11th BBB Short Film Festival – contrUst

After a ten-year trip in the Balkans and Europe, Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival travels for the first time in Turkey selecting the city of Izmir as its screenings destination! 

This peculiar year Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival adopts a new form and becomes phygital! The Festival will take place in Izmir on 1-4 October and at the same time digitally responding to the special conditions that prevail, in order to maximize its impact and meet its goals. The Festival screenings will take place at open-air places in Izmir as well as the venue of the French Culture Center of Izmir taking all safety measures, while the biggest part of the screenings programme will be shown in live stream following the programme of the physical screenings and aiming to share the BBB vibes everywhere. Being consistent to the BBB role as a platform of networking and collaboration among filmmakers of the region, apart from the screenings programme, all parallel activities will be held online maximizing the interaction between the filmmakers, partners and guests.

The Competition Programme of the 11th Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival is inspired by the ambiguity of contrUst which highlights both the contradictory sides of an issue and the trustfulness among people. Balkans Beyond Borders invites you to a 4-day phygital event full of short films, and online workshops in collaboration with organizations and entities from different fields. For one more time, we invite you to “see” Balkans through our lenses.

Balkans Beyond Borders features a strong in quality, innovation and diversity programme which consists of:

COMPETITION PROGRAMME:32 Balkan productions and co-productions, inspired by the topic contrUst it is U who makes the difference and Q&A with guest directors. Check out the finalists of the competition programme here.


BBB FOCUS – FRANCE in collaboration with MIYU Distributions

BBB FRIENDS & CO in collaboration with our partners: Izmir International Short Film Festival, Adriatic Short Film Festival, BUZZ IFF, Shortcutz Amsterdam, Salaud Morisset and awarded films of the EU Human Rights Film Days and Short Film Competition in cooperation with the Delegation of the EU to Turkey.

BBB BEYOND Featured Balkan, European and International short films


The Festival is honoured to have as three dynamic women from the contemporary Balkan cinema scene as members of the jury: 1. Nesrin Cavadzade, Turkish actress/director 2. Jacqueline Lentzou Greek writer/director 3. Mihaela Constantinescu, director of Buzău International Film Festival – BUZZ IFF. The awards are sponsored by the Delegation of the EU to Turkey and nominated by our Jury: BBB BEST FILM, BBB FIRST ENTRY and SPECIAL MENTIONS. The audience also votes for its preference and it will nominate the BBB AUDIENCE AWARD

The Festival has a strong group of partners guaranteeing its integrity:

the French Institute in Izmir, the İzmir Metropolitian Municipality, the Izmir Cinema Office, the Adriatic Short Film Festival, Izmir International Short Film Festival, Shortcutz Amsterdam, Miyu Distribution, the civil non-profit organisation KINITRO, HANDS UP, the Biennale of Western Balkans, the support of the Greek Consulate in Izmir and the Delegation of the EU to Turkey. KINITRO and HANDS UP will guarantee for the accessibility of the Festival to people with disabilities physically and with screenings for deaf and hard of hearing community.  

 About Balkans Beyond Borders

The twice-awarded by the EU organization “Balkans Beyond Borders” is an Athens-based non-profit organization that seeks to promote intercultural dialogue and non-formal learning, through film art and new media. BBB seeks to empower the new Balkan “Creators” and make their work known in the region and beyond. Believing that the people of art, and especially the new generation of them, can form an important basis for cooperation and development in order to raise the critical issues of our time and to shape a common European space.