**** An Open Call will be announced soon.****

Balkan Can Kino is accepting entries for its 2019 edition film festival. We are open to all kinds of films including documentary, narrative, experimental, animation and video art in any language, from around the world.

Balkan Can Kino is a collectively run cinema, lab & film festival, founded by film professionals in 2017 in Athens and hosted on the ground floor of Communitism. Film programming focuses on alternative approaches to cinema and audiovisual art in order to showcase diversity. At the same time, it offers film education with the organization of workshops, discussions and lectures, at low cost or completely free of charge.

The BCK Film Festival Edition 2019 takes place from January to November 2019. Through weekly and special screenings showcases independent and diy films of different cultures and communities, first-time directors, female directors and queer cinema.

The BCK Mobile Kino | Edition 2019 travels inside and outside of Greece and presents part of the festival’s programme and also organizes workshops for adults and children.

Our dream is to create a solidarity network among filmmakers, organizations and institutions, active at local and international level. The project is open to those who are interested in getting to know us and/or participate.

The BCK Film Festival will take place from January till November 2019. The Festival is durational and it screens around 200 films per season. Films that are chosen may also participate at BCK Mobile Kino | EDITION 2019 - a series of screening programmes that are presented in other venues inside and outside of Greece.

Films with a duration up to 40 minutes will participate in our competition programme which will take take place at a weekly basis. The duration of each screening will be aprox. 90 min (4 to 10 shorts) and the films are chosen according to their genre or theme. In the end of every event the audience has the chance to vote for their favourite film.

Films with a duration over 40 minutes will participate at the Special Programmes of the festival (Contemporary Filmmakers, Retrospektiva, Film Symposium, etc).

- Audience Award
- Balkan Vox Award
- BCK Fiction Award
- BCK Documentary Award
- BCK Animation Award
- BCK Experimental Award

* The prizes are honorary

*************** PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE SUBMITTING ****************

Competition: Films up to 40 minutes long (fiction, documentary, animation, experimental, video art).

Films that are longer than 40 minutes are eligible and if chosen they will be screened in special programme during the festival or at our BCK Mobile Cinema | EDITION 2019

We accept music videos. Music videos although will not be screened at our cinema. Each week we will hand pick a music video which we will share at our facebook page as "music video of the week#"

We do not accept commercials and campaign and promotional videos.

We’re open to old or new work and we’re happy to accept films that has already screened at other festivals.

We accept maximum 2 films per director.

Entries that have been submitted to previous Balkan Can Kino festivals are not eligible.

Greek and Non-English language films are required to be subtitled in English. English language films are recommended to be subtitled in English.

If your film is chosen you will be notified. We will need the film via wetransfer or any downloadable link, along with promotional material (trailer, poster, stills, etc). BCK does not post the films online.

By submitting your film to us, you allow us to screen your film in the short film competition programme and in 3 different programmes (special screenings, mobile kino, etc). You will always be notified, if you film is selected to participate in one of the above.

Unfortunately we cannot cover travel and living expenses to attend the screening neither provide screening fees.

We do not accept pre-screening materials through email.

Submissions are only accepted through our filmfreeway account.

Due to the amount of films will receive, we are unable to screen everything and we cannot send personal feedback.

Films that promote racist, sexist, homophobic and transphobic behaviour will be disqualified.

Overall Rating
  • Great festival and organizers. Thanks for screening my film.

    December 2018
  • Yannis Lianos

    Very nice initiative in Athens

    November 2018
  • Konstantina Tsaprouni

    Very proud to be part of this festival! All films selected were of high quality. The festival venue was very beautiful!

    May 2018
  • Lena Moustaka

    Amazing festival , nice people and vibes. High level of audiovisual technological equipment.

    May 2018
  • Great indie film festival which helps filmmakers to show their work to the audience. A friendly screening place, nice to network and meet interesting people.

    May 2018