Opening of the call for entries for the sixth Zinemaldia Startup Challenge

Zinemaldia Startup Challenge


26 September 2024


Donostia-San Sebastian


9:00 am - 2:00 pm



San Sebastian Festival has opened the call for entries for the sixth Zinemaldia Start-up Challenge, a competition aimed at Spanish and European entrepreneurs and start-ups whose projects incorporate new technologies applied to the audiovisual sector.

**Deadline for registration is 31 May

The initiative is part of Zinemaldia & Technology, a strategic commitment of the Festival in its aim to become a space for thinking about technology and the audiovisual industry, and strengthening ties between the two sectors.

Eligibility requirements

Projects that enter the Zinemaldia Startup Challenge must meet several requirements:

  • They must be based around an entrepreneur or recently created start-up - set up after December 31, 2018 - at any stage of development.
  • The must be based on applying new technologies in the audiovisual field.
  • They must be resident in Spain or a European country for tax purposes.
  • Thy must consider the possibility of launching the business project in the Basque Country.

The projects selected will make presentations during the San Sebastian Festival at the Zinemaldia & Technology conference, which will be held on Thursday, September 26. These will also be a conversation between leading industry professionals on a topical issue. As a new feature this year, selected projects will have the opportunity to meet potential partners.

TECNALIA to be part of the committee of experts

A committee of experts made up of professionals from TECNALIA, BIC-Business and Innovation Centres in the Basque Country and Vicomtech will choose five Spanish and five European projects for the final.

  • These will have the possibility of having a year’s free access to an incubation space at one of the BICs (Business Innovation Centres) located in the Network of Basque Technology Parks.
  • They will also be able to access funding of up to 500,000 euros to develop their project in the Basque Country.
  • Two juries will award two prizes of 10,000 euros each before taxes for the best European and national projects.
  • A third jury will award a special mention with a prize of 3,000 euros in recognition of the entrepreneurial values of one of the ten selected projects.
  • To access the Regulations and register a project, click here.

Zinemaldia Startup Challenge contact

Donostia-San Sebastian

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