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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. 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 organisation of workshops, discussions and lectures, at low cost or completely free of charge.

The BCK Film Festival Edition 2019 takes place from January 2019 until all selected films are screened (this may include 2020). Through monthly and special screenings, BCK showcases independent and diy films of different cultures and communities, first-time directors, female directors and queer cinema.

The BCK Mobile Kino 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 until all selected films are screened (this may include 2020). The Festival is durational and it screens around 200 films per season. Films that are chosen may also participate at BCK Mobile Kino - a series of screening programmes that are presented in other venues inside and outside of Greece.

Films with a duration up to 40 minutes can participate in our competition programme which will take take place at a monthly 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.

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

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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

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
  • Steven Lancefield

    A brilliant film festival, actively promoting indie shorts. Great communication at all times.

    May 2020
  • Jill Woodward

    I wasn't able to attend this festival but I appreciated their communication and reporting how the screening went. They even sent photographs of the full room. They have continued to stay in touch in the years since my film screened with them, and I appreciate their efforts to support creative culture.

    May 2020
  • Dimitris Tamvakakis

    Very Supportive to independent cinema

    May 2020
  • Alexandre Reigada

    Good films, but the organization should improve the communication with the directors and web promotion. Congratulations and thank you for the selection of my film.

    April 2020
  • Very polite, efficient and clear in all correspondence, great causes and outreach.

    March 2020