A journey across Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia through the lens of the region's independent filmmakers.
The Calvert Journal presents The Calvert Journal Film Festival — a journey across Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia through the lens of the region’s independent filmmakers.
Taking place online between 18 and 31 October, the festival will screen 35 films across seven categories: documentary feature, animation film, fiction feature, student film, experimental film, short film, and special screenings. In six of the categories, entries will compete for the prize of best film, awarded by a jury of renowned industry figures. The special screenings category, meanwhile, is an out-of-competition group featuring five more boundary-pushing films. Festival screenings will be open to viewers worldwide, and a special audience prize will also be given to one film from across all categories.
Films will be available for 48 hours on the festival platform, with tickets for individual films available alongside wider category and festival passes. A special series of articles, interviews, and online events will also run alongside the screenings, to spark new conversations on the region’s challenges, opportunities, and contemporary identity.
By showcasing fiction and documentary films that are both authentic and original, the Calvert Journal Film Festival hopes to be a window on a diverse region that is still underrepresented in mainstream film festival programmes — celebrating the rich culture and creative output of its 28 countries.
Films from the festival programme will be streamed on our Eventive platform.
Ticket sales begin on 15 September.
Most of the films in the programme are available to watch from anywhere in the world, with the exception of a few titles which have geoblocking requirements. This information is available on the page of individual films.
Online events will take place on The Calvert Journal’s Instagram page.
Films in each category are available for a two-day period, starting at 00:00 BST on the first day indicated by the schedule above. All films will be available to watch for 56 hours after they go live on the festival site, according to the event timetable. Please note that the 56-hour window does not start when you buy a ticket, so please time your purchases according to the schedule to make sure you have enough time to watch each film. Once you click play, even if that is at the end of the 56-hour availability window, you will still have 6 hours to watch the film.
Unfortunately, we do not accept ticket cancelations and refunds.
You can transfer tickets and passes to someone else via Eventive as long as you haven’t watched the film(s) already.
All the films screened as part of The Calvert Journal Film Festival will be in their original language with English subtitles.
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