“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, master classes, live bands, networking events.

In 2019, it celebrates its 10th Edition in Athens in October 2019 (exact dates will be announced in July). The 10th Edition of Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival builds upon the thematic "e-motions"

Our world is an open space where knowledge, memories, experiences and sentiments are transmitted and accommodated translocally. Motion can bring change and emotions to our life. we invite all artists to turn their mood on “e-motion” mode and share with us their short film.

We accept all film genres with duration up to 30 minutes focusing on fiction, animation, experimental and documentary shorts, as well as digital arts by film makers up to the age of 35 inspired by the topic. If the participant is not from the Balkan region the production can be Balkan or the film to refer to the Balkans.
Submission Fee is set because we want to invite as many film makers as possible and offer them the best treatment. So, by submitting you assist in film makers' mobility and this is important for our Festival.

BBB gives the opportunity to the next generation of film makers to create, share and present their films, meet and collaborate. 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.

Best Film Prize
Audience Prize
New Entry Prize

Participation Terms

1. Period for admission of films: 10 of March to 1 of June 2019
2. The theme: E - MOTIONS
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) Use FilmFreeway to upload all film information
b) 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. Each participant has the right to participate with one film only
10. Optional: Participants can send all relevant information about the film as well as photos of their film for promotional reasons for the festival.
11. For more information please contact: info@balkansbeyondborders.eu

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.
The exact date and place of the Festival will be arranged by the organizers of the festival and announced soon
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 2019.
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 Athens so that the organizing team to organize their trip and staying in Athens
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 Athens in a special ceremony right after the end of the Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival and it will give:
Best Film Award, Audience Award, New Entry Award
Prizes consist of in kind awards and a statute as well as promotion in other events of the organization throughout the year
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.

Overall Rating
  • Stergios Dinopoulos

    Wasn't able to attend but all of the people who went said it was fantastic.

    October 2019
  • Great people, nice festival. It's great thing you can meet and talk to all this fine and artsy people. We had a great time. Thank you BBB, hope to see you soon. :)

    December 2018
  • Stefan Zaharia

    It was Fantastic... I mean.. I won.. Everithing is PERFECT!:)

    November 2018
  • Communication was great before and throughout the festival, I felt very welcome and appreciated. Also, the selection was very, very good which made networking easy and interesting. Looking forward to submitting again!

    November 2018
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    Response from festival:

    It is Balkans Beyond Borders aim to support new creators and promote their work and it is our pleasure to receive and screen innovative and of great quality short films.

  • Ruxandra Cernat

    An incredible festival! Very well organized, a team of dedicated people, very professional and enthusiastic! The program allowed us to see the films, network, but also participate in organized city tours to learn something about the city where it was held! Congratulations to all and good luck for your future developing plans!

    May 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Ruxandra! It was great to have you among us. Looking forward for your next work!