“The Quarantine” is an international short film festival aimed at popularizing young and unknown authors among professional filmmakers’ circles. The festival is organized on completely voluntary basis, there are no screening fees and nobody receives any payment.

The festival takes place on the beach at “The Quarantine” fishing village which is the last standing fishing village in Varna, Bulgaria. The village is in danger of disappearing because a luxury residential complex is under construction on the coastline behind it. By provoking cultural exchange between contemporary artists from the whole world and locals, we intend to turn the fishing village into a culture and art zone and to preserve the fishermen’s way of life.

The name of the region “The Quarantine” comes from the past when sailors from commercial ships entering the harbor with suspicion of some kind of disease were taken ashore at the beach for the quarantine period of 40 days. In case they showed no signs of illness, they were allowed access to town. At present, the young authors who have still not found their realization are in the state of a “Quarantine” – isolated by professional filmmakers’ circles. In analogy to the history of the location, we decided to name the festival “The Quarantine”.

Who we are

The festival is organized by the art school “Dedalus” which is an association working in favor of society since 2009. We look for children from poor families and we teach them free of charge, with no fees, in the sphere of sculpture, graphics, music, photography, digital arts, graphic design, cinematography and theatrical art. Until now, more than 700 boys and girls, aged between 8 and 25 years, have attended the school.

The founders of the association are famous artists from Varna – photographers, musicians, journalists, connoisseurs and supporters of art. By organizing nonstandard performances, festivals, creative summits and art schools we aim to change the status quo in all spheres of community life.

We strongly support the idea that the accumulated human experience should not be sold in any form and that is why we have chosen to work in the art school with no salary, on completely voluntary basis.

The festival is also organized on completely voluntary basis, there are no screening fees and nobody receives any payment.