Master of Art Film Festival (9)


26 Mar 2023
Call for entries

09 May 2023
Early deadline

09 Sep 2023
Standard deadline

09 Dec 2023
Late deadline

09 Jan 2024
Festival closed

10 Feb 2024
Notification date

09 Feb 2024
29 Feb 2024


Elemag 19, bl. 309,  1113, Sofia, Sofia-Grad, Bulgaria

Festival description
Documentary Films
Short film festival >1' 39'<
Feature film festival >40' 180'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 January 2022
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  >1' 39'<
 Feature Films  >40' 180'<
 Any language
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Festival start: 09 February 2024      Festival end: 29 February 2024



Master of Art Film Festival is unique cultural event and the only in Eastern Europe international film festival for Documentaries on Art. It takes place in Bulgaria – Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna.

The festival focuses on different artistic approaches on Art.

Its program is dedicated to Documentary cinema that represents the artistic vision both on history of Art, Contemporary Art forms and to celebrate the multicultural diversity in our time.

Our goal is to show documentaries that manifest the talents and the creative process in the following categories: Architecture, Design and Fashion, Art and Power, Contemporary art, Culinary art, Fine Art, Photography, Literature, Music and Dance, Theatre and Cinema.

Documentaries produced and released after January 1, 2022 are eligible to the competition of Master of Art Film Festival. The festival pays attention also on modern tendencies in Video Art and Advertising.

The mission of Master of Art Film Festival is to create an alternative platform to the mass culture. We want to create an opportunity and to contribute a dialogue and cooperation between artists. The festival is the biggest forum in Eastern Europe for young documentary filmmakers, tempted to tell inspiring stories about the Art.

Master of Art Film Festival is organized by Spotlight Production Company, The National Palace of Culture and ‘Master of Art’ Foundation with the financial support of Municipality of Sofia, AURUBIS BULGARIA, Bulgarian National Film Center and etc.

The festival funds are raised by participation fees, financial subsidies, donations, sponsorship and tickets.
The 8th edition of the festival will take place in а hybrid form - simuntaneusly online and with screening in Art cinemas:
• 9 - 29 February 2024 - Screenings online on a special Festival platform available only from Bulgaria and in Art cinemas in Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna and Stara Zagora.

• Summer edition - August/September 2024 in open air places.

The OFFICIAL SELECTION laurel is given to all films selected in the following categories:


I. ARCHITECTURE - documentaries for architects, past and present architectural achievements and historic buildings.

II. ART and CHILDREN - documentaries about the relationship between the art and children

III. ART and POWER - documentaries about the relationship between the artists and totalitarian regimes and politic.

IIII. CONTEMPORARY ART - documentaries about contemporary art the art of XX and XXI century.

V. CULINARY ART - documentaries on the art of preparation, cooking and serving food.

VI. DESIGN and FASHION – Interion designers, fashion designers and their works.
VII. FINE ART - documentaries about the Fine Art from different eras, galleries and exhibitions.

VIII. LITERATURE - documentaries about writers, poets, their works and libraries.
IX. MUSIC and DANCE - documentaries about music, composers and musicians - opera, classics, folk, jazz, pop and rock; dancers and choreographers - ballet, folk, traditional and contemporary dance.
X. PHOTOGRAPHY - documentaries about the Art of Photography, photographed historic events and Photographers.

XI. THEATRE and CINEMA - documentaries about theatre, acting challenges on stage; notable filmmakers and actors.


(This category has a separate Award and the submitted videos are not competing with the documentaries and video games in the other categories.)

XII.VIDEO ART and ART ADVERTISING – video art, experimental videos, art advertisings and Advertisement.


XV.ART HORIZONS - Documentaries that are highly appreciated by the preselecting committee.


"MASTER OF ART – AURUBIS AWARD” - Best Documentary of the festival - 5000 EURO cash prize bestow by AURUBIS BULGARIA
"MASTER OF BULGARIAN ART DOCUMENTARY" - Best Bulgarian Art Documentary - 1000 EURO cash prize
“MASTER OF ART DEBUT” – Award for Best Debut Art Documentary - 500 EURO cash prize
"MASTER OF SHORT ART" – Award for Best Short Art Documentary

Audience Award

Best Documentary in ARCHITECTURE
Best Documentary in ART and CHILDREN
Best Documentary in ART and POWER
Best Documentary in DESIGN and FASHION
Best Documentary in CULINARY ART
Best Documentary in CONTEMPORARY ART
Best Documentary in FINE ART
Best Documentary in PHOTOGRAPHY
Best Documentary in LITERATURE
Best Documentary in MUSIC and DANCE
Best Documentary in THEATER and CINEMA

"MASTER OF VIDEO ART" - Best Art Video


• The festival is open to creators of television and independent documentaries, video art and art advertising from all over the world.

• Only films produced / released after January 1, 2022 could be selected for the competition.

• All films submitting to the festival should not be presented in cinemas or broadcast on Bulgarian television and / or distributed on DVD or online on the territory of Bulgaria. No restrictions for screenings in other countries.

• Bulgarian documentaries submitting the festival must have not been submitted to any previous edition of "Master of Art" Film Festival. Priority is given to premiere titles.

• The Festival sets an international jury.

• The Festival jury will select the winners.

• Films in other languages rather than English (incl. those in Bulgarian) must be subtitled in English.


The submission should be made only through Festhome


CALL FOR ENTRIES – March 26, 2023

EARLYBIRD DEADLINE – May 9, 2023 – 35 $
REGULAR DEADLINE – September 9, 2023 – 55 $
LATE DEADLINE – December 9, 2023 – 75 $
EXTENDED DEADLINE – January 9, 2024 – 95 $


CALL FOR ENTRIES – March 26, 2023

EARLYBIRD DEADLINE – May 9, 2023 – 15 $
REGULAR DEADLINE – September 9, 2023 – 20 $
LATE DEADLINE – December 9, 2023 – 25 $
EXTENDED DEADLINE – January 9, 2024 – 30 $

The selected documentaries, art videos, and projects in development will be notified in January 19, 2024.


• The Applicant/Producer/Distributor of the selected film must provide a file with a time coded dialogue list/transcript of the English text/subtitles. The subtitled in English films must provide as well, in separate file the text subtitles and the transcript/dialogue list of the film in the original language.

• The Applicant/Producer/Distributor of the selected film must provide a short synopsis, 2-3 still photos and a .pdf file with the artwork / poster (if any).

• The Applicant/Producer/Distributor of the selected film must provide a file of the film trailer and a dialogue list of the trailer

• The selected films will be translated and subtitled in Bulgarian by the festival.

• The screening copies of the selected films must be provided in one of the following formats: BluRay/DCP/H264/APPLE PRORES FILE/.mp4

• The screening copies must be delivered to the festival before:

Winter edition selection - January 29, 2024.

• All postal expenses (if using mail service to send BlueRay Disc or Hard drive with the screening copy) are paid by Applicant/Producer/Distributor.

• MofA shall assume no responsibility for loss or damage to any original copy of the film.

• Organizers are obliged to show the
films as a part of 2024 “Master of Art” Film Festival screenings.

• Applicants attest and guarantee that they possess all the necessary rights and authorizations

• Following the consent of all copyrights MofA reserves the right to broadcast parts of the films (1 to 3 min) on TV shows with non-commercial purpose.

• The festival will pay the accommodation of 1 (one) night of 1 (one) representative (Director/Cameraman/ Producer) of a selected film. All travel expenses are at the expense of the participant.

• By submitting through Festhome, the Applicant agrees with the Terms and Conditions of the festival.



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