Merlinka Festival

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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