Balkan Can Kino is excited to announce its open call for submissions for the 7th 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 2024 in Athens, with free entrance.

This year's theme is the CLIMATE CRISIS and through a series of screenings, artistic installations, workshops and parallel events that aim to educate and inform participants, the Symposium will focus on the accessibility of green practices, by cultural organisations and individuals -particularly when individuals are financially strained - the responsibility of large corporations and governments. While individual actions such as reducing plastic use, recycling, and energy efficiency measures are important, they alone are unlikely to be sufficient to address the magnitude of the climate crisis. Structural changes are needed, including regulations on corporate emissions, investment in renewable energy infrastructure, and sustainable resource management policies. By bringing together experts, organizations, and artists, the symposium can foster dialogue and awareness around the intersection of environmental sustainability, social justice, and cultural expression.

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 CLIMATE CRISIS, - including narrative , documentary, experimental cinema, video art and animation.

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

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

#7BCKFS does not offer prizes but all films will compete for an audience award.


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
  • Julieta Tetelbaum

    I screened "Joy" at Balkan Can Kino Film Festival. The festival was great, and it was nice to share my work with creative filmmakers.

    April 2024
  • Unique and fun festival. Great communication and a wonderful opportunity.

    November 2023
  • Great festival and great team!

    November 2023
  • Thomas Kunstler

    Valuable festival, offering beautiful evenings of independent short films to the local community.
    Thank you!

    November 2023
  • I was not able to attend the festival but I am very happy to know my film was screened and it seems like it was a great event. Communication was great!

    October 2023