Established in 2014, Byzanfest is a film festival dedicated to Orthodox Christians. The goal is to stream and screen the very best Orthodox stories and share them with the world.
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 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 Female Director
Best Screenplay in Development
Byzanfest accepts short-films (less than 30 minutes) and feature-lengths (longer than 30 minutes) from all genres.
Byzanfest also accepts screenplays for both short and feature-length films.
All films must have been made in or after 2017.
The person submitting film/screenplay and all related materials will be known as “Authorised Submitter”. The Authorised Submitter is responsible to ensure the film/screenplay complies with all domestic and international laws.
Submission fees are non-refundable.
All films/screenplays and accompanying materials must be received by 1st August 2022 via FilmFreeway.
STREAMING & SCREENING
Short-films will be streamed online during the Festival period (9 days) at no charge.
Feature-length films will stream online where audiences can rent films individually for 48-hours or purchase an all-inclusive Festival Pass with 14-days access. Revenue will be split between the filmmaker and Festival.
If physical screenings can be secured, during or after the Festival, the Authorised Submitter will be notified beforehand.
Screenplays will only be shared with judges. They will not be released publicly.
Byzanfest is looking for films/screenplays that express Eastern Orthodox Christian themes, beliefs, culture and/or values. An entry’s storyline does not have to be directly religious or spiritual.
A film/screenplay is deemed "Orthodox”:
1) 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, but the filmmaker is not an Orthodox Christian.
Byzanfest is open to all ages – those under 18 years old must have an adult submit the film/screenplay on their behalf.
Up to 3 films/screenplays can be submitted individually.
If the film’s spoken language is not English, it MUST contain English subtitles which are hard-embedded. Any other languages are to be provided as SRT files.
Each film/screenplay will undergo two viewings before deciding finalists.
Accepted film formats include: MOV, MPEG4 or WMV. Video codec must be H.264 with preferred video resolution of 1080p or higher.
Screenplays can be submitted as Word or PDF documents.
By submitting, the Authorised Submitter grants Byzanfest permission to upload, distribute and share their film with audiences online and/or physical screenings, as well as, images and/or footage from the film, trailer, poster and/or other material supplied for publicity, marketing and archival purposes. These materials may be posted and/or broadcast on the Festival’s website, streaming platforms, social media or news media outlets.
AWARDS & PRIZES
Each category will be awarded a certificate and prize money in $USD. Additional prizes may be awarded depending on sponsorship commitment.
Categories, so far, for short and feature-length: Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay and Audience Favourite
Byzanfest is not responsible for any civil and/or criminal infringements associated with the submitted film/screenplay and its Authorised Submitter/filmmakers.
Festival organisers reserve the right to edit information provided by Authorised Submitter.
By submitting to Byzanfest, the Authorised Submitter agrees to all Terms and Conditions and to receiving marketing newsletters and discounts relating to the Festival in the form of emails.
Festival organisers reserve the right to update our Terms and Conditions.