Festival Rules and Regulations

1. The 2nd Rhodopе International Documentary Film Festival will be held from 07th to 12th July 2022 in Smolyan.

2. The programme for the second Rhodopе International Film Festival falls into 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 January 2020 and 1st March 2022 are eligible to participate in the Festival.

– All films must be submitted in the final cut version.

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

5. Film duration per category

International Documentary Short Competition: under 30 minutes

International Documentary Featurette Competition: 30‒60 minutes

International Documentary Feature Competition:  over 60 minutes

6. Submissions

Deadline for submissions: 1st March 2022

The Festival Director will appoint a Selection Committee to view all the films.

7. The online submission form is available on the Festival website: www.rife.bg

Please send your completed form to submissions@rife.bg.

8. Submission fee: submissions for RIFE’s second edition are free of tax.

9. Submission procedure

‒ Read and consent to the Regulations.

‒ Complete the submission form.

‒ Submit the form by email.

10. Film formats

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

– Screening format for the selected films: DCP or HD file with .srt file for the subtitles.

– Screeners of the selected films must be sent to the Festival by 1st May 2021 at the latest together with a text file containing the English subtitles so that they can be translated into Bulgarian. For films in Bulgarian, screening formats must reach the Festival by 1st June 2021.

11. RIFE will cover the full costs of returning copies of films selected for the Competition sections in Smolyan to the address provided by the producer, unless the film is to be sent on to another destination. RIFE will cover the full costs of storage and insurance for the films during the Festival.

The Festival’s liability for any loss or damage incurred during this period is limited to the replacement value of the copy.

12. RIFE will host one person representing each film in the International Documentary Competition in Smolyan for two days. The terms and conditions for Festival guests will be included in their personal invitations. Our Guest Services team will contact every filmmaker selected to provide all the information needed for 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 for Best Documentary Feature (goes to the director of the film);

Featurette Film Award for Best Featurette (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 their favourite Competition entry (goes to the director of the film).

The jury’s decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

The Festival reserves the right to present a selection of films after the Festival ends on an online platform limited to the territory of Bulgaria between 26th June and 10th July 2022.

14. Accreditation requests will be open from 15th May 2022 until 15th June 2022.

15. All RIFE participants undertake to comply in full with the present Regulations.

The Festival Director has the right to settle all disputes and issues not covered by these Regulations.

16. For additional information please check the festival website www.rife.bg or contact us at info@rife.bg


A submission to RIFE constitutes your consent to all rules, regulations and conditions contained in this document, including your consent to the consideration of your film 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 Bulgarian copyright laws). Rights holders grant RIFE the right to use existing trailers or an excerpt lasting at most 30 seconds to be chosen by us from the film for the purpose of advertising the Festival. Similarly, for the purpose of advertising the Festival, rights holders grant RIFE the right to use the photographs and stills provided. By submitting, you agree not to withdraw your film from RIFE once it has been accepted by the Selection Committee.

We will inform you on our website about applicable Covid-related measures in Bulgaria.