We are an independent international film festival that aims to showcase the best indie films in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Our mission is to help talented film artists that create meaningful films, that are worth seeing and sharing, but who lack the backing of studios, expensive marketing campaigns, or famous personas.
We want to help these filmmakers to show their films and shine a light on the value of their non-studio productions. And, our goal is to educate audiences on the quality and importance of independent cinema.
This year the festival will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, a UNESCO declared the Creative City of Film, and the capital of Bulgaria. We believe in the truly independent spirit of moviemaking and aim to popularise the love for indie productions in Bulgaria. Sofia is a diverse and fast-paced metropolitan city; in addition, it's an internationally recognised hub for film production and education.
If your film has a strong story, then submit it to Mind the Indie Film Festival.
Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Animated Film
Best Student Film
* Awards will be sent to the winning filmmakers after the event's conclusion if weren't collected in person.
The postage of the award will be covered by the festival.
FILM FESTIVAL ELIGIBILITY:
Submissions may be:
- feature fiction films, documentaries, and animation,
- short fiction films, documentaries, and animation
- student fiction film, documentary, and animation.
All can be of any genre and topic; as long as short films are under 40 minutes long and feature films over 40 minutes long.
Films with a language other than English must have English subtitles.
A valid student ID is required for student submissions.
We would consider a film to be a student film if the filmmaker was a student at the time of the completion of the film.
Student ID proof should be attached to the application or sent with a tracking number to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will consider all films that have been completed after January 2012.
Filmmakers are welcome to submit a FilmFreeway online screener. No DVD submissions.
Filmmakers must have secured clearance to use all copyrighted or trademarked material (music, images, text sources, etc). Failure to obtain clearance could result in your film being withdrawn from the festival.
More than one entry may be submitted. Each must be submitted separately.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
FILM FESTIVAL NOTIFICATION:
All notifications of acceptance or rejection will be made by email from Mind the Indie Film Festival by January 15th, 2024.
FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION:
All films that have a higher average, or are a favourite of a programmer, go on to final deliberations.
If selected, a high-quality H.264 file will be the allowed format for an exhibition.
Mind the Indie Film Festival is not responsible for failure to meet its predetermined screening dates where such failure is due to an event that is beyond our reasonable control, which includes but is not limited to fire, flood, storm, riot, civil disturbance, war, nuclear accident, terrorist activity, and pandemic. In case of our festival dates are postponed due to such circumstances, we will reschedule and recommence at the earliest possible dates.
Mind the Indie Film Festival will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria from April 13-14th, 2024.
Unfortunately, Mind the Indie Film Festival does not provide room, board, or travel for filmmakers.
Festival dates and the venue are subject to change.
Awards will be sent to the winning filmmakers after the event's conclusion if weren't collected in person. The postage of the award will be covered by the festival.
Participation in the Mind the Indie Film Festival grants us the authorisation to show elements of the entered film for promotional purposes if required.
By submitting your film to the Mind the Indie Film Festival you agree that you have read, understood, and agree to all the terms and conditions of the festival's rules and guidelines.