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6 edition of Unfiltered Cinema Film Festival (Short Movie Club)

From March 20, 2020 until March 22, 2020

Regulations

The Unfiltered Cinema (Short Movie Club) Film Festival provides long-term research of contemporary short film creation context. The festival is non-institutional art activity. The festival belongs both to filmmakers and organizers. We are moving to self-organization, transparency and horizontal communication step by step. The established submission fee is a kind of crowdfunding to support the project.
Anybody can come and show his film to get feedback from the audience. The only filter is the time we have to show films within three days. In our experience, we had time to screen all movies of arrived participants.
The festival tries to avoid «the best of the best» way but we don’t ignore it completely, sure. The festival selects fiction, animation, documentary, experimental and virtual reality sections. A jury awards the best film of every section.
We accommodate selected participants at guesthouses. Other participants are lodged if there are free places. We involve cinema enthusiasts and volunteers that can host the rest guests of out-of-competition sections.
And a submitting is not just a submitting. We suggest participating in our studies not annoying.
The festival is held in February-March annually. The precise date will be announced no later than within 5 months prior to the beginning of the festival.
Venues are the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, cinema theatre «velcom-cinema«, the Museum of Belarussian Cinema, the Art-Space Ok16.
Films can be submitted through the website or festivals platforms. A participant does not need to fill any additional forms in the case of submitting via platforms.
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. TV-films and films for children are not accepted.
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.
The festival can share a press-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 Internet or TV.

Competition and unfiltered cinema sections

Trotsky Deadline deadline: Sept. 19, 2019 for 11.00 €

About

This Festival was founded in 2015

We are inspired by the idea of “unfiltered 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 favourable 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 a lottery. As a result, filmmakers are left with no feedback. It is a paradox that no one can hear you in an 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 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 a communication between the filmmaker and the audience.

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

CONSIDERATION
Your film is placed greater focus on and given due consideration

SHOWING
The films are screened at National Centre of Contemporary Arts

TRAVEL
Discover the Belarus, white point on the Europian map

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

REVIEW
An in-depth review of the best films will be published with IMDb rating

COMMENTS
We compile comments of viewers, cinephiles and experts

FEEDBACK
We establish connections between the filmmaker and the audience

TROPHY AWARD
CinemAngel awarding ceremony is held at the marvellous hall of the Azgur Muzeum

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

PARTY — AFTERPARTY
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
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 project aims to provide building of Cinema-van mobile library amphibia https://www.behance.net/gallery/33392769/Cinema-van-Mobile-library-Amphibia . Please, consider your 10$ payment as a contribution to the amazing project! And one day the wonder on the wheels visits your city, village or island.

Address

Studio Karas
Nekrasova 3
220000 Minsk
Belarus