Merlinka Festival

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The International Queer Film Festival Merlinka or Merlinka Festival is an annual LGBT-themed film festival which is annually organized in Belgrade (since 2009), Sarajevo (since 2013) and Podgorica (since 2014). The Belgrade edition is organized in the Belgrade Youth Center during the second week of December, and it lasts for five days. The Sarajevo and Podgorica editions are organized in January and February of each year, with the former being organized in the Art Cinema Kriterion, and the latter being organized in the PR Centre. The festival was founded in 2009 by the Gay Lesbian Info Centre and Belgrade Youth Center. It screens feature, documentary and short films from all over the world that deal with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex and queer issues.[1] The festival was named after Vjeran Miladinović Merlinka, a transgender sex worker and actress who was murdered in 2003. She is best known for her role in the Teddy award winning film Marble Ass directed by Želimir Žilnik. The festival was established to promote LGBT art and culture. In 2014, the festival produced a theater play about Vjeran's life, Merlinka's confession, directed by Stevan Bodroža. Merlinka is the only active film festival to be annually organized in several countries.

International Queer Film Festival Merlinka
LocationSarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Belgrade, Serbia

Podgorica, Montenegro


The Festival awards the Dorothy's slipper award for the best short film. Until 2012 the festival awarded prizes for the best feature and documentary film.

Year Film Genre Country
2009 Otto; or Up with Dead People Featured   Germany
2010 Tools 4 Fools Short   United States
2010 The Big Gay Musical Featured   United States
2010 Familiensache Documentary    Switzerland
2011 Frischluft-Therapie Short   Germany
2011 Weekend Featured   United Kingdom
2011 East Bloc Love Documentary   Belarus
2012 I've Only Just Begun Short   Russia
2012 Gayby Featured   United States
2012 I Am a Woman Now Documentary   Netherlands
2013 Camionero Short   Cuba
2014 Through The Mirror

I call it love





2015 09:55-11:05, Ingrid Ekman, Bergsgatan 4B Short   Sweden
2016 Open Wound Featured   Serbia
2016 Strike A Pose Documentary   Netherlands
2016 Dove Short   Greece
2016 Transition Short   Serbia
2017 BPM (Beats per Minute) Featured   France
2017 Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution Documentary   Germany
2017 Fish Curry Short   India
2017 Quiero decirte Short   Serbia
2018 Hard Paint Featured   Brazil
2018 Tranny Fag Documentary   Brazil
2018 Whole Short   Bulgaria
2018 Two of Every Kind Animated   Israel
2018 Sisak Short   India
2018 Zid Short   Serbia

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