Rules and Regulations of International Film Festival KineNova Skopje



Article 1

“KineNova” is an international film festival as an annual event in Skopje, R. Macedonia.

The full international name of the festival is “International Film Festival KineNova Skopje”.
The short international name is “KineNova Skopje Film Festival”.
The fifth edition of the festival will be held 08-18th of October 2020.


Article 2

Festival aims to support and encourage young filmmakers, turning Skopje into a launch pad for their stories.
The main festival program ( INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION ) feature directorial debut fiction, documentary, animated or experimental films, i.e. director’s first and second feature films from all over the world.



Article 3

Competing programs:

  1. INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION The Main Festival Program that features first or second feature films of the directors from all over the world.
  2. International short film competition
  3. Macedonian shorts


Article 4

Additional, non-contesting programs:

  • World cinema overview
  • Overview of the Balkan cinematography
  • Tribute to one world acclaimed film director
  • Focus on
  • Kinenova special
  • 0% Censored



Article 5
Following regulations govern the submission of all films for the Main Program
(International competition):

  • It must be the director’s first or second feature film;
  • The lapse between the film’s premiere and the beginning of the festival must not exceed 24 months.
  • The film’s duration must be over 70 minutes.
  • The film selection will prioritize regional premieres.


Taking under the consideration the uncertainty of the conditions that would follow managing the health crises in the domestic country by the governmental institutions, the Festival board of the International Film Festival Kinenova Skopje made decision this year`s festival edition to be realized as a hybrid format which will combine television broadcasting and open-air screenings.

The festival content is going to be broadcasted on the cable TV24 under the strong geo-blocking restrictions on the territory of N. Macedonia only.

The films submitted for the INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION must not exceed 30 minutes;

It is not requested the films for the other programs to be director`s first or second films.

The lapse between the film’s premiere and the beginning of the festival must not exceed 24 months.


Article 6

Regulations for all films from the additional, non-contesting programs:

  • The film’s duration must be over 40 minutes
  • The film selection will prioritize regional premieres.



Article 7

The festival main jury is international and consists of 3-7 distinguished representatives of the world’s film-making industry.

A separate international jury of 3-5 distinguished representatives of the world’s film-making industry will rule on the International short film competition.

A country may appoint no more than one representative to the jury.

The juries must have at least two sessions / meetings discussing films during the festival.
The Jury`s presidents of both juries have right to impose their opinion for the films in competition and their evaluation principles.

The jury’s verdicts are made with an open vote, whereby the majority decides. In a case of equal votes for two or more films, the vote of the Jury`s President will be decisive.



Article 8

Official festival awards that the main festival jury could give:

  • Best feature film award
  • Best director award
  • Best screenplay award
  • This jury might give Special mention award


The award that the festival should give:

  • Award given by the audience: Best film in the International competition according to the festival audience


International short film competition jury could give:

  • Best short film award
  • Best Macedonian short film award

This jury might give Special mention award.



Article 9

Directors, producers, distributors, film production or distributing companies, national film institutions, or anyone authorized to represent the films may enter submissions for the competing and non-competing programs.

In order to complete the submission entry you must properly complete an official online entry form with the names of all the film contributors, a brief synopsis, a long synopsis, technical details, director’s biography and filmography, and a statement verifying that it is the director’s first or second long feature film if the film is submitted in the Main competition program International competition.

Incomplete entry forms will not be considered.

Article 10

Entering the online entry form for the submissions the applicants comply with the Festival Entry Rules and Regulations and guarantee for the information provided.

Article 11

Deadline for submitting the online entry form for the films in all the programs is 15 September 2020.

Article 12

There is entry fee that depends on the section.

Article 13

Film entries may be submitted in the form of password-protected URL links or DVDs sent to the following address: ul. Vic, No.20 – 3 / 9
All URL links must be active until 01st of December 2020. The film must be accessible for download at the same link.
The DVD must contain the last version of the film in the original language that it was filmed in, and non-English films must have English subtitles.

Article 14

Festival reserves the right to keep the DVD copies of the films that will be shown in any festival program and to make additional digital copies for its film archives.

Article 15

Subject to a consent, the digital copies may be shown at free-of-charge non-commercial events.




Article 16

After the program selectors choose films for each category, the festival will inform by email the distributors, producers or the authorized representatives of the selected films.

The announcement of the final selection of the program selectors for each program section will be no later than 30 days prior to the festival opening.

Article 17

Each selected film in any festival program can be screened once as a premiere and can have no more than two reruns in the course of the festival.
Public broadcasting of the festival films is not permitted anywhere in Macedonia during the festival.




Article 18

Screening copies/broadcasting copies in HD or DCP format of the films selected in each festival program must be made available to the festival by no later than 28th  of October 2020.

Along with the film copy for the films selected in each festival program section, sending dialog lists in English, three film photos and a photo of the director is also required.

Sending a trailer, posters, and additional promo materials for the film is desirable, but optional.

Article 19

The festival reserves the right to reject technically defective film copies and low-quality copies that might obstruct the screening.

Article 20

Shipping fees for sending the film screening copies for all festival programs to Macedonia are borne by the participant.

The festival is obliged to return the film copies within 4 weeks from the festival closure to the address provided by the participant, covering all shipping fees.
In case of damage of the screening copy from its receipt at the festival center to the moment of delivery, the festival undertakes the obligation to compensate for the damage or make a new copy.

Article 21

The festival takes responsibility to protect and guard the screening copy from the moment it enters the festival center.
In case of damage of the screening copy during transportation, the festival has no obligation to compensate for the damage.

Article 22

The festival appoints a three-member jury of experts to evaluate the technical correctness of the film copies and their format (hard drivers, USB, 35mm film prints ) upon receipt and before shipping them back to the participant.




Article 23

The festival will invite the directors or screenwriters as representatives of the films in the International competition program section to take part in the event according to the financial capacity.
The festival takes responsibility to provide accreditations, accommodation, and travel expenses for the invited participants.




Article 24

The festival’s Council rules on any issues not mentioned under these Rules and Regulations and that are compliant with the organizer’s Statute.