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15th IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival


IN THE PALACE is a renowned international festival dedicated to the promotion of short films, new media and digital arts under 27 minutes in length.

The main purpose of the Festival is to present and promote the contemporary film art from Bulgaria, Europe, and the world. In 2017 IN THE PALACE received an EFFE Festival Label from The European Festivals Association, and with the up-coming 15th edition, it will also hold the honor of being approved by the OSCAR® Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to choose a number of eligible films for their consideration in the Animated Short Film/Live Action Short Film category of the Academy Awards®.

The festival will take place during the last week of June, in the former residence of Queen Marie Alexandra Victoria, situated in the beautiful seaside town of Balchik. It will consist of several essential activities, such as:

• International and national competitive programmes, in 4 genres: fiction, documentary, animation, and experimental
• ON FOCUS programmes - a non-competitive screening programme targeting concrete themes
• Q & A sessions
• Filmer Forge educational programme for professionals
• Pitching Session for young and debuting filmmakers
• Film Industry Market
• Video-library
• USHI FILM FEST - parallel film festival for kids and teenagers
• MUSIC PALACE FEST - parallel musical programme, including live concerts, parties, jam sessions, etc.

IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival provides an exceptionally favorable platform for the expressions of both young directors and established professionals. Founded in 2003, the festival has grown from a competitive forum for student films into 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 and National Institute for Culture Research and Policies, in partnership and with the support of National Cultural Institute - Cultural Center “The Palace” - Balchik, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgarian National Film Center and the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission.

The 15th In The Palace ISFF will be held from June 23 -30, 2018.



1. Eligible films must be maximum 27 minutes in length and completed after 1 January 2016.

2. The Festival accepts individual and institutional submission (production companies, distribution companies, film academies, national film centers, television networks, creative associations, etc.).

3. Entry fees and deadlines*:

         FIRST DEADLINE: 15 of April 2017 - 15.00 EUR for the International and National Competition Programs;
         LAST DEADLINE: 15 of March 2018 - 20.00 EUR for the International and National Competition Programs.

* Authors whose films have been selected in some of the 2 most recent editions of the Festival shall not be charged a submission fee.
** Authors whose films have been awarded or nominated in previous editions of the Festival shall not be charged a submission fee.

On 01 May 2018 the Festival will officially announce its final selection for the International and National Competition Programs.

4. The Festival does not pay any screening fees.

5. The total award fund of the Festival amounts to 10 000 EUR payable in gold.

6. The Festival Competition Program includes:


       ONLY for films having their Bulgarian premiere at the Festival, including the following categories:
      -Experimental films, hybrid forms and formats, digital art works.



      Includes the following categories:
       -Experimental films, hybrid forms and formats, digital art works.

Eligible are only films that have been completed during the study years of their directors.


         ONLY FOR BULGARIAN MOVIES, including the following categories:
         -Experimental films, hybrid forms and formats, digital art works.

Eligible are films produced in Bulgaria or co-productions with Bulgarian participation.

7. The Festival appoints a Selection Committee and a professional International Jury to assess the films shown at Festival.

8. Authors of selected films will be timely informed about the decisions of the commissions.

9. Accreditation applications should be submitted via E-MAIL ( not later than 01 June 2018. The Festival has the right to decline accreditation; in this case the applicant will be timely notified.

10. The deadline for sending screening copies of selected films is 01 June 2018.

11. English subtitles are mandatory for all the movies, also for the ones with English dialogues. The subtitles must be always burned in the movie.

12. The recommended format of screening copies, together with all technical requirements, are sent to the address specified in the application. Once and if the movie is selected the recommended format of screening copies, together with all technical requirements will be sent to the mail indicated in the moment of the submission; please check carefully that the address is correct. If you don’t receive any communication, please write us asap to to check the status of your movie.

13. The Festival reserves the right to screen the preview copies of the films presented at the time of selection, if the screening copy is late and/or is different from the one selected, and/or in case the technical characteristics of the screening copy are different from the ones accepted by the Festival.

14. The Festival will cover the accommodation of one film representative per film of the movies selected in the competition program. The accommodation will be arranged based on preliminary accreditation. In the case of late applications the Festival will not be responsible if the accommodation capacity is filled up.

15. The Festival reserves the right to include films that have not accumulated enough selection points to participate in the competition programs, in thematic non-competitive festival programs.

16. Copyright and other rights owners of the film agree to its inclusion in any Festival and further presentation programs, such as gratuitous publication and showing of screenshots, trailers and parts of the film (online or via other media) with the purpose of presenting the film’s participation in the Festival.

17. Further to the Festival’s mission to preserve and protect short filmmaking as part of contemporary cultural heritage, all submitted demos of films will be automatically included in the Festival Video Library for a period of 10 years, and will be accessible for non-commercial and professional viewing. In the absence of an explicit written request on behalf of the rights owners at least 2months before the expiry of the above 10-year period, the permanence of the movie in the Festival Video-Library will be automatically renewed for another period of the same duration (10 years).

18. The Festival Director has the right to personally resolve any cases not covered by the present rules and regulations.

19. The submission for participation in the Festival constitutes acceptance of all the present rules and regulations.

The Festival reserves the right to cancel an Application for participation and undertake action in case of breach of the present rules and regulations and/or indecent behavior: acts of aggression and arrogance, intolerance towards difference, etc. that undermine the Festival’s name or impede its normal proceedings.

Any legal disputes shall be resolved by a Bulgarian court.



Silver Princess Statuette (replica of the original "The Palace" statue of Ilijana, daughter of the Romanian Queen Mary of Edingburg)

The voices of this year's directors show more clearly than ever that people from all nations are bonded by the same love, loss and laughter. Whether from Africa, Asia, America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand or the Middle East we are one in our needs and emotions. Perhaps in the 21st century the hand written note has been replaced by the cell phone or the text message, but communication remains the plot of every story.

After careful deliberation into the wee hours of the morning (June, 25th) our jury emerged unanimous in our decision for BEST FILM and BEST DOCUMENTARY. In all categories, the work is outstanding -- script, cinematography, editing, direction and acting. Taken together these are among the best short films ever made. Even the documentaries are driven by a powerful narrative. We honor the following films.

The nominees for BEST DOCUMENTARY are:

  • Canopy Crossing
  • Mother (winner)
  • Undertow Eyes


MOTHER, unanimously chosen as the winner for excellent achievement in Documentary filmmaking gives us a glimpse via a forgotten camera into the life of a struggling elderly Polish matriarch. Spellbinding in it's intimacy and details MOTHER lives with constant waiting.

Special mention: Canopy Crossing

The nominees for BEST FILM are:

  • Ana's Playground
  • Chalk
  • Dissection of a Storm (winner)
  • Minute 200
  • Paris Shanghai
  • The Cassava Metaphor


DISSECTION OF A STORM is unparalleled in every aspect of filmmaking in the main competition of the IN THE PALACE film festival - from the superb cinematography, lighting, acting, editing, sound, music, story, art direction - every element of the film language was eloquently executed to drive the story forward. We are pleased to honor DISSECTION OF A STORM with BEST FILM.

Special mention in cinematography:

  • Ana's Playground / David Doyle
  • Dissection of a Storm /Alvaro Martin Blanco
  • Mother / Michal Stajniak

Special mention in acting:

  • Minute 200 / Mercedes Mendez
  • Paris Shanghai / Franc Bruneau
  • The Cassava Metaphor / Mata Gabin

Special mention for script:

  • Minute 200 / Frank Benitez Pena
  • Paris Shanghai / Thomas Cailley and Claude Le Pepe

Special mention in editing:

  • Chalk / Benedetto Lan Franco

Biket Ilhan, Branislava Dzunov, Emiliya Stoeva, Linda O. Olzsewski, Sandy Sissel


(official Jury Press Release)




A Special Mention for Original Script and Best Sound.


A Special Mention for Cinematography and Production Design


A nomination for Rob Brown‘s fine directing presenting a delicate topic with great sensitivity.


A nomination for the strong direction of Marinus Groothof on the subject of conserving eternal human values in times of conflict and crisis.


This powerful and dramatic film takes a deep insight look at the problem of violence against women using strong visual metaphors. Its deep emotional impact is a result of the outstanding directing, cinematography and acting.




A nomination for the beautiful directorial debut of Neshka Karadzhinska telling a story with sensibility and skill.


A nomination for its strong script and cinematographic and directorial potential.

TRAINS (winner)

For the deep and moving depiction of the problem of poverty, skillfully presented using professional cinematographic language. The strong message and provoking social sensibility and Antoaneta Petrova’s outstanding performance make this film the winner in Best National Film category.



DANNY BOY (winner)

This dramatic, sad and poetic film was impressively animated using human sized puppets. A beautifully told story, strong direction and originality make this film our winner for best Animated Film.


This beautifully animated Burton-esque film with outstanding production design and original story told with fine sense of humor deserves a Special Mention for directing as well as a Nomination in the Best Animated Film category.


For the originality of its script, for the freshness of its design and animation, for the way this one-man film makes it all look easy “The Spoon” is our third nomination for Best Animated Film.




A nomination for the strong cinematographic skills and the emotional and metaphorical language.


This beautiful, poetic film is skillfully directed and shot. It also shines with great Art Direction, Costume design and Music.


A nomination for the artistic approach to the fascinating and sensitive topic of insanity. A strong and visually impressive film by Costa e Silva, Canetti and Santoloni.




For the outstanding performance of the director and cinematographer. A strong story, provoking artistic and social sensibility.


A nomination for depicting with passion the continuous battle for justice in complicated surroundings.


A nomination for this prominent interpretation on the subject of the lack of freedom, using spectacular cinematographic skills.

Elena Yontcheva, Rouja Koleva, Victoria Marinescu


Just one day to go before the start of the 9th IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival in Balchik!

& There's just too much to like - great films, high energy, and bonus content.

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We kindly invite you to the Festival Opening Press Conference with the members of the all-female jury.
Being at the right place and the right time is a tremendous blessing.

Sunday, June 19th
Stone Hall, In THE PALACE, Balchik


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Linda O. Olszewski – Head Acquisition Executive for Oscar Shorts theatrical, iTunes, VOD, TV and airline releases for the Academy Award nominated short films - will lead a workshop during the 9th edition of IN THE PALACE Short Film Festival, Balchik. Power of film will provide the skills needed not only to make a successful film or animation, but also a diskussion about such an important topics as crowd funding, festival and distribution strategy.

How to qualify your film for Academy award consideration? We know for a fact Linda will give you the best answer!

Learn more about the workshop here.


IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival has announced the Juries of the 9th edition of the festival. There are plenty of eminent women that will be judging this year's in-competition films.

Hit the jump for the full list of the Jury members and Stay tuned!

The 9th IN THE PALACE Short Film Festival runs from June 18th – 25th, 2011.


There are three Bulgarian ladies on the jury of the International Short Film Festival IN THE PALACE, Balchik.

Elena Yoncheva, Dr. Emilia Stoeva and Ruzha Koleva - these are the three bulgarian ladies who this year will be part of the all female jury of the International Short Film Festival IN THE PALACE, Balchik. The professions of the three women - a journalist, film director and animator - in Bulgarian language are masculine nouns, but they - Elena, Emilia and Ruzha - are proof that the only category of successful career is professionalism.

The "hot spot" of Bulgarian journalism

The term "hot spot" in the Bulgarian TV journalism is inextricably linked with the name of Elena Yoncheva. Chechnya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Somalia, North Korea - these are just some of the countries visited by Elena, who observed the raging war and unprecedented collisions there. Her filmography includes more than 25 documentaries, including Sarajevo, The Chechen case, Israel - peace in the minds, war in the hearts, Colombia - the cocaine jungle, Venezuela - Oil and Revolution. People, not only known but also observed by the whole world, have stood in front of her microphone: Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Nelson Mandela, Radovan Karadzic, Ahmed Shah Masud, Salman Raduev, Shamil Basayev. Elena is the only Bulgarian journalist who for five consecutive years has been awarded the prize for best TV reporter and seven years in a row gets the award for best TV documentary in Bulgaria.

Professione: Camerawoman

Emilia Stoeva is one of the few women in Bulgarian cinema, who have a successful career behind the camera. Director of more than 40 documentaries, popular science and advertising films, teacher and friend to hundreds of students of cinematography in the Krastyo Sarafov National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts, New Bulgarian University and the young metropolitan Professional College of Screen Arts, Emilia is the author of the only English-Bulgarian dictionary of Film terminology and the almanac for young professionals The visual marriage of digital and photochemical cinematography. In 2010 together with one of the top directors in the world - Oliver Stone, Emilia Stoeva was on the jury of the International Film Festival in Singapore. In today's lexicon of Bulgarian cinema her name is synonymous with boundless creative energy and dedication to the profession.

The bulgarian trail across the ocean

Ruzha Koleva is one of the young but already established names of Bulgarian animation school, who under the conditions of the native reality, is successful across the ocean. Her biography includes creative projects for some of the largest companies in the industry, such as Dream Works, Canadian Cinar studio, Studio Django. She is one of the animators of the award winning Arthur, Belleville Triplets, Legend of Desperado and the nominated for Oscar The Illusionist. For the Festival IN THE PALACE Ruzha will fly from Los Angeles, California, where she currently lives and works.

I am honored to be on the jury of the Festival IN THE PALACE and I am pleased that after so many years abroad I am part of a Bulgarian project of this magnitude. I've heard great reviews from friends and colleagues who have been attending the festival for years. This is one of the most serious East European Short Film Festivals, and the only one in Bulgaria.

I am expecting an interesting and varied international selection. Furthermore, I am hoping for a strong Bulgarian participation in general and especially for good Bulgarian animation. - Ruzha Koleva.


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List of the films selected to competete in the 9th IN THE PALACE ISFF, Balchik, Bulgaria

3 Hours / 3 Hours, dir. Regan Hall (Jordan, UK)

3Sai: A Rite Of Passage / 3Sai: A Rite Of Passage, dir. Paul Emmanuel (South Africa)

A Balkan Rhapsody / A Balkan Rhapsody, dir. Tatyana Mircheva (Bulgaria)

A Cake Story / Istoriya s torta, dir. Milko Yovchev (Bulgaria)

A Finnish Fable 2011 / A Finnish Fable 2011, dir. Suominen Niina (Finland)

A Handful Of Love / Shepa lyubov, dir. Stoyan Cholakov (Bulgaria)

A Lost And Found Box Of Human Sensation / A Lost And Found Box Of Human Sensation, dir. Martin Wallner, Stefan Leuchtenberg (Germany)

Agape / Agape, dir. Krzysztof Pietroszek (Canada)

All Inclusive / All Inclusive, dir. Stanislav Brischuk (Russia)

An Untitled Life / An Untitled Life, dir. Shin Daewe (Myanmar)

Ana's Playground / Ana's Playground, dir. Eric D. Howell (USA)

Angelina / Angelina, dir. Ani Salich (Bulgaria)

Anne And Trembling / Anne Et Les Tremblements, dir. Solveig Anspach (France)

Arsy-Versy / Arsy-Versy, dir. Miro Remo (Slovakia)

Axis / Os, dir. Borys Shusterman (Ukraine)

B-1033 / B-1033, dir. Pawel Kryszak (Poland)

Beach Boy / Beach Boy, dir. Hannes Hirsch (Germany)

Beats Of Love / Beats Of Love, dir. Wim Geudens (Belgium)

Birth Of A Nation / Birth Of A Nation, dir. Daya Cahen (Netherlands)

Border / Granitsa, dir. Yana Nikolova (Bulgaria)

Bulgarians in Albania. Memories for Tomorrow / Balgarite v Albania. Spomeni za utre, dir. Rumiana Angelakova (Bulgaria)

Canopy Crossings / Canopy Crossings, dir. Gary Yong (Thailand, USA)

Caught Between Two Worlds / Két Világ Közt, dir. Viktor Oszkár Nagy (Hungary)

Chalk / Chalk, dir. Martina Amati (UK)

Changes / Changes, dir. Pavel Penchev (Bulgaria)

Curling / Curling, dir. Adriano Valerio (France)

Danny Boy / Danny Boy, dir. Marek Skrobecki (Switzerland)

Dear Friends / Chers amis, dir. Geneviève Dulude-decelles (Canada)

Deep End Dance / Deep End Dance, dir. Conor Horgan (Ireland)

Dissection Of A Storm / Disección De Una Tormenta, dir. Julio Soto Gúrpide (Spain)

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark Room / Ciemnego pokoju nie trzeba sie bac, dir. Kuba Czekaj (Poland)

Face / Face, dir. Adele Wilkes (Australia)

Formol / Formol, dir. Noelia Rodríguez Deza (Spain)

Garden / Garden, dir. Brander Pirjetta (Finland)

Gitti Bader / Gitti Bader, dir. Daniel Lang (Germany)

Good or Evil / Good or Evil, dir. Stanimir Stamatov (Bulgaria)

Her Mother's Daughters / Her Mother's Daughters, dir. Oonagh Kearney (Ireland)

Heritage / Miras , dir. Fariz Ahmedov (Azerbaijan, Russia)

Hermann / Hermann, dir. Hana Geissendorfer (Germany)

I / Ich, dir. David Fonjallaz (Switzerland)

I Love You / I Love You, dir. Natalia Novachkova (Bulgaria)

In The Shadow of Everest / V siankata na Everest, dir. Nikolay Stoyanov (Bulgaria)

In the steppes of Kalmikia / V stepite na Kalmikia, dir. Rumiana Angelakova (Bulgaria)

Interlude / Interlude, dir. Ruaridh Webster (UK)

Junk / Junk, dir. Kirk Hendry (UK)

Kavi / Kavi, dir. Gregg Helvey (India, USA)

LIN / LIN, dir. Piers Thompson (UK)

Liquidator / Liquidator, dir. Karel Doing (Netherlands)

Long Way Down / Dolgaya doroga vniz, dir. Sampo Mansnerus (Finland, Russia)

Lost among the Lost / Lost among the Lost, dir. Reni Yoveva (Bulgaria)

Love crush / Lyubovna katastrofa, dir. Bojidar Yanakiev (Bulgaria)

Love For Three / l'amour À Trois, dir. Chiara Malta (France)

Madame Perrault's Bluebeard / Madame Perrault's Bluebeard, dir. A.J. Bond (Canada)

Mi Hatice / Mi Hatice, dir. Denis Metin (Turkey)

Minnie Loves Junior / Minnie Loves Junior, dir. Andy Mullins (Australia)

Minute 200 / Minuto 200, dir. Frank Benitez Peña (Colombia)

Mother / Matka, dir. Jakub Piotek (Poland)

Mysteries In The Air / Zagadki vyv vyzduha, dir. Rosen Tsvetkov (Bulgaria)

Night Train / Yoejuna, dir. Maeki-Jussila Juha (Finland)

Nowhere Elsewhere / Au Milieu De Nulle Part Ailleurs, dir. Annick Blanc (Canada)

Nulepsy / Nulepsy, dir. Jessica Sarah Rinland (UK)

Oliviero Toscani - The Rage Of Images / Oliviero Toscani - Bilderwut, dir. Peter Scharf (Germany)

Out Of Erasers / Sudd, dir. Erik Rosenlund (Sweden)

Paris Shanghai / Paris Shanghai, dir. Thomas Cailley (France)

Pawnshop / Zalozhna kushta, dir. Neshka Karadzhinska (Bulgaria)

Pink Anger - India's Women Fight for Their Rights / Schlagstock unterm Sari - Indiens Frauen wehren sich, dir. Dorothe Doerholt (Germany)

Protect the Nation / Protect the Nation, dir. C. R. Reisser (South Africa)

Protoparticles / Protopartículas, dir. Chema García Ibarra (Spain)

Red In The Water / Vermell En L'Aigua, dir. Mikel Gurrea (Spain)

Rita / Rita, dir. Antonio Piazza, Fabio Grassadonia (Italy)

Robbed / Ograbeni, dir. Jivko Konstantinov (Bulgaria)

Russian Roulette / Ruska ruletka, dir. Kanna Racheva (Bulgaria)

Salar / Salar, dir. Nicholas Greene (Bolivia)

Senses / Hawas, dir. Mohamed Ramadan (Egypt)

Sentence: Not Guilty / Prisyda: Nevinen , dir. Elvira Ilieva (Bulgaria)

Short Memory / Zakira Kassira, dir. Marwan Khneisser (Lebanon)

Silent Things / Silent Things, dir. Rob Brown (UK)

Sisters / Zusjes, dir. Stephane Kaas (Netherlands)

Song for the light-housekeepers / Pesnichka za pazachite na fara, dir. Elena Stoilova (Bulgaria)

Song To The Siren / Song To The Siren, dir. Savvas Stavrou (Cyprus)

Strictky Allowed / Strogo razresheno, dir. Kanna Racheva (Bulgaria)

Sugar / Suiker, dir. Jeroen Annokkee (Netherlands)

Sunset From A Rooftop / Sunset From A Rooftop, dir. Marinus Groothof (Netherlands)

Tasnim / Tasnim, dir. Elite Zexer (Israel)

The Carnivorous Flower / La flor carnívora, dir. María Lorenzo (Spain)

The Cassava Metaphor / La Metaphore Du Manioc, dir. Lionel Meta (Cameroon, France)

The Colonel's Outing / The Colonel's Outing, dir. Christopher Banks (New Zealand)

The Different Museum / Razlichniiat muzej , dir. Damyan Petrov (Bulgaria)

The Enchanted Islands / Omagyosanite ostrovi, dir. Simeon Idakiev (Bulgaria)

The Extraordinary Life Of Rocky / Het Bijzondere Leven van Rocky De Vlaeminck, dir. Kevin Meul (Belgium)

The Fence / Ogrodzenie, dir. Tomasz Matuszczak (Poland)

The Good Neighbor / , dir. (Bulgaria)

The Guardian / The Guardian, dir. Jonathan Heidelberger (USA)

The Lighthouse / Farat, dir. Velislava Gospodinova (Bulgaria)

The Lovers / Kochankowie, dir. Rafał Skalski (Poland)

The Mirror / Le Miroir, dir. Sébastien Rossignol (France)

The Money Holding People Show / The Money Holding People Show, dir. Mariya Hristova (Bulgaria, Germany)

The One Who Made It Rain / The One Who Made It Rain, dir. Taws Giil (Iceland, Mongolia)

The Order Of Things / El orden de las cosas, dir. César Esteban Alenda, José Esteban Alenda (Spain)

The Philosopher / The Philosopher, dir. Abdulla Alkaabi (France)

The Spoon / The Spoon, dir. Ivan Popov (Bulgaria)

The Stranger / Nepoznatata, dir. Emil Denev (Bulgaria)

The Twin Girls Of Sunset Street / Les Bessones Del Carrer De Ponent, dir. Marc Riba, Anna Solanas (Spain)

Three Cats / Trois Chats, dir. Martin Scali (France)

Thruth / Istina, dir. Lili Krasteva (Bulgaria, Germany)

Tight / Eng, dir. Eckhard Kruse (Germany)

To Anne Marie / To Anne Marie, dir. Lindholm Petra (Finland)

Trains / Vlakove, dir. Pavel G. Vesnakov (Bulgaria)

Undertow Eyes / Olhos de Ressaca, dir. Petra Costa (Brazil)

Voices / Vozes, dir. Anna Costa e Silva, Fabio Canetti, Luiza Santoloni (Brazil)

Wacked..! / Dürä..!, dir. Quinn Reimann, Rolf Lang (Switzerland)

When Night Fa11s / When Night Fa11s, dir. Derrick Lui (Singapore)

White / Lavan, dir. Guilhad Emilio Schenker (Israel)

You're The Stranger Here / You're The Stranger Here, dir. Tom Geens (UK)



Submission of International film entries to the 9th In The Palace ISFF through is now closed.

According to our partnership with reelport, International participants could still use the option to submit a film through their platform until April 15th.

The selected titles will be announced on the festival's website by the end of April.

The representatives of the selected films will be informed personally by e-mail.

Stay tuned!


Linda O. Olszewski – Head Acquisition Executive for Oscar Shorts theatrical, iTunes, VOD, TV and airline releases for the Academy Award nominated short films also known as Oscars will be part of the jury at IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival in Balchik.

One of surprises of the Festival this year is the all-female jury. The jury members are chosen to represent the female empowerment in film industry, which is perceived as a "male territory".


Linda O. Olszewski is not only an Acquisitions Executive of the biggest short film distribution company, Shorts International and their 24 hour short film TV Channels, ShortsHD, She also has an extensive studio feature and doc production background (Shrek, The Road To El Dorado, Prince Of Egypt, Last Images Of War, Los Voladores de Ueuetla, The Life Of David Gale, car-ma, Cannes Or Bust, Reality Bites, Cohen And Tate). She has participated in numerous global film festival juries and panels, where she has made it her mission to explain the ins and outs of the short film world, the path to Oscar and the rules on how to qualify a short for consideration for the Oscar short film live-action, animation and documentary categories. She has served as senior programmer of the Palm Springs Short Film Festival, Programmer for the Newport Beach Film Festival and also as a feature, doc and shorts screener for the Sundance Film Festival. She co-heads world acquisitions of Shorts International Ltd. – the largest company distributing short films and for ShortsHDTV, Shorts on iTunes, Oscar Shorts. She's also a photographer, so if she has her camera with her - be ready to be in a picture.


"The increasing number of interesting women in the "male" world of the film industry is a fact so we decided to nominate all-female jury this year. Linda O. Olszewski is the first of the exceptional International and Bulgarian names which will evaluate the competing films in Balchik from 18 to 25 June this year. We are really glad that she accepted our invitation. This shows our position among the most prestigious international short film events. There are more interesting surprises in the list of jury members and among the festival guests." – said the Festival Director of IN THE PALACE Tsanko Vasilev.


25 000 Euro in classic investment gold bullions is the prize fund of the International Short Film Festival IN THE PALACE, Balchik.

For the 9th consecutive year the festival will present current trends in world cinema by the challenging form of short films.

Several weeks before the deadline for film submissions the number of applicants is increasing constantly. So far, the festival has attracted unprecedented interest from 105 countries on 6 continents.

There are four competition programmes in which an International Jury will distribute prize fund amounting to 25,000 euro in classic investment gold bullions produced by the Swiss refinery "Argor Heraeus". In the main competition, divided into International and Bulgarian sections, are competing films not shown in Bulgaria. All films with Bulgarian premiere may participate in the competition programme for the prize of Balchik Municipality. There are also traditional for the festival competitions for TV films, commercial and music videos.

Deadline for submission of entry documents, together with preview film copies for selection for Bulgarian participants is April 15th, and for international participants – March 25th.

IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival is an event of national significance present in European and world cultural calendar. It is organized in partnership and with the support of Balchik Municipality, Ministry of Culture, National Film Centre, and the State Cultural Institute – Cultural Centre "The Palace", Balchik, and is the first and only short film festival in Bulgaria, funded by programmes of the European Union.

The festival will take place from June 18th to 25th in Balchik.



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About 15th IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival

Aimed at supporting and promoting young creators from Europe and the world, students and young professionals. The festival provides ground for professional contacts between artists and producers.



+359 2 441 0302

12, Trepetlika Str.
Sofia 1407







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