𝐀𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐬𝐭-𝐫𝐮𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐦 𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥 𝐢𝐧 𝐑𝐍 𝐌𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐝𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐚.
The editions of our ASTERFEST Film Festival (established 2005) are dedicated to the professional short film culture and emphasise its affirmation, popularization and valorization towards the international audience.
We present the festival programme in few selected categories: Global Fiction, AsterDocs, Animotion, Merry-Diones, and Tributes.
𝐎𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐀𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐥𝐚𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞: 𝐙𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐫 𝐙𝐢𝐥𝐧𝐢𝐤, 𝐋𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐚 𝐏𝐚𝐤𝐚𝐥𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐚, 𝐑𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐥 𝐕𝐮𝐥𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐨𝐯, 𝐊𝐢𝐦 𝐋𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐭𝐨, 𝐁𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐬 𝐆𝐞𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐬, 𝐕𝐞𝐢𝐭 𝐇𝐞𝐥𝐦𝐞𝐫, 𝐋𝐣𝐮𝐩𝐤𝐚 𝐃𝐳𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐯𝐚, 𝐌𝐢𝐠𝐮𝐞𝐥 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐨, 𝐉𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐢𝐞 𝐒𝐡𝐞𝐩𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐝, 𝐊𝐢𝐫𝐨 𝐔𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐧, 𝐊𝐚𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐧 𝐋𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐤...
In the previous 19 years we have chosen around 1000 films from over 60 countries in the competitive categories.
AsterFest is an annual festival event with physical screenings in the city of Strumica.
The main awards for the best AsterFest short film competition are: GOLDEN HORSESHOE for Best Short, SILVER HORSESHOE for Best Short, BRONZE HORSESHOE for Best Short, "Aco Aleksov" Award for Best Auteur, "Gjorgi Abadziev" Award for Best Screenplay, Special Jury Mention(s) etc.
📣𝟏𝟖 𝐀𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬
🖇GOLDEN HORSESHOE for 𝐈𝐕𝐀𝐋𝐔
🖇SILVER HORSESHOE for 𝐇𝐄𝐃𝐆𝐄𝐇𝐎𝐆
🖇BRONZE HORSESHOE for 𝐏𝐈𝐍𝐂𝐇
🖇"GJORGI ABADZIEV" — Best Screenplay Award for 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐒𝐂𝐑𝐈𝐏𝐓
🖇"ACO ALEKSOV" — Best Director Award for 𝐓𝐀𝐒𝐊
🖇JURY MENTION for 𝐀𝐍 𝐈𝐑𝐈𝐒𝐇 𝐆𝐎𝐎𝐃𝐁𝐘𝐄
🖇JURY MENTION for 𝐓𝐀𝐋𝐄 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐂𝐎𝐑𝐎𝐍𝐀
🖇JURY MENTION for 𝐋𝐔𝐊𝐀
🖇BEST MACEDONIAN SHORT for 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐒𝐎𝐔𝐍𝐃 𝐎𝐅 𝐒𝐈𝐋𝐄𝐍𝐂𝐄
🖇BEST STUDENT SHORT for 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐍𝐄𝐖 𝐁𝐄𝐆𝐈𝐍𝐍𝐈𝐍𝐆
We've also screened short films from directors such as Adrian McDowall, Adrian Sitary, Ali Asgari, Anastasia Kouzyakova, Anders Walter, Andrew Chesworth, Andrey Paounov, Anne-Marieke Graafmans, Arsim Fazlia, Baloji, Bartosz Kruhlik, Benjamin Cleary, Bernard Dichek, Bill Plympton, Biljana Garvanlieva, Birgitte Staermose, Bobby Pontillas, Christoph Schwartz, Corinna Giesen, Dawn Westlake, Dimitar Anakiev, Elizabeth Hobbs, Eno Milkani, Evgeny Solomin, Finlay Pretsell, Guy Nattiv, Helena Trestikova, Ilja Kok, Ingrid Kamerling, James Lucas, John Last, Jonnie Hurn, João Gonzalez, Juanita Wilson, Juliana Neuhuber, Kahane Cooperman, Kamil Polak, Konstantin Bronzit, Levon Minasian, Liam Saint-Pierre, Loic Gaillard, Marija Dzidzeva, Martin Strange-Hansen, Martina Carlstedt, Mat Kirkby, Miha Knific, Mike Rymer, Mira Erdevicki, Nicolas Neuhold, Olga Lucovnicova, Panayotis Kravvaris, Paula Onet, Pjotr Sapegin, Pooya Badkoobeh, Rainer Ludwigs, Riz Ahmed, Ross White, Runar Runarsson, Samir Karahoda, Sasha Damjanovski, Stephanie Assimacopoulo, Stephen Keep Mills, Tibor Kocsis, Tom Berkeley, Tom Van Avermaet, Uri & Michelle Kranot, Vijay S. Jodha, Vladimir Perović, Willem Timmers, Zarko Ivanov, Zvonimir Juric etc.
1. 𝑂𝐹𝐹𝐼𝐶𝐼𝐴𝐿 𝐼𝑁𝑇𝐸𝑅𝑁𝐴𝑇𝐼𝑂𝑁𝐴𝐿 𝑃𝑅𝑂𝐺𝑅𝐴𝑀𝑀𝐸
𝐀𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐅𝐢𝐥𝐦 𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥 𝐟𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐮𝐦 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐭 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐥𝐞𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐦 & 𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐨 𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐦𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐛𝐲 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐝𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐄𝐮𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐧𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬, 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐊𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐝𝐨𝐦, 𝐈𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝, 𝐀𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐬, 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐝𝐚, 𝐒𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐚, 𝐀𝐬𝐢𝐚, 𝐀𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐚, 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐚, 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐚, 𝐀𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐚, 𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐙𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝, 𝐉𝐚𝐩𝐚𝐧, 𝐑𝐮𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐚, 𝐁𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐥𝐮𝐱, 𝐁𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐢𝐜, 𝐒𝐄𝐄 & 𝐁𝐚𝐥𝐤𝐚𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝.
𝐀𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐧 𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐪𝐮𝐞 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝐨𝐜𝐮𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦, 𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝟐𝟎𝟎𝟓.
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐚𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐚𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝/𝐄𝐮𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐚𝐧/𝐝𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜 𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐦𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥 𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜.
𝐀𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐮𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐥𝐲 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫 𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐦 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐬.
In selecting films, organizers will concentrate equally on both artistic merits and actually expressing content. The Organizer will accept the selected applications for films on contemporary digital techniques. The organizer will be free of all obligations whatsoever to enter such a film for the selection. Works praising racism or pornography are not accepted.
3. 𝐶𝑂𝑀𝑃𝐸𝑇𝐼𝑇𝐼𝑂𝑁 𝑃𝑅𝑂𝐺𝑅𝐴𝑀𝑀𝐸𝑆
The Artistic Director will decide on the admission and selection of any film to the Competition projections. English subtitles are recommended on the copies for preview.
4. 𝐺𝐿𝑂𝐵𝐴𝐿 𝐹𝐼𝐶𝑇𝐼𝑂𝑁, 𝐴𝑆𝑇𝐸𝑅𝐷𝑂𝐶𝑆, 𝐴𝑁𝐼𝑀𝑂𝑇𝐼𝑂𝑁 𝑃𝑅𝑂𝐺𝑅𝐴𝑀𝑀𝐸
We have three main categories with selections of the best new short fiction, short docs and animation shorts by authors from all world regions, produced 2022, 2023 and 2024.
𝐎𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐦𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐬 𝐌𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐝𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐞𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐚 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧.
5. 𝑆𝑃𝐸𝐶𝐼𝐴𝐿 𝑃𝑅𝑂𝐺𝑅𝐴𝑀𝑀𝐸𝑆
TRIBUTES (Films dedicated to authors and themes), MERRY-DIONS (Special themes), student films, domestic films and some other programmes. For these categories, there is no limited length, but we prefer short and middle-length duration. The list of films accepted to the competition run and to the special programs will also be published on the Festival website and on the other advertising materials.
The International Festival Jury will award the Grand Prix – GOLDEN Horseshoe, SILVER and BRONZE Horseshoe, ACO ALEKSOV Author Award, GJORGI ABADZIEV Screenplay Award. The Festival board awards the ASTER Honorary Award and other SPECIAL AWARDS for continual (or lifetime) achievement in International/European/World filmmaking and in the field of author’s film art. There are some Gratitudes and Recommendations, Jury Mentions, Public Choices etc.
Films in the Competition may be additionally shown no more than two times during the Festival activities.
Screenings will be held in places of the City of Strumica, RN Macedonia.
Any other screenings require special permission from the producer or author.
The film author will be invited to present the film, as a special AsterFest guest.
9. 𝐹𝐼𝑁𝐴𝐿 𝑅𝐸𝑀𝐴𝑅𝐾𝑆
The submission of a film for participation in the AsterFest will be taken to mean acceptance of the conditions of these rules. Decisions in all matters not covered by these Regulations shall be taken by the Organizers represented by the official Festival Direction but in accordance with additional AsterFest rules. When applied, the Production or Distribution Company and the Author - the lender of the base (film) declare to be empowered by the Production Company to lend the base (film). The person named in this point commits to refrain from withdrawing from the Festival. The base (film) is lent to the Festival on double condition that the Festival strictly abides by The AsterFest Regulations & Codex, organization activities of Revolution Production and the additional clauses agreed upon by this Film Entry Form. The applicant also gives permission to the Organizer for the use 10 (ten) seconds from the film for the festival trailer. The digital copy of the film print will be kept in the Archive of the AsterFest and will be used for research and educational aims.
𝐅𝐞𝐞𝐬 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐛𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐜𝐢𝐫𝐜𝐮𝐦𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬, 𝐬𝐨 𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐝𝐨 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐮𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, 𝐚𝐬 𝐰𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐛𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨 𝐬𝐨.
10. 𝐴𝐹𝑇𝐸𝑅 𝑆𝐸𝐿𝐸𝐶𝑇𝐼𝑂𝑁
If the film is selected, applicants must send online (via e-mail, Vimeo, WeTransfer or a similar way) a clear HD format of the film: HD H264 encoded Quicktime movie, and other attached materials (srt. file with English subtitles, very short synopsis in English, film photos, poster, trailer).