Unfiltered Cinema (Short Movie Club) (6)


24 Mar 2019
Call for entries

19 Dec 2019
Final deadline


19 Jan 2020
Notification date

13 Mar 2020
15 Mar 2020


Nekrasova,  220000, Minsk, Minsk, Belarus

Festival description
Short film festival 35'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 Production date: Any
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  35'<
 Any language
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Festival start: 13 March 2020      Festival end: 15 March 2020

The Short Movie Club tries to avoid "best of the best" way but we don't ignore it completely, sure. The festival selects fiction, animation, documentary and experimental sections. A jury awards the best film of every section. Nevertheless, the festival provides every submitter with an opportunity to show the film, discuss and get feedback in the case of visiting. The latter films are included into Unpurified Cinema section. Screenings are held at National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Cinema theatre “Pioneer”, Azgur Muzeum, art-galleries.

We are inspired by the idea of “unpurified cinema”. This idea is based on the movie selection problem of short film festivals. 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. So selection is one-sided or perfunctory. These things are made worse because thousands of movies are submitted to the festival.

It is not bad as the programme director has good taste and aesthetic sensitivity, of course. But we’ve discovered another conception of “unpurified cinema” that is matched against “the best of the best” way. This way aids to perceive cinematic idiom without the dictate of art-curators. Any comments, replies, and marks are collected during the screenings. We make a survey to understand the cinemania level of the viewers. The programmes consist of films that both created ambivalent impressions and triggered straightforward favorable reactions.

Millions of movies are shot and thousands of short film festivals are held all over the world every year. On average, several thousands of films are submitted to a film festival. So various good films can be neglected for whatever reason.

Often selecting probability is like winning in 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.

For this reason we’d created this “unfiltered cinema” project. It aims to promote films unpurified by festivals and producer companies.

We collect films and do our best to show programmes to a wide audience at National Centre of Contemporary Arts. We compile comments of viewers, cinephiles, and experts and send them to filmmakers.

The key point of our project is to establish communication between the filmmaker and the audience.

Let know 10 worth reasons to be part of the Short Movie Club:

Your film is placed greater focus on and given due consideration

The films are screened at the National Centre of Contemporary Arts

Discover the Belarus, white point on the Europian map

One of the leading studios in Eastern Europe «BELARUSFILM» opens gates

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

CinemAngel awarding ceremony is held at the marvelous hall of the Azgur Muzeum

Your film is considered to be selected for Short Movies Club partner festivals

Yes, party every day. It is the main reason…

The project aims to provide building of Cinema-van mobile library amphibia https://www.behance.net/gallery/33392769/Cinema-van-Mobile-library-Amphibia

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

The Short Movie Club invites as more participants as possible. Our team hopes to create a community, brotherhood of indie filmmakers to celebrate together a spirit of indie cinema.

We accommodate selected participants at the cottages in the beautiful nature place of Minsk. Other participants are lodged if there are free places.

The festival's team helps with all visas issues and accommodation during the festival for selected participants.

Films with runtime no longer than 35 minutes are allowed to participate in the festival. There is no limit on how many works one participant can send. The participant that sends application must guarantee observance of copyright on the works sent. All responsibility for copyright observance lies on the contestant.

Each work must have a subtitle file attached separately. The subtitles must be in English and in SRT or SUB format. Use of any other format is allowed only after coordination with the organizing committee.

We compile comments of viewers, cinephiles and experts and send them to filmmakers.

We don't accept TV-films and films for children.

The Short Movie Club provides constructing of CinemaVan ( see https://www.behance.net/gallery/33392769/Cinema-van-Mobile-library-Amphibia ).



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