IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival 

17th IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival

15-22 September 2020

Festival and congress center-Varna, Bulgaria


Founded in 2003, IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival is dedicated to short films, new media and digital arts of up to 27 minutes in length. Originating as a competitive forum for student films, it has grown to be a recognized platform for the expression of both young artists and established professionals – the only one of its kind in Bulgaria serving this particular sector of contemporary culture, and one of the three oldest film forums of this kind on the Balkans.

IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival is an EFFE Label holder - Europe’s quality stamp for remarkable arts festivals showing their engagement in the field of the arts, community involvement and international openness. Since 2017 IN THE PALACE has been an Academy Awards/Oscar® qualifying festival in the categories of Best Animation, Best Fiction and Best National Film and also a Student Academy Awards® qualifying festival. IN THE PALACE is a member of the international network of festivals and institutions serving the short film sector – the Short Film Conference.

Traditionally the festival is running within a week and consists of the following main programmes:

                Competitive programme in 4 genres: fiction, documentary, animation and experimental

                ON FOCUS film programmes and EFA and Oscar® nominated and awarded short films

                Q&A sessions

                Filmer Forge industry platform: educational programme, pitching session, film industry   market, industry meetings


                Side musical programme

Side film initiatives for young people and general public - children’s film program and  workshops, film initiatives for amateurs and the general public, film literacy programs for pupils and young people.

So far, the festival has had 16 editions in a row with the mission to promote Bulgarian, European and international contemporary film art, to develop and promote the short film sector, and create a platform for the expression of both young and established filmmakers. The festival is a cultural meeting point of film industry, artists, students, educational institutions, and the general public, that provides access to the latest trends, developments, and learning in the arts and culture through screenings, training and interdisciplinary exchange.


Venue and dates: Festival and Congress Center - Varna, 15 - 22 September 2020

Submission deadline: 01 April 2020