The ALTER-NATIVE International Short Film Festival is one of the oldest film festivals from this region with specific goal of supporting and promoting regional cinematography and fresh filmmaking talent. The event started off in 1993 and it is organized in every autumn, in early November.
The program supports individual alternatives to the mass products of the media market, presenting various less-known styles and unique viewpoints, discovering independent self-expressions in film. ALTER-NATIVE inherently considers radically different genres and thoughts of film both valid and authentic. Works that can be submitted to the competition are original audiovisual works (fiction, non-fiction, animation and experimental films in all formats including new media) whose running time does not exceed 30 minutes. The festival has no participation fee. Films submitted to the festival are to be completed in the last 3 years.