5 Film Festivals around Europe not to be missed this autumn!

Whether you are a filmmaker or “just” a movie enthusiastic who loves combining passion with travelling, you should keep an eye on these Film Festivals! They are all going to take place this autumn around Europe so you have plenty of time ahead to start deciding and organizing your next trip.

Cyprus International Short Film Festival, 14-21 October


Save the date! From October 14 th to the 21 st the seventh edition of the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus will take place in Limassol. The ISFFC’s main aim is «the promotion of cinematographic art through a diverse showcase of the best short films from Cyprus and across the globe».

Even though the submission period for the short films has already come to an end, the Cyprus International Short Film Festival is still a great chance not only to visit Cyprus during a less crowded period, but also to plunge into the (short) beauties of the “seventh art”.

International Thessaloniki Film Festival, 2-12 November

The International Thessaloniki Film Festival was founded in 1960 and it’s the oldest festival in the Balkans. It became international in 1992 and has been one of the top film festivals of South Eastern Europe since then.

This year the 58 th edition of the festival will take place from November 2nd to the 12th . The Thessaloniki International Film Festival has «claimed and achieved a constantly increasing international scope, presenting the most groundbreaking independent productions from the entire world, and developing activities for international film industry professionals».

The festival is a not-to- be-missed opportunity for filmmakers and a lucky chance for movie aficionados: with the pretext of the film festival they can also enjoy the splendid Thessaloniki and savor its famous food and coffee!

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, November 17th to December 3rd

From the Mediterranean to the Baltic Sea we move to Tallinn in Estonia for the Black Nights Film Festival. From November 17th to December 3rd don’t miss the opportunity to be part of one of the biggest film festivals in Northern Europe. Thanks to its rich and international programme, the Black Nights Film Festival turns the whole city into a giant winter wonderland that will satisfy your love for cinema and will get you right in the mood for Christmas!

PÖFF’s programme philosophy strives for «cultural and genre diversity and dynamism, showcasing established auteurs and masters alongside newcomers with films originating from around 70 different countries». But remember: the deadline for submission is approaching! For more info, check this link.

Paris Independent Film Festival, 19-23 November


We all know that Paris is always a good idea. The city, among many other things, is also the birthplace of cinema. What better way to explore the City of Lights than taking part in the Paris Independent Film Festival? From November 19th to 23rd, at the at the Ciné XIII Théâtre at the top of the hill of Montmartre get ready to enjoy the screening of over 60 independent films from all around the world.

The Paris Indie is dedicated to «celebrating the works of independent filmmakers from around the world, and we pay special attention to ultra low-budget films by first and second-time directors».

In case you’re still not quite convinced, be aware that the final three screenings of the Festival will take place at the prestigious Reflet Médicis, one of the most technically advanced theatres in Paris, in the Quartier Latin on the 23rd November from 6pm till midnight. Submission period is still on!

Tirana 48 Hour Film Festival

A great opportunity for all the Tirana-based filmmakers out there and a fun way to visit and enjoy Tirana participating in something a little bit crazy but definitely unique.

The 48 Hour Film Project will take place in Tirana on 24 – 26 November 2017. The idea is to gather filmmakers from all over Tirana and make them compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. A stated on their website, the winning film will « will go up against films from around the world at Filmapalooza 2018 for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2018 Short Film Corner».


8th Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival, 13-15 October

Well… we don’t mean to brag here but hey, you should definitely consider joining us in October 13-15 in Brussels at the art space Art Base! The final programme is on the way and our Jury has started to watch the films. We welcome you to discover together some of the best, emerging young filmmakers from the Balkan area! Stay tuned for more info!


saraSara Anna Iannone is a MA student of Comparative Literature at the Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”. Born and raised in Salerno, Italy, she has lived and studied in Naples. From here she moved to London for a year as an Erasmus student at the School of Oriental and African Studies. After completing her bachelor degree, she spent one year in Tokyo thanks to a double scholarship granted by the Università degli Studi di Napoli ‘L’Orientale’ and the Japanese Government. She is currently living in Athens completing her Erasmus Traineeship period at the not-for-profit organization Inter Alia.