the international photography

festival bucharest photofest


Bucharest Photofest, reaching its six edition in 2021, is a platform-festival intended to acquaint the public with some of the most important, most up-to-date and most relevant photography landmarks, both local and international.


Bucharest Photofest is aiming to become the most significant photography festival in Romania.


Not only is it a cultural project put forward in the form of a coherently concept, but also it uses photography as an occasion to question some essential sociopolitical and cultural present-day matters, therefore making photography a means of visual learning.


Each year, Bucharest Photofest devises a program consisting of over 35 events – exhibitions, film screenings, workshops, masterclasses, portfolio presentations and many more. Thus, on the grounds of a concept that attempts to cluster different branches and nuances, the audience is a first-hand beneficiary of multiple artistic happenings and facilities, exhibited in an unique manner, singular in length of time and amplitude on the Romanian cultural scene.

Through conceptual merging of individual and collective exhibitions, the Bucharest Photofest festival, both rises up to the standards of leading exhibitions and festivals all over the world and tries to set a professional and artistic norm in the current Romanian sociocultural situation.



Finally, our festival focuses particularly on the city of Bucharest by choosing many venues and locations throughout the capital, all compelling for the cultural scene, from art galleries to unconventional places, and involving various institutions and organizations, who prioritize the access of a large and diverse public to meaningful visual creations.

2021 edition - resistance

Resistance is a concept; it concerns all of us. It is our ability, unanimous to all, to manifest ourselves according to the set of values that we have mastered. It is the ability to overcome social, political, cultural challenges. It is the desire to manifest ourselves culturally. It is what we managed to do after a pandemic period that all of us had to go through. It is the success of people who aspire to live with dignity even though they are discriminated against, or the way they choose not to give up their universal values.

Resistance is the standpoint through which the 2021 edition of Bucharest Photofest talks about people, values, places.

theme: solidarity

special guest: PALESTINE

2019 edition

theme: preserving (nature, culture, humanity)

2018 edition

theme: nature

special guest: ICELAND

2017 edition

theme: photojournaslim & documentary photography

special guest: SWEDEN

2016 edition

theme: fine art & commercial photography

special guest: FRANCE


Bucharest Photofest returns this year with a considerable number of events and special guests.



With over 4000 participants on average in each edition, the festival is consistently growing


Each edition offers around 40 different events centered around photography, a trully complex and well justified cultural experience

venues & locations

We aspire to engage the city`s pertinent cultural hubs, both museums and art galleries and unconventional places.