Bašta Fest is an international short fiction film festival held in Bajina Bašta, Western Serbia. It is an annual event that is taking place during the first weekend of July and it lasts for four days. This year, the festival is being held for the sixth time, taking place from the 4th until 7th of July, 2019. Due to the profession of the founders (actors Jovan Jelisavčić and Maja Šuša), the festival's main point of interest is collaboration between directors and actors. We believe that focusing on quality of that joint artistic effort will have a positive impact on the positioning of Bašta Fest among short film festivals. Bašta Fest is of great importance for the decentralization of culture, since it has brought diverse film, music and off program to this beautiful region. One of the priorities of the festival is to promote the incredible natural beauty to the large number of visitors. Nevertheless, our primary goal is to convert this festival into an exciting cultural oasis, which supports local and international young artists, putting emphasis on short fiction films with authenticity. The main selection is a competition short film program, while two films are screened as a part of non-competition, special program every year - one during the opening and one during the closing ceremony. The last to be screened is a debut feature film from the Balkan region, chosen by Bašta fest team as the most successful one in the previous year. The entrance to all screenings at Bašta is free of charge, while they are always being held under the open night skies. There are currently two official festival locations: Borići park and lake Perućac.

The main selection is a competition film program, and it is being chosen by festival's programmer Nikola Ljuca and art director Maja Šuša. A three-member jury of film authors and artists gives cash prizes and statuettes. The awards are given for: The Best film (Golden Imagination), The Best Director (Golden Indication), The Best Actor and Best Actress (Golden Interpretation) and The Best Screenplay (Gold Inspiration). Youth Jury also awards a prize for the Best film (Youth Jury prize), and their participation in the program encourages and cultivates responsible critical approach of high-school students.

Bašta Fest is an international short fiction film festival, which means that to be selected for the competition program, you may only apply fiction films up to 30 minutes. Applicants' must be produced within the last two years (i.e. not be older than 2017). Keep in mind that the festival pays special attention to the collaboration between the director and actors, thus when choosing films, priority will be given to those with authentic acting achievements.

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  • Laurent Louis-De Wandeleer

    Basta fest selected my last short movie, Queen Crocodile, and going there was my best idea of the year. It's hard to describe : during the daytime you have excursions in the mountain lakes, with all the team and the crews (ie : easy to network, to make friends, to take time to talk about the films) and in the evening the films are shown in open air, under the stars, in that small city away from everything.

    It's marvellous, the quality of the selection is quite high… and the team is extra-nice. I felt like a king :)

    July 2019
  • Darej Šömen

    One of the best if not the best festival in the region!

    Great hospitality, great movies, great leisure activities. Would recommend attending!

    July 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you very very much ❤

  • Andrei Tanase

    Nice place, friendly staff, good film selection & quality open air screening.

    July 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Andrei, thank you very much! Hope to see you on some of the next editions!

  • Pierre Brouillette-Hamelin

    ! ! ! Serbian fun ! ! ! Serbian fun ! ! ! Serbian fun ! ! !

    July 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you ❤