In the times of increasing poverty, economic and social instability and pronounced inequality, exercise and protection of human rights demand momentary and interconnected actions on the part of all social actors. The Festival aims for promotion and fostering of the respect of human rights and their protection. This first year's Festival theme is Human Rights and Human Environment. From this first year and the very beginning on, the “Human District“ project is striving to deserve a place among most engaging projects in Serbia, which would hopefully lead to betterment in the field of human rights preservation, protection and improvement.

The Festival Program is focused on communication with the identified target audience through screenings chosen by the world's and local most renown film artists and human rights activists, and through interactive contents encouraging for the active participation of individuals and the community in the sphere of human rights.

Human Hope
Human Time
Human Fingerprint

Screening Rules

Entries are accepted in the following formats: DVD and Internet Link (URL). Please note that we do not accept VHS or 16 mm prints. Region free NTSC DVDs are preferred for screening purposes. Entries are accepted in one of three categories: Feature Film, Short Film and Documentary. We are also accepting short Student Films. Short films are 59 minutes and under in run time. Feature films are 60 minutes or longer in run time.

DVD Screening

DVD(s) and cases MUST be labeled with film title, filmmaker name, phone number and email. Please send us only ONE copy of your film.

Internet Links (URL)

If you have a link (i.e. Vimeo, YouTube) you may submit it with this entry form only. There is a section in the form to submit your films URL and password (if applicable). If at any time you change the URL and/or password it is your responsibility to contact the Human District Film Festival as soon as possible. There is no need to send a physical copy of your film(s) with this option chosen.

Selected Films

All submitting filmmakers will be notified regarding acceptance by February 1st 2017 with the email address provided at the time of submission (please add to your email address book to ensure receipt of notification). If your email address changes before notifications are sent out please contact the Human District Film Festival immediately with the new email. If your film is selected for the festival program, you must provide an exhibition copy by March 01, 2017 unless otherwise informed.

If submitting a URL you do not need to mail in anything. If you have any questions regarding your submission and/or the submission process contact Human District Film Festival at

Photography Rules

Entries must be:
- The original work of the entrant
- Non-infringing of the rights of others
- Respectful of the rights, sensitivities, and culture of persons depicted
- An accurate reflection of the subject matter and scene as it appeared, without alteration (other than standard optimization, including removal of dust, cropping, adjustments to color and contrast, etc.)

Up to 5 photographs may be submitted per person. Entries may be entered by uploading digital files.

Judges will include professional photographers and photo editors. Entries will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit. The story behind the photo may influence the judges' decisions. Decisions made by the judges are final.

By entering, you retain copyright and remain the owner of your images and may also continue to use them in any manner you choose.

A selection of winning photos may be featured on Human district website or in exhibitions at Human District Festival in Belgrade, Serbia, without any additional payments to the author.

Overall Rating
  • Federica Pacifico

    Thanks for selecting our film "Salaam-StDenis2015". We would have loved to attend but unfortunately the festival is run by voluntaries and was unable to support travel expenses for selected filmmakers

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Ms. Federica, unfortunately for this year it was difficult to us to prepare accommodation and fees for authors attending.
    Please be free to contact us by festival e-mail until the 16 November with your competitions for attending by a cover letter. We prepared next festival years with some special workshops.
    Thank you for your expressions and comments!
    Good luck!

  • sam javadi

    thank you for accept my film but u don't send me ur festival program i had 2 films in ur festival ...
    Sam Javadi

    July 2016
  • Bernhard Warner

    The Human District Festival team were the consummate pros -- with a real eye for finding excellent films from far flung places.

    July 2016
  • Alicia Gonzalez

    They really need to improve communication with filmmakers which was almost close to 0. Also, manners. When I inquired about my selected film they denied it being selected (thought filmfreeway showed the green selection mark) and they never apologize about the mistake.

    July 2016
  • chiara bove makiedo

    I didn't attend the festival but I heard from people who did that it was lovely and well organised

    July 2016