Established in 2014, Byzanfest is the world's only web film festival totally dedicated to Orthodox Christian short-films. The aim is to screen the very best Orthodox stories and share them with the world.

Byzanfest is not limited by the physical constraints of traditional venue-based festivals. Byzanfest looks towards the future of entertainment, wanting to engage globally with both Orthodox and non-Orthodox audiences.

The Festival showcases films which reflect Orthodox Christian themes, beliefs, culture and values. An entry’s storyline does not necessarily have to be ‘religious’. Although the film may not appear to have ‘Orthodox’ subject-matter, it can still be deemed Orthodox because it was created by an Orthodox Christian filmmaker who maintained an Orthodox phronema (‘mindset’) during the creative process, remaining faithful to their Christian sense of dignity, morality and self-respect.

The name ‘Byzanfest’ is in honour of the great Byzantine Empire, a place of great wisdom, art & Faith. Although it may no longer exist, the spirit and values of Byzantium shine out in the works of Orthodox Christians in the Digital Era.

Best Film
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Screenplay
Audience Favourite

DEADLINE: 29th August 2021

SCREENING PLATFORMS
Byzanfest accepts short and feature-length films.

Short-films will be broadcast via Byzanfest’s YouTube channel.

Feature-length films will be uploaded to Vimeo where audiences can pay-to-view with an online rental period of 24 hours. The film will be made available for 9 days, the duration of the Festival. Revenue will be split 60/40 between the filmmaker and Byzanfest. All international transaction and 3rd-party fees will be deducted before receiving final payment. Filmmaker will receive payment in $USD via Paypal.

If the Festival does not receive enough feature-length submissions, those entry fees will be refunded.

ELIGIBILITY
The person who submits the film(s) will be known as the ‘Contact Person’. The Contact Person is solely responsible for ensuring the film complies with all domestic and international copyright laws. This is not Byzanfest’s responsibility.

Byzanfest is looking for films that express Eastern Orthodox Christian themes, beliefs, culture and/or values. An entry’s storyline does not necessarily have to be directly religious or spiritual.

A film is deemed "Orthodox" because: 
1) it was created by an Orthodox Christian filmmaker who maintained an Orthodox phronema during the creative process, or
2) the subject matter/plot is about Orthodox spirituality, of which the filmmaker does not have to be an Orthodox Christian.

Byzanfest is open to professional, amateur and student filmmakers. There is no age limit.

Up to 3 films can be submitted. Each film requires payment of a separate entry fee.

If the film’s spoken language is not English, it MUST contain English subtitles which are hard-embedded in both short and feature-length submissions. Any other languages are to be provided as SRT. files.

There is NO requirement this needs to be the film’s première. It can previously been broadcast or screened at other festivals.

Film must have been made during 2016 - 2021.

In additional to entry, the Festival requires three (3) film-stills and director’s profile photo.

Each submission will undergo a preliminary round of judging. A short-list will be drafted and another screening will determine the final program. If successful, the Contact Person will be notified.

If an entry contains material that is deemed discriminatory or offensive to any group of persons and/or generally distasteful, it will not be selected. Discretion will be used during the judging and selection processes.

FILM FORMAT
The film will be uploaded to YouTube (short-film) or Vimeo (feature-length) it must be in a supported format. Accepted formats include: MOV, MPEG4, WMV or AVI.

The video codec must be H.264

Preferred video resolution: 1080p or higher

Byzanfest prefers films in 16:9 aspect ratio. If the film was shot in 3:4 or a different ratio it may be broadcasted on YouTube with pillarbox or letterbox bars. To avoid this please format film to 16:9 aspect ratio.

PERMISSION FOR SCREENING
By completing Entry Form, the Contact Person agrees to all the Festival’s terms & conditions, granting the Byzanfest permission to broadcast their film(s).

The Contact Person also grants Byzanfest permission to use film stills submitted for publicity purposes. Images from the film(s) and additional photographs may be reproduced and/or broadcast on the Festival’s website, associated websites and/or media outlets.

If selected for screening and nominated for an award, the Contact Person must be prepared to submit further detailed information about their film and crew.

AWARD CATEGORIES (subject to change)
Best Film
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Screenplay
Audience Favourite

PRIZES
At this stage, each category will be awarded a certificate and prize money in $USD. Additional prizes may be awarded depending on sponsorship level reached.

GENRES
All genres are accepted.

TIME LIMITS
Short-films must be between 1 – 29 minutes in duration, including opening title and closing credits. Suggested length is around 8 minutes.

Feature-length films are at least 30 minutes, but no longer than 2.5 hours, including opening title and closing credits. Suggested length is around 90 minutes.

FURTHER INFO / INQUIRIES
Web: www.byzanfest.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Byzanfest

E-mail: byzanfest@gmail.com
Skype: chris.vla1 (email to arrange a call-time)
Phone: +61 423 273 803
Post: PO Box 3, ROSANNA, 3084 (VIC) Australia

Disclaimer
Festival organisers reserve the right to edit information provided. Contact persons are required to supply additional information when requested. All information supplied by Contact Persons will be respected and not given to any third party without the Contact Person’s prior permission. Byzanfest is not responsible for ensuring the film entry has not infringed the laws of any country/copyright owners. This is the responsibility of the Contact Person/copyright holder.

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  • Louis Duval

    It was a great adventure to be able to participate in this festival, in the short film category. I thank the organizers, and especially Chris, who does an exemplary job. Despite this special period, the organization went very well, we were even able to attend the ceremony live, with all the finalists. This is the only festival, with the general idea of ​​promoting cinema and the Orthodox faith. I wish him long life and hope to be able to propose other projects because there is a real audience. Sensitive people, all over the world, eager to discover our faith and traditions. "ISUS NIKA"

    December 2020
  • Bojan Teodosijevic

    Byzanfest is always a joy to be a part of! Definitely my highest recommendation! :-)

    November 2020
  • Peter Lambrinatos

    Great festival, Chris was absolutely fantastic, we were honored to have been nominated for Best Director and Best Documentary, we thank you and keep up the good work!!!!!!!

    November 2020