Created under the patronage of the National University of Theatre and Film “I.L. Caragiale” and the National University of Arts Bucharest, with the support of the Romanian National Cinema Centre, BUCHAREST INTERNATIONAL EXPERIMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL BIEFF has as its main focus the courage to experiment in cinematic language.

BIEFF is the first showcase of avant-garde cinema and visual art in Romania, a festival event with educational purpose, aimed at bringing in front of the audience highly innovative films and filmmakers from all over the world with strong personal views on contemporary reality, which also daringly explore the boundaries of cinematic language. A cinema of total creative freedom and lack of compromise.

From 2017, PETER GREENAWAY became the HONORARY PRESIDENT of the Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival BIEFF, generously joining us in our educational initiative.

Main Award (offered by the Romanian Cultural Institute) – 3000€
Best Direction Award (offered by Abis Studio) – 1000€
Best Visual Concept Award (offered by Cinelab Romania) – 1500€
Best Romanian Film Award (offered by Cinelab Romania) – 1500€
Audience Award
Special Jury Mention

General conditions – Feature Film Competition:

1. Feature films of any genre - fiction/documentary/animation are encouraged to submit, however, experimental and art films are highly encouraged
2. Film must be produced in the last two years.
3. A film that is included in the Festival Competition cannot be withdrawn afterward.
4. The Festival has the right to screen the films in the Competition three times during the Festival
5. The Festival has the right to use parts of the films in the Competition for promotion (maximum 3 mins).
6. There is no premiere requirement for submitting films.

General conditions- Short Film Competition:

1. Short films of any genre - fiction/documentary/animation are encouraged to submit, however, experimental and art films are highly encouraged
2. Film must be produced in the last two years
3. short films must not exceed 40 minutes in length;
4. Film is subtitled in English or Romanian, unless the dialogue is in English or Romanian.
5. There is no premiere requirement for submitting films.