The Beirut International Short Film Festival is back!


Get your box of sizzling popcorn ready, as the Beirut International Short Film Festival is back with a new identity that will rekindle your love for international and local film art.

Now hosting its 14th edition, the Beirut International Short Film Festival will take place from January 14 to 17.


The festival will be held at LFA Cinorium, Abraj Center, a space in Furn El Chebbak. The Arena Theater is dedicated to film screenings as well as the organization of workshops, seminars and a wide range of activities and events.

Organized by Beirut Film Society, a non-profit association that works closely with Lebanese and international filmmakers, Beirut Shorts is celebrated annually under its annual theme, “The Power of Youth”.

As the theme reflects, Beirut Shorts’ mission is to promote young filmmakers by showing their films to large audiences, as well as showcasing their talents and artistic excellence.

BSIFF accepts submissions from Lebanese and international filmmakers in three categories: Fiction, Documentary and Animation.

The filmmakers participating in the festival range from graduate students to independent filmmakers. Around 80 films compete in different categories, with awards, certificates and cash prizes for the winners.

The organization believes in equal opportunities for Lebanese and foreign participants. “In a spirit of openness that embraces all cultures, without distinction of race, sex, color, religion or sect, the BSIFF promotes diversity, respect for dignity and human rights, and concern for the common good, ”he declares in his mission.

Over 4,000 visitors attend the festival each year, including international guests from different countries. However, due to the nationwide pandemic, this year’s festival is shaping up to be different, with social distancing in place and a mandatory rule for face masks.

For all short film screenings and details, check out @beirutshorts on Instagram.

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