Short Film Breaks

SFB // Short Film Breaks

7th edition

Jul 02 - Aug 29, 2019
Bucharest, Romania

Open Call Sep 01, 2018 - May 03, 2019  Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films
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 SHORT FILM BREAKS is the only film festival taking place within public, non-profit and for-profit organizations, in a bid to offer smart break opportunities while promoting the independent movie industry around the world.

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Awards & Prizes

TOTAL PRIZES OF - $3000

Best International Short Film - $400
Best Romanian Short Film - $300
Audience Award - $300
Best Feature Film - $400
Best Documentary Short Film - $200
Best Animation Short Film - $200
Best Experimental Short Film - $200
Best Music Video - $200
Best TV/Web Series Episode - $200
Best Human Rights Short Film - $200
Best Mental Health Short Film - $200
Best 1 Minute Film - $200

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Festival Description

Short Film Breaks is the only film festival taking place within public, non-profit and for-profit organizations.

For our 7th edition we are waiting for your submissions of films competing in the following categories:

- Best International Short Film:
One of the two main categories, we're accepting short films, of any genre, under 30 minutes, from all around the world, except Romania.

- Best Romanian Short Film:
Main category. We're accepting short films of any genre, under 30 minutes, produced in Romania or all around the world but having Romanian as the single (or main) dialogue language.

- Best Feature Film
We're accepting feature films, of any genre and length, from all around the world.

- Best Animation Film:
We're accepting animation films, under 20 minutes, from all around the world.

- Best Documentary Film:
We're accepting documentary films, under 20 minutes, from all around the world.

- Best Experimental Film:
We're accepting experimental films, under 20 minutes, from all around the world.

- Best Music Video:
We're accepting music videos, under 20 minutes, from all around the world.

- Best TV/Web Series
We're accepting TV and Web series episodes, under 30 minutes, from all around the world.

- Best Human Rights Short Film
We're accepting short films of any genre, under 20 minutes, created all around the world, with a theme or story related to human rights, environment & ecology, activism, citizenship and community mobilization, local development, the rights of minorities, migration, global justice, etc.

- Best Mental Health Short Film
We're accepting shorts of any genre, under 20 minutes, created all around the world, with a theme or story related to mental health.

- Best 1 Minute Film
We're accepting short films of any genre, having the length of under or exactly 1 minute.

We're looking forward to watching your films! Every year we discover new gems we fall in love with!

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Festival History

We started in 2013, with screenings over a three months period for the 1000 Ipsos employees in Bucharest and Brasov. Our first edition also had special events and Q&A with guests from the Romanian filmmaking industry like Tudor Giurgiu, Adrian Sitaru or Tom Wilson, among others.

On our second edition we partnered with NexT IFF (www.nextfilmfestival.ro), the most important short film festival in Romania. Again, we had weekly screenings for three months and special events with guest like Florin Piersic Jr., Vivi Dragan Vasile, Ioana Flora, Dana Bunescu and Gabi Suciu.

During our third edition we continued our partnership with NexT IFF and added a new one with Alter-Native (www.madisz.ro), the most important Hungarian language film festival in Romania. That meant that again, for three months in a row, our employees watched short films during their breaks.

In 2016, we moved to the next level and added a competitive component to the festival, besides our non-competitive partnerships with Next IFF and Alter-Native, while starting a new collaboration, with Onion Films from KatmandĂș (http://onionfilms.com.np).
From the 1985 films submitted, we selected 7 for the Best Romanian Short Film category and 26 films for the Best International Short Film category.

We've also organized the first public event, a White Night at J'ai Bistrot Bucharest (https://bit.ly/2LaRPNS), which continued in 2017 with a second edition (https://bit.ly/2NbPend).

2017 was also the year when we first organized our amazing Kathmandu Short Film Breaks event and along with our screenings from Ipsos, we started our partnerships with Zitec and Ubis Club, both in Bucharest and Iasi (https://bit.ly/2uhWU0b).

We also opened our doors to a new range of films and filmmakers. From the total number of 2403 films received across all platforms, we accepted 118 films.

What's more, we added an online festival, i-Say Short Film Breaks, to our live screenings! The first edition was won by THE STORY OF 90 COINS, while the 2018 edition was won by TIME 2 SPLIT (http://i-say.co/iSaySFBplaylist).

2018 was a big year for us. We almost doubled the number of received submissions, to 3851, and we've increased our prizes FIVE TIMES, to $1500, while DXC Technology, Casa Pariurilor and eFortuna also joined our list of partners where we're holding weekly screenings during our festival!

For 2019, we're DOUBLING the prizes, reaching a RECORD total prizes of $3000. That's ten times more than the prizes we started with, back in 2016!

And since many of you have been asking, we're also introducing the FEEDBACK LETTERS. For all the films you submit between January 26th and May 3rd, 2019 we will be offering 2 letters of feedback, of at least 2 pages each, from two specialized script readers!
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Festival website http://www.shortfilmbreaks.com/

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Contact person George
Address Short Film Breaks
Rezervelor 54
077041 Chiajna
Ilfov
Romania
Phone 0723632991
Email ask@shortfilmbreaks.com