The APOX film festival brings together international independent documentaries from around the world. All entries are promoted through our social media and website with a dedicated page with synopsis, film stills, and trailer.
For this purpose, we recommend that projects must be fully entered on FilmFreeway, including film stills, production pictures, downloadable posters, and trailers or teasers.

All projects officially selected in each season receive the Independent APOX Awards laurel and certificate.

The 2021 selection included over 230 films, of which 42 films were shown, from over 18 countries around the world. The goal is to promote independent film directors and to stimulate interest in their work, with the main point of social thematic, that is the one that got lost in translation. People need to see the other world in real life, and we are giving these opportunities. We want independent filmmakers to have a chance to be seen, we are small, but we are big in a heart, and to one who doesn't have the opportunity to be on big festivals, we are giving them a boost, to maybe have a chance to be. Also, the goal of the festival is to promote young film directors and film works, and accordingly, in 2022 we plan to have a young/student film program during the APOX film festival, which will take into account the works of young directors under 22 and give them the opportunity to realize their dreams through our workshops. and may in the future be part of a new generation to be screened at the festival main program. The orientation is on the promotion of the culture of the island of Losinj, the promotion and the opportunities that the island offers, an oasis of peace for big dreams on the small island of the Adriatic. We are here to enable you to show yourself, to show your films to the world, and to promote you, young and old independent directors, screenwriters, producers. Why sign up and be a part of this story, because nowhere is it like in Losinj. By connecting with other festivals across Europe, we create an interesting cohesion of documentary film and share with each other the works that won awards at the festivals, and thus further promote and move borders, interstate and ensure greater and better representation.2022 concept is to start with a crowdfunding project for gathering money for young directors new movie project, that will have a debut on our festival. So the winner for the best young director will win the money raised in the crowdfunding platform that will start in summer 2022, and shot a movie with it(official promotion and debut will be on APOX 2023). We will present movies in a 7 day period, and we hope to have at least top 30 movies. 2022 we will have 1 position (Cinema Veli Lošinj). And for 2022 we are preparing 3 prices, one for the best movie director of feature documentary movie, best debut movie, and the best short documentary movie, best picture, special mention(from each jury), best music, and like said before best young director movie.
During the premiere and opening of the festival will be opened in cinema Veli Lošinj, the red carpet for VIP guests of the festival will be planned, and before the first film by the mayor and representatives of the Association will be presented the program of the Festival and all Logged on to the festival itself. All participants, viewers, and representatives will receive a specially designed festival program with a movie schedule and a short description of each film individually. For the purpose of a better presentation of the festival, a final concert will be organized at the end of the festival and the award ceremony on the stage in Veli Lošinj. It is also aimed at giving young directors an option to experience the thrill of making a film through film workshops and that the film's parents, as well as viewers, have the opportunity to see it on the big canvas.
Possibilities of culture and familiarity with the cultural and historical heritage of the island of Lošinj.

The Festival main competition program is presented in 7 categories:

Next to the competition programs Festival is also presenting side film programs, along with Industry, a unique training and networking platform that hosts an educational and practical program with numerous masterclasses, pitching sessions, workshops, panel discussions, and round tables held by some of most respectful names in the film industry.

1. One Debutant Prize: a jury consisting of 3 people will give the best documentary debut movie reward
2. Feature Documentary Award: A jury reward consisting of 3 people from the movie branch
3. Short documentary movie award: A 3 people members of the Relive Jury awards the Apox statue for a best short documentary movie

The organizer reserves the right to change the rules for the awarding of prizes


The organizer of the APOX film festival is the Relive Association of Veli Lošinj.

The APOX Festival presents documentaries that present current topics in an innovative and new way in the world and in certain areas of culture, people's lives, poverty, and the film language and the media itself. It covers all independent international and domestic production. Promotes expressive authoring concepts, thematic, conceptual and aesthetic steps.


Films and videos corresponding to the Festival's profile mentioned in the About Festival section may be submitted for the Competition Program and will be completed after August 1, 2024 for up to 90 minutes. Each author can submit no more than three papers. The Festival does not pay fees for displaying the works selected for the Competition Program.

Applications received in one of two ways will be considered:
a) DVD
b) by link.

If the movie is submitted on DVD, it should be sent to the official festival address with the application form filled and signed. DVDs do not return and remain in the festival archive. For consignments from abroad, it should be indicated: "No commercial value, for cultural use". The shipping cost is borne by the sender.

If the movie is submitted via the link, the application form is filled in but does not need to be mailed. The entry form must include a valid internet address where the movie is located and, if protected, a watch password and an option for downloading the movie should be provided. The film must be available at the link by October 1,2024. The festival guarantees that it will use the downloaded file for pre-selection only.

If the movie contains text in any language other than English, English subtitles are required.


The results of the selection will be announced on June 1, 2024, at, and the Festival will notify the contact person listed in the application form for submission of texts, images, and videos for print, internet, and promotion.

The festival will NOT notify all authors of entries, but only authors whose work has been selected for the Competition Program.


The display formats accepted by the Festival are DCP, 35 mm, and 16 mm. DCP must comply with DCI standards and must be provided without a KDM encryption key.

The technical specifications for the projections will be submitted by the Festival at a later date, upon selection of the work for the Competition Program.

An agreed projection copy (with subtitles in English if the work has text) must be submitted no later than September 1, 2024, to the Festival Office at Zadbone 16, 51551 Veli Losinj, Croatia.

The festival has the right to refuse a copy of poor technical quality that could cause problems during the screening. In case the Festival requests the submission of a new projection copy, the cost of producing and sending it shall be borne by the sender.


The sender is obliged to inform the Festival of the manner and date of submission of the copy for display. For consignments from abroad, the "No commercial value, cultural use only" must be prominently displayed; and shipments arriving by courier services outside the European Union (DHL, FedEx, UPS, etc.) must be delivered to a PRO FORMA account with a content value of $ 20 or $ 20.

All projection copies will be returned within two weeks of the end of the Festival to a previously agreed address. In the event of late or incomplete notification of the address, the Festival is not responsible for any difficulties that could result. The festival incurs the cost of sending a copy for display in ONE direction only, without exception.


The festival organizes a video library for accredited professionals and guests. The pre-selection copy of the film is automatically included in the video library unless otherwise indicated in the entry form. The Festival can be used for applied films for the promotion of the Festival at home and abroad, as well as for photos and clips from films that do not exceed more than 10% of the total duration of the work. Films submitted to the Festival are included in the Short Base festival archive and are used exclusively for non-commercial and educational purposes.


1. One Debutant Prize: a jury consisted of 3 people will give the best documentary debut movie reward
2. Audience Award: A jury reward consisted of 3 people from the movie branch
3. Short documentary movie award: A 3 people members of the Relive Jury awards the apex statue for a best short documentary movie
4.Young author to 22 years old, a 3 people jury will select one best movie filmed by youngster directors up to 22-year-old

The organizer reserves the right to change the rules for the awarding of prizes.


The organizer will use the pre-selection DVD or file exclusively for cultural, educational, and non-commercial purposes.

In case of damage to the copy for display in the festival term, the Festival will only compensate for the physical value of the physical copy.

The Festival assumes no liability for copies lost in transit unless the loss has occurred under its responsibility.

All complaints will be considered within 30 days of the copy being returned to the sender.


Anything not included in the ordinance will be considered by the organization of the Festival in accordance with the general rules of international documentary film festivals.

In the case of litigation, the Rijeka Municipal Court has jurisdiction.


APOX Film Festival
Zadbone 16
51 551 Veli Losinj, Croatia

Overall Rating
  • Simone Brioni

    It was just awesome and we are super happy to be selected! Thank you APOX film festival!

    October 2023
  • Sasha Ihnatovich

    It is a fantastic festival with an important mission to promote short films and impactful stories. I am honoured to participate in this cinematic celebration and receive a Best Short Documentary Award for our film NOT GO GENTLE. See you next year!

    October 2023
  • Thomas Ash

    APOX is an awesome film festival run by passionate film-lovers in a gorgeous location! It was an honour to screen my film "Ushiku" at the festival and an additional honour to screen inside the beautiful Museum of Apoxyomenos. A wonderful experience and highly recommended to submit and attend.

    October 2022
  • Vladyslav Robskyi

    Thanks organizators! Your festival is very nice. Wonderfull place & hostly team! See you again

    October 2022
  • jocelyn catan

    it is a great honor to be a part of your festival as a filmmaker from MARTINIQUE, in the CARIBBEAN, area. I would like to thank you for selecting my documentary film "Colonization and Black Slavery in the French West-indies" . It will help to sheld more light on the historical facts that i tried to speak. Jocelyn Jonaz Catan

    December 2021