BCFF is a filmmaker-to-filmmaker-award-giving film festival. How it works? All officially selected filmmakers will have the opportunity to nominate their peers films for an award in every category. Jury only selects the Kivi Grand Prix Award and is a final decision maker if there is a tie in other categories.

This way we bring the awards closer to the industries real celebration of the greatness that is in other ways pushed away on path of already established cinema machine that rarely lets any new, fresh and talented works in.

*We are now accepting submissions for our 2023 edition*

In light of Corona-virus, we want to assure our filmmakers that we are fully committed to run our events and honour all filmmakers who have submitted to us from around the world.

Welcome to BlackCat Film Festival, an event dedicated to celebrating new-found, edgy, pushing the borders, independent filmmaking.
BCFF was dedicated to private storytelling within the local cinematic universe of Slovenia. These films were generally harder to access, and had difficulties reaching larger audiences, but their position outside of mainstream cinema and their abbreviated length allow the filmmakers more experimentation and artistic freedom. Now we take it public and wider.

We are looking for inspiring filmmaking from around the globe. We want to see storytelling that explores all limits of its industry. Do not be afraid to show your specific way of making motion pictures and how you dream, think and create. And let your collages be the judge and jury.

In addition to the live screenings on November 11th 2021, we also organise in days prior:

- Networking events

- Q&As with filmmakers

- A worldwide network of filmmakers and collaborators

We believe there is disenchantment with the anonymity and exclusivity of the festival circuit. We aim to provide a support system for emerging talents and independent filmmakers, based entirely on their skill set and passion.

Pending for session 2022…

1. Submission Format

Films must be and can be submitted only via online screener through FilmFreeway.

2. Submission Eligibility

- All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2018.

- There is no premiere requirements.

- Works-in-progress are not accepted.

- Films must not have received more than 50% of their funding from a studio or broadcaster.

- All films not in the English language are required to have English subtitles.

3. Premiere Status

- There is no Premiere policy for any category, they may have screened at other festivals and/or online.

4. Film Classification

- All films screened during the BCFF receive an age rating.

5. Submission Fee

-All FilmFreeway submissions for BCFF are to be paid by credit card or PayPal. The submission fee is non-refundable.
- The same film can be entered into one or more categories, but each category requires an entry fee.
• MIFF cannot provide refunds for submissions that do not meet eligibility criteria or are otherwise deemed to be disqualified under these regulations.
• Films submitted without payment WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED and the submission will be disqualified.

6. Shipping

- We only accept files through drives or via online sending/storage/link, via email or WeTransfer. If the film is selected for the Festival, for all DCPs and additional materials sent to and returned from BCFF must be borne by the submitting party. BCFF will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. BCFF will not absorb any fees incurred in Slovenian customs. All charges must be pre-paid.

7. Selection of Films

Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:

- Quality of narrative and production values

- Independent nature of the production
BCFF’s selection decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. MIFF does not provide critical analysis or feedback.

8. Notification

BCFF endeavours to complete all selection procedures by October 31st 2021 and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time. Successful submissions will receive a Filmmaker Festival Pack that will include important information on shipping the DCP to the Festival, press and publicity, guest accreditation, contact information and how to make the most of participating in the Festival. If the Submitter’s contact details change during the submissions period, you must inform MIFF

9. Festival Screenings

Selected films MUST provide a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) and video file (.mov or .mp4).in order to be screened at the BCFF. The film title MUST be clearly labelled.

10. Scheduling

Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of BCFF. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, BCFF reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. BCFF will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.

No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection.
Due to the unprecedented and ongoing problems presented by the COVID-19 pandemic we reserve the right to change the festival to a geo-blocked virtual online festival if it is not possible to host the event in a physical venue.


By submitting to the BlackCat Film Festival I confirm that I have read and accept the terms and regulations of BCFF. I will provide the festival with any additional information required pursuant to these rules and regulations. I authorise the BCFF to exhibit my film, and if selected, I confirm that an exhibition copy will be available in a required format for screening during the 2021 festival (November 9th - 11th 2021). I certify that I hold all necessary rights for the submission of this film/video to the MANIFF and that all rights and clearances have been made. This film is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation. I hold BCFF harmless from damage to, or loss of any or all materials en route to, from or otherwise at the festival. I assume all legal responsibilities therein. By Agreeing to these terms, I transfer to BCFF the right to use excerpts of the submitted film, its stills, and trailers, for the purposes of publicity and marketing of the film at the 2021 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2021 festival. I hereby agree to indemnify BCFF, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.

Read Terms and Conditions on our website.

Overall Rating
  • Alexander Bruckner

    Thank you for having us :-)

    December 2021
  • Thanks for the nominations and wins at this competitive film festival. Glad to be part of it.

    November 2021
  • great being nominated in two categories and loved the work of our fellow nominees!

    November 2021
  • Thank u very much for selecting our film in the BLACKCAT Film Festival. Me being first time Producer & first time lead actor of this film gave me chills after getting selected for this festival .

    November 2021
  • Lyndon Ives

    Great to be nominated for best music video in a very competitive field.

    November 2021