Short Movie Club Film Festival Nefiltravanae Kino (10)


05 Apr 2023
Call for entries

28 Feb 2024
Festival closed

17 Mar 2024
Notification date

25 Apr 2024
26 Apr 2024


Karmelita 5,  220000, Vilnius, Vilnius, Lithuania

Festival description
Short film festival 45'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 January 2020
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  45'<
 Any language
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Festival start: 25 April 2024      Festival end: 26 April 2024

NEFILTRAVANAE KINO is a film festival that is held by the Short Movie Club, the platform for cinematic projects.

NEFILTRAVANAE KINO is an exploration of aestheticization and commodification in art. The aim of the festival is to expose the complexity, manysidedness, and variety of filmmaking.

Originally the festival was held in Belarus, but because of political repression and publicly stated anti-war stance, screenings and events can be held in different countries. First of all Poland, Lithuania, and Georgia.

We involve theater, artists to interpret symbols and history. We work with the audience's reaction and participants' as well.

Before you read the festival philosophy and history, let know worth reasons to be part of NEFILTRAVANAE KINO:

Your film is placed greater focus on and given due consideration. The movie will be shown on state-of-the-art film projection equipment on the large screen at the cinema theatre.

the Short Movie Club audience reached an amount 70k of filmmakers, students of film schools, cinema lovers, and film industry members from all over the world
the Short Movie Club helps with crowdfunding campaigns of our selected participants.

An in-depth review of the best films will be published with IMDb rating. We compile comments of viewers, cinephiles and experts. We establish connections between the filmmaker and the audience.

Yes, a party every day. It is the main reason…
The concept of the NEFILTRAVANAE KINO (Unfiltered Cinema):
We live in a world of malls and cinema multiplexes. We see that indie cinema and non-commodity art go to the periphery of public attention. Primitive attractions replace the cinematography. The escape audience is alienated behind the big screen. So modern mainstream cinema is part of a manipulating tool that leads to the society of alienation. Thus the tendency is that indie cinema becomes more unreadable for the wide audience. We should understand the context of the filmmaker to understand the independent cinema. That is why the NEFILTRAVANAE KINO concept implies the physical presence of filmmakers.

Filmmakers shoot millions of movies. And thousands of short film festivals organize screenings all over the world every year. On average, several thousand films are submitted to a film festival. So various good films can be neglected for whatever reason. Often selecting probability is like winning a lottery. As a result, filmmakers are left with no feedback. It is a paradox that no one can hear you in the age of the Internet! The mainstream culture prefers attractions and casual viewing.

Also, this idea is based on the film selection problem. Perhaps it’s no surprise one person, i.e. programme director at best, or even students of film schools make a preliminary decision to select a movie. Сoncordance of judges or previewers is more seldom thing than the difference of background, tastes. So selection or judging can be one-sided or perfunctory. It is not bad as the programme director has a good taste and aesthetic sensitivity, of course. But we’ve discovered another conception of “unfiltered cinema”. We matched it against “the best of the best” way. This way aids to perceive cinematic idiom without the dictate of art-curators.

So the Unfiltered Cinema Film Festival tries to avoid “the best of the best” way but it does not ignore it completely, sure. The festival selects fiction, animation, documentary, experimental and virtual reality sections. A jury awards the best film in every section. The festival holds the screenings at cinema theatres, the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, and art-spaces.

Our aim is to gather people in art, to have a dialogue to be happy with smart communication. Cinema is art but not sport. The key point of our project is to establish communication between the filmmaker and the audience.

Please, read about the festival history through the link to the festival's website.

The project aims to provide building of Cinema-van mobile library amphibia

Best fiction film
Best documentary
Best animation
Best experimental film
People's Choice

The film festival tries to avoid «the best of the best» way. But we don’t ignore it completely, sure. The film festival selects fiction (narrative films), animation, documentary, experimental films, and virtual reality sections. A jury awards the best short film of every film festival section.

Any filmmaker can come and show his film to get feedback from the experts and the audience. The only filter is the time we have to show films within three days. In fact, we had time to screen all movies of attended filmmakers last year.

And a film submitting is not just a film submitting. We suggest participating in our researches. Also, the Short Movie Club helps with short films crowdfunding campaigns of our selected participants. We suggest a promotion for selected participants: interviews releases, IMDb rating, granting waivers codes from our festival partners.

We accommodate selected participants at the apartments in Minsk center. Other filmmakers are lodged if there are free places. We involve cinema enthusiasts and volunteers that can host the rest guests of out-of-competition sections of the film festival.

The film festival provides official invitations for travel grants and visas support.

The film festival is held in February-March annually. The precise date of the film festival will be announced no later than within 5 months prior to the beginning of the film festival. Notifications are sent for two months before the festival dates.

Venues are the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, cinema theatre “velcom-cinema“, cinema theatre “BELARUS”, “Y” art-gallery, the Museum of Belarussian Cinema, the Art-Space Ok16.

Films can be submitted through the website or film festival platforms. A participant does not need to fill any additional film submission forms in the case of submitting the film via film festival platforms.

Short films with runtime no longer than 45 minutes are allowed to participate in the film festival. There is no limit on how many works one participant can send. TV-films and films for children are not accepted.

There are no restrictions on the year of film creation for non-competitive sections and the section of the Unfiltered Cinema. But submitted films are accepted into competitive sections if they were made not earlier than January 2019.

The participant that sends the application must guarantee observance of copyright on the films sent. All responsibility for copyright observance lies on the contestant.

Each film must have subtitles. In the case of the selection, the file should be attached separately. The subtitles must be in English and in SRT or SUB format. The use of any other format is allowed only after coordination with the organizing committee.

The film festival can share a prss-kit, a trailer, a teaser of a submitted film for promotional purposes. Not more than 10 seconds of the submitted film in overall can be used for promotion on the Internet or TV.



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