Since its creation the festival is closely connected with the Academy -the original concept of Early Bird was created by Mr. Alexey Hristov - AFB Manager and Prof. Ph.D. Stanislav Semerdjiev – rector of NATFA. The academy hosts the opening and award ceremonies, as well as part of the screenings of the festival program.

Since 2014, the main part of the festival program is screened in the halls of the Cultural Center G8 - urban space for quality and independent cinema. The team of G8 consists of exceptional professionals who provide high technical quality of screenings and a cozy and welcoming environment for networking.

Southeast-European Cinema Schools is one of the main partners of the festival. The main objective of the Аssociation are joint projects, cross-cultural research cooperation and other educational and professional activities in the audiovisual domain.

Since 2016,  OnlineHub is the technological partner of Еarly Bird. Thanks to their team of еxperts and customized support, the festival has its own platform for accepting submissions, announcing the pre-selection and receiving the screening copies.