Balkan Can Kino accepts entries for its 2021 Film Festival and looks for films that showcase diverse themes, with unique approaches to the audiovisual arts, including documentary, narrative, experimental, animation films and video art of any length, language or origin, promoting innovative DIY cinema, with a focus mainly on female, queer and first-time directors, and socio-political driven movies.

#BCKFF_21 runs on a monthly basis, with special screenings, labs and events that take place in art spaces in Athens, while also travelling inside and outside of Greece with curated programmes, following Q&A’s, labs and round tables, when it is possible.

Balkan Can Kino was founded in 2017 in Athens and so far has screened more than 300 films in various locations and has collaborated so far with Woche der Kritik (Berlin, Germany), 2 Sides Short Film Festival (Izmir, Turkey), Thessaloniki Queer Arts Festival (Greece), and many more, creating a solidarity network among filmmakers, organisations and institutions that are active at local and international level.

Find more about BCK at the following link:

BCK does not offer awards or prizes but all projects officially selected are promoted through our social media and website with synopsis, film stills and trailer.
For this purpose, we recommend that projects must be fully entered on FilmFreeway, including film stills, production pictures, downloadable poster, and trailer or teaser.


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 BCK Edition 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 festivals 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 3 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.

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
  • Vasia Ampatzi

    Great festival with so many interesting films! The people that organize the events are super helpful too.

    May 2022
  • One of the best festivals running in Athens by girls! Thank you!

    February 2022
  • Thank you for selecting my first animated short "I, Labyrinth", it was an honor to have been part of your festival.

    February 2022
  • Julie Anast

    Excellent festival. I really enjoyed being a part of it.

    February 2022
  • Paola Bellato

    Was a Pleasure to have participated. a lot off hospitality and good treatment.

    October 2020