Holywood Serbia celebrates and promotes True Independent Films of all kinds from all around the world!

We present self produced films - not tied to big production companies, institutions or TV stations. Here you'll find unconventional and underground films made with a personal voice and style.

We first and foremost seek bravery, a lust to experiment and express using the medium of Film, regardless if the film maker is an amateur starting out or an established professional.

Experimental, Fiction, Documentary, Animation and all sorts of genres – anything goes as long as the banner of Independence is held high. Attention in the selection process will be given to artistic originality and creativity.


Started as an artistic project of Ivan Jakovljević, local hero and enthusiast, and guided by the secure hand of the film veteran Miroslav Bata Petrović, Serbian Holywood soon earned its reputation for challenging the tides of commerce and trends by offering different, alternative program, bringing to light the otherwise unseen and neglected artworks of independent filmmakers in Serbia and thus creating the counterbalance – the idea that remained its principle throughout years.

Since its foundation in 2011, our team never made compromise, never stopped to fight for its goal – an independent and alternative film scene - praising bravery, imagination and lust for experiment, encouraging honesty and personal expression and daring amateurs and professionals alike to push the boundaries on the field of filmmaking. With no accent on contemporary relevant and specific topics it is totally open for all genres, ideas and themes.

During its eight year long tradition, Holywood Serbia often encountered numerous obstacles in different forms. Yet due to the persistence and endless enthusiasm and optimism of its creators it endured the hardships and from 2019 it became an international event.

Holywood Serbia takes place once a year at the end of July and it is a three-day event. The afternoon film screenings take place at the Center for culture Rudnik in its freshly refurbished cinema with equipment for quality film projections. The evening screenings take place at the Holywood Serbia itself, in the open air cinema on the slope of hill Straževica, overlooking the whole area of Mount Rudnik, its hills and mountain peaks. Reaching our picturesque location is quite simple: it lies next to the main road, two hours away by bus or by car from the state capital, Belgrade.

The primary goal of our festival is screening and promotion of independent films, amateur and professional alike, as well as to gather the authors, critics, film organizations and audience in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere where they can meet and spend quality time during a event packed with lots films to watch and to gather around. With that in mind, the festival organizes the accommodation for the guests from the country and from abroad.

We also offer accreditation and accommodation to both Commercial and Non Profit Organizations such as NGO's, Film Clubs, Production Companies, Agencies etc that have Independent Film as interest. If you represent an Organization of this kind please contact us for more information.

The selected films have the opportunity to remain in our active archive that we continue to promote after the festival and we also offer to the authors the possibility to share their work on the online streaming platform for independent films.

Best Fiction Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Animated Film

Please take a moment to read our Rules & Terms before submitting!

-There is no limit as to how many films a Film Maker can submit. However, each film can only be submitted once in one single category. If your film is suiting in more than one category, then please choose the one you find most suiting.

-Completion date does not influence the submission selection.

-Previous Festival history for the Film does not influence the submission selection. Neither Films displayed in multiple festivals nor World premieres are given priority.

-Please make sure that your submission includes a Film Synopsis a Director Biography and a still photo from the film as these are needed to produce the Film Festival Catalogue.

-No refunds.

- The sender of the submitted film is responsible for all copyrights. The applicant is legally authorized to enter the film in the festival and, if selected for the festival, authorized to give screening permission.

-The applicant has secured all necessary rights for both picture and sound, and exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights, including but not limited to music, images, and content.

-If selected for the festival the applicant acknowledges and agrees that the film will be displayed in front of a live audience.

-The film remains the property of the author.

Overall Rating
  • Many thanks to the whole team. Very friendly and professional. It was an honor to be a part of your festival, and I've had a great time.

    Hope to see you next year.

    October 2020
  • Colin Hickey

    A wonderful festival! Thank you so much to the team for their support of independent cinema and for the Grand Prix Award from my film 'The Evening Redness in the South'. I will be forever grateful.

    October 2020
  • Leandro Agrò

    I'm glad to have been selected for this festival. My congratulations to Andrija and all the staff for made it happen, despite the Coronavirus crisis. Kindness and passion are the key word for this event. I hope to see you again in person one day!

    October 2020
  • A great festival! I am very glad to participate, and I look forward to the festival will grow stronger in the future!

    October 2020
  • John Hellberg

    A great festival full of soul and entusiam!

    March 2020