Entry form, film/s, 3 film stills (JPEG images), director’s profile photo (JPEG image) and entry fee MUST be received by 23 August 2020.



Byzanfest accepts short and feature-length films.


Short-films will be broadcast via Byzanfest’s YouTube channel.


Feature-length films will be uploaded to Vimeo where audience members will pay-to-view with online access for a period of 24 hours. Revenue will be split 50/50 between Byzanfest and filmmaker, after all international transaction fees are paid. Filmmaker will receive payment in $USD via Paypal.


If the Festival does not receive enough feature-length submissions, the entry fee will be refunded back to the filmmaker.



All 7 points MUST be satisfied


Point 1

Each entry must be submitted by either the:

director; or



Note: if none of the above own the film’s copyright, they MUST obtain written permission from the copyright holder.


This person will be known as the ‘Contact Person’ on the Entry Form and the person responsible to fulfil all submission requirements under Byzanfest’s Terms and Conditions.


The Contact Person is solely responsible for ensuring the film complies with all domestic and international copyright laws. This is not Byzanfest’s responsibility.


Point 2

The Contact Person MUST be an Eastern Orthodox Christian.


If you have any questions regarding this please forward your inquiry to byzanfest@gmail.com


Point 3

Byzanfest is looking for films that express Orthodox Christian themes, beliefs, culture and values.


However, an entry’s storyline does not necessarily have to be directly ‘religious’ or spiritual. Although the film may not appear to have ‘Orthodox’ subject matter, it can still be deemed an Orthodox film 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.


Point 4

Byzanfest is a global event open to all citizens, world-wide. Byzanfest is open to professional, amateurs and students. There is no age limit.


Point 5

The Contact Person can submit up to 3 films for selection. Each film will require payment of a separate entry fee.


Point 6

If film’s language is not English, it MUST contain English subtitles.


Point 7

There is NO requirement this needs to be the film’s première screening. It can previously been broadcast or screened at other festivals.


Film must have been made between 2015 - 2020.


Once entry form, film, 3 film-stills, director’s profile photo & entry fee have been received, each submission will undergo a preliminary round of judging. A short-list will be drafted and another screening will determine the final program. If successful, the Contact Person will be notified.


To be nominated for Best Screenplay the screenwriter must be an Orthodox Christian.


If an entry contains material that is deemed discriminatory or offensive to any group of persons and/or generally distasteful, it will not be selected. Discretion will be used during the judging and selection processes.



The film will be uploaded to YouTube (short-film) or Vimeo (feature-length) it must be in a supported format. Accepted formats include:






The video codec must be:



Preferred video resolution:

            720p: 1280 x 720 or higher


Byzanfest prefers films in 16:9 aspect ratio.


If the film was shot in 3:4 or a different ratio it may be broadcasted on YouTube with pillarbox or letterbox bars. To avoid this please format film to 16:9 aspect ratio.



By completing and signing Entry Form, the Contact Person agrees to the Festival’s Terms & Conditions, granting the Byzanfest permission to broadcast their film(s).


The Contact Person also grants Byzanfest permission to use film stills submitted for publicity purposes. Images from the film(s) and additional photographs may be reproduced and/or broadcast on the Festival’s website, associated websites and/or media outlets.


If selected for screening and nominated for an award, the Contact Person must be prepared to submit further detailed information about their film and crew. The Contact Person must also be prepared to supply costumes, props and/or actors (if any) for a media photo shoot or provide photographs.



Best Film

Best Director

Best Cinematography

Best Screenplay

Audience Favourite



At this stage, each category will be awarded a certificate and prize money in $USD. Additional prizes may be awarded depending on sponsorship level reached.



All genres are accepted, including, but not limited to:




music clip


art house



computer graphic clips

cell phone

web series



Short-films must be between 1 – 30 minutes in duration, including opening title and closing credits. Suggested length is around 8 minutes.


Feature-length films need to be as least 60 minutes, but no longer than 2.5 hours, including opening title and closing credits.



Web: www.byzanfest.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Byzanfest


E-mail: byzanfest@gmail.com

Skype: chris.vla1 (email to arrange a call-time)

Phone: +61 423 273 803

Post: PO Box 3, ROSANNA, 3084 (VIC) Australia



Festival organisers reserve the right to edit information provided. Contact persons are required to supply additional information when requested. All information supplied by Contact Persons will be respected and not given to any third party without the Contact Person’s prior permission. Byzanfest is not responsible for ensuring the film entry has not infringed the laws of any country/copyright owners. This is the responsibility of the Contact Person/copyright holder.