Balkan Nights Film Festival


Years running: 4 (since 2018)

Balkan Nights Film Festival

Film festival of Balkan nations.


The inaugural Balkan Nights Film Festival will take place from 10-15 December 2018 at selected rooftop bars in the centre of Melbourne, Australia. A pool of haunting, beautiful and uncompromising films and music videos from all Balkan nations will screen beneath the summer stars and moons before a large audience of artists, film buffs and inquisitive beings. The first of its kind, Balkan films are rarely given a chance to be seen in a country like Australia. We hope to see you at the festival. Tickets will be made available in November at participating venues.


Film Audience Award — $1,000 AUD
Music Video Audience Award — $500 AUD


  • Feature films may not be longer than 130 minutes and must not have premiered in Melbourne before December 2015.
  • Short films may not be longer than 30 minutes. However, the Balkan Nights Film Festival reserves the right to include short films exceeding 30 minutes in duration. Music videos may be available online and must not be longer than 5 minutes.
  • To be eligible to enter the 2018 Balkan Nights Film Festival, submissions via FilmFreeway must be made by October 30th, 2018. Films must only originate from the following Balkan nations: Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.
  • Submitted works will be considered for the following festival categories: Feature Films, Short Films and Music Videos.
  • The risks and costs of sending screening copies to the Balkan Nights Film Festival are the responsibility of the sender. Accordingly, film copies sent to the Balkan Nights Film Festival from other festivals are to be coordinated by the sender.
  • The screening formats are DCP and Quicktime 1080p only. If the original version is in a language other than English, the film must be subtitled in English. We also require English subtitles for English language films.
  • Only required in the event of festival acceptance: 2 film stills (JPEG or PNG, min. 300dpi) as well as 1 photo and filmography of the director for publication in festival media (print and online) is mandatory.
  • The screening copy must arrive no later than 5 days before the festival begins (December 5th, 2018).
  • Notice of festival acceptance and rejection will be given in November 2018 via email.

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Festival Director: Svetla Kiseleva





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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    July 18, 2018
  • Regular Deadline
    October 30, 2018
  • Notifications
    November 20, 2018
  • Event Dates
    10 — 15 December 2018
Categories & Fees

Music videos for Balkan bands and performers. May be available online and not more than 5 minutes.

  • Regular Deadline — A$10

Short films originating from the Balkans and not more than 30 minutes in length.

  • Regular Deadline — A$20

Feature films originating from the Balkans and not more than 130 minutes in length.

  • Regular Deadline — A$25
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