IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival

In The Palace ISFF // IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival

17th edition

Sep 15 - Sep 22, 2021
Varna, Bulgaria

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Hybrids, Narrative fiction, Student
Film length
Genre Action, Adventure, Alternative, Art, Avantgarde, Biography, Comedy, Comedy drama, Crime, Culture, Dark comedy, Drama, Dramedy, Environmental, Family, Fantastic, Fantasy, Film noir, Foreign, Health, History, Horror, Human rights, Independent, Kids, LGBT, Live Action, Medical, Musical, Mystery, Nature, , Parody, Post modern, Realism, Reality, Religious, Road Trip, Romantic comedy, Satire, Science, Science fiction, Silent movie, Social issues, Spiritual, Sports, Surreal, Thriller, Transgender, Underground, Urban, War, Western

Mission / description IN THE PALACE is an established international festival dedicated to short films, new media and digital arts up to 27 minutes in length.

The main purpose of the Festival is to present and promote the contemporary short film art form from Bulgaria, Europe, and the rest of the world. IN THE PALACE is an Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe (EFFE) Label holder, a Student Academy Award® Qualifying Festival, and an Academy Award®/Oscar® Qualifying Festival for shorts in the categories of Best Animation, Best Fiction and Best National Film.

17th IN THE PALACE will take place on 18 – 26 September 2020 in Festival and Congress Center in the beautiful seaside city of Varna.
The program will consist of the following main components:

• International, national and student competitive programs in 4 genres: fiction, documentary, animation, experimental
• ON FOCUS programmes and EFA and Oscar® nominated/awarded films
• Q & A sessions
• FILMER FORGE: educational program for young professionals, industry meetings and a film pitching session
• Video library
• USHI FILM FEST: side film and educational program for children and youngsters
• MUSIC PALACE FEST: side music program

IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival provides an exceptionally favorable platform for the expression of both young directors and established professionals. Starting as a competitive forum for student films, it has now become the largest and most prestigious short film festival in Bulgaria and the region.

IN THE PALACE is organized by Format SFF Foundation, Veshtina Municipal Centre, the National Institute for Culture Research and Policies and Festival and Congress Centre - Varna (, in partnership and with the support of National Culture Fund and Ministry of Culture, Sofia Municipality, and the Erasmus+ Programme and European Solidarity Corps of the European Commission.

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Contact person Liliya Kucheva
Address IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival
12 Trepetlika str.
1407 Sofia
Phone +359 2 441 0302