Completion – 12th BBB Short Film Festival ATHENS EDITION

The 12th Balkan Beyond Borders Athens Short Film Festival Edition realized the goal we set two years ago, our Festival to create each year a bridge between the official Festival’s city and Athens. “We are extremely grateful that after a year of online screenings we were able to meet together not once but twice in the cinema theatres and enjoy our shorts with the audience from Skin to Screen to Skin”, stated Vasiliki Maltasoglou, co-founder of the organization Balkans Beyond Borders and Festival Director at the Opening Ceremony of the 12th BBB Short Film Festival, ATHENS EDITION.


After its realization in Pristina, in October 2021 the 12th Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival came to Athens from 10 to 12 December in the friendly venue Trianon cinema. The festival featured the films of the Competition program which covered the theme “Skin (to Screen to) Skin” and films from the PRIFEST International Pristina Film Festival. The winning director Karmen Obrdalj from Bosnia and Herzegovina whose film “When the morning dawns” won the BBB Best Film award for the 12th BBB Short Film Festival came to the festival and said she was deeply moved that her film was selected by the jury. “I want to send a message to young girls who feel trapped in their image on social media and in a constant comparison with the others “she shared with us.


With their presence honored the festival the Head of the Office of Kosovo’s interests in Greece, Fitim Gllareva, among others, as well as the Ambassador of Montenegro in Greece, Ana Vukadinovic and the Deputy Ambassador of the North Macedonia in Greece, as well as many members of the Balkan community of Athens. Mr. Fitim Gllareva stated that “The Balkans Beyond Borders organization understands cultural diversity of the Balkans and promotes intercultural dialogue so that new generations can have a better future. He adds that since cultural diplomacy makes use of cultural values in order to lay the foundation of communication, then that is and the best way to develop the friendship between Kosovo and Greece “.


The festival stood out for its multi-thematic character that through cinematic screenings, performing arts, open dialogue activities and training workshops analyzed the pandemic footprint through the re-approach of the individual contact with himself, the city and others, the role of gender in the workplace and the effective integration of the inclusive arts for a more equal and sensitized society. All the actions and screenings were embraced by the audience and sparked interest for further dialogue. As part of the festival, BBB co – organized with support of the European Fund for the Balkans a round-table discussion at a higher level, on “Strengthening the role of the Western Balkans in its membership Europe: A bottom-up perspective “. Konstantina Karydi, Vice President of the Balkans Beyond Borders, who coordinated the meeting, said: “There is a big gap between the institutions and society in the region. We must reexamine our approach to succeed in the integration of the region faster and more democratically “.


BBB would like to thank the groups that took part in the festival for their help in its successful organization and the achievement of its goals:

  1. the artistic group ANOMIA which co-organized the Conference: “Body and City after the Pandemic” and the Two-day workshop based on movement and improvisation with a two-way axis body-city connection,
  2. KINITRON, which undertook their subtitling films for the deaf and hard of hearing as well as the Labyrinth of Senses workshop,
  3. the group DAGIPOLI & amp; co co-organized by the Awareness Lab on issues that disability and body encounters with different functional features and the Dance performance MIND THE GAP with people with mobility impairment and not,
  4. The Women On Top group which co-organized the discussion “Women in the Workplace Space ” and
  5. the company Solid3D for the 3D production of the awards.


The festival took place with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports.