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Festival Rules and Regulations

Festival Rules and Regulations

1. The second Rhodopе International Documentary Film Fest will be held from 7th to 12th of July 2022 in Smolyan.

2. The program of the second Rhodopе International Film Fest includes the following sections:

– International Documentary Feature Competition

– International Documentary Featurette Competition

– International Documentary Short Competition

– Special Events: lectures, workshops

3. Film Submissions are accepted for the following sections:

– International Documentary Feature Competition

– International Documentary Featurette Competition

– International Documentary Short Competition

4. Eligibility criteria and duration of films 

– Only films completed between 1st of January 2020 and 1st of March 2022 are eligible for participation in the festival.

– All films must be «Final Cut».

– A submission can be in any language; if it is not in Bulgarian, English subtitles must be included.

5. Films duration per category 

Eligibility criteria for:

International Documentary Short Competition: under 30 minutes

International Documentary Featurette Competition: 30 – 60 minutes

International Documentary Feature Competition:  minimum 60 minutes

6. Submission

Deadline for submissions: 1st of March 2022

The festival director will choose a selection committee.

The Selection committee will choose full-length films for the International Documentary Competition and shorts and medium films for the Short and Featurette Documentary Competition.

7. The online submission form is available on the festival’s home page:

You can download a submissions form directly HERE.
Please complete this and send it to

8. Submission fee: RIFE’s second edition is tax-free for film submissions. 

9. Submission procedure

– Read and accept the rules.

– Complete the submission form.

– Submit the form electronically.

10. Film Formats

– For selection purposes: secured online screener/valid at least three months after the submission deadline/.

– Accepted screening formats for the selected films: DCP, HD Files with .srt file for the subtitles.

– Screeners of the selected films for translation in Bulgarian should be sent to the festival before 1st of May 2022 together with a text file with the English subtitles. The screening formats should reach the Festival before 1st June 2022.

11. RIFE will cover all costs related to the return of the copies of the films selected for the competition sections in Smolyan to the address given by the producer in case the film does not have another destination. RIFE will cover all the expenses connected with the storage and insurance of the films during the Festival.

As far as loss or damage is concerned during that period of time, the festival’s liability only covers the replacement value of the copy of the film.

12. RIFE may invite a representative of the films in the International Documentary Competition within two days in Smolyan. All conditions for the festival guests are included in their personal invitations.  Our guest services team will get in touch with each selected filmmaker to provide all the necessary information concerning transportation, accommodation and festival accreditation.

13. Festival Juries and Awards

An international jury of three members will determine the award-winning films in each category.


Grand Prix Award for Best Documentary Feature Film (goes to the director of the film);

Featurette Film Award for Best Featurette Film (goes to the director of the film);

Short Film Award for Best Short Film (goes to the director of the film);

Audience Award – The Audience will vote for its preferable Competition (goes to the director of the film).

The juries’ decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

The festival reserves the right to present a selection of films on an online platform after the end of the festival limited to the territory Bulgaria between the 7th of July and the 31th of July 2022.

14. Accreditation requests will be open from 1st of June 2022 until 23th of June 2022.

15. Participation in the RIFE shall presume observation of all articles of the present Regulations.

The festival director has the right to settle all cases and issues not covered by these Regulations.

16. For additional information please check the festival website or contact us at


A submission to RIFE constitutes agreement to all rules, regulations and conditions contained in this document and your consent that your film will be considered for any awards that may be given at the festival. Submission also certifies that all film and music rights and clearances have been obtained (in accordance with BG copyright laws). Rights holders grant RIFE the right to use the existing trailers or maximum 30 seconds fragments of the film chosen by us for advertising purposes of the festival. Rights holders grant RIFE the right to use the sent photographs and stills for advertising purposes of the festival. By submitting, you agree not to withdraw your film from RIFE after it has been accepted by the selection board.

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