Sevilla, December 2, 2023 — The Akida International Film Festival, after a triumphant inaugural edition at Avenida 5 Cines in Sevilla this September, is gearing up for an even more promising second edition in 2024. The festival has witnessed an overwhelming response, with a staggering 3588 international film submissions from 114 countries, solidifying its status as a major player on the global film festival circuit.
Film enthusiasts and industry professionals alike are eagerly awaiting the showcase of talent at the festival, which has become a beacon for filmmakers seeking international recognition. The festival organizers opened submissions on September 10, 2023, providing a window for filmmakers to showcase their craft until the closing deadline on December 1, 2023.
The Akida International Film Festival embraced the digital age by utilizing platforms such as FilmFreeway and Festhome for submissions. This move not only streamlined the entry process but also allowed filmmakers from across the globe to easily participate in the event.
The festival has maintained its commitment to diversity, accepting films in various categories, including Drama, Thriller, Documentary, Comedy, Romance, Made by Students, Young Filmmaker, and a special Sevilla competition category. This wide array of categories ensures a diverse selection that caters to different tastes and preferences within the cinematic spectrum.
The geographical spread of submissions highlights the festival's global appeal, with entries pouring in from 114 countries. The top contributors to this cinematic extravaganza include Iran, Spain, India, France, Italy, and the United States, showcasing a truly international representation.
As the festival team begins the challenging task of reviewing the plethora of submissions, anticipation is building within the film community. The Akida International Film Festival has established itself as a vital platform for emerging and established filmmakers alike, providing an opportunity for their work to be celebrated on an international stage.
With the success of the first edition still reverberating through the industry, expectations are high for the 2024 edition of the Akida International Film Festival. Filmmakers, cinephiles, and industry professionals are marking their calendars, eagerly counting down the days until the next cinematic celebration unfolds in Sevilla.