Celebrated its first edition in February 2014 at Cinemes Girona. The festival was born from the strong motivation of a group of friends to exhibit a selection of the best American independent films of the season to the audience of Barcelona. The excellent response from the audience brought more than 2,400 spectators to the Cinemes Girona, where the ‘sold out’ sign was hung in eight of the twelve scheduled sessions with a result of occupation of 82%. The audience award was for the acclaimed film Short Term 12, the second feature of the Hawaiian director Destin Cretton, who also won awards at other prestigious festivals like the Seminci or South by Southwest (SXSW).
In 2015 the second edition of Amercana closed with a total of 5,000 spectators, a figure that once again demonstrated the interest of the Barcelona audience in a diverse and creative American cinema outside the usual channels. The audience award was for Ava Duvernay’s Selma and the Young Jury Prize ‘La Casa del Cine’ was for Joel Potrykus’ Buzzard.
Among the parallel activities of the Americana Film Fest we find a retrospective at the Catalan Film Archives, the retrospective ‘On the road’ organized by the Consulate General of the United States in Barcelona and the Community Center Fort Pienc, the workshop on criticism and independent film made in ‘La casa del cine’ by Manu Yáñez and Sergio Morera respectively, a collective vermouth in Convent de San Agustin in collaboration with Ven tú!, collaborations with Sala Montjuïc and Cinema Lliure a la Platja and children workshops Americana Kids realized in the film festival.