Main Programme


Subotica, Serbia: 22 – 27 September 2019

Subotica International Children’s Theatre Festival is announcing an open call for participation in the competition programme of the 26th Festival edition, which is going to be held 22 – 27 September 2019

All professional puppet and children’s theatres, as well as all those professional theatres which have performances for children in their repertoire,* are invited to send their applications to Festival Head Office address:

Open University Subotica
Subotica International Children’s Theatre Festival
Trg cara Jovana Nenada 15
24000 Subotica

or to:, by 15 May 2019 at the latest. Applications received beyond the started deadline will not be considered.

* All types of theatre for children are represented at the festival, with selection priority being given to puppet theatre expression.

How to apply:
All those applying for official selection are under obligation, besides sending the completed application form (the form is available through the link at the bottom of this page), to send the following:

  1. full-length recording (DVD or link to the video);*
  2. five horizontal photographs of the performance (13×18 cm, 300 dpi, quality 3/ i.e. about 1500 x 2100 pixels);
  3. a short summary of the performance in English (up to 900 characters);
  4. cast and production team list (full names please);
  5. short text about the theatre or a CV (up to 900 characters);
  6. theatre logo.

* The video recording of the whole performance can be sent either by regular mail (as a DVD) to the Open University Subotica (i.e. Festival Head Office) address stated above or through the Internet (link** to the video). The rest of the material can be sent via e-mail to:

** Note: In case when files are available for download for a limited period of time (eg. when sending files via WeTransfer or similar platform using a free service), there is a possibility that due to the large number of applications, the time needed for downloading and other circumstances we are not going to be able to download the file(s) before the expiry of the download deadline so it might be necessary to send the file(s) again.

Without the elements listed above the application will NOT be considered valid and complete. These elements are necessary for the selection (a recording – when it is not possible to see the live performance) and for creating the catalog of the Festival. Submitted material will be kept in Festival archives.

Selection process:
The basic criteria for the selection of performances are their artistic quality. The quality of the performances applied for the competition programme will be judged by the selector of the Festival (prof. dr Zoran Đerić).
Selection results will be published on the Festival website by 15 June 2019 at the latest. Due to a large number of applications, individual notifications will be sent only to those theatres/participants whose performance is chosen to be presented within a competition programme.

The following awards are given to productions selected for the competition programme:

  1. Grand Prix of the Festival for the Best Performance
  2. Best Direction
  3. Best Stage Design
  4. Best Original Music
  5. Best Puppet Design
  6. Acting Skills (5 equal prizes)

Awards are decided by a five-member international jury chosen from among world-renowned theatre artists and theoreticians.

Conditions of participation:
Costs of travel to and from Subotica are the responsibility of the participants, while the Festival organizer covers costs of local transport, provides accommodation (hotel, full board) and technical support.

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If you have any further inquiries, please contact Festival Head Office on the e-mail:

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Application form can be downloaded here: 2019 APPLICATION FORM doc