Reflecting the importance of the short film format as a calling card for young talents, the Huesca Film Festival of Spain (June 5-14) said it received more than 1,400 submissions for its parallel international and iberoamerican short film competitive sections.

Of those presented, 53 were chosen from 27 countries for the international competition and 12 for the iberoamerican competition.

Now in its 31st year, Huesca will also offer a showcase of recent feature films from Europe including hits like Jalla! Jalla!, Gosford Park, Bloody Sunday and the Dardenne brothers' The Son.

Other sections include a cycle of Spanish coming-of-age films titled Adolescentes, an informative section of feature films called Cinema and the Press and featuring titles such as Citizen Kane or All The President's Men, and tributes to Serb director Zelimir Zilnik and Polish director Jerzy Kawalerowicz.