The Shortest Day is a film festival in Belgrade, Serbia that is part of the world-wide Short Film Day celebration, which is celebrated on the shortest day of the year - December 21st.

The film selection is dedicated to:
*Balkan competition program of films made by filmmakers from the territory of Balkan, as well as enthusiasts and amateurs who do not have formal education in film.
*For the first time, in 2024, we will be opening an international selection for short films.

Each year The Shortest Day works on stimulating young creative minds by holding Masterclass programmes led by reputable filmmakers from Europe, helping inspired and curious enthusiasts to become future professionals.

Best wishes!

The Shortest Day awards 4 authors for 4 categories:

1. Best Balkan short film
2. Best amateur short film
3. Best international film
4. Audience award for best film

This year's call is open from March 10th to October 1st, 2024.
The results will be announced by December 1st at Festivals Instagram page, and the candidates will be notified by an email.
Films will compete in 3 categories: Ex-Yu Short Film, International Short film and
Amateur Films.

1. EX-YU REGIONAL SHORT FILM
Entry regulations:
1. The film can be up to 20 minutes long;
2. The film can be fiction, documentary or animation;
3. The film must have English subtitles inserted;
4. The film must have been produced in the previous year (2023-2024);
*The submissions have to be sent in Serbian or English*

2. AMATEUR FILMS (Serbian amateur films included)
This call applies to film enthusiasts and amateurs who do not have
formal education in film or support by their University.
Entry regulations:
1. The film can be fiction, documentary or animation;
2. The film can be up to 15 minutes long;
3. The film must have English subtitles;
4. The film must have been produced in the previous year (2023 -
2024);
*The submissions have to be sent in Serbian or English*

3. INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS
This call applies to films from all countries in the world.
Entry regulations:
1. The film can be up to 20 minutes long;
2. The film can be fiction, documentary or animation;
3. The film must have English subtitles inserted;
4. The film must have been produced in the previous year (2023-2024);
*The submissions have to be sent in Serbian or English*

We are trying to keep submission fees as low as possible but our festival is very much dependent on them and every cent means a world to us. However, if you have difficulties with paying the submission fee, feel free to request a waiver.

Best wishes!

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  • Katarina Lukec

    Sve super! Od organizacije, preko gostoprimstva do publike na festivalu :)

    December 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you! <3

  • Emilija Drašković

    Sve najbolje. Odlična organizacija i komunikacija.

    December 2021
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    Response from festival:

    THANK YOU!