Youth Film Festival (OFF) Sarajevo has a long tradition of 11 years now. The original and primary reason for its establishment was to activate and promote young people and their values.

Youth Film Festival Sarajevo has international character. The festival has so far introduced nearly 70 authors from 15 different countries. The concept of the festival is based on the film competition and showcase program and platform of the educational program.

In 2018 Festival will introduce Industry program called OFF Mini Market which will present 10 developing projects from 5 countries that will have a chance to pitch their ideas in order to find coproducers or full finance support from the Festival funding.

Festival Ring (Award) for best Short movie in Short meter Selection
Festival Ring (Award) for best Short movie in OFF Generation Selection
Festival Ring (Award) for best Experimental movie in New Waves Selection
Program Award for best feature movie in The biggest 5 Selection

Films are judged by an international jury panel made up of experienced directors, producers and editors. Films in OFF Generation Selection and The biggest 5 selection are juged by Festival program board.

General information:
- 11th Youth Film Festival Sarajevo (hereinafter X1 OFF) will be held from 6 to 10 September 2019 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- The contest for the filing of films in all categories opens on 21 January 2019
- X1 OFF in 2019 represents three competitive categories:
1. The main program "Short meter" - a competing student professional film
2. OFF Generacija - movies of students who have completed the academy maximum 3 years ago or films of older affirmed authors intended for young people
3. Competition Program "New Funnels", short experimental and internet formats
(1) General Terms for Signing In to X1 OFF
(a) The right to apply for "Short Meter" films has all affirmative young professional authors and academia students between the ages of 18 and 25
(b) The right to apply for films for the OFF GENERATION category are former students of the Academy until the age of 26 or affirmed senior filmmakers whose films are intended for young people
(c) The filing rights for the category "New Streams" include all filmmakers, producers and amateurs aged 15-25
(d) Citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina and other countries of the world have the right to participate
(2) Film Specifications
- A registered movie in all categories must not be older than 1 year
- The maximum duration of the movie in all categories is 15 minutes apart from OFF Generation where the maximum duration of the movie is 30 minutes and the minimum duration of each movie is 2 minutes. This rule can be changed if the selectors so decide
- Films that are not recorded in English must be subtitles in English or films must be submitted in .srt format
(3) Application form and obligations of the applicant
(a) Films are filed exclusively through the online application for filming on the Festival website
(a.1) Movies attached to the app are attached to the locked and protected links or as download links.
(a.2.) Films must be available in .mp4 or .mov format
(a.3.) Trailer film, if any, may be on the available and unlocked link
(b) All required information in the application is required
(c) At the moment when the applicant submits the application for participation at the Festival, and when the application is received and registered, it can no longer be withdrawn which means that if the movie is selected the same will be broadcast
(d) Applicants after the filing application must have been made available to the email or any other contact specified in the application for a more detailed organization to participate in their films at the Festival
(f) The Applicant agrees that the information on the submitted film will be accurate and correct, and that the Festival will be made available to the Festival all the necessary information, materials and other content for complete and complete application
(g) The Applicant waives the right to a fee for displaying the film within the Omladinski Film Festival Sarajevo and the Festival does not limit the number of films presented within one edition
(4) A prize fund
(a) The award for the best movie in the "Short Meter" selection is 1.000,00 KM
(b) The award for the best amateur film in the selection of "OFF Generacija" is 500,00 KM
(c) The best movie for the selection of "New Streams" is 500,00 KM
(5) Closure of the competition
(a) Applications for filing applications will be received by 30.05.2019 in the regular filing deadline, and on 23 June 2019 in the additional filing deadline. In the consideration will not be received the applications came after the closing of the application as well as the application that does not contain all the necessary information. Incomplete applications will be considered invalid.
(b) All authors whose films are selected for the Omladinski Film Festival Sarajevo Competition Program will be specially and in addition contacted by the Festival's program and hospitality service with the aim of solving further logistical and technical details of the Festival's own participation
(c) Authors whose films are not selected for selection of the Festival's Competition Program are not entitled to the refund of funds paid in the process of applying for the Youth Film Festival Sarajevo if the film was filed through Filmfreeway.com
(d) The Youth Film Festival Sarajevo reserves the right to modify and amend the selection of films and to modify or supplement this competition or list of selected films without any explanation
(f) Applicants undertake the confidentiality of information exchanged in official correspondence with the representatives of the Youth Film Festival Sarajevo and agree not to place them on third parties.
(6) Announcement of the results of the competition
(a) The names of the films and authors selected for the competition selection will be officially published no later than 20 days before the Omladinski Film Festival Sarajevo, while the authors will be published for a maximum of 50 days from the closing date.
(6) Final Provisions
(a) X1 OFF reserves the right to modify all entries without prior notice
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  • Shaelyn Theule-Koops

    Our film was an official selection, and though we were unable to attend, we were most impressed by the communication, the hospitality offered, the flexibility in enabling us to still communicate with our audience via a video even though we were not attending physically, and the professionalism exhibited. We will most definitely continue to submit our films to the Youth Film Festival Sarajevo. They were absolutely the best.

    September 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Hi! Thank you very much for kind words! It means a lot to our Festival! Thanks for submmiting the film and we hope so that you will be able to visit us one day! Best regards from all of us at OFF and happy new year!

  • Tommaso Frangini

    Second time that a project of mine is selected at this Festival, it's growing fast and becoming a true reference for young directors in Europe!

    September 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Tommaso, thank you for coming back from year to year! We are proud and happy to have u as our friend! See you soon and thanks a lot for kind words!

  • Marcello Di Trocchio

    An unforgettable experience!!
    Thank you Kenan Musić, Devleta Šabić and the rest of the crew!
    I discovered a city, a population, a festival and, above all, new dear friends,
    doviđenja Sarajevo!!

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Marcello, thanks for kind words! We are so happy to host you in Sarajevo every time you come! We send you hugs!

  • Sinan Karacam

    Meeting with lots of people who are passionate about cinema was an unforgettable experience for me. Many thanks to the festival team for their great efforts to the regional cinema.

    September 2017
  • Rúben Sevivas

    unfortunately I wasn't able to attend the festival. However, the communication was great and I was very pleased to be part of the oficial selection. Thanks!

    August 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Ruben, we hope so that you will be able to come one day! Thanks for great review! We wish you all the best and happ new year!