“Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival” is an annual thematic Film Festival that takes place in a different Balkan city each year. It celebrates Balkan diversity and engages audience and creators to reflect on pressing contemporary issues through the medium of short film. The festival is framed by other cultural events like photo exhibitions, visual art events, live bands, graffiti activities, etc. The 8th Edition of Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival will take place in Brussels in October 2017. This year's theme is Enter/Exit.

"We enter life with an exit.
However, straight after we have to enter into family, school, groups, rules.
Either you enter or exit you get a new experience.
Either Enter or exit there is always another level to reach; a new YOU that will get born."

BBB gives the opportunity to the next generation of film makers to create, share and present their films, meet and collaborate. It invites young artists up to the age of 35 from the Balkan region and beyond to get inspired by the topic and send their short film with duration up to 30 minutes. If the participant is not from the Balkan region the production can be Balkan or the film to refer to the Balkans. The main objective of BBB is to motivate young people to make use of their creativity in order to reflect on issues of concern in their region.

Awards & Prizes

Balkans Beyond Borders gives every year two Prizes: Best Film Prize (500€) and Audience Prize (100€).

Rules & Terms

Participation Terms

1. Period for admission of films: 22th of April until 10th of July 2017
2. The theme: Enter/Exit (Check our website for more information about the theme. It is very broad and we are very open)
3. Age: Eligible to participate with their film are film makers under 35 years old
4. Origin: The production of the film has to be from a Southeast Europe country a. We accept films from other nationalities, under the condition that the film is a co- production with someone from Southeast Europe or the film deals or takes place in the Southeast Europe.
5. Films’ duration: Maximum 30’ minutes
6. Film categories: fiction, documentary, animation, experimental, video art
7. Film sending:
a) Film makers should upload their film on a free online fileserver (Vimeo, You Tube, dropbox etc) and put the link in the application form
b) Send the film through file-sharing web sites: e.g. Wetransfer (https://www.wetransfer.com/) to the email address: info@balkansbeyondborders.eu
The files of the films should be in one of this format: AVI, MP4 or MOV and high quality (frame size 1080*1920)
8. The film should be uploaded in its original format with English subtitles
9. The online application in our website should be filled when sending the film to the festival.
10. Each participant has the right to participate with one film only
11. Optional: Participants can send all relevant information about the film as well as photos of their film for promotional reasons for the festival.

Film Festival Terms

Balkans Beyond Borders (BBB) is a non-profit organization based in Athens with purpose to promote intercultural dialogue and an innovative way of learning through the Art of Film- making and Image. For this reason it organizes a film festival that every year has a different theme and travels to a different Balkan city.
Film Festival will take place in Brussels, Belgium in October 2017. The exact date will be arranged by the organizers of the festival
The main title of the festival is: Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival
The number of the films that will be projected during the festival in Brussels depends on the number of participants and the final decision of the organizing team
The final films will be selected by the International Jury of the Film Festival until the end of August 2017.
The jury consists of 3 well known film experts from three Southeast European countries.
The selection of the projected films, the order of projection and the programme are decided by the organisers, based on the technical specifications, the duration and the grouping of the films.
The finalists will be informed in August-September about the progress of their film in the contest

BBB Film Festival organizing team reserves the right to project part of the final films whenever it is needed for reasons of promotion of the Festival and under no circumstances for commercial causes.
The finalists have to inform the organizers whether they are going to attend the festival in Brussels so that the organizing team to organize their trip and staying in Brussels
There will be a prize from the Jury and a prize from the audience that will attend the Festival. The organizers will decide about the possibility of giving special prizes regarding the amount and the characteristics of the finalist films.
The award ceremony will take place in Brussels in a special ceremony right after the end of the Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival
The prize will be announced after August 2017. It consists of money prize and projection of the winning film during an international film festival for short films.
Participants agree to give interviews to the communication sponsors and to be photographed if asked.
Parts of the Festival will be filmed for the BBB archive and for its promotion to the public. Members of the audience and participants that may appear in these parts cannot claim anything from the organising company.
During the Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival parallel events will take place.
BBB Film Festival organizing team reserves the right to cancel the Festival if it is necessary
The sending out of the signed participation form entails the complete and unconditional acceptance of the above terms of participation.