The main programme consists of short feature films, chosen by the festival’s selectors, Film director Nikola Ljuca and Artistic Director Maja Šuša. The competition programme has 20-25 films divided into six blocks. All screenings are free and most of the programmes are held outdoors at three locations: in Borići Park in the city center, on the shores of Perućac Lake and at the “Vlaja” cinema. Because we want to support young artists, the awards are not only statuettes (symbol of the festival – conifer cone) but also money prizes. Awards are handed out for: Best Film (Golden Imagination), Best Actor and Best Actress (Golden Interpretation), as well as the Youth Jury Award for Best Film (the youth jury consists of high-school students from Bajina Bašta). In 2016, with the support of the rental house “Cineplanet”, the award for Best Camera (Golden Visualization) was introduced. The award consists of renting equipment in the amount of 3000 euros for the next short film by the young director of photography, which should be used in the next year.


As part of the non-competition programme, the closing film is a debut feature film from the country or the region, which, in the opinion of the selectors, marked the past year.


Bašta Fest is a short narrative film festival. We are interested in strong and complex characters, powerful stories, and visual innovation. Every genre is welcome, every intimate and provocative story is something we crave. The budget is not important, it is just an aesthetic solution if there is real talent behind it all.

Nikola Ljuca, programmer



The seventh Bašta Fest will be non-competitional and the programme will consist of seven debut films of directors that have been part of Bašta Fest so far, as well as their short films that were in the competition programmes of Bašta Fest in the previous years.

All films submitted for this year’s competition programme will be automatically considered in 2021, when the festival will return to the standard format. In addition, alongside a new deadline for 2021 submission, we will be accepting films which are up to 3 years old, increasing the usual 2-year-old limit (we will accept films up from 2018.). We feel this is fair both to those who have already submitted their films, and those who plan to submit them next year.