We are a regular independent short movie program in Brussels (Belgium-january - 5 days - 11 differents films sessions) called 'Courts Mais Trash'. The program has been running for 12 years now with increasing success. We screen mainly independent films, not specially trashy movies. we love originality and creativity. Cheapness and Beauty !

The idea for Courts Mais Trash originated from a lack of a proper platform for independent short films to be screened.

Films that fail to meet conservative cinematographic standards are mostly snubbed by festival programmers and legitimate audio-visual venues. Trash is often just perceived in the provocative sense of the word; shocking and equally alternative, political, cheap and offbeat… .

Ciné-club is on a cinematic crusade to offer filmmakers quality projections in a proper and able setting. For moviegoers the objective is simply to provide them a chance to discover a diverse realm of films in every possible format.

Every category of film will be projected, from experimental to animation, through video clips and documentaries. No genre is left unexploited. The shorts don’t have to be ‘trash’ per se, but we do encourage work that is ‘out there’, on the cusp of the cutting edge and stimulating to the spectators interests. To avoid any possible confusion: the screenings are strictly adults only.

In Brussels the first Courts Mais Trash took place on the 1st of April in 2005 at the Centre Culturel des Riches Claires. Directors that were present (mostly Belgians) were invited to introduce their work to the public. A tradition that is still ongoing today. Riches Claires also offers bar facilities, as well as an opportunity for post screening discussions.

An association without lucrative purpose was created under the name of Born2BeCheap with the support of the cultural municipal office of Brussels and The National Lottery.

Other festivals have since welcomed ‘out of competition’ Courts Mais Trash screenings, such as: Festival du film européen de Lille, Festival du film belge de Moustier, Festival du court métrage de Bruxelles, La faites de l’image, des Vidéophages à Toulouse and the BIFF… . Since november 2011 a selection of short films are also screened at La Zone in Liège.

Awards & Prizes

Our partner "La SABAM" offers 500 euros for each competition (national and international) and a special prize for the best cheap film (The Born 2 Be Cheap award).

Rules & Terms

Just sent a link, your mail and we'll recontact you. Your film must be submitted for the 15th November of this year)

4 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Romain Daudet-Jahan

    Courts Mais Trash took great care of the film even if I couldn't have been at the screening. The communication is great and they just love all the movies they're screening so that's a great feeling ! I recommend 100%

    April 2017
    Response from festival:

    thanks !!!!

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    Vinicius Santos

    It was an honor to attend the festival.
    Thank you very much

    February 2017
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    Matthieu Moerlen

    Le Festival est génial, l'organisateur ultra sympathique ainsi que toute la team qui travaille durant le festival ! Frites offertes, prise en main en arrivant ! La gentillesse à la belge, un festival que je recommande chaudement après deux éditions consécutives que je ne suis pas près d'oublier !!!!!

    February 2017
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    Be prepared to the most trash, funny and awesomely disgusting movies. Forget about all those boring and posh big festivals where you need to appear in your formal dress and night makeup and on high heels. It's gonna be the best experience you've had at the festivals! Friendly attitude, being family with the team, directors and viewers, cosy and nice atmosphere, lots of fun and laugh - after these 4 days my cheeks were aching from constant smiling! Thanks for new good friends, thanks for wonderful emotions - and good luck to all the team, you're doing a great job! Hope to see you again!

    February 2017