Established in 2014, Byzanfest is the world's first web-based film festival totally dedicated to Orthodox Christian short-films. The aim was simple: screen the very best Orthodox stories and share them with the world.
Byzanfest strived to create something new and innovative, not be limited by the physical constraints of traditional venue-based festivals. Byzanfest looked ahead towards the future of entertainment and wanted to engage globally with both Orthodox and non-Orthodox audiences.
It’s online, VOD & world-wide. The Festival encourages interactivity where viewers can share their thoughts through all social media platforms.
The Festival showcases films which reflect Orthodox Christian themes, beliefs, culture and values. However, an entry’s storyline does not necessarily have to be ‘religious’. Although the film may not appear to have ‘Orthodox’ subject-matter, it can still be deemed Orthodox because it was created by an Orthodox Christian filmmaker who maintained an Orthodox phronema (‘mindset’) during the creative process, remaining faithful to their Christian sense of dignity, morality and self-respect.
The name ‘Byzanfest’ is in honour of the great Byzantine Empire, a place of great wisdom, art & Faith. Although it may no longer exist, the spirit and values of Byzantium shine out in the works of Orthodox Christians in the Digital Era.
Please join us as we go on a journey of discovery and wonder.
Founder & Director