Bucharest Short Film Festival

Bucharest Short Film Festival
Calea Calarasilor 249
Bucharest, Romania

Tel: +40755025280
Fax: +40755025280

2020, Accepting submissions
Submission deadline: Wed 14th Oct 20
Sat 21st Nov to Tue 28th Jan

Festival Overview

Bucharest Short Film Festival [BSFF]

Independent is the key word for Bucharest Short Film Festival [BSFF], as it is founded by independent film professionals, and focuses on independent artists in cinema, from all over the world. Bucharest Short Film Festival aims at recognizing, showcasing and spreading-out the most professional, most innovative, and most interesting fresh short international films, while always prioritizing independent short films.

Bucharest Short Film Festival will showcase some of the finest short international film in Narrative, Animation, Student, Experimental, Documentary, Fashion, Music Video, Stop Motion, Human Rights. We take to heart the amount of work put into each film. Therefore, the festival rules ensure that each movie is reviewed at least two times and well-debated by the jury. Some of the winner films will also be screened at other international film festivals.

Independent artists and their short films will meet an effervescent, and a quite experienced with cinema and film festivals audience, ensuring quality networking, and engaging opportunities, while the selected films will be determined by a panel of industry experts.

Bucharest Short Film Festival is building a new community of interest around international independent film professionals and film lovers, in the heart of one of the most interesting emergent capitals of arts and culture, a city that never sleeps – Bucharest.

The festival will run film screenings, preceeded or followed by artists Q&A, or networking side events, and, surely, parties, that all take place in various conventional and unconventional stages around Bucharest, as in cinemas, open spaces, and even summer theatres. Bucharest, you’ve heard about it, eventually – a city for young people. Well known for different things – like “Old Paris” nickname, in its bourgeois times, before the communism decades, or the world’s biggest parliamentary building [and one of the largest buildings of any kind], from its communism times new arhitecture, or the explosive contemporary art scene, and the also quite impressive underground arts and music and nightlife communities, in its current times.


All selected participants will receive the Official Selection Laurels.
Winners will recieve the Winner Laurels and Certificates of Awards.
BEST FILM winner will receive the BSFF trophy.

Best Narrative Film
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Edit
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Student
Best Animation
Best Experimental
Best Documentary
Best Fashion
Best Music Video
Best Stop Motion
Best Human Rights
Best Debut
Best Sound Design
Best Music Soundtrack
Jury Special Mention
Jury Award Of Recognition

Winning films will be announced in our website and our social media page.


Action Adaptation Adventure Animation Art-house Asian Black Black Comedy Bollywood Children Crime Disaster Documentary Drama Educational Experimental Family Fantasy Foreign Language French Gangster Ghost Historical Horror Independent Jewish Legal Martial Arts Medical Murder Mystery Musical Mystery National Natural History Noir Period Political Reality Religious Romance Science Fiction Short Silent Sport Spy Student Supernatural Teen Thriller Travel TV War Western Women

Apply via Film Freeway

Known festival contacts Contacts
Bucharest Short Festival
Radu Munteanu
Festival Director


Open to the public


General Rules and Regulations

All entries must be submitted digitally. Send us a link to your film on an online platform like Vimeo. Be sure to give us the online location of your film, with any relevant passwords needed for viewing.
If you are submitting more than one entry, a separate submission is required for each film.
All genre films are accepted.
The film production can be from any year.
All films must be under 30 minutes.
Submissions in languages other than English must be subtitled in English.
Multiple entries are allowed. You can submit more than one film to the same category or different categories.
We’ll not screen your work online.
Only online submission will be accepted through film festival platforms.
All submissions are final. No refunds are provided.
After a film has been selected and the filmmaker is notified, the film will be listed on the festival web site under official selections.
The official language of the Festival is English.
Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Bucharest Short Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Bucharest Short Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.
Films can not be withdrawn from the festival program after being selected.
Each participant is responsible for the content of his/her work and for any possible copyright problems. The participant owns all rights concerning the usage of his/her work according to the regulations. The Festival Committee has no responsibility to third parties. The Festival Committee has the right to reject films, if the content or technical quality does not correspond to the Festival conditions.

The candidates must respect the following rules:

Each entry will be accompanied by non-refundable fees. No Checks are accepted to pay submission fees, only online payment through Festival Platforms.
Entrance fee is non-refundable. Entries will not be processed without entry fee payment
The Festival reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or scheduling.
The Festival reserves the right to shut the festival at any time without any notification.
Any Film, selected or not selected, will be a decision of selection panel which is final and accepted by all.
The decision of jury members will be final and accepted by all.
By Submitting the film, you agree to our GENERAL AGREEMENT FOR PARTICIPATION IN Bucharest Short Film Festival and that you have read our Rules and Regulations


The sender of the submitted film or screenplay is responsible for all copyrights. He is legally authorized to enter his film or screenplay in the festival and, if selected for the festival, authorized to give screening permission.
Filmmaker agrees that film entered into the festival may be selected for screening at the Festival and may also be screened in other media in association with the promotion of the film festival via live screenings or television.
The applicant has secured all necessary rights for both picture and sound, and the exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights, including but not limited to music, images, and content.
If selected for the festival the applicant acknowledges and agrees that an exhibition quality digital screening file must be made available for screening by the Date of Event.
The film or screenplay, including all copyrights, remains the property of the author.
The films will be handled with the outmost care. However, the festival management will assume no liability for damages or loss.
If screenings or information are inaccurate or flawed, the organizer is only liable in case of gross negligence.
The applicant has to read and accept the regulations and guidelines for participation.


I have read and accept the Rules and Regulations of Bucharest Short Film Festival [BSFF]. I authorize Bucharest Short Film Festival to screen my film at the ceremony for the award of the best film in each category: Narrative, Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Student, Music Video, Stop motion, Fashion Film, Human rights. I certify that I hold necessary rights for the presentation of this film in Bucharest Short Film Festival and that all rights and permissions have been made. This film is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation. By accepting these conditions, I transfer to Bucharest Short Film Festival the right to use excerpts of the submitted film, its stills, and trailers, for the purposes of publicity and marketing of the film at the various social networks and on the website of the festival, and for other non-commercial purposes related to the promotion of the festival. I hereby agree to indemnify Bucharest Short Film Festival, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.




From 13 to 28 USD (depending deadlines) for each category

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