SHAPESHIFT explores the relationship between humanity and innovation. From art through science to politics, curiosity, and forward-thinking shape and reshape our world.

The SHAPESHIFT universe is condensed into a three-day festival, including keynotes from artists, innovators, and explorers, film screenings, workshops, and community-building events.

The festival takes place in downtown Sofia, Bulgaria, and attracts guests worldwide. It gathers forward-thinkers, multifaceted individuals, and curious shapeshifters excited by the unknown.

Join us!

The festival is accepting works created after 01.01.2023 in the following categories.

-Technology Documentary Film

Documentary films feature lengths and shorts, telling stories about new technologies, innovations, and life-changing events are welcome to this category.

-Virtual Reality Film

All kinds of virtual and augmented reality films, installations, games, and productions are welcomed within this category.

-Interactive Film

Interactive storytelling films, games, and installations are welcomed within this category.

-Art&Technology Film

This category is open for films created by technology or showcasing the stories of art and artworks created by technology.

1. Submission formats

Films must be submitted via an online screener or any physical form HDD. The tracking number, film title, film category, and running time must be clearly labeled on the physical forms HDD. Submitted copies will not be returned.
2. Submission Eligibility 

All submitted films have to be completed after 1 January 2023. 

- SHAPESHIFT FESTIVAL requires at least a Bulgarian premiere for the feature films, documentaries, and VR content. 

- There is no premiere policy for short films. 

- Works-in-progress and films with distribution are accepted.
3. Submission Fee 

Submission fees are based on the submitting deadlines.
4. Submission and posting requirements

Your submission DVD should be sent to:
Festival Submissions/ 
Address: 27 “Tsar Osvoboditel”, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
All shipping and postage costs for the submission package and, if the film is selected for the Festival. SHAPESHIFT FESTIVAL will not absorb any customs fees. All charges must be pre-paid. SHAPESHIFT FESTIVAL will not accept submissions if customs and delivery fees are not paid by the submitting party.
International submission packages must be labeled 'Trade Sample' on any customs label and, for customs purposes, must be given a value of no more than US$10.
5. Formats and print traffic requirements:
Selected films must provide a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) or other suitable formats, as well as a backup Blu-ray. The film title has to be clearly labeled on the DCP and Blu-ray.
A selected DCP must be received at SHAPESHIFT FESTIVAL no later than three weeks prior to its scheduled screening date.