), Netherlands, Peru, Czech Republic and Switzerland (3), China, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Nepal, Russia, Sweden and Turkey (2), Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, United Arab Emirates, Hungary, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Poland, Serbia, Singapore, Syria, Uruguay, Venezuela and Vietnam (all with 1). Other co-producing countries are Ecuador, Japan, Nicaragua, Qatar and Romania.
Now, once the registration process has closed, a committee of experts from Festival de Málaga will determine the 21 finalist works, which will be submitted to a jury made up of relevant people from the sector. This jury will select the winners of the seven categories and awards that make up the festival:
Endowed with 3,000 euros, to the best short film
Endowed with 2,160 euros, to the shortest and best technology UHD has used
Endowed with 2,000 euros, to the best direction
Equipped with 1,000 euros, plus Dolby Atmos sound mastering, to the short film with the best sound.
Endowed with 1,000 euros, plus a professional camera, to the short film with the best photography.
Endowed with 1,000 euros, plus broadcast of the short in the program ‘Versión española’.
Endowed with 1,000 euros, plus broadcast and promotion of the short in Atreseries, including an interview with its director, to the best short film adaptable for television.
The Malaga 4K Fest awards ceremony will take place on November 8 in the capital of the Costa del Sol, with the presence of more than 300 guests and the most important directors of the technology industry and 4K content worldwide, who attend each year the 4K Summit and thus pay tribute to young creators who begin to work with the Ultra High Definition.
More information: www.malaga4kfest.com