13th MikroFAF – CONTROVERSY EDITION

MikroFAF welcomes films from all around the globe that are created by passionate filmmakers under unlimited artistic conditions, but often limited production conditions. Through various programs, we promote art freedom, by focusing on independence, guerrilla film, innovation, lo-fi, experimental forms and self-organizing in creating.

This year, MikroFAF has its 13th edition – some would say ominous, which corresponds with this year itself, marked by scary and gloomy prospects of energy crisis, hunger, and even possible nuclear catastrophe. But we want to overcome the curse of this number and drive bad luck away. According to some beliefs, number 13 marks the end of a cycle and beginning of a new one. Also, there is even a controversy between cultures that consider this number an unlucky one and those cultures who see it as a lucky one. So, where are we now in all these tumultuous and contradictory times? Do we turn our blind eye to the controversies that surround us, or follow the others, or try to define our own view?

We would like to see your sincere and uncompromising answers to the questions raised by the latest global developments, and their reflections on your closer surroundings and your inner self. How do you neutralise curses, defy the odds and fight bad luck? What is your spiritual talisman? How do you reconcile your own contradictions and how do you navigate through the controversies of this world? How do you (and do you at all) manage to stay in one piece, in a world that moves as if it has lost its compass.

Send us your film answers via until 25th of August 2022.

13th MikroFAF festival submission categories:

Short DIY Film. Refers to films of all genres (fiction, documentary, animated, experimental…), topics and production techniques, made in non-professional circumstances, without the involvement of film professionals and without professional obligations during or after the production.

Independent Short Film. Refers to films that do not match the above mentioned DIY criteria because their making involved professionals, but were made in independent production, without commercial and producers’ pressure.

Junior Film. A category intended for filmmakers who were not older than 18 at the moment of creating submitted films.

Good luck!
Your MikroFAF team

1. Mikropolis Prizes - handmade statuettes - will be given by a international three-member jury consisting of renowned artists from various areas of the arts.


- The deadline for submitting entries is 25th of August 2022.
- Acceptable duration of short films is up to 15 minutes.
- A maximum of 3 films can be submitted by each author.
- There are no restrictions on the country of origin of the author.
- The author must indicate which category they are entering the film for:
• Do-it-yourself film - regional selection (former Yugoslav republics)
• Do-it-yourself film - international selection
• Independent film - regional selection (former Yugoslav republics)
• Independent film - international selection
• Junior film
- Films that are not in Serbo-Croatian or English must have subtitles in one of these languages.

Note: Once entered, it is not possible to withdraw your film from the festival. The festival holds the right to show the chosen films several times as part of the selection of the festival yearly programmes, as well as to use clips or stills from the films for promotional purposes.

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  • Milorad Milatovic

    It's such honor to be recognized and included in this amazing event. Unfortunately I couldn't manage to be there but organisation was so kind and communication was on the high level.

    January 2022
  • José Silva

    I have no words to describe how good my experience was. MikroFon is a festival that really cares about new filmmakers and new liguages of cinema. The most important is the way of freedom the festival follows. Thank you MikroFaF

    November 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, José!
    We are looking forward to see your next film!

  • I took myself over there to Belgrade, from here in the Pacific NW, USA, to join this wonderful festival. I saw a great many beautiful films, and I saw a whole cache of films that the festival itself went out and helped young people make, people in culturally underserved areas in rural parts of the country, as well as film students of all ages. The people behind this festival employ not only films but every facet of the filmmaking (and storytelling) process, to achieve material cultural benefit for all those the festival is able to reach. I saw proof positive of this every day that I was there, and it inspired me. On top of which, they were very gracious hosts. I am so glad they are there, doing what they do, and that I got to witness it first hand.

    November 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Charles, we are so happy to her that! It's a great pleasure to meet someone thinking the same way as we are and support our mission. Can't wait to see your next movie.
    Cheers!
    MikroFAF team

  • Kang Le

    Thank you for recognizing my work, It is a great honor for me!

    November 2021
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    Response from festival:

    It is nice to hear that. Thank you.
    Good luck in future work!
    Keep filming 😊

  • Alejandra Saldivar

    I am delighted to have been able to present my short film at this festival. In addition to the communication, clear instructions and excellent organization (during COVID-19 pandemic!)...it is a truly inclusive and bold festival. I was very fortunate to exhibit alongside amazing filmmakers who do wonders with what they have at hand. I will definitely continue to submit films in the future.

    May 2021