A Festival is born out of many happy coincidences and strong ties of friendship! Welcome to the first of what, we hope, many festivals!
The heart of the world beats everywhere on Earth. Not only in London or in New York but also at a small village in the jungle. Who knows maybe it's beating harder in the least expected places.
As the 20-19 Heart of the World International Short Film Festival Board, we are looking for stories which are true and from the heart.
It doesn’t matter if it is a big story or a small one. If the heart of the story is warm and beating, we will be sure to love it.
We love anthropology and we love unknown places. We want to get in the places which we have never seen and get lost among the people with whom we haven’t had a chance to meet before. You will guide us through your camera and vision.
We want to explore local traditions and rituals. We are the kind of people who prefer a local coffee shop to Starbucks. We are more than sad when a language is forgotten, a culture is dead, a ritual is no more in the world.
We aren't obsessed with format but we are obsessed with meaning and the heart of the story.
Yes we will give some pretty awards. But for us, a film with a mind and soul, a creator who dares to tell their real story sincerely, already deserves all the awards in the world. So it's not a competition but a celebration for all.
There is no submission fee this time. So that anyone in the world will have the chance to apply for our festival.
We know, there is little time between the announcement and the submission deadline. But time is maybe not linear but spiral. So if the story we are looking for is already in your soul, you will make it just in time.
20-19 HOWF is a part of something bigger, 20-19 Heart of the World Festival. Each year we will be celebrating the love and connection between two cultures. This time Birzai, Litvania and Istanbul, Turkiye ...
And we will be celebrating the contribution of local cultures to our collective existence, like Jonas Mekas, a gift from Birzai to the world of Avant-Garde Cinema.
After reading the rules and regulations section, if you still have questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

PRIZE FOR LOCAL CATEGORY: A trip to Istanbul, Turkiye: Flight, accommodation, tour and cultural program included for 3 nights and 4 days in October or November 2019.

IMPORTANT NOTICE!!!For Local Category, only short films that were shot in Birzai, Lithuania are accepted. If you did not shoot your film in Birzai, please submit your film to GLOBAL CATEGORY

This prize will be sponsored by Mayor and Municipality of Birzai as a tribute to the memory of Jonas Mekas, the Godfather of Avant-Garde Cinema.

Important Notice: Sponsors and guarantors of the categories are responsible for providing the prizes of the winners. Festival organisers, directors and jury can not be hold responsible for the actions of the sponsors and guarantors.

PRIZE FOR GLOBAL CATEGORY :A trip to Birzai, Lithuania: Flight, accommodation, tour and cultural program included for 3 nights and 4 days in October or November 2019.

This prize will be sponsored by Tourism Information Office of Birzai

Important Notice: Sponsors and guarantors of the categories are responsible for providing the prizes of the winners. Festival organisers, directors and jury can not be hold responsible for the actions of the sponsors and guarantors.

1)The exhibition and competition will be open to any resident of planet Earth.

2)Your film must be at most 5 minutes

3)Produce your piece at broadcast quality. 1080p (1920×1080) resolution is preferred and MP4 files are required.

Consider your viewing audience - from mobile phones, to broadband to televisions, to theatre screens.

4) Competing films are not paid any contribution or screening fees.

5)You can apply to either,

Global Category : The heart of the world

Local Category : The hearth of the world: Birzai

For Local Category, only short films that were shot in Birzai are accepted.

For Global category , you are free to shoot at anywhere on earth

6) All films submitted should have English subtitles

7)Contributors must be the sole author(s) of the entry.

No unauthorized use of copyrighted material (music, footage, still images and so on). The legal and ethical responsibility for using copyrighted material belongs to the attendant, not the festival authority and our partners. Once its revealed, attendant's piece will be disqualified from the festival screenings and competition.

8)You may submit at most 2 films in accordance with the official rules and regulations.

Submissions will be made electronically to FilmFreeway until 17.07.19

9)2019 Heart of the World Film Festival will reserve the right to refuse any entry at its own discretion. Submitted material must not contain obscene, unlawful or objectionable material.

10)Content created to promote any product or service will not be accepted.

11)Once the attendant submit their piece, 20-19 HOW Film Festival will have the rights to promote, distribute, edit and broadcast on online and offline media.

12)The submission of a film to 20-19 HOW will be considered to be an acknowledgement of the festival rules.

13)The festival authority reserves the right to amend the regulations.

14) Sponsors and guarantors of the categories are responsible for providing the prizes of the winners. Festival organisers, directors and jury can not be hold responsible for the actions of the sponsors and guarantors.