Fifteen feature films willcompete for the top Golden Spike Award at this year's 51st International FilmWeek of Valladolid, Spain, also known as Seminci (Oct 20-28).

Last year's Golden Spikewinner, Matias Bize's In Bed (En LaCama), has been selected to represent Chile in the nominations to the foreign-language Oscar.Bize will sit on the official jury at Valladolid this year.
Michel Ocelot's animated Azur Y Asmar willopen the festival, while Paul Crowder and John Dower's Once In A Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story Of TheNew York Cosmos will close the event.

Al Gore-starring documentaryAn Inconvenient Truth will screen outof competition, as will Stephen Frears' TheQueen and Sebastian Schindel's ¡Que Sea Rock!

This year's competitionselection is Europe-heavy, with films from Germany's Bulent Akinci, Der Lebensversicherer; Hungary's Agnes Kocsis, with Friss Levego; RachidBouchareb's Days Of Glory(Fr-Belg-Mor); Goran Paskaljevic's Optimistic(Serb); Andrea Staka's Das Fraulein(Swi); and Spanish directors Juan Carlos Falcon's La Caja, Alvaro Del Amo's ElCiclo Dreyer and Felipe Vega's MujeresEn El Parque.

Daniel Burman's Family Law (Derecho De Familia), aSpanish-Argentinean co-production, is one of three Latin American entries,alongside Mexico's Andres Leon and Javier Solar with Mas Que A Nada EnEl Mundo, and Argentinean Hernan Gaffet's Cuidad En Celo.

Two entries from Asia are Miwa Nishikawa's Yureru(Jap) and Jeffrey Jeturian's Kubrador(Phil). From Iran, Rafi Pitts' Zemestancompetes, and from Egypt comes Marwan Hamed's Omaret Yacoubian.

Competitive sidebars includeA Time for History, Point of Encounter and The Night of the Spanish Short Film.Spanish filmmaker Pedro Olea and Indian director Satyajit Ray will be thesubjects of retrospectives.