What could ever be more relaxing and delightful than spending a night on the beach… barefoot, wet hair,sun-kissed skin, summer wind, friends and lovers, drinks and a sky full of stars? We know. All these in the company of a series of great films! We offer you the wonderful experience of mixing the best of summer with cinema, aiming to make you FEEL. Literally.

The Black Sea Film Festival is an annual event which awards new inspiring, motivating talent. Designed to acknowledge the creative contributions of both young and elder artists, beginners or with a long way paved behind, the festival benefits the community socially, educationally and economically – wise.

The Festival will showcase innovative independent cinema from around the world, taking place along the Romanian Black Sea coast. The third edition will be held in Vama Veche, a charismatic place known for its young, vibrating and artistic spirit.

On our third edition we are accepting a variety of short films: narrative, animation, experimental, student, documentary, music video, human rights, fashion film, web series, trailer and also feature films: narrative, documentary. The film production can be made within the last ten years.

Wonderful seaside movie nights are expecting you to enjoy the summer breeze and watch films under millions of stars!

It’s all about the feels. It’s all about the cineFEELS!

Awards & Prizes

Each film we designate as an "Official Selection" will receive a high-resolution .png image of our festival laurels to be used for marketing and promotional materials as the filmmaker sees fit. All winners will receive high-resolution images of Certificates of Awards. Winner for BEST FILM will receive The Black Sea Trophy.

BEST FILM

Best Feature Narrative
Best Short Narrative
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Animation
Best Student
Best Experimental
Best Music Video
Best Human Rights
Best Fashion Film
Best Web Series
Best Trailer

Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Edit
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Music Soundtrack
Best Sound Design

Rules & Terms

1. Rules and Terms

Entries must be submitted digitally. Send us a link to the film, on an online platform, such as Youtube or Vimeo.

More than one entry may be submitted. Each must be submitted with its own entry form and fee.

Only online submission will be accepted through film festival platforms.

Entry fee is nonrefundable.

Filmmaker will assume shipping costs to the festival (if necessary).
Thumbdrives and DVDs will not be returned.

The selection committees’ and juries’ decisions are final.

The Black Sea Film Festival reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or Festival scheduling.

The Festival has the right to reject films, if the content, or technical quality, does not correspond to the Festival conditions.

All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Filmmaker agrees that film entered into the festival may be selected for screening at the Festival and may also be screened in other media in association with the promotion of the film festival via live screenings or television.

Screenings are selected and scheduled during the festival at the discretion of The Black Sea Film Festival. The festival reserves the right to choose which selected films will be screened.

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, The Black Sea Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time, for any reason. The Black Sea Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection.

Filmmakers will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival, including, but not limited to postage, or insurance of the film, and expenses of your staff or any representatives of the film.

Although every precaution will be taken to prevent loss or damage to materials while in the possession of the Festival, The Black Sea Film Festival is not responsible should any materials be damaged while in transit to or from, or while in the possession of the Festival.

2. ENTRY LIABILITY

The sender of the submitted film is responsible for all copyrights. He is Legally authorized to enter his film in the Festival and, if selected for the festival, authorized to give screening permission.

Filmmaker agrees that film entered into the festival may be selected for screening at the Festival and may also be screened in other media in association with the promotion of the film festival via live screenings or television.

Producer will indemnify the organizers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival, or from claims by any third parties.

The applicant has secured all necessary rights for both picture and sound, and the 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 an exhibition quality digital screening file must be made available for screening, by the Date Of Event.

The film, including copyrights, remains the property of the author.

The applicant has to read and accept the regulations and guidelines for participation.

3. GENERAL AGREMENT FOR PARTICIPATION IN The Black Sea Film Festival
I have read and accept the Rules and Terms of The Black Sea Film Festival [TBSFF]. I authorize The Black Sea Film Festival to screen my film at the ceremony for the award of the best film in each category (short or feature): Narrative, Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Student, Music Video, Human Rights, Web Series, Trailer. I certify that I hold all rights for the presentation of this film in The Black Sea Film Festival and that all rights and permissions have been made. This film is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation. By accepting these conditions, I transfer to The Black Sea Film Festival the right to use excerpts of submitted film, it’s stills, and trailers, for the purposes of the publicity and marketing of the film at the various social networks and on the website of the festival, and for other non-commercial purposes related to the promotion of the festival. I hereby agree to indemnify The Black Sea Film Festival, in the event that such rights have been not proper.

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    salman yusuf

    Very professional
    Really was honored to join and win the jury recognition award
    Since my film was selected they keept me informed
    By any updates
    I wish I could manage to visit the festival
    Best wishes
    Salman Yousif
    Bahrain

    August 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, dear Salman, for your thoughts. We are happy for your happy experience. Wish you were here, too, so hopefully, we would meet on our next year's summertime. We're already planning it, and it feels like it will be a blast :) The good news will come, time-wisely.

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    Jan-Karel Pavlík

    The Black sea festival was a beautiful little festival with a great atmosphere and great people. The quality of the selected films was outstanding, something rarely seen even on large festivals. Overall it has been a wonderful time there and an honor for me to be selected. I value the prizes my film recieved there greatly. I love you Black Sea!

    August 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Jan-Karel, thank you so much for being with us, we've been the honored ones! and, also, thank you for your kind words, here. Indeed, the quality of our films stands as our main value/standard/principle/criteria :) While, also, it looks like we're heading to a next blast film festival edition, so we truly hope you will join us, again, in 2018. All our love and good luck with your further projects!

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    Jean Faucher

    A young festival with a great venue. The accent is on art with content. We submitted very late and were accepted. That in itself speaks miles. Thanks for everything.

    August 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, dear Jean Faucher! Indeed, our only focus is art with content, quality beyond everything else, and that's also one of the reasons we are sometimes open to non-procedural situations, or delays. Thus, thank you for applying, even if it was late and seemed not so possible. Best of all! & Let's keep in touch.

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    Pierre GAFFIÉ

    Although I didn't attend (for my short "Relativity explained to children"), I thought it was very well organized, trusty and with very reactive.

    August 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Pierre, thank you for participating in our competition and also for your positive reaction. We're happy letting you know the public feedback on your your film was truly great, on our venue. Looking forward to our further collaboration, we wish only the best!

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    Tibo Pinsard

    A young but very well organized festival, made by true film lovers. Very good communication too. I highly recommend!

    August 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Tibo, your great responsiveness and feedback truly honor us. Thank you so much! Indeed, it's our true and unconditional love for cinema that brought us all together. And we just hope this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.