Nekrasova 3
National Centre for Contemporary Arts
Minsk, Belarus

Fri 20th Mar to Sun 22nd Mar
Submission deadline: Thu 21st Nov 19

Festival Overview

Unfiltered Cinema (Short Movie Club) tries to avoid "the best of the best" way but we don't ignore it completely, sure. The festival’s 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. Screenings are held at National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Cinema theatre “BELARUS”, Azgur Muzeum, art-galleries. Our team hopes to create a community, brotherhood of filmmakers to celebrate a spirit of indie cinema together. We accommodate selected participants at cottages in beautiful nature place of Minsk. Also, we compile comments of viewers, cinephiles, and experts and send them to filmmakers. Another key point of our project is to establish communication between the filmmaker and the audience.

Before you read the festival philosophy and history let know 10 worth reasons to be part of The Unfiltered Cinema (Short Movie Club):

Your film is placed greater focus on and given due consideration

The films are screened at 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 marvellous 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 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 ).


Grand Prix
Best fiction film
Best documentary
Best animation
Best experimental film
People's choice award


Animation Documentary Experimental Short

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Known festival contacts Contacts
Aliaksandr Martyniuk
Programme Director


Open to the public


The festival belongs to filmmakers, not to organizers. We move to self-organization step by step. All we have to organize the festival is our inspiration, our labor and submission fees of filmmakers. Please, consider the submission fee (10$) as your contribution to this crowdfunding project. Also, we are building Cinema-van mobile library amphibia. And one day the wonder on the wheels visits your city, village or island.

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