OPEN SPACES - RUDNIK FESTIVAL OF INNOVATIVE CINEMA came into existence with a vision - to become a new focal point in Southeast Europe for daring, unconventional, „made-for-cinema“ non-fiction films, as well as a distinctive meeting place of international and local filmmakers, film activists and enthusiasts in midst of a soothing, picturesque landscape on the foothills of Rudnik mountain.

The concept of OPEN SPACES Festival, in line with the ambiguous nature of its name, seeks to unify within itself a number of aspects and interpretations of spatiality in the filmic context. We see this festival as a being a convergence point for different ideas, formal explorations and understandings of the filmic space in the broader sense, and all the questions and possibilities it carries, but also as a welcoming environment, an „open space“, that embraces innovative cinematic works from all corners of the world that challenge the established perceptions, limitations and formulas of contemporary filmmaking. It is also our intent and mission to fully integrate the environment of the surrounding Rudnik area into the festival itself, thus creating a specific cinematic experience which transcends the cinema screen to become more of a spatial one.

The creative emphasis of the festival lies on documentary, hybrid and experimental works that are willing to make bold and unorthodox choices, to explore atypical narrative structures, to utilize various techniques of visual storytelling, to seek out and highlight marginalized or untold stories and their protagonists, to search for new methods of communicating with the audiences, all the while retaining a distinguishable personal and uncompromising tone and approach.
If you’ve recognized yourself and your movie in some or all of these words, then OPEN SPACES Festival is the right place for you! Submissions are open for short and mid-length films (up to 50 minutes). All selected films will be featured in a single, unified competition programme, with three awards being presented by the jury - the main award of the festival, Zapis, for the Best Film, a Jury Award and a Special Award of the Rudnik Cultural Centre.

Being filmmakers and festival participants / attendees ourselves, we are well aware of the crucial role that festivals have in the preservation and advancement of film as an artform and an industry, serving both as a platform for the exchange of ideas and projects between the different creative forces within the film world and as the sole opportunity for the majority of audiences to discover and experience the more adventurous side of cinema. We have envisioned for OPEN SPACES to go beyond the regular scope of a film festival and become a special kind of gathering point - one where all participants and guests can share a close and dynamic connection, a hospitable and productive environment, but also be able to enjoy their time in Rudnik as a retreat and immerse themselves in the mesmerizing and tranquilizing atmosphere of the mountain. It is this inseparable link between the event itself and the setting in which it takes place that gives OPEN SPACES Festival its name, its foundation and its distinction.

Located about 100 km south of Belgrade, in the heart of the central Serbian region of Šumadija, Rudnik mountain and the eponymous small town on its slopes have, throughout history, mostly been associated with mining and coin minting, with archeological evidence of these activities going as far back as pre-Roman times. However, despite this industrial pedigree, Rudnik has also been recognized as a climatic spa and its heavily forested areas make it the closest true „wilderness“ to Belgrade and a perfect summer getaway.

In addition to a meticulously selected and assembled film competition, which will be shown in the cinema of the Rudnik Cultural Centre, get-togethers, hiking tours, workshops and similar activities, the festival will also parallelly host a music programme with performances by live bands in a special outdoor setting, evoking the spirit and ambience of local traditions for celebratory occasions, but in this case with a stylistic twist.

"Zapis" Award for Best Film
Jury Special Mentions

Please take a moment to read our Rules & Terms before submitting!

-There is no limit as to how many films a Film Maker can submit. However, each film can only be submitted once in one single category. If your film is suiting in more than one category, then please choose the one you find most suiting.

-Completion date does not influence the submission selection.

-Previous Festival history for the Film does not influence the submission selection. Neither films displayed in multiple festivals nor world premieres are given priority.

-Please make sure that your submission includes a Film Synopsis a Director Biography and a still photo from the film as these are needed to produce the Film Festival Catalogue.

-No refunds.

- The sender of the submitted film is responsible for all copyrights. The applicant is legally authorized to enter the film in the festival and, if selected for the festival, authorized to give screening permission.

-The applicant has secured all necessary rights for both picture and sound, and exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights, including but not limited to music, images, and content.

-If selected for the festival the applicant acknowledges and agrees that the film will be displayed in front of a live audience.

-The film remains the property of the author.

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  • Many thanks to the whole team. Very friendly and professional. It was an honor to be a part of your festival, and I've had a great time.

    Hope to see you next year.

    October 2020
  • Colin Hickey

    A wonderful festival! Thank you so much to the team for their support of independent cinema and for the Grand Prix Award from my film 'The Evening Redness in the South'. I will be forever grateful.

    October 2020
  • Leandro Agrò

    I'm glad to have been selected for this festival. My congratulations to Andrija and all the staff for made it happen, despite the Coronavirus crisis. Kindness and passion are the key word for this event. I hope to see you again in person one day!

    October 2020
  • A great festival! I am very glad to participate, and I look forward to the festival will grow stronger in the future!

    October 2020
  • John Hellberg

    A great festival full of soul and entusiam!

    March 2020