Co-founded by Golden Bear winning director Adina Pintilie in 2010, Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival is an annual event dedicated to experimental films and visual arts. BIEFF aims to promote highly innovative films and filmmakers with strong personal views on contemporary reality, which also daringly explore the boundaries of cinematic language. The festival program includes two short film competitions (International Competition and National Competition), a feature film competition, special short and feature film programs, as well as exhibitions and installations, featuring each year more than 80 short films and 10 feature films. The festival aims to create a space for dialogue between filmmakers and their audience both in the context of Q&A sessions held after the screenings, as well as with special director’s talks and thematic panels.
26.09.2023 ⟶ 01.10.2023
The centerpiece of the programme of films that BIEFF proposes is its INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION, consisting of some of the most daring and innovative experimental short film works produced in the year previous to each edition.
The films selected for the International Short Film Competition are considered for the following awards: BIEFF 2023 Main Award, Best Directing Award, Best Visual Concept Award. Starting from 2021, BIEFF also showcases an annual selection of Romanian experimental short films as part of the NATIONAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION competing for the Best Romanian Short Film Award.
As of 2022, a new addition to the program structure of BIEFF is the FEATURE FILM COMPETITION, a programme dedicated to first and second features directed by emerging filmmakers interested in cinematic innovation.
Bld. Banul Manta, nr. 18, bl. 28, sc. B, et. 4, ap. 77, Sector 1, Bucharest
Early bird fee (until March 15th): €8
Regular fee (March 15th – May 10th): €10
Late fee (after May 10th): €12
Romanian filmmakers can enter their submissions free of charge.
Oana Ghera is a film curator, cultural manager and cinema educator. She is the Artistic Director of BIEFF since 2020 and has previously programmed for NexT International Film Festival (2016-2019). Her curatorial work also includes special guest-curated film programs for This is Short, Short Waves Film Festival Poznan, Europalia Arts Festival, the Romanian National Television and others. In the past seven years, she was also involved in organising and/or coordinating various nation-wide film education programs (Education a l’image, CinEd, Kinoteca Bloc Zero, One World Romania in Schools etc.).