Early Bird International Student Film Festival is the biggest Bulgarian forum dedicated to support the creation of student short films. The Festival is fully devoted to help young filmmakers to reach their audience. For more than 17 years one of the Festival’s main goal is to provide the audience an opportunity to meet closely with art and aesthetics of young filmmakers.

Grand Prize Early Bird - original sculpture and financing of the next film project – 1000$.
Best Bulgarian film - original sculpture and financing of the next film project - 500$.
Best Foreign film - original sculpture and financing of the next film project - 500$.
President of the Jury Award - original sculpture and financing of the next film project – 300$.
Best Animation - original sculpture and financing of the next film project – 300$.
Best Documentary -original sculpture and financing of the next film project – 300$.
Best Directing - original sculpture and financing of the next film project – 300$.
Best Screenplay - original sculpture and financing of the next film project – 300$.
Best Cinematography - original sculpture and financing of the next film project – 300$.
Best Editing - original sculpture and financing of the next film project – 300$.
SEECS Award - original sculpture and financing of the next film project – 300$.

The competition is open to international and Bulgarian student short films that meet the following criteria:
*The film should be in one of the categories - fiction, animation or documentary.
*The author should be a student
*The accepted formats are avi, mov, mpg2 and mpg4 and the size of the file should be suitable for online screening
*The duration should be up to 30 minutes
*All films should have English subtitles
*The film should be with clarified copyrights (especially music copyrights)

In order to participate in the preliminary selection of Early Bird 2020 you have to fill out the submission form available on our website. Each candidate should provide:

*Online link with the film preview with English subtitles (if the dialog is not in English)
*Valid password (if needed)
*Detailed information about the film and it's authors

Deadline is September 15, 2021.
There is no entry fee.

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  • avigail graetz

    What a great festival, full of great people trying to do the best in any circumstance. Gave a good feeling of creativity for all and sharing experience of students from all over the world!

    December 2020
  • It was an honor for me to participate in your festival. Thank you for choosing my film as the best fiction film

    November 2020
  • Here at Escape Studios in London we are delighted that our short film "Quarantine Chorus" has won the "Early Bird Grand Award" at the Festival. Many thanks indeed! http://escapestudiosanimation.blogspot.com/2020/11/quarantine-chorus-early-bird-grand-award.html

    November 2020
  • Beautiful festival! Very good organization!

    November 2019
  • Paula Zambrano

    My shortfilm "Strings" was selected, but unfortunately I couldn't attend to the festival in person, hope I could go in the future.

    February 2019