We are beyond thrilled to announce that...

❗️In the context of the pandemic,
we are organizing both live outdoor screenings ON THE BEACH,
as well as online screening events❗️

Our goal is to provide our filmmakers with multiple opportunities to screen their films, and we are constantly working on expanding our partnerships and screening venues.

So feel free to keep on submitting your wonderful work and we can’t wait to see it all!
Prepare your shorts because we are going strong and we're going to the beach!

Bring your shorts to our festival ON THE BEACH and win the Golden Snail Prize for Best Film!

Be a part of this large scale film event on the Black Sea, screen your film, meet and network with like-minded professionals and enjoy the parties on the beach!

We are now open for new submissions for the 2022 season!

All members of our jury are carefully selected and experienced professionals with degrees in motion picture and live performance.

You can submit your short films under 30 minutes.

All submitted films must be subtitled in English or Bulgarian unless the film is in English or Bulgarian.

All official selections will receive a laurel after the notification date.

Awards in the following categories:

Best Film

Best Director

Best Lead Male Actor

Best Lead Female Actor

Best Production Design

Best Cinematography

Best Editing

Best Comedy

Best Animation

Save the Planet Award (for films in the environmental categories).

We accept entries through FilmFreeway's Secure Online Screener or Vimeo.
All genres and languages are accepted, however, make sure that your film is subtitled in either English or Bulgarian.

Please note that all selected films need to send the festival an srt. file (other formats such as PDF or docx are not accepted), as well as provide the team with an option to download the film. Please contact us in case you need guidance.

The submission fees are non-refundable and the submitters do not receive any Box-Office proceeds from the festival.

While we're constantly working on securing multiple venues for screenings, IFF ON THE BEACH reserves the right to make changes in the dates, time and location of the screenings.

The submitter must be a copyright owner or producer.

The festival has the right to use any promotional material sent by the submitter for marketing and publishing related to the festival.

The submitter will be contacted for screening permission before each screening of their film.

Overall Rating
  • Great idea. We had a screening at the beach :)

    August 2021
  • Nevelin Vulchev

    An amazing organization and communication. Great program!
    Sadly this year was not possible to meet everyone in person but we still enjoy it very much! Very proud to be part of ON THE BEACH International Film Festival 2020! Highly recommends this artistic film festival and we are very grateful that our documentary "A Monologue in the Intermission" was awarded at the festival. We look forward to future editions and wish all the best to the whole festival team.

    September 2020
  • It was a very intriguing festival! I hope to visit it next year too! Good luck!

    September 2020
  • Yordan Rasin

    It was great! I am really happy for taking part in it.

    September 2020
  • Wonderful to watch all these international short films right by the sea, recommended!

    September 2020