"Winter Apricots: Prilep International Film Festival" is an independent film festival at its eighth, edition born by the meeting of a Macedonian architect and an Italian Filmmaker wishing to bring in Prilep, a small town in Macedonia, a quality cultural event.

Aimed to be a gathering for all the film lovers and professionals in the area the Festival has the goal to become a cultural point of reference associating workshops, concerts, and exhibitions to the main event.

The festival focuses on short movies (up to 30 minutes) without any restriction on the genre.



1 - Intro
“Winter Apricots: Prilep International Film Festival” is an international film festival in its seventh edition.
According to the situation, the festival will take place from the 14th to the 16th of December 2023 in Prilep, Macedonia.

Winter Apricots: Prilep International Film Festival is devoted to promoting short films of any genre and generating contacts among the audience, young directors, and professionals.

2 - Festival Sections and Awards

International short film competition

Jury Award Best Film: 300 Euros
Best Concept: 100 Euros
Best Cinematography: 100 Euros
Best Sound: 100 Euros

Balkan short film competition
Best Balkan Film: 100 euros

Macedonian short film competition

3 - Rules of Participation

Eligible films must last a maximum of 30 minutes in length and be completed after 1st of January 2021. The same artist (as a single or a collective) can submit no more than three
works and only one will be eligible for the final selection.

Entry Fees and Deadlines
A symbolic entry fee is a fundamental tool for us, nevertheless, being aware of the economic repercussions of the pandemic on the film workers, Winter Apricots will provide free Waiver codes to the artists that might struggle to cover the fee.

Submissions: from 15th May 2023
FIRST DEADLINE: August 2023 – 3.00 Euro
LAST DEADLINE: October 2023 - 4.00 Euro

Notification date: November 2023.
The entry form should be filled out through FilmFreeway. The form will be considered invalid if incomplete;

Submission is considered completed only when the following 3 steps are done:
• submitter provided all the information required;
• submission fee is paid;
• preview copy of the film is sent.

The authors of the selected short films will be informed by e-mail in November 2023.
The selected authors will have to send the screening copy, as well as an English dialogue list with a timecode (.ass, .srt.).

Failure to send this material may cause the exclusion of the film from the selection, at the unquestionable discretion of the festival organization, even after the selected film list has been published on the website. Material and data concerning the films will be included on the festival catalog, the festival website, and social media for promotional purposes.

The selected films will become part of the Winter Apricots archive, they might be used
for no-profit screenings aimed to support Winter Apricots and extracts (max 30
seconds) can be used in order to promote the festival.
The festival organization will inform the authors about any further screening of their works.
The Festival does not pay any screening fees.
Participation in the festival implies that all conditions and terms described in the rules
and regulations herein have been accepted and that the film does not include unauthorized
audio/video material by any other author.

4 - Organization

If the festival will happen in the form of a live public event, the selected artists are invited to attend “Winter Apricots: Prilep International Film Festival”, compatible with the traveling policies and in respect of any possible sanitary measure.
The festival will provide accommodation (1 or 2 crew members) and, depending on the costs and on the demand, might contribute to travel costs.
“Winter Apricots: Prilep International Film Festival” reserves the right to modify, redefine, interrupt, postpone, or cancel the contest for reasons outside its control and therefore cannot be held liable in any way.

5 - Final details and Contacts

For any other unspecified issues or items “Winter Apricots: Prilep International Film Festival” reserves the right of final decision.

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Overall Rating
  • Cool Festival 👍🏼 Big thank you for selecting and Finalist of our film JUST LIKE WATER 🌀 Greetings from Athens 🇬🇷

    November 2022
  • Filmes do Gajo

    Great to be selected and awarded in your festival! Thank you so much!!!

    September 2021