BIAFF - Batumi International Art-house Film Festival


15th edition

Sep 13 - Sep 20, 2021
Batumi, Georgia

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films
Film length Full length, Short

Mission / description BIAFF VISION

Our vision is to become the premier international Film Festival in Georgia in the near future and to continue to expand our reach becoming the major international Film Festival event in the Black Sea region focusing on art-house and independent cinema.


The mission of BIAFF is to be an international event designed to enhance cultural exchange, understanding, and collaboration through the screening of new art house-house and non-commercial films from Georgia and abroad. The event provides an opportunity for well known film makers, producers and film critics to meet and share their expertise and works with other people in their respective fields and gives local cinema lovers and other individuals a better understanding of the industry and it’s people through retrospectives. BIAFF is also focused on providing a quality educational opportunity for those people interested in film and cinematography.
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Class Founded: 2006
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: Jan 22, 2020

Early bird deadline: Jun 01, 2020
Regular deadline: Aug 01, 2020
Late deadline: Aug 15, 2020

Notification date: Aug 26, 2020

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Fees Fees range from 5.00 to 25.00 USD . See submission categories for details about fees.
Awards Total prize money: 0.00 USD
Other prizes: Seahorse statue
Festival sections
International Doc Films Competition
International Feature Film Competition
International Short Films Competition
General rules General Regulation
Festival Organization
Festival Program
Films Transportation and Insurance
Closing Regulation

General Regulation

Article 1
Batumi International Film Festival will be held every year at the beginning of September in Batumi,Georgia to develop cultural exchange, popularization of cinematography, mutual understanding between nations and collaboration of filmmakers.

Festival Organization

Article 2
Tthe organizer of Batumi International Film Festival is Batumi Art House Argani, hereinafter Directorate of Batumi International Film Festival which appoints Festival Director, planning the program for all films whether in competition or not, selects honorable guests and works out the Festival Policy.

Festival Program

Article 3
Festival Program consists of following sections:

Feature competition
Doc Competition
Shorts Competition
Meet the Jury
Retrospective screening
Silk Road Countries Films
Master collection

Article 4
It is necessary to communicate your desire to participate to the Directorate of Batumi International Film Festival before the 1 August in order to take part in the Festival. All films will be selected by the Program Directors of Batumi International Art-House Film Festival and the selection process will be finalized by 20 August. The films, which didn’t have public screening in Georgia, may participate in the Festival Program (except retrospective screening and Georgian Films Program). The films screening program shall be determined by the Directorate of Batumi International Art-House Film Festival. Every film can be presented not more than 3 times on the festival, including screening for Media.

Article 5
The films completed maximum within 2 years prior to film festival can participate in the Festival competition (both main and young film makers section). The competition program gives preference to International or Caucasus premiers. There are 10 feature and 8 documentary films participating in Main Competition of Batumi International Art-House Film Festival.

In Short film competition participate 25 films, which should fit the following requirements:
- Length of film up to 35 minutes
- Age of film maker up to 35 years
- Genre short feature, doc, animation, experimental
- Format of screenings DCP, Blue-ray, DVD

The films included in main competition can be screened on - DCP, Blue0ray and films for short films section on Blue-ray, DVD etc.

Article 6
All conditions and dates are strongly followed, if not, the Directorate of Batumi International Film Festival reserves the right to exclude the film from the Festival Program.


Article 7
The completed entry-form and film copy shoudl be presented to the Management of Batumi International Film Festival before 1 August. The following documents have to be attached to the application: English subtitles, advertising and media materials, materials for catalogue (information about the film authors, their photos and the photo of the producer).

Films Transportation and Insurance

Article 8
Expenses occurred by transportation of the films for competition shall be under the responsibility of the Directorate of Batumi International Art-House Film Festival. The Directorate of Batumi Batumi International Art-House Festival is responsible for insuring and safe storage of the films copies.


Article 9
The Directorate of Batumi International Art-House Film Festival decides the conditions and time of inviting guests to the Festival. The maximum two representatives of the films in competition will be invited on the Festival. The Directorate of Batumi International Art-House Film Festival shall take responsibility to cover transportation and accommodation expenses for one representative of the film in competition section of the Festival. Other guests' travel expenses can be covered based on decision of the Directorate of the Festival.


Article 10
The International Jury is assigned to three sections International Feature competition, International Doc competition and International short films competition sections. Each of Jury consists of 5 persons from which only one can be from Georgia.
The expenses related to the participation of each jury member (transportation, accommodation) shall be responsibility of the Directorate of Batumi International Film Festival. No person, in any way involved in the production and/or commercial renting of films included in competition section, may be a part of the jury.


Article 11
The jury will give awards for films in main competition section in the following nominations:

International Feature Competition
1. Grand Prix
2. Best Film director
4. Best actor
5. Best actress
6. Jury Special prize

International Doc Competition
1. Best Documentary film
2. Jury Special prize

Young film makers competition
1. Best film
2. Jury special prize

Festival administration has also the following additional awards:
- Lifetime achievement award in cinematography (Georgian cinematography)
- Lifetime achievement award in cinematography (Foreign cinematography)
- Special prize of festival directorate

Closing article

Article 12
The term of participation in festival is to follow all requirements covered by this regulations