Bašta Fest Team is happy and proud to announce the competition programme of the eleventh Bašta Fest, which will be held from 4th to 7th of July in Bajina Basta, West Serbia! For this year’s edition, it was submitted about 700 films, making selection a difficult task for our programmer Maja Šuša.

25 short fiction films from 17 countries were selected, of which 4 are Serbian, which make up an exciting and diverse competition programme. In four days, the audience will have the opportunity to watch films from 17 countries: Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, France, Russia, Belgium, Spain, UK, Singapore, Philippines, Austria, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Italy, Israel, Indonesia, Romania and Egypt and we are especially proud of the fact that we have 9 films from the Balkan region among them.

The films will compete for the main jury awards: for the best film “Golden Imagination”, for the best male and female role “Golden Interpretation”, as well as two special awards. In addition, there is an award for the best film of the Youth Jury, as well as a regional award for the best camera “Golden Visualization” in cooperation with the Cineplanet rental, which is awarded by an individual juror.

“The audience in Bajana Bašta will have the opportunity to see some of the most successful short films of the past year, which had their premieres in Cannes, Venice, Sundance, and Clermont-Ferrand, but we also have the honor of discovering some great films. We can boast that our program this year will include 5 world premieres and 20 Serbian premieres. Given that the authors are mostly young, the films deal with the issue of identity, the need for change, revolution, or giving up on it, loneliness, and the relationship with parents. We tried to open up many questions and different topics, to entertain and move the audience out of the comfortable zones in which we often hide”, added our artistic director and programmer Maja Šuša, who is also one of the founders of the festival. The specific thing about this year’s selection is that it is divided into 6 blocks named: Escaping, Staying, Still Alone, MAMA, Saturday Fever, and Searching.

After the awards ceremony, the festival will traditionally close a regional feature – on this occasion “Enough for Today” by Marko Đorđević.