L'Alternativa features two Official Sections: Feature Films and Short Films. The Parallel Sections include tributes, premieres, work by little-known filmmakers and up-and-coming directors. And the L'Alternativa Hall offers a rich, jam-packed panorama of hours of very diverse programming free of charge in a unique setting.

The field of education and debate features the Parallel Activities, the Film Schools section, with screenings and workshops in collaboration with audiovisual schools and colleges, and a Professional Meeting organised with l'Alternativa Professionals (IFN).