Film in Focus opens its doors to film professionals, art cinema lovers and debut artists alike who want to showcase themselves in the industry along with their unique and individual ideas.

We strive to curate an inclusive film line-up. A space where experienced professionals and first time filmmakers share their artistic ideas and learn something from one another.

Film in Focus, as an international film competition, has the objective of raising awareness towards screening independent cinema. We welcome submissions from a wide range of genres including drama & comedy films, documentaries, animations, experimental projects, music videos or movie trailers.

Film screenings showcasing our competition winners take place in the heart of Bucharest.

❗We will always ask for permission from you prior to any film screening

Our past events were held at the Unteatru Theatre, one of the most effervescent art hubs of the city. Unteatru is the place where creatives meet the audience through theatre shows, film screenings and artistic workshops. Other screenings were also held at Deschis Gastrobar, the one and only rooftop cinema overlooking the capital.

By establishing a network with filmmakers, producers and marketing professionals, we share one common goal: to forge productive and lasting relationships between independent filmmakers and audiences. How?

➤ Online Coverage - Our Website & Social Media
➤ Film Screenings
➤ Access to worldwide audiences through our partner Shortlist.film

The competition takes place monthly, having a total of 12 selections by the end of every competitional year.

All films submitted to Film in Focus go through a meticulous rating process, done by our programmers, who later publish their selection on our website and social media channels during the next month.

You can find the season deadline, as well as the notification date and specific category details in the right-grid competition timeline.

The film selections are classified in two main sections as follows:

➤ Official Selection - Off-Competition film section containing projects thoroughly selected by our programmers
➤ Official Competition - Winners & Nominees

The perks of Official Selection & Competition

Let’s face it, not all films submitted will be winners. But hey, good films still deserve recognition, right?

Titles selected which will not make it to the Official Competition will receive our Official Selection Pack, containing discounts & services from our partners. So you can make every bit of your submission count.

All Films accepted in the Official Selection will be given a benefits pack worth 250$:

➤ Cloud19 Full DCP Service Pack worth 125$
➤ Filmstro Pro Licence discount worth 125$

The publication of the Official Selection, as well as Competition Results will correspond to each season's notification information, available in your submission details.

✪ Best Short Film

➤ Live Screening
➤ Shortlist.film Screening (only with prior permission from the filmmaker)
➤ Special Filmmaker Pack from Shortlist.film - worth 1200$
➤ Cloud19 Full DCP Service Pack worth 125$
➤ Filmstro Pro Licence discount worth 125$
➤ Award Certificate signed by the Festival Director
➤ Official Laurels from the festival

A major paradigm has changed in 2020. A year that caught everyone off-guard, including the film industry. We quickly learned that changes had to be made in order to move forward. The connection between filmmakers and the audiences had to be reimagined because giving up was never an option.

Physical event planning has become even more challenging, therefore at this moment only competition-awarded films will be eligible for live screenings.

This means that, at least for a while, the number of annual physical events will be limited to 1 or 2, in order to make sure that we can showcase all winning films safely & responsibly.

But challenge leads to transformation and new ways of showcasing films are available.

Starting with 2021 we look into the future when it comes to cinema experiences. Therefore, we commit to helping filmmakers feature their work in a hybrid environment.

So how does this work?

Live screenings often gather a limited amount of people, so we commit to offer a better, faster, safer & easier online solution. It will be a major benefit both for films that didn’t get a screening slot and for the people who couldn’t make it to the live screening.

❗Online screenings will be available with the prior approval of the filmmaker ONLY.

We believe it makes Film in Focus even more attractive, as there are many benefits of joining our community.

Starting with 2021 we offer all the films qualified for Official Competition the opportunity of having online screenings.

❗It is important to mention that this IS NOT A MANDATORY REQUIREMENT for joining the festival and online screenings will only be provided WITH THE PRIOR PERMISSION granted by the filmmaker.

Our Online Catalogue will be offered in partnership with Shortlist.film, a highly secured streaming platform, where you can introduce your content to a worldwide audience.

➤ Shortlist.film

Join us on Shortlist.film for a Special Filmmaker Pack consisting of up to 10 1-year fully paid subscription accounts with a total worth of 1200$.

All Films accepted in the Official Selection will be awarded a

➤ benefits pack worth 250$ offered by Filmstro & DCP2GO

✪ Best Short Film

➤ Live Screening
➤ Shortlist.film Screening (only with prior permission from the filmmaker)
➤ Special Filmmaker Pack from Shortlist.film - worth 1200$
➤ Benefits pack worth 250$ offered by Filmstro & DCP2GO
➤ Award Certificate signed by the Festival Director
➤ Official Laurels from the festival

✪ CATEGORY AWARDS:

➤ Best Student Film
➤ Best Animation
➤ Best Experimental
➤ Best Documentary
➤ Best Music Video

✪ INDIVIDUAL AWARDS:

➤ Best Director
➤ Best Screenplay
➤ Best Actor
➤ Best Actress
➤ Best Editor
➤ Best Cinematography
➤ Best Original Score

All the films awarded within these categories will receive the following prizes from the festival:

➤ Shortlist.film Screening (only with prior permission from the filmmaker)
➤ Special Filmmaker Pack from Shortlist.film - worth 600$
➤ Benefits pack worth 250$ offered by Filmstro & DCP2GO
➤ Award Certificate signed by the Festival Director
➤ Official Laurels from the festival

The competition takes place monthly, having a total of 12 selections by the end of every competitional year.

You can find the season deadline, as well as the notification date and specific category details in the right-grid competition timeline.

A jury of film professionals will review all eligible submitted films, evaluating from an independent point of view, seeking the energy and new ideas that will contour the future of the cinema.

The festival team will curate and publish an Official Selection out of which there will be nominations for all the categories mentioned in the ‘Awards & Prizes’ section.

If a particular category does not have at least 3 nominated films, then the category won’t be considered for Competition within that season.

Physical event planning has become even more challenging, therefore at this moment only competition-awarded films will be eligible for live screenings.

This means that, at least for a while, the number of annual physical events will be limited to 1 or 2, in order to make sure that we can showcase all winning films safely & responsibly.

Only short films with a duration between 1 minute and 35 minutes are accepted.

All films must have been made in or after 2016 and have English subtitles (except for music videos and unless English is the native language of the film).

Any genre and format is accepted (from 1 minute films to long, narrative/artistic films, to documentaries, experimental films or student projects).

In case we do not receive enough entries for a category (at least 3 entries must be received in order for that category to be eligible) we will move those entries into a corresponding category.

The filmmaker/institution that is submitting the film must own the rights to do so and is responsible for the content they are providing.

By entering your film for consideration for Film in Focus, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein.

Entry into the festival constitutes permission to exhibit your work online at Film in Focus.

Film in Focus is also hereby granted the right to utilize the e-mails through which the entries were submitted as well as excerpts from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Film in Focus from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

By submitting, you agree to all of these rules, terms and conditions. You acknowledge that no submission fee refunds are given once this application has received the notification.
Refunds or project withdrawals are possible prior to the notification.

You understand and acknowledge that, if you are under 18 years of age, your parent or guardian must agree to the terms of this Filmmaker Release on your behalf. As a Parent or Guardian of a minor filmmaker, if applicable, you understand and acknowledge that you are agreeing to the terms of this Filmmaker/Guardian/Representative Release on behalf of your child or a child for whom you are a legally designated Guardian.

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  • Such an honor to have our Music Video "Strike" chosen as Honorable Mention:) Thank you!

    May 2022
  • Thank you guys!
    Great festival! Good communication!
    That's a new experience for me =)

    May 2022
  • Sergio SPAGNOL

    I really liked that my film was selected, success to all
    thanks

    March 2022
  • Bongo Bill

    We truly appreciate the opportunity to show our documentary at your film festival and winning Best Documentary. Thank you so much.

    January 2022
  • Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all these awards. This gives us a lot more desire to continue telling stories... thank you again, and I take this opportunity to wish you a very happy new year 2022...

    January 2022