What is colonisation today? Are we colonised? How do we decolonize? Why is decolonization important in social movement struggles? What is privilege? How does tourism affect local communities? What does it mean to live as a minority? How do we deconstruct gender? Are the cities we live in ours?
The Balkan Can Kino Film Symposium returns for the fifth time, taking place in Athens, Greece from 19th to 26th of November, 2022, and focuses on the theme "DECOLONISE". We search films of any genre or length, as long as they are related to the symposium's theme.

#5BCKFS, through a series of screenings of short and feature films, video installations, discussions and workshops, presents new and innovative audiovisual works and invites the audience to raise questions about their own identity.
#5BCKFS is organised by the mobile and pop-up film festival Balkan Can Kino (BCK) & FLP Athens Civil Non Profit, in collaboration with artistic and social institutions, organisations and creators, under the auspices and with the support of the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports. #5BCKFS takes place in different locations, spaces and galleries in Athens and all events are free of charge for the public. Find out more about BCK at: www.balkan-can-kino.com

#5BCKFS 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.

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