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 19 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 Fiction - 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.

Тhe director must be a student at the time of the filming. A document – stamped and signed by the University, showing the student status of the applicant, is required.

The duration of each film must not surpass 30 minutes.

The Festival accepts HD digital screening copies with English subtitles (if the dialog is not in English). The file formats are AVI - Microsoft DV codec, MOV - Apple QuickTime ProRes 422 codec, MPEG-4 - H.264 video codec.

For preliminary selection are admitted films completed after January 01, 2022.

Films that have been submitted to Early Bird ISFF in previous year are not eligible for entry again.

One director can participate with two films, if they are in two different categories and are submitted with separate entry forms.

One film is allowed to take part under one single category. Once the registration is done, no changes to the category of the film can be done.

There is no entry fee.

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  • Thanks so much for selected our short film Echoes From The Blue Meadow, was a huge honor.

    November 2023
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you fir the kind words. We were thrilled to have your film at our festival.

  • Prem Prasad Adhikary

    It was my first experience participating with my short film, JUNKO, where it won the best directing award. Nice festival with perfect selection of short films.

    November 2022
  • While we didn’t get the chance to attend the festival, communication was great and we were well informed. Thank you for selection "A Unicorn in Tel Aviv"!

    November 2021
  • FPU Animacija

    This was a beautiful experience and a big thank you to the organizers and the whole team for making us feel welcome inside our own homes. I hope that the whole corona situation will calm down and that we will manage to meet next year

    November 2021
  • I am very grateful to have participated and to have been awarded. I had problems with the payment of the prize but it was not due to problems of the festival but of my country (Argentina). The communication was quite fluid and we were able to solve the problems.

    November 2021