11th MikroFAF: CAN YOU BREATHE?

In 2020, MikroFAF will continue the tradition of connecting, promoting and introducing DIY film authors and independent production. Again we shall open the space for everyone who is interested in film, especially those who create in limited conditions. Through various programs, we will promote artistic freedoms, focusing on amateurism, independence, guerrilla film, art brut, lo-fi, experimental forms and self-organization in creativity.

The eleventh edition of the festival will be held from November 13th to 15th at the Museum of the Yugoslav Film Archive in Belgrade, Serbia. The motto of this year's MikroFAF is Can You Breathe?, with which we want to draw attention to the global sociopolitical unrests and turmoils that marked 2020 with their negative consequences and difficult challenges. These changes, unprecedented for many generations, prevent free movement, working, expressing yourself, survival of the arts, standard social life, breathing… That is why we will dedicate a special competition category to films dealing with the consequences of the pandemic, the escalation of racism in the US, the strengthening of the right-wing movement in Europe, endangering the survival of art and artists, suffocating media and personal freedoms, economic turbulence… As a result of all these phenomena, 2020 has brought us dramatic restraints of physical freedom and threats to mental health. Isolation, either physical or in the form of xenophobic denial of racial and cultural diversity, produces effects of anxiety and displacement from everyday life and spiritual suffocation, and therefore humanity is spending this year globally like a fish out of water. Positive outcome is also possible, in terms of reinforcing solidarity, uniting in solving community problems, rebellion against discrimination and abuse of power. We invite you to reflect upon these topics and to raise questions through your films, which will be great contribution to 2020 edition of MikroFAF.

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

1. Acceptable duration of short films is up to 15 minutes.
2. A maximum of three works can be submitted by each author.
3. There are no restrictions on the country of origin of the author.
4. Select only one category for one film.
5. Films that are not in Serbo-Croatian or English must have a translation (in one of the two languages mentioned).

Notes: Once entered, it is not possible to withdraw your film from the festival. The festival reserves the right to show the film several times as part of the selection of the festival program, as well as the use of clips or stills from the film for promotional purposes.

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  • Abdullah Almalla

    Great Communication and a wonderful event!

    November 2020
  • gustavo arteaga

    Film content and audience outreach was refreshingly inclusive. The on-line screenings were well organised, easy to access, free, and open to everyone. Great team. Thanks for inviting.

    November 2020
  • Zivar Hojati

    Thanks. This is exciting for me 🙏🌺

    November 2020
  • Well organised festival with passionate film lovers. Thank you for awarding Players best visual Art Direction prize. Until next year Serbia...

    November 2020
  • Tijana Mamula

    A small, special festival, with really thoughtful and interesting programming. Covid meant everything was online, but the team made it all really easy to follow (uploads, screenings, etc). Much simpler and more user-friendly than I've seen at many other festivals this year. Thank you for selecting my film! It was a pleasure to be part of MikroFAF XI and I hope to come back again!

    November 2020