Call for entries for the 11th Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival – “ContrUst”

Balkans Beyond Borders (BBB) announces the opening of the submission period for the 11th edition of Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival. This year we get and give inspiration from the topic: contrUst: It is U who makes the difference. BBB urges young directors to dig deep in social, economic, religious, environmental and everyday contrasts in order to surpass the troubling surface and find trust: trust to make the difference! Find out more about contrUst.

Who is eligible to participate at the 11th BBB Short Film Festival

We invite young filmmakers to get inspired by this year’s topic and send their film until the 1st of June. We accept all film genres (fiction, animation, experimental and documentary shorts, as well as digital arts) with duration up to 30 minutes.

Eligible submissions are

  • those from filmmakers up to 35 years old or older than 35 under the condition that their submitted film is their debut
  • with their origin from a Balkan country or/and their film to be a Balkan production and
  • connected to the festival’s topic

All submissions will go through our pre-selection committee which consists of young professionals from the film industry ensuring that finalists meet all eligibility criteria. The final Jury Team consisted of well known professionals from the film industry in the Balkans will select the BBB BEST FILM which will get the first prize and 1000 euros. The other Prizes are BBB FIRST ENTRY, Special Mentions and the BBB AUDIENCE AWARD. 

What is BBB Short Film Festival

“Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival” is the only Festival that travels every year in a different city and it is one of the very few short film festivals focusing on the Balkan countries. It provides the ground for building bridges between various actors and supporting the interaction of the new generation of artists and various institutions that the Balkan cultural industry can be promoted at a European level. It is also a unique festival because every year it has a different inspirational topic raising awareness on contemporary issues and trends of the time in order to strengthen the dialogue and the knowledge about the region. 

Since 2010 the Festival has taken place in 10 cities (Belgrade, Tirana, Athens, Bucharest, Sarajevo, Thessaloniki, Sofia, Brussels, Novi Sad and again Athens), featuring over 380 Balkan and over 200 non-Balkan short films. In every Festival we invite participating directors, guest speakers, BBB Ambassadors and local partners in order to create a hub for productive networking and cooperation among the region’s stakeholders. It is all about a growing community of artists, researchers, journalists, and partners. Next Festival destination is Izmir, Turkey, hosting a great history and culture, a vibrant sea-front city that became the center of dynamic life, free thought, and art.

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