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The ROS Film Festival aims at creating stories where robots, alone or with humans, are the protagonists. It has two official sections:

Real Robots – Short Films where at least one of the actors is a programmable robot with the ability to speak, express emotions or interact with humans and other robots. It is possible to use any kind of programmable robots, of your own creation, commercial, research prototypes, etc.

Fictional Robots – Short films in which at least one of the actors is a non-programmable robot, that is, not including electronic and computerized elements that enable programming. They can be purchased or made by the participants, created through animation techniques or represented by actors through characterization.

How to participate

Any natural or legal person of any age and nationality can participate in the ROS Film Festival, individually or in teams, as long as the person responsible for the short film is over 18. Participants may submit as many short films as they wish, for one of the official sections or for both of them, provided they meet the requirements. A short film can only participate in one of the two official sections. A different entry must be made for each of the short films presented.

Short film entry is free and it will be carried out exclusively through the section Participate from the fetival website. In order to participate you must complete the following steps:

Pre-entry: Pre-Entry deadline extended, November 20, 2016.

• Short Film Submission: together with the short film you must send promotional images and its technical data sheet, until November 20, 2016.

Before sending your work make sure that it meets the requirements of participation and that you send the material in the appropriate way, according to the steps specified in the Rules of the festival, which acceptance is essential to join the ROS Film Festival.

Requirements for the short films

  • The short films must be unscreened or produced after January 1, 2015.
  • They must have at least one actor or robotic character and any number of animals or human actors considered by the creators (zero to infinity).
  • Short films will have a maximum length of 8 minutes, excluding bumpers and credits.
  • To ensure that the short films have been made with programmable robots, the organization may ask winners for a representation of a fragment of the robots’ acting in the short film and the code of that fragment.
  • The short films can be in Spanish, English or any other language with English and/or Spanish subtitles.
  • An extra video (with a maximum length of 3 minutes) with additional material (outtakes, making of, tributes and references) can be included with each short film. This additional video will not be assessed by the jury.
  • The short films should include two identifying bumpers from the ROS Film Festival, one at the beginning and one at the end, and their format must not be altered. The bumpers can be downloaded from the festival website.
  • The short film videos submitted for competition, as well as the additional material will be sent in MP4 format with AAC-LC audio, encoded in h264 and 854×480 pixels in 16: 9 format.
  • The maximum size of the content pack sent may not exceed 2 GB.
  • Participants must keep a screening copy in full HD of the short film, in MP4, encoded in h264, 1920 x 1080 in 16: 9 format, that the organization of the ROS Film Festival will require if the short film becomes finalist for its screening in cinemas and festivals.
  • The organization reserves the right to exclude any short films that, at its discretion, do not meet the ethical or legal conditions required by ROS Film Festival.


Real Robots Awards

Jury Prizes

  • 1st Prize: 1200 euro
  • 2nd Prize: 500 euro
  • 3 Secondary Awards of 100 euro Audience Awards

Audience Awards

  • 500 euros to the short film from the Real Robots section best valued by the audience.

Fictional Robots Awards

Jury Prizes

  • 1st Prize: 1200 euro
  • 2nd Prize: 500 euro
  • 3 Secondary Awards of 100 euro Audience Awards

Audience Awards

  • 500 euros to the short film from the Fictional Robots section best valued by the audience.

A short film can be awarded both a Jury Prize and an Audience Award. All prizes are subject to current tax legislation.

The resolution of the awards will be published on the festival website before December 31, 2016 and it will be broadcast on all communication channels of the ROS Film Festival and written media.

The jury will be formed by personalities and renowned professionals in the film industry and in the world of technology or communication. The decision of the jury will be final.

The call may be declared fully or partially deserted and the jury’s decisions will be final.


  • Pre-entry: Pre-Entry deadline extended, November 20, 2016.
  • Short Film Submission: From May 31 to November 20, 2016 at 23:59 h.
  • Public display and Audience Award voting: From December, 2016.
  • Jury’s decision: March 2017.

All times shown in the calendar are according to Madrid time CEST (UTC / GMT + 1).

Participation in the festival implies acceptance of the legalterms and conditions, so it is highly recommended to read the complete rules thoroughly before submitting your work to ROS Film Festival.