Bucharest ShortCut Cinefest

BscFest // Bucharest ShortCut Cinefest

14th edition

Aug 30 - Aug 30, 2021
Bucuresti, Romania

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Any type, Animation, Children, Commercial, Documentary, Experimental, Hybrids, Industrial, Mini-series, Multimedia, Music video, Narrative fiction, Series, Student, TV, Web
Film length
Genre Action, Adventure, Alternative, Art, Avantgarde, B-Movie, Biography, Burlesque, Classics, Comedy, Comedy drama, Crime, Culture, Dance, Dark comedy, Drama, Dramedy, Environmental, Family, Fantastic, Fantasy, Film noir, Flash, Foreign, Health, Hip Hop, History, Horror, Human rights, Independent, Kids, LGBT, Live Action, Medical, Melodrama, Microcinema, Mockumentary, Music, Musical, Mystery, Nature, News, , Parody, Post modern, Realism, Reality, Religious, Road Trip, Romance, Romantic comedy, Satire, Science, Science fiction, Silent movie, Social issues, Spiritual, Sports, Surreal, Thriller, Transgender, Underground, Urban, War, Western

Mission / description Bucharest ShortCut Cinefest is monthly film competition focusing on international independent cinema. Our aim is to support new filmmakers and to promote the research and development of new means of expressivity through cinematography as art among diverse audiences.

BSCF is located in the Eastern Heart of Europe, Bucharest being one of the most beautiful and diverse cities in the world.

The film competition runs on a monthly basis. The entry deadline for our next selection will be June 30th and the winners will be announced after the Official Screenings which will be held on Late August 2017.

There are 17 categories and Best Picture will receive the Bucharest Shortcut Cinefest Trophy, a Film Review from our specialits, Special Screening and Official posting on the main page of our online platform.

All winners will receive online certificate awards and laurels will be offered to all participants who made it to the Official Selection.

Only films selected in the Competition will be showcased in the BscFest Official Screenings.

BSCF will be an outstanding event, where the audience can see new films, participate in workshops and meet filmmakers.

We guarantee that a jury of film professionals will view all submitted films. We encourage filmmakers who created their films with a low budget to enter their film to BSCF. The judgement criteria of the submitted films are new ideas, experimental cinematography, talented work of actors and an independent point of view.
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Festival website http://www.bscfest.com

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Class Founded: 2015
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: Jun 15, 2017

Early bird deadline: Jun 17, 2017
Regular deadline: Jun 30, 2017
Late deadline: Jul 10, 2017

Notification date: Jul 31, 2017

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Fees Fees range from 4.58 to 27.45 USD . See submission categories for details about fees. Submission through FFL is up to 2.55 USD cheaper than on other submission platforms for Film Plan subscribers.
Awards Total prize money: 0.00 USD
Festival sections
Music Video
Music Videos with length of up to 10 minutes.
Short Film
Fiction, Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Music Video, Web Short, Student
Short Film Review
Short Film up to 500 words PROMOTIONAL REVIEW which will be published on our official website and through our social media channels.
Submissions for the TRAILER Award. Only 2 submissions per director are allowed and only short and feature film TRAILERS of up to 4 minutes and ENGLISH subtitled are accepted and will be taken into consideration
Web / New Media films made exclusively for the web / online
General rules SUBMISSIONS:

You are entitled to a maximum amount of two entries per edition and the entry will be considered eligible in the next edition only if the film was not awarded in the previous one. The Bucharest ShortCut Trophy comes with the BEST PICTURE Award and the AUDIENCE Award and the winners won't be able to show off their beautiful film in the next 12 months.


Keep in mind that we can only accept short films. Meaning that the up to 35 minutes length of any genre and format is allowed.
To make it easy for the worldwide submissions, we set the regular entry fee at only $14.99.

Every movie must have been released during or after 2010 and must come with English subtitles (with an exception for music videos and movies where English is the main language spoken). Any genre and format is accepted (from 1 minute films to long, narrative/artistic short films).

Film duration should not exceed: 35 minutes for Short Films, 15 minutes for Web-Shorts, 6 minutes for Music Videos, 3 minutes for Trailers.

In order to consider an Award Category elegible, we require an amount of minimum 5 official selections per category.


All genres and formats are considered to be eligible for a nomination or to win one or more of these categories.

Great quality is a standard. Films with a poor production standard (lack of sound quality, absence of subtitles/captions for non-English films, video resolution less than 720p HD) will not be accepted.

The winners of each category will get our official printable AWARD CERTIFICATE.

The ‘BEST PICTURE’ Winner will be awarded with our BSCFest TROPHY and a Professional Review from our Jury Board.

The final race for the ‘BEST PICTURE’ Award will consist in 6 Nominations, while the ‘Category’/’Individual’ awards will have 3 nominations per category.

The AUDIENCE AWARD will also receive our BSCFest AWARD - The Winner will be decided entirely by the public during the Official Screenings - the film with the highest amount of votes will be announced as the winner.

Only films selected in the Competition will be showcased in the BscFest Official Screenings.

When submitting a film, we require the film to be embedded on our online platform, so keep in mind that it must be provided in order to be eligible for an official selection.

All entries must be available for screening during the festival.
If your film is chosen to be screened at the Bucharest ShortCut CineFest, we require a download link to your submission or you must send a full quality DCP file/35mm/Blu-ray/DVD no later than 1 week prior to the festival screening.


By submitting your film to our festival you agree that your piece of work can be embeded on our website. The filmmaker/institution that is submitting the film must own the rights to do so and is responsible for the content they are providing. By submitting, the filmmaker allows Bucharest ShortCut Cinefest to create a page for their film without infringing copyright of any kind of form.
If your film won't get an Official Selection, the entry fee won't be refunded.

The Process:

If your film will be officialy selected in our festival, it will be uploaded/embeded on our website for everyone to see. Winning films will be highlighted and promoted within the platform.

Festival does not deal with any copyright issues. All copyright issues should be resolved by the film authors.
Filmmakers and screenwriters retain 100% all of the rights to their projects and materials that they submit to the Bucharest ShortCut CineFest.
You agree to indemnify and hold harmless us, our officers, affiliates, employees, and partners from any and all claims and liability arising out of entering or transmitting your film to the Bucharest ShortCut CineFest.

All PROMOTIONAL reviews will be published on our official website and through our social media platforms. You can also request the removal of your PROMOTIONAL review by the end of the quarter festival competition.


On 30th of each month, Bucharest ShortCut CineFest will announce the nominations for every category. Winners will be officially listed after the Official Screenings - ‘BEST PICTURE’ And ‘AUDIENCE AWARD’ will receive our BSCFest TROPHY.

Winners, nominees and unsuccessful films can be deleted from the website in the next festival competition quarter if the owner decides to proceed with this option.


Filmmakers are allowed to use Bucharest ShortCut Cinefest laurels on their winning/nominated/selected films ONLY. They can be used on posters as well as on other media available.