International queer film festival Merlinka is organized every year from 2009 in Belgrade Serbia. For seven days we screen short, documentary and featured LGBT-themed films.
Only gay, lesbian, bisexual, trangender, transsexual-themed films.

Dorothy's slipper award for the best short queer film
2022 - The Hunt by Sholeh Zahraei, Kamil Saldun
2021 - Path of a ghost by Namo Safideen
2020 - Fabiu by Stefan Langthaler
2019 - Dante vs. Mohammed Ali by Marc Wagenaar
2018 - Whole by Slava Doytcheva
2017 - The Fish Curry by Abhishek Verma
2016 - Dove by Konstantinos Chaliasas
2015 - 09:55-11:05, Ingrid Ekman, Bergsgatan 4B by Cristine Berglund, Sophie Vukovic
2014 - I call it love, directed by Elsy Hajjar; Through The Mirror, by Breech Asher Harani
2013 - Camionero by Sebastián Miló
2012 - I’ve Only Just Begun by E.
2011 - Frischluft Therapie by Christoph Scheermann
2010 - Tools 4 Fools by Kate A. Brandt


The 15th International queer film festival “Merlinka” will be taking place in December 2023 in Dom omladine Beograda (Belgrade Youth Center) – Belgrade, Serbia.

We accept short, documentary, feature and animated films.

We invite film authors, as well as film arts students, to submit their films. The content of films submitted should be compatible with the festival’s framework (must be LGBTIQ-themed). Submission deadline is September 1, 2023.

Merlinka is non-profit festival and is organized by Regional Info Center (RIC) in cooperation with Belgrade Youth Center.

Overall Rating
  • It was a great pleasure to attend this festival. Our team is so happy to be part of the lineup. Thank you so much!

    May 2023
  • Stefan M. Mladenovic

    I am immensely grateful to participate on this festival with my two short films. Thank you for the special award for my short film ''Boswellia sacra''. The organization, hospitality, communication everything was on a high level. LONG LIVE #Merlinka

    December 2022
  • Lam Can-zhao

    An awesome festival that my team and I were privileged to be a part of!

    June 2022
  • Gisela Chicolino

    A festival of this topic is really a necessary one. Please keep working on generating this exquisite programming for the audiences.

    March 2022
  • Benjamin Bonnet

    awesome fim festival ! congrats and see you next year

    January 2022
    Response from festival:

    thank you :)