Once Upon the Balkans

Belgrade, 2017

THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS HAS PASSED!

Here you can find a LIST OF KEYWORDS for all the selected written pieces. These are meant to reflect the theme or “feel” of the piece, to help you select the piece you'd be interested in.

When you make your choice, e-mail us the name of the work you want and we will then send you the piece in its entirety (with additional submission specifications). You are then free to start working on your submission!

There are no limits on genres, ideas or style. The stories and poems fall within a very broad scope of associations and interpretations connected with the topic “The Balkans”, and your film or photo(s) should be in some way inspired by, or connected to the written piece you select, but everything else is up to your creativity and imagination. You can use the story or poem as a script, or just a starting point for inspiration, make a realistic depiction, or completely abstract, and of course, feel free to interpret the written piece as you will ‒ we want to see YOUR take on the piece you picked.

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POETRY

A DUET

Black Sea, lighthouse, storm, mountain, death

BALKAN OF

FLOWERS AND COAL

contrast, pride, history, resilience, heritage

FOUR SEASONS

classical music, public transport, sweltering heat, crowds, humor

THEY

polar opposites, delusions, bitterness, conflict, reconciliation

THE DANUBE ROSE

sunrise, unrequited love, contemplation, dream, the Moon

UNDERNEATH AN

OLD OAK TREE

school years, growing up, memories, playground, friendship

FLY AWAY, BIRD

migration, change, travel, better life, escape

BEFORE

diary, ghosts of the past, wounds, war, loss

JERINA

medieval legend, fortress, Danube, curse, tower

NO SIGNAL

telephone call, love story, denial, death, future

THE CITY OF

SLUMBER

lies, madness, destruction, gloom, forgiveness

FREEDOM IS BITTER - VISUAL POETRY

flight, fall, revolt, truth, revelation

BALKAN SUMMERS

coffee, insects, memory, haze, mundane reality

ONCE UPON A TIME

IN THE BALKANS

childhood, innocence, bombs, ruins, shelter

PROSE

DEVOTION

Mt. Rtanj, cliff, perseverance, chapel, tombstone

CROSSROADS

ENCOUNTER

romance, longing, heartache, silence, regret

THE MATCHES

fighting, healing, tower of Babylon, return, kinship

BETRAYAL

mythology, castle, warrior, blood,

white fangs

PROSE

ENCOUNTER

LGBTQA+, shaming, 

online dating, 

red jacket, pretence

WITH INVITATION

ONLY

folk tales, vampires, hospitality,

water mill, forest

THE ONLY WAY

HOME

kafana, drunk driving, police, gun, comedy

KALEMEGDAN

FORTRESS

archaeology, catacombs, night, mystery, terror

THE SMILE

funeral, sympathy, silent understanding, neighbors, plums

FOREIGNERS

refugees, family,

blue eyes, differences, hostility

A MONTENEGRIN

LOVE STORY

Romani culture, club, alcohol, surprise,

declaration of love

TREE

city, concrete, neglect, passers-by, November

THE LAND OF BREAD

local cuisine,

friend from abroad, Belgrade, tourism, joie de vivre

WILL IT HAPPEN

ALL OVER AGAIN?

shattered glass, eyes, wistfulness, closure, Petrovaradin Fortress

WEST MEETS EAST

Adriatic sea, road-trip, photography, May, scenery

IT HAPPENED IN

LAND OF FARMERS

children, Mother, school yard, Šumarice, massacre

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