We are a regular independent short movie program in Brussels (Belgium-january - 5 days - 13differents films sessions) called 'Courts Mais Trash'. The program has been running for 15years 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… .

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.

Do you wish to participate in the biggest blowout alternative, underground and independent cinema has to offer, then act now! What are you waiting for?

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). Total 1500€


The ‘Courts Mais Trash’ organisation (hereinafter referred to as ‘the festival’.) is operated by the Born 2 Be Cheap association (hereinafter referred to as ‘the organiser’.) whose head office is currently located at 41/31 avenue de la Couronne in 1050 Ixelles, presided by Mister François Marache.


The festival will take place at the Riches Claires (24, Rue des Riches-Claires in Brussels) ans Cinema Palace (Boulevard Anspach, 85 1000 Brussels) fom January the 15th till January the 19th, 2020.


3.1 Registrations must be submitted between the 15th of March (from 00h00) until 15th of October 2019, using the following digital platforms: FilmFreeway, at the inscription cost of €3.

3.2 The participant must submit a movie of undefined duration, independent and self produced. Sponsored and subsidised entries are ineligible.

3.3 The actual running time of the film can be no longer than 40 minutes.

3.4 The film may be entered by its author or production company. The participant has to be of legal age (18 or more). The participant is allowed to make multiple entries in the competition.

3.5 Films have to be presented in its original language with the inclusion of French and or English subtitles.

3.6 Films that were produced 36 months prior to the opening of the festival are ineligible for the competition.


4.1 The list of selected entries will be revealed on December 15 2019. Selected entries will be projected during the festival’s screenings.

4.2 Participants whose entries are selected will be contacted with a request to provide the festival with a digital copy of their work (H264 or ProRes) and accompanying information to be used for publication and communication. A written synopsis, the author’s (short) bio and an image to represent the film are requested.

4.3 Representatives of the selected entrie(s) will receive an accreditation for the entire duration of the festival including privileges for the festival and other events that are tied in with Courts Mais Trash.


5.1 Participants waiver the rights (free of charge / non exclusive) of their selected entrie(s) for any subsequent form of exploitation, worldwide and for a duration of three years following their enrolment, to the festival’s organiser. The aforementioned condition includes publication of the author’s name and unlimited reproduction and broadcasting of the film and its accompanying data in any media form the festival sees fit (not specified upon the participant’s enrolment), notably on social media, internet, intranet, the press and television.

5.2 Participants waiver the rights (free of charge) to their selected entrie(s) to the festival’s organiser to have an audio/visual extract of their film broadcasted (with a maximum duration of 1 minute) worldwide and for a duration of three years following their enrolment with regards to any promotional activity of the festival. This may be the case, among other media, on: the organiser’s website, Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo, Daily motion, Youtube, mobile application tools, tablets and other media partners of the festival, as well as other media selected by the festival.


6.1 Participants stand a chance to win: « Prix du Public – compétition Nationale», «Prix du Public – compétition Internationale » (both voted for by the public) and a prize for the best ‘cheap’ movie in the category ‘Born 2 Be Cheap’, chosen by the festival and its collaborators.

6.2 The prize (in all categories) consists of 500 euros. A total of 1500 euros is sponsored by partner Sabam for Culture. Prize winners will receive the total sum directly from the festival’s partner (i.e. Sabam).

6.3 The Festival declines any form of legal responsibility with regards to any potential disagreement between Sabam and the winner.

All participants acknowledge ans accept these rules and regulations in its entirety.

Overall Rating
  • Lieve Mensen

    How wonderful that our truly odd short 'Puppet's Prosty Points' found a home on CMT!!
    This is the exact reason why we love this festival, they show the weirdest and funniest stuff available in a fun, laid-back setting. Always a pleasure. Looking forward to the next edition!

    February 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank You Lieve, looking forwad for your new film !

  • Henry Baker

    This festival rocks! Certainly the most awesome films that you'll ever see. So many great films,I wish it would play for a month. The staff and volunteers are all professional and personable. Submitting your work is a breeze with remarkable help and assistance at every step of the way. Hats off to all involved. Great receptive audiences too!

    January 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Henry, big love from Brussels

  • Rob Ceus

    Very cool little festival
    Had alot of fun

    April 2019
  • Helena Dalemans

    Very fun festival, kind people, good communication and a great audience! I had an amazing time, thanks for having me!

    March 2019

    This festival is the GREATEST independent film festival ever <3

    February 2019