Bardo (Working title:Balloon)

Original Format: Red

Year of Released: 2012

Running Time: 14 min.

Director: Marija Apcevska

Editor: Goran Vukik

Screen Writer: Marija Apcevska, Katerina Momeva

Director of Photography: Vladimir Samoilovski

Music: Aleksandar Pejovski

Principal Cast: Marija Blagoevska, Maja Velkovik, Kiril Psaltirov, Ljupka Dzundeva

Brief Synopsis:

The Tibetan word Bardo mens literally an intermediate state also translated as transitional state or in-between state. It is a state that lies between two other states, between life and death, sadness and joy, being a child and growing up. Bardo is a story about two friends, a little girl and a balloon which reminds her of her father. A story about little girl’s world coming face to face with grownups world while attending her father’s funeral.


‘Cinecourts’ Award – Cinemed – Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival, France, 2012

Special Mention Small Camera 300 – International Cinematographers’ Film Festival “Manaki Brothers”, Bitola, Macedonia, 2012

Best Short Film – Tuzla Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2012

Best Short Film – International Film Festival “Dream Fest Cinema”, Slatina, Romania, 2012

Best Short Fiction Award – International Short Film Festival – ASTERFEST, Strumica,2012

“Aco Aleksov” award for Best Macedonian Author – International Short Film Festival – ASTERFEST, Strumica, 2012


  • Short Film Festival of Grenoble, France, 2016
  • Children’s Film Festival Seattle, USA, 2014
  • Children’s India – International Children’s Film Festival, Bangalore, India, 2014
  • Giffoni Macedonia Youth Film Festival, 2013
  • International Children’s Film Festival “Giffoni-Experience”, Italy, 2013
  • Berlin International Film Festival-BERLINALE, Germany, 2012 (in programme Generation)
  • Irish Film Institute Family Festival, Ireland, 2012
  • Adana Golden Boll Film Festival, Turkey, 2012
  • Festival of European Film – CineDays, Skopje, Macedonia, 2012

Production Companies:
Avea film
Quasar Film