Seanema Film Festival is an open air film festival which introduces the concept of arts for social change, by combining cinema and civic activism.

The idea upon which Seanema was initially designed was to offer to a multicultural audience a space for an open dialogue about social issues. It quickly grew into one of the most vibrant film festivals in Montenegro.

Seanema offers a unique experience for guests and visitors. Breathtaking landscapes, gorgeous open air cinemas, rich programme with film screenings, workshops, open panels and above all very warm and welcoming hosts.

Young filmmakers and students are at the core of the driving force of this festival and its team!

Ultimately, we aim to turn Seanema into a go-to film festival in the region and a place which successfully promotes the emblem of Montenegro - multiculturalism.

Best Short
Special Jury Award / Special Mention

Festival accepts applications in the following formats: film, video or digital of shorts from all genres.

The director/producer with the submission of his/her application accepts the terms of the Festival and has no objection to the submission process, screening, and election of prizes.

The director/producer with the submission of the film affirms that he/she has all the copyrights of audio, video, images and music of the film and he remains responsible before the law.


Entry fee must be paid online by PayPal or if submitted through other available platforms online.

Entry fees are non-refundable.

Short films may not exceed thirty (30) minutes in length.

All non-English language films must be submitted with English subtitles (dialogue list).

All requirements specified in the checklist should be sent immediately to the postal address or by e-mail after approval by the organizers.

All entries, short or feature length, must be submitted via a secure link Vimeo or YouTube HD file compliant with the technical requirements.

Entries must be submitted by August 31, 2024.


Required items for submitted films:

• Secure a downloadable link.
• Dialogue list in English and/or voiceover’s text for all films, including films in English.
• Still frames (high resolution, at least 3Mb).
• Separate electronic press kit (EPK) with a passport-sized photo of the film’s director(s), synopsis, list of credits, biography and/or filmography, festival and awards. Additional material is welcome.
• Full HD video file of the final English version.
• A trailer files up to 1 GB in size (optional).


Please note that the online screening link (with English subtitles) of the film can be downloaded for the use by SEANEMA team and the password remains valid until the end of the selection process.

SEANEMA reserves the right to invite films outside the specified deadlines.

In case of a film being selected, the festival will notify the applicant and/or director, producer, distributor of the film no later than on September 5, 2024.

Once the film has been selected the applicant may use the SEANEMA logo and the relevant SEANEMA laurel for publicity purposes. The file will be sent in digital form.
Due to the volume of entries received, SEANEMA cannot offer individual feedback of declined films.


All films must be available for festival screening in full HD video file or DCP.
Each selected film will be screened not more than two times.
There is no screening fee.


The applicant authorizes SEANEMA upon selection of his/her film for the programming to use and publish press packages, posters, specified materials and information in the SEANEMA catalogue, programs, flyers, promotional materials and in press for promotional purposes.
For the purposes of publicity all film entries agree that up to three minutes of the selected film may be used by SEANEMA for promotional activities. Up to three minutes of the competing film may be shown on the SEANEMA website, official social networks and in media TV partners.


All discs will be insured for the period that they are in the festival's possession. In the case of loss or damage during this period, the festival is only responsible for the replacement value of the disc. Only discs in proper condition for projection will be accepted.

The submitting party or the film-maker has insured the exhibition copy for damage and loss, and SEANEMA is not liable for any damage or loss during shipping, preview or screening.


The festival will pay for one-way shipping of all screening films by forwarding them to their next destination approximately four weeks after the conclusion of the festival. All films/discs chosen to compete in the festival must be sent by September 6, 2024 unless by prior arrangement to be delivered in person by the filmmaker.

Label the outside of the package: FOR FESTIVAL ONLY - NO COMMERCIAL VALUE!
All customs duties and taxes incurred when sending packages with express couriers must be paid by the sender. SEANEMA will refuse any packages that arrive cash-on-delivery. Preview discs will not be returned.


Address: Kodre bb, Ulcinj 85360, Montenegro
Phone: +382 67 630 268

ENTRY DEADLINE: August 31, 2024

Overall Rating
  • We were honored to have our film selected for the Seanema Film Festival. The people are great, the setting is beautiful, it was an amazing experience!

    September 2018
    Response from festival:

    And we were honored to have you with us! Thank you, Stef! Much success with Balkan Triangle and all your future projects.

  • James Hughes

    Superb festival. Will always be on my must submit to list.

    September 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you James!
    Greetings from Montenegro