Balkan Can Kino is excited to announce its open call for submissions for the 6th BCK Film Symposium. Filmmakers from around the world are invited to submit their works for consideration in the symposium, which will take place in October 2023, in different spaces in Athens, with free entrance.

This years theme is KINO LUDENS and through a series of screenings, artistic installations, workshops and parallel events, the Symposium will focus on the presence and the importance of the element of play in the multiple layers of adulthood and everyday life, showcasing interactivity in cinema, not necessarily through new technologies, but through the meaning of game/play in the creation of a cinematic work and its importance in every stage of the production. Moreover, the parallel events will be structured in a way to educate and inform participants about various cultural and social issues through interactive games for adults, teenagers and children.

We are thrilled to open our doors to filmmakers from all over the world and our mission is to showcase exceptional works that explore the human experience, challenge and inspire us to imagine new possibilities. We look forward to seeing the films that will be submitted this year. The symposium is open to all genres that fit under the theme KINO LUDENS, - including narrative features, documentaries, shorts, and experimental works - and as well interactive films of older and current techniques.

This year we also accept podcasts that would fit in the symposium's theme. Accepted languages for podcasts are Greek & English only. To submit a podcast please use this form:

Lastly, we are searching for silent films. Filmmakers in this category must be open about the fact that their films will be interpreted and presented in a live DJ set.

Submissions can be made exclusively through filmfreeway. The final deadline is on June 28th. BALKAN CAN KINO will announce the official selection in September, and selected filmmakers will be notified via email.

For more information and submission guidelines, please visit Balkan Can Kino’s website at

*Kino Ludens is a paraphrase of Dutch historian and cultural theorist Johan Huizinga’s book “Homo Ludens”. The book was originally published in 1983 and it examines for the first time the timeless presence and the vital profits of the play element in civilization and society. Almost a century ago, Huizinga recognized playing as a necessary condition (even though not enough) in creating civilization. Quoting Huizinga “civilization is, in its earliest phases, played. It does not come from play like a babe detaching itself from the womb: it arises in and as a play and never leaves it”. As a condition “equally important as thinking (Homo Sapiens) and constructing (Homo Faber), playing brings inherently the possibility to be free and unconditional, released from calculations and interests, and to differentiate from “ordinary” and “real” life, both as an unpredictable performative procedure with its own duration and space and as a lived experience.

#6BCKFS does not offer awards or prizes.


The participants warrant that they are authorized on behalf of all other persons or entities who have any ownership rights, licenses or interests (including, without limitation, intellectual property rights or distribution licenses) to permit us to screen their film in the Festival.

Upon acceptance into the 5th BCK Film Symposium 2021, you grant us the right to utilize an excerpt from your film and still images from the work for promotional purposes.

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

There are no restrictions on the year of production.

We accept a maximum of 2 films per director.

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

We do not accept commercials, campaigns and promotional videos.

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 2 different programmes (special screenings, mobile kino, etc). You will always be notified via personal email, if you film is selected to participate in one of the above.

By submitting your film to us, if accepted, you allow us to share the screener you have provided with BCK partners such as journalists, film critics and guest curators.

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, ableism, fatphobic, homophobic and transphobic behavior will be disqualified.

Overall Rating
  • it was realy good experience

    December 2022
  • Alex Djordjevic

    Balkan Can Kino is a fantastic festival!

    December 2022
  • Aura Tampoa

    Excellent experience. It was such a pleasure being part of the online screening.

    December 2022
  • Eirini Danilouli

    Lots of docs , very interesting and worth watching ! Also, excellent communication with the festival team!

    December 2022
  • Balkan Can Kino is very important festival, so happy to participe.

    December 2022