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 film in the region.
The three partners are united around the same goals – decentralizing culture, raising awareness of the importance of short film as an art form, and empowerment and providing the platform for young filmmakers. All partner festivals happen during the summer and in nature, another vital segment of our programs. 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 Bašta Pitch.
Drim Short Film Festival was founded in 2017 in Struga, on the shore of the Ohrid Lake, and is one of the few festivals in North Macedonia that treats specifically the short film form. In addition, Drim Short aims to promote and affirm young filmmakers from North Macedonia and all over the world through their short achievements that deliver powerful messages. Apart from the film program, the festival team remains committed to the intention of bringing film art to the audience by expanding the program and holding masterclasses and workshops by renowned filmmakers from all around the globe. They are hosting electronic parties, which is also one of the festival’s most authentic landmarks. Drim Short organizes activities during the year apart from the festival days, including workshops and trainings for youth, producing short films, screenings and etc.
The Seanema Film Fest is an open-air human rights film festival in Ulcinj (Montenegro) which, by combining cinema and civic activism, introduces the concept of arts for social change. The idea upon which the Seanema was initially designed was to offer to the multinational, multi-ethnic and multi-confessional audiences a space for an open dialogue about human rights issues in Montenegro. Our focus lies in promoting the social and economic empowerment of women of all age groups, the education and inclusion of minorities, as well as the overall progress of society based on principles of innovation. The Festival includes in its program a wide range of activities, such as movie screenings (competitive and non-competitive categories), open panels for discussion, workshops for young professionals and art exhibitions. Seanema is all about bringing people to enjoy movies that enrich the human spirit on a giant, outdoor screen overlooking the sea under a star-lit sky. The goal is to give people food for thought and to empower them to act for the betterment of society!
Seanema Film Festival
In 2017, Bašta Fest started Festival network. This programme, which represents the first step towards establishing Bašta Fest’s growing networking within the industry, focuses on the festival itself and its connection with festivals from the region, Europe and the whole world. The first step in building up this network was setting up a collaboration with FeKK from Ljubljana 2017. On the fifth edition of the festival, Bašta fest screened the programme Timikids from Timishort film festival from Timisoara, Romania. Festival network is the first step in creating an industrial space that opens the door to future conferences, screenings, exchanging experiences related to selection, internal organization and other festival aspects.
FeKK Ljubljana short film festival was established by young film enthusiasts, film critics and amateur filmmakers gathered at the Slovenian Cinematheque under the name Kraken (short film promotion society) which organized the K3 Ljubljana film festival. There had been no international short film festival in Slovenia, and the team decided to establish one, with a special focus on Ex-Yugoslav countries and South-eastern Europe. The festival has two competition programmes: FeKK-Yu (Ex-Yugoslav countries without Slovenia) and FeKK-Slo. FeKK also has specially curated programmes: retrospectives and fekkstival (guest festival). A special section for new, fresh and unique authors called Instant kult is also being developed. Every year, FeKK shows short films nominated for the European Film Award. During last year’s festival, the new programme was called East of Eden – short films from the countries of South-eastern Europe and beyond.
Timishort Film Festival was born, like many good ideas, over a coffee in 2009. The festival team promoted, even from the beginnings, author films (film d’hauteur), making an emphasis on national and/or international premiers. The Timishort FF competitions are National Competition, International Competition, Videorama (experimental film section) and TimiKids (short films for children from 6 to 14 years old). The main goal was to bring back the magic of watching a film on the big screen, which are rarely present in Romania, apart from multiplexes.
Short Waves Festival is an international short film festival from Poznań, Poland, which celebrates its 12th edition between the 24th and 29th of March 2020. Every year six festival days include screenings of 300 short films from all around the world for a total audience of about 7000 film enthusiasts. The programme consists of competition screenings divided into four categories: International Competition, Polish Competition, Dances with Camera and Urban View as well as non-competition programme, educational and industry activities, filmmakers talks, and many others. Every year the festival has a country in focus and multiple theme programmes presenting emerging film talents from different regions. Also, Short Waves Festival sets new trends in the event-cinema field, creating site-specific film installations in unexpected locations or organizing exciting special events such as Random Home Cinema in private apartments.
Short Waves Film Festival
Since its birth in 2017, Il Varco Film Festival committed to a deep and thoughtful sifting of the international short film panorama, trying to showcase a selection that is able to portray the actual variety in languages, forms, innovations and genre films that is today independent cinema. The festival team try to find these new directors by looking not for just one sign, but for many good omens at once: a peculiar management of the film’s rhythm; an original aesthetic form; deep, metaphorical writing; the tendency to speak about one’s own peculiar vision of the world. All of this should converge in films that are able to release a very strong and deep emotional and intellectual pull in the spectator.