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MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Before you read the festival philosophy and history let know 10 worth reasons to be part of The Short Movie Club:
Your film is placed greater focus on and given due consideration
The films are screened at the Cinemas, National Centre for Contemporary Arts
Discover the Belarus, white point on the Europian map
FILM INDUSTRY PARTNERS
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 from viewers, cinephiles, and experts
We establish connections between the filmmaker and the audience
CinemAngel awarding ceremony is held at the marvelous hall of the Azgur Muzeum
Your film is considered to be selected for Short Movies Club partner festivals
PARTY — AFTERPARTY
Yes, party every day. It is the main reason…
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
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”, 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.
We are inspired by the idea of “unpurified cinema”. This idea is based on the movie selection problem of short film festivals. Perhaps it’s no surprise one person, i.e. programme director at best, or even students of film schools make a preliminary decision to select a movie. So selection is one-sided or perfunctory. These things are made worse because thousands of movies are submitted to the festival.
It is not bad as the programme director has good taste and aesthetic sensitivity, of course. But we’ve discovered another conception of “unpurified cinema” that is matched against “the best of the best” way. We show all films without selection. This way aids to perceive cinematic idiom without the dictate of art-curators. Any comments, replies, and marks are collected during the screenings. We make a survey to understand the cinemania level of the viewers. The programmes consist of films that both created ambivalent impressions and triggered straightforward favourable reactions.
Millions of movies are shot and thousands of short film festivals are held all over the world every year. On average, several thousands of films are submitted to a film festival. So various good films can be neglected for whatever reason. Often selecting probability is like winning a lottery. As a result, filmmakers are left with no feedback. It is a paradox that no one can hear you in an age of the Internet! The mainstream culture prefers attractions and casual viewing.
For this reason we created this “Unpurified Cinema” project. It aims to promote films unpurified by festivals and producer companies. We collect films and do our best to show programmes to the wide audience at National Centre for Contemporary Arts. We compile comments of viewers, cinephiles and experts and send them to filmmakers.
The key point of our project is to establish a communication between the filmmaker and the audience.
The «Unpurufied Cinema» is long term studying we are realizing since 2007.
Aliaksandr Martyniuk (Festival Registrar); Aliaksandr Martyniuk (Festival Registrar)
Grand-Prix with CinemAngel trophy
The best fiction film
The best documentary film
The best animation
The best experimental film
The best Belarussian film
People's choice award
Most discussed film
Cinema theatre "BELARUS" (Engels 20, Minsk Belarus)
National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Nekrasova 3, Minsk Belarus)
"Ў" Art Gallery
Museum of Belarussian Cinema
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. The festival accommodates selected participants at the cottages in the beautiful nature place of Minsk. The festival's team helps with all visas issues and accommodation during the festival for selected participants.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The Short Movie Club (Unfiltered Cinema) Film Festival provides long-term research of contemporary short film creation context. The festival is non-institutional art activity. The festival belongs both to filmmakers and organizers. We are moving to self-organization, transparency and horizontal communication step by step. The established submission fee is a kind of crowdfunding to support the project.
Anybody can come and show his film to get feedback from the audience. The only filter is the time we have to show films within three days. In our experience, we had time to screen all movies of arrived participants.
The festival tries to avoid «the best of the best» way but we don’t ignore it completely, sure. The festival selects fiction, animation, documentary, experimental and virtual reality sections. A jury awards the best film of every section.
We accommodate selected participants at guesthouses. Other participants are lodged if there are free places. We involve cinema enthusiasts and volunteers that can host the rest guests of out-of-competition sections.
The festival is held in February-March annually. The precise date will be announced no later than within 5 months prior to the beginning of the festival.
Venues are the National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Cinema theatre "BELARUS", the Museum of Belarussian Cinema, the Art-Space Ok16.
Films can be submitted through the website or festivals platforms. A participant does not need to fill any additional forms in the case of submitting via platforms.
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. TV-films and films for children are not accepted.
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.
The festival can share a press-kit, a trailer, a teaser of a submitted film for promotional purposes. Not more than 10 seconds of the submitted film in overall can be used for promotion on Internet or TV.