BEIRUT IS REVOLTING, AND SO WE ARE...
BEIRUT SHORTS IS COMING BACK WITH A NEW IDENTITY THAT MEETS THE EXPECTATIONS OF THE NEW GENERATION OF FILMMAKERS.
BEIRUT SHORTS born from the womb of NDU International Film Festival (NDUIFF), which is a short film festival founded in 2007 at Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU), Lebanon.
Beirut Shorts is celebrated annually under its constant theme, “The Power of Youth.” As the theme reflects, the Mission of Beirut Shorts is to (a) promote young filmmakers by screening their films in front of a large audience base, and (b) promote their talents and artistic excellence.
BSIFF accepts both Lebanese and international short films in three categories: Fiction, Documentary, and Animation; applicants may be graduating students or independent filmmakers. Around 80 films compete in different categories. Winners receive awards, certificates, and cash prizes.
The center where the Festival is held at NDU is a well-equipped, boasting state-of-the-art technology in sound and video. The center is formed of an opera house theater with a seating capacity of 650, an arena stage theater with a seating capacity of 400, and two small halls for workshops and seminars. More than 4,000 visitors attend the Festival every year, including international guests coming from different countries.
Beirut Shorts mission takes inspiration from the NDU Mission Statement, which believes in providing equal opportunities for Lebanese and foreign participants “in a spirit of openness that embraces all cultures, regardless of race, gender, color, religion, or sect;” BSIFF “promotes diversity, respect for human dignity and rights, and concern for the common good.”
Best International Short Fiction
Best International Short Documentary
Best International Short Animation
Best International New Media
National Student Competition:
Best Student Short Fiction
Best Student Short Documentary
Best Student Short Animation
National Independent Competition
Best Independent Short Fiction
Best Independent Short Documentary
Best Independent Short Animation
Best Independent New Media
Ministry of Tourism Award: "Of Land, People, and Culture"
Emile Chahine Award for Cinematic Excellence
Audience Choice Award
Rules and Regulations:
1- SHORT FILMS PRODUCED AFTER JANUARY 1, 2019 ARE ELIGIBLE FOR SUBMISSION.
2- LEBANESE PREMIERE IS A MUST – FILMS THAT WERE SCREENED PREVIOUSLY IN LEBANON WON’T BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION.
3- BSIFF SUPPORTS THE TRAVEL COST OF DIRECTORS OF SELECTED INTERNATIONAL FILMS TO LEBANON TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FESTIVAL SCREENINGS AND ACTIVITIES. (Conditions apply)
Filmmakers are invited to submit their original work to Beirut Shorts International Film Festival (BSIFF) for the categories of Fiction, Documentary or Animation.
Beirut Shorts International Film Festival (BSIFF) holds the right to:
• Select the film that is qualified to be in the official selection of the festival
• Use the selected films for trailers and publicity usage
• Screen the winning films in international film festivals that collaborate with Beirut Shorts after the approval of the filmmakers
Lebanese film students and independent filmmakers are invited to submit their original work to the Beirut Shorts for the categories of Fiction, Documentary or Animation.
Productions of 30 minutes and less will be accepted for the competition.
Submission fees are non refundable and non reimbursable under any circumstances; Beirut Shorts does not reimburse any submission fees for films who are not selected for the festival program, or who withdrew their submissions at any time.