Baku International Short Film Festival 2020

Deadline | Event Dates (period)
06 November 2020 - 11 November 2020
Baku, Azerbaijan
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Festival Description: 
The Baku International Short Film Festival was established in 2004 by the "Sinema" center of Young Cinematographers. The festival, which has long been called "Start", has been operating under the auspices of the Baku International Short Film Festival since 2019.

Although only Azerbaijani authors participated in the I Festival, in the next year the film forum attracted young people from other countries, expand their coverage and begin to gain international status. The scope of the Festival, which aims to become a reputable creative competition in the Middle East and the CIS, is now widely accepted worldwide. An international delegation is also present at the jury of the Festival, which is accepting films from about 50 countries during its operating times.

The goal of the Baku International Short Film Festival, which offers minimal discounts and maximum talent, is to review and discuss films, to select the best ones and reach a wide audience, to familiarize local authors with international practices and trends. In addition, the Festival provides an opportunity for local directors to establish contacts with their foreign colleagues.

2020 Dates to be confirmed, call for entries to follow

2019 Festival Coverage

2019 Call for entries (Archive)
Eligibility Criteria
  • Directors, 35 years old or younger, who are from different countries or the citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan may participate in the International Competition section of the festival;
  • The competition covers nominations for feature films, documentaries and animated movies;
  • The films submitted should be the production of 2018-2019, and their chronometers should not exceed 35 minutes;
  • Films should be sent in English with subtitles or audio translation. In addition, the dialogue and the text of each film should be translated into English and presented in writing.
The winners of the contest will be presented with “Golden pomegranate” award on these nominations:
- The best fiction film
- The best documentary
- The best animated film
- The best feature film director
- The best documentary film director
- The best animated film director
- The special prize of the jury
Awards will be presented at the closing ceremony of the festival.
Submission deadline: 20 September 2019

After reading the festival's regulation, you may fill in the relevant application form and submit your film.



Event Dates

  • From 06 November 2020 to 11 November 2020
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