La FÓbrica de Cinema Alternatiu was founded in September 1992 as a natural reaction against traditional film institutions. It was the initiative of directors, producers and other professionals from the audiovisual sector. La FÓbrica was constituted as a non profit-making association.

The main goal of La FÓbrica is to promote films which do not fit into commercial distribution channels - and to create a space for thinking and debate where subjects related to film and filmmaking can be discussed.

La FÓbrica de Cinema Alternatiu organizes different activities throughout the year: L'Alternativa, Barcelona Independent Film Festival, the internet portal IFN and L'Alternativa Takes a Trip, itinerant film programmes made up of films screened at the Festival, and shown nationally and internationally.