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DALE! Award (Development Latin America-Europe)

The Conference of Ibero-American Audiovisual and Cinematographic Authorities (CAACI) is an international agency for the Ibero-American region, specializing in audiovisual and cinematographic production. The aim of the CAACI is the development of the cinematographic field within the audiovisual sphere of the Ibero-American countries, and integration through an equitable participation in regional cinematographic activity.

On the other hand, the association of the European Film Agency Directors (EFAD) brings together the Directors of European Film Agencies in 35 countries accross Europe (European Union Member States as well as well as Iceland, Norway, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom). EFAD members are providing national support for audiovisual and cinematographic creation in Europe and the effective distribution of European works across Europe and internationally.

In the final statement of the EFAD/CAACI meeting held in Toulouse on March 2016 one of the proposals was the launch of a jointly funded co-development grant in order to encourage collaboration at an earlier stage, increase the number of genuine artistic co-productions and to build a structured partnership between Europe and Latin-America. It was agreed that this grant should be awarded in the framework of some major festivals’ professional forums.

Considering that the San Sebastian Festival is one of the biggest film events in Europe and that its Industry Club already acts as a hub between our two continents by organizing the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum, it seems the perfect place to introduce this joint initiative, the EFAD-CAACI co-development grant. Its name was changed in 2020 for DALE! Award (Development Latin America-Europe).

Consequently, the DALE! Award (Development Latin America-Europe) will be awarded in the framework of the 11th Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum taking place on 19, 20 and 21 September 2022 during the 70th San Sebastian Film Festival. The DALE! Award (Development Latin America-Europe) will be awarded by an international jury to one of the projects selected in the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum.

The conditions ruling the DALE! Award (Development Latin America-Europe) are detailed in the following Regulation:

ARTICLE 1 - Objective of the regulation

The DALE! Award (Development Latin America-Europe) aims to make a contribution to the cooperation between Europe and Latin-America in the field of the film industry. This contribution takes the form of a co-development grant, awarded under the following conditions.

ARTICLE 2 – Eligibility criteria

The DALE! Award (Development Latin America-Europe) is open to projects that have been selected to participate in the 11th Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum.

The DALE! AWARD (Development Latin America-Europe) is aimed at supporting development costs of the selected project.

The project must be designed to become a co-production involving at least one European and one Latin American country.

Special attention will be paid to projects designed to be a co-production between new co-production partners, that is to say, partners from countries from Europe and Latin America that do not usually cooperate .

The project needs to have a specific connection:

  • with Latin America when it is a project submitted by a European producer;
  • with Europe when it is a project submitted by a Latin-American producer.

This connection may be based on any relevant element: cultural content of the script, foreseen shooting locations, cast or crew, etc.

ARTICLE 3 – Commitment of the beneficiary

Once production of the project is completed, the grant beneficiary must include in the credits of the definitive copy:

  • a reference of the DALE! Award (Development Latin America-Europe);
  • the EFAD logo;
  • the CAACI logo.

The logos will be available on the official websites of these Organizations. The beneficiary shall inform EFAD and CAACI about the completion of the project and of any useful information about its exploitation and performances (selection in festivals, awards, theatrical releases, VoD availability…)

ARTICLE 4 – Selection procedure

The DALE! Award (Development Latin America-Europe), will be awarded by an ad hoc jury composed of one representative of CAACI, one representative of the EFAD and one representative designated by the San Sebastian Film Festival.

The decision taken by the jury will be final.

The DALE! Award (Development Latin America-Europe) award will be announced on September, 21st 2022.

ARTICLE 5 – Grant and payment criteria

The amount of the DALE! Award (Development Latin America-Europe) is 20,000 euros. The amount actually received may vary due to banking costs, which could be deducted.

The grant takes the form of a non-refundable subsidy. It will be paid in two installments:

  • 50% upfront;
  • 50% after submission of a co-production contract only and not before the period of three months following the first payment.

The DALE! Award (Development Latin America-Europe) carrying 20,000 euro gross will be handed over either as a bank cheque, as an international cheque, or as a bank transfer to the majority producer of the winning project. It will only be paid in euros.

ARTICLE 6 – State aid rules

In order to comply with European State aid rules, the amount of the grant coming from European authorities will be considered as de minimis aid*. The beneficiary will have to fulfil a statement of de minimis aid received.

ARTICLE 7 – Dispute resolution

All doubts arising from the interpretation of these rules and regulations will be solved by EFAD and CAACI jointly.

*EC Regulation 1407/2013 (de Minimis Aid Regulation) as published in the Official Journal of the European Union 24 December 2013


FAQ - Film registration


Festival dates

The 70th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival will run from 16-24 September 2022.

Submission dates
  • General: January 17, 2022 - June 20, 2022
  • Culinary Zinema: January 17, 2022 - June 20, 2022
  • Nest: June 1, 2022 - July 1, 2022
  • WIP Latam: June 1, 2022 - July 1, 2022
  • WIP Europa: June 1, 2022 - July 1, 2022
  • Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum: April 13, 2022 - June 15, 2022
  • Zinemaldia Startup Challenge: April 26, 2022 - June 3, 2022
  • Ikusmira Berriak: July 1, 2022 - September 1, 2022 (at

Can I submit a documentary?
The Festival makes no distinction between fiction and non-fiction and both options will be considered for all of its sections.

Can I submit a short or medium-length film?

Yes, but only for the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera section.

  • Full-length film More than 60’
  • Medium-length film From 30’ to 59’
  • Short film Up to 30’

If you have a short film made at your school, you can participate in Nest.

¿Can I submit a Project under development?
If you have a project under development, you can register it in the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum or Ikusmira Berriak residence program, as long as you meet the registration requirements.

Can I submit a film/short film to more than one section?
With the exception of the specific sections (indicated above), short films and medium-length films, all others can be submitted to any of the Festival sections. The Festival Committee will then decide which section is most suitable for the film submitted.


What formats do you accept for pre-selection?
  • Link/Screener with password
  • DVD
  • Blu-ray
  • DCP

Does my film have to be subtitled?
Films whose original version is Spanish, Basque, English or French do not require subtitles. All other languages must have subtitles.

Can I submit a work in progress?

Can I submit a trailer?
No. We don’t accept trailers as pre-selection material.

What do you understand by premiere status?
  • World premiere
    The film has never been officially screened before an audience.
  • International premiere
    The film has been screened in cinemas or at a national festival in its country of origin, but in no other country.
  • European premiere
    The film has been screened or released in cinemas outside Europe, but has never been screened in a European country.
  • Spanish premiere
    The film has never been screened in Spain.
  • No premiere
    The film has been screened and/or premiered in cinemas including Spain. In this case its only option is inclusion in the Made in Spain or Zinemira Panorama sections.

Can my film participate if it has been released in DVD or Blu-ray?
Yes, but only in the Made in Spain or Zinemira Panorama sections (the latter only in the case of Basque productions).

Can my film participate in the Festival if it has been released in VOD?
Yes, the film can participate in the different Festival sections according to the rules on release corresponding to each section.

Submission Fee

How much is the submission fee?

The fee for each film submitted for pre-selection by the Festival is:

  • Short and/or medium-length films (up to 59'): €70 (including 21% VAT)
  • Feature-length films (more than 60'): €100 (including 21% VAT)
  • DCP in physical format (2.5 hard drive, CRU or similar): €150 (including 21% VAT) or
  • DCP submitted digitally (Aspera, Media Shuttle or similar): €200 (including 21% VAT), no matter what the runtime.

Said fee will be payable in euros during the film submission process and can only be paid by credit card (Visa, American Express or Mastercard) or PayPal.

The submissions for WIP Latam, WIP Europa and Nest is free.

The projects submission in the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum or Ikusmira Berriak residence program is for free.

Do I get my money back if the film is not selected?

How can I pay if I don’t have a credit card or PayPal?

If you don’t have a credit card you can pay by bank transfer. In this case, please contact us at for instructions.

I’m a student, do I qualify for a discount?

No, students do not qualify for a discount on the submission fee. However, if you have a short film made at your school you can submit it free of charge to Nest.


When will I know if my film has been selected?

Films will be considered during the pre-selection process. Films not selected will be informed of the decision by email.

Will I receive feedback?
No. The Festival receives more than 2,500 films every year and does give the reasons for its decision.


When will the announcement that my film has been selected go public?
The calendar for announcing the films will be decided by the Communication Department, which will first of all inform the person responsible for its submission.

What is the deadline for sending the DCP?

The deadline for receiving the final DCP is 1 September 2022.

I want to correct the information I initially provided on the form, how can I do it?

In the event of wishing to change any of the details provided you can contact us at, telling us what you want to change.

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