Born from the desire to create a distinct, sophisticated hybrid festival experience among an ocean of ordinary alternatives, it has quickly garnered attention. With a globally distributed team of dedicated and passionate individuals, the festival has made a mark with its commitment to showcasing the unique narratives of independent cinema.
In line with its tagline, the primary criterion for MAGMA’s awards is the impact of the film. The jury looks for films that can cause a stir, that can wake up audiences and cause them to reflect on, and perhaps even challenge, their perspectives. This focus on impact is multi-dimensional, encompassing both the immediate emotional response a film may evoke and the potential long-term effects on its audience's worldview. The festival thus values films that possess the power to erupt a metaphorical volcano of reactions and thoughts, ultimately aiming to awaken a generation to new concepts and ideas.