12th MikroFAF: LIMBO EDITION

In 2021 too, MikroFAF opens room for everyone interested in film, especially those ones who create in restricted conditions. Through various programmes we will promote art freedom, by focusing on independence, guerrilla film, inovation, amateurism, art brut, lo-fi, experimental forms and self-organising in creativity.

Due to the still present pandemic, 2021 levitates somewhere in between uncertainty and return to normality. Between the two clear situations, there is an undefined limbo where we are now – like when you’re not a butterfly yet, but you’re not a caterpillar any more. Last year, probably the most inhabitants of our planet expected that until today life would return back to that time as before… But this year is a very strange one. Uncertainty rules. Neither we won pandemic, moving freely again, nor we are in that kind of hell when we snooze our life every couple of weeks, like until recently. Globally, we are somewhere in between. In a limbo.

Everything we do, conceive or plan is halfly in a way. Neither here, nor there. Not exactly as in Dante’s inferno, but either we haven’t left its antechamber yet. Whole nations and civilisations can find themselves in such a limbo. Our humble lives too. Between the worlds that meet and contact each other, there are entry gates, where many questions are asked. Which questions do need to be answered in your limbo? What does change in your world and in what sense and direction? How do you feel about it and how do you handle it?

Send us your film answers via FilmFreeway platform until the 5th of September, 2021.
And then we will gather together, in some of the off or on realities, this autumn!

12th MikroFAF festival submission categories:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Limbo. This category is focused on the films that deal with questions about the creative process while the artist is in any kind of limbo: emotional, artistic, bodily, social, spiritual, global. How do we think about the time before and after 2021, when the things that once upon the time were called normal are now called the off-line activities? Maybe limbo is actually a golden mean, a balance, an undefined state where one can live and create happily? Or perhaps it’s a nightmare from which the artist can’t wake up, while aware of being asleep?

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

Submission rules:
1. The deadline for submitting entries is 5th September 2021.
2. Acceptable duration of short films is up to 15 minutes.
3. A maximum of 3 films can be submitted by each author.
4. There are no restrictions on the country of origin of the author.
5. The author must indicate which category they are entering the film for:
• Do it yourself film - regional selection (Former Yugoslavian countries)
• Do it yourself film film - international selection
• Independent film - regional selection (Former Yugoslavian countries)
• Independent film - international selection
• Limbo – special 2021 selection
• Junior film

6. Films that are not in Serbo-Croatian or English must have a translation in one of these languages.

Notes: 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 annual programs, as well as to use clips or stills from the films for promotional purposes.

Good luck!
Yours, 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.

1. Acceptable duration of short films is up to 15 minutes.
2. A maximum of 3 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 as part of the selection of the festival annual programs, as well as the use of clips or stills from the film 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 😊

  • Silvia Alejandra Saldivar Romero

    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