...The 3rd Blue Danube Film Festival will be placed both in Vienna and Budapest (17-20 November 2019 - Vienna, 21-24 November 2019 - Budapest)...

The Blue Danube Film Festival is a short film festival, which showcases independent films from all over the world. We encourage creativity and experimentation. We are open to all kinds of films. The Blue Danube Film Festival aims to inspire motivate a talented filmmakers from around the world, who is looking for new forms and explore the various society and human problems.
Films are evaluated by Jury within the context of the category through the filter of generally accepted filmmaking quality criteria (ie.: individual vision, production and aesthetic quality, structure, cinematography, direction, creativity, etc.).

The Official Selection (approx. 60-70 films) will be screened in Vienna and Budapest, in both capitals. You can watch movies in a pleasant, friendly environment.
The films will be screened in English or with English subtitles.

The detailed program will be visible on our website from November 4th 2019.

We are looking forward to the movies!

6 Categories:

Best Short Film - Prize Money + Certification

Best Super Short Film - Prize Money + Certification

Best Documentary Film - Prize Money + Certification

Best Animation Film - Prize Money + Certification

Best Experimental Film - Prize Money + Certification

Best Online Film - Prize Money + Certification

All winners will receive Prize Money and Certifications and Gold Laurels, with the "WINNER" label to be used as the filmmaker sees fit for marketing and promotional purpose.

All the movies we choose will receive "Official Selection" laurels to be used for marketing and promotional materials as the filmmaker sees fit.

Special awards:
Depending on the nominating films in each category, the jury will award additional prizes, the "Best Director" and "Special Jury Award" awards. The special awards winners will receive certification.

The Student Jury will also award the best film by category.

Total prize money: 800 USD. (Short - 300 USD, Animation - 100 USD, Documentary - 100 USD, Super Short - 100 USD, Experimental - 100 USD, Online -100 USD.)

1. Blue Danube Film Festival accepts all forms and genres, produced after January 2017. All films must be in English or have English subtitles. Films that have already participated in the previous Official Selections of Blue Danube Film Festival will not be eligible for the competition.

2. Blue Danube Film Festival only accept digital submissions of HD quality (720p or better).

3. The total length of the super short movie is maximum 5 minutes, of the short movie is from 5 minutes to 35 minutes, documentary movies max. 45 minutes, online movies maximum 120 minutes and the movies in other categories are maximum 35 minutes.

4. Each filmmaker can submit several projects, but each production must be accompanied by a separate entry and fee.

5. All fees are non-refundable.

6. The filmmaker shall certify to have full rights. They are responsible for acquiring copyrights, licenses and releases for media used in their films. The filmmaker will indemnify the organizers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

7. Films submitted must not strengthen the racial, ethnic, religious, gender or politic conflicts, incitement to offenses or other violations of law or must not be pornographic. Applicants whose films does not meet these requirements can be excluded from the competition by the Organizers.

8. By submitting their film, filmmaker gives Blue Danube Film Festival the right to post their posters, trailers, website and social media links on our website. If the filmmaker wants to keep his movie private, we will only mention the movie title, director and a movie poster (if one is available). According to creators' intention the submitted films can be viewed on our website (Youtube or Vimeo or link).

9. The Festival treats all submissions with utmost care and confidentiality. The filmmaker agrees that if his film is selected by the jury for public screening, the Festival can download it for screening. The filmmaker does not ask any financial compensation for the screening.

10. In the Online category's Official Selection movies can be viewed on www.bluedanubefilmfestival.com website between October 15 and November 15 with the link provided by the submitter. Voting is possible on www.bluedanubefilmfestival.com website with a Facebook profile. The film that gets the most "like" will be the winner.
The Online category's Official Selection movies (synopsis, photo, director's biography, links) are also displayed on www.bluedanubefilmfestival.com website.

11. All selected films and winners will receive the laurels and certificates via email. Money prizes will be sent by transfer.

12. The selected films can be screened by BDFF maximum 2 times after the Festival.

13. The jury's decision is final.

14. The Festival reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or scheduling.

Overall Rating
  • Beautiful new festival. Sadly I was not able to attend but communication was great and I was excited to have my film screen with other strong films.

    December 2018
  • Thanks a lot to the Festival for the Official Selection.

    Even though I wasn´t able to attend to the festival, I´m very happy to be part of the festival with my short film SOMETHING IN THE DARKNESS. For me as a spanish filmmaker ist´s a great opportunity to show my work outside my country, thanks!

    The festival director was very kind and the communication was very good.

    Thanks again to the Festival for the Official Selection

    Greetings from Spain!

    December 2017
  • Very nicely organized and respectfully conducted!

    December 2017