Digital Catalogue of Festivals


International Festival for Short Films IN THE PALACE

Activity Active
Founded 2003
Location outside Varna
First edition in Varna 2017
Last edition in Varna 2020
Frequency of occurrence every year
Month September
Usual duration 5-10 days
Type cinema
Regulations Competition
Audience specialized
Content experimental
Range international
Organizer a non-profit organization
Type of participants professionals
Places in halls
Access paid
Official website

The Festival was founded in 2003 in Balchik after the initiative of Foundation “Format SFF”, Community Center “Awareness” and the National Institute for Research and Policies in the Sphere of Culture, in partnership and with the support of the National Cultural Institute – Cultural Center “The Palace”, the Sofia University “St Kliment Ohridski”, the National Film Center. The basic aim of the organizers is to present and popularize the contemporary film art of Bulgaria, Europe and the world.


After 2017 the hosting of the event was moved from Balchik to Varna. In 2018 the Festival was approved by the Motion Picture Acdemy OSCAR to be selected from nominated films in the categories of foreign, animated and feature films. 


The film competed in the genres of feature, documentary, animated and experimental films.

Editions in Varna 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

2017 - 28 May - 4 June

2019 - 19 - 26 September

2020 - 15 - 22 September