The eight edition of CineLibri International Book to Film Festival is to be held in the autumn between 8th and 30th of October. As the venerators of this gorgeous event already know, it’s a showcase of the best book-to-screen adaptations completed during the last year or two. This autumn, short film module and feature film module are equally important parts of the festival.

Now CineLibri is looking for inventive, distinctive, outstanding short and feature book-to-screen adaptations from all over the world! The session for both categories is already open.

Why should you apply for participation in this competition?

Proven to be the world’s first international book to film festival, CineLibri is an extraordinary annual event, inspired by the fruitful interaction of arts – cinema and literature, in particular. It is held in Sofia and other district centers in Bulgaria every autumn, and shows the best examples of film adaptations based on significant literary works – contemporary, modern or classic. The festival is an independent forum for premiere of high-quality European film productions and co-productions.

CineLibri encompasses official selection of competing films, both full-length feature films and short films, and parallel programme of films out of competition. All of them are based on books or inspired by literary works.

From the very beginning, CineLibri includes attractive educational modules, e.g. lectures, panel discussions with visiting experts, masterclasses and workshops, open literary premieres and meetings with famous film producers, screenwriters, directors, composers, actors etc., various informal events featuring the special guests of the festival. The meetings with established European and world creators and talented young professionals in the field of cinema and all the accompanying events with dignified speakers and guests aim at promoting Europe’s cultural heritage and contemporary European cinema and literature.

Rules & Terms

All genres are eligible. The films must be connected in some way with the world of literature. You could submit a film that is a book adaptation, a true life story about a writer, or original interpretation of a work of literature, regardless of the genre.

By submitting your film you agree that:

  1. CineLibri can use parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster) for promotional purpose.
  2. Entry fees are non-refundable.
  3. You cannot withdraw your submission after the official selection announcement of each round.

Submissions, deadlines and fees (for both feature and short films):