Bašta Fest, together with regional partners Drim Short Film Festival (Struga, North Macedonia) and Seanema Film Festival (Ulcinj, Montenegro), in 2022. has founded BALKAN SHORT FILM NETWORK, which aims to educate young filmmakers and promote short films in the region.

Since this year, the project has expanded and acquired a new dimension, BALKAN X VISEGRAD SHORT FILM NETWORK with the support of the Visegrad+ grant, the network is expanding to countries from the Visegrad group, through partnerships with short film festivals from Poland – Short Waves Film Festival, Hungary – BuSho Film Festival and Slovakia – Azyl Shorts. In cooperation with partner festivals, mentors from these countries will participate in three workshops in Montenegro, Serbia and North Macedonia.

The partners are united around the same goals – decentralizing culture, raising awareness of the importance of short film as an art form, and connecting, empowering and providing a platform for young filmmakers. We will collaborate to achieve these goals through a series of activities, and the first and currently largest project is the expansion of our educational program.

Participants in this year’s workshops are projects for short fiction films:

  1. “Smrt, more, plave boje” – director Milutin Milošević, producer Jelena Čeivanović (Serbia)
  2. “Preko praga” – reditelj Tara Gajović, producent Nikola Uzelac (Serbia)
  3. “Nepredviđene okolnosti proistekle iz načina igranja” – director Olja Pokrajac, producer Vera
    Pavlović (Serbia)
  4. “Sva naša putovanja” – director Goran Kaluđerović, producer Aleksa Bujišić (Montenegro)
  5. “Carolers” – director Filip Lafazanovski, producer Slobodan Trajkoski (North Macedonia)

Ten participants will work on the presentation of their projects at the BAŠTA PITCH workshop as part of Bašta Fest with mentors producer Milan Stojanović and director Raško Miljković, as well as guest mentors Lukáš Teren, director of photography from Slovakia and Pavel Kosuń, the producer from Poland. The best pitch (presentation) of the project will be chosen on the last day of the festival and announced at the closing ceremony.


The Balkan x Visegrad Short Film Network project is supported by the MOVE Grants for Regional Projects by Western Balkans Fund, International Visegrad Fund’s Visegrad+ Grant, the Ministry of Culture and Information of Serbia and Film Center Serbia. Western Balkans Fund Regional Grant Scheme is co-funded by the European Union, IPA – Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance. The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.