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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  • 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
  • daniel merendoni

    Very precise and professional. Very timely with updates

    November 2020
  • Karolina Peggy Błażejczak

    I do not remember any other festival in that was so great about communication in these times :) They kept in touch, sent funny fishes at the end of the e-mails, asked us about and informed about the way festival went online - it is a shame we were a part of this amazing event in 2020, but still, the staff made their best! Thank you so much and congratulations on the quality of the event :)

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Karolina! We are so happy to hear that, and we appreciate you taking the time to write a review.
    Keep filming! Best!

  • I am proud to have attended your good festival with my film🙏💐

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your feedback.
    All the best!

  • Abdullah Almalla

    Great Communication and a wonderful event!

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Abdullah.
    That's so good to hear! Hope to see your next film!
    All the best!