We are an annual independent short film festival based in Brussels, Belgium, end January, 2024 (DTA). Every year, we select over 100 short films and invite more than 40 filmmakers from all around the world.

The festival has been running for 18 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… .

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 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€ production grant for both the national competition, The festival offers 500€ for the international competition and a special prize for the best lowest budget film (The Born 2 Be Cheap award - 500€).

Our partner "La Ville de Bruxelles" offers a 500€ cash prize for the best LGBTQIA + film of the festival. This award will be announced in May 2023 during a special screening for the Belgian Pride.

A grand total of 2000€ !


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 - Brussels) and Cinema Aventure (15, rue des Fripiers- Brussels) the last week of January. If the festival cannot attend physically, a virtual edition will be organized.


3.1 Registrations must be submitted between the 29th of January until the 1st of November, using the digital platform FilmFreeway (for submission fees, see the FilmFreeway catergories).

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 48 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 20, 2023. 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 (ONLY trailer and stills), 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» (500€), «Prix du Public – compétition Internationale » (500€), both voted for by the audience. A prize for the best lowest budget movie in the category ‘Born 2 Be Cheap’ (500€), chosen by the festival and its collaborators. An Extra Prize for the best LGBTQIA+ will be deliverer by a Jury in May for the Belgian Pride (500€).

6.2 The prize (in all categories) consists of 500 euros. A total of 2000 euros is sponsored by partner Sabam for Culture, the festival and the City of Brussels. Prize winners will receive the total sum directly from the festival’s partner (i.e. Sabam) and form the festival for the LGBTQI + award.

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

    Wonderful screening and atmosphere, interesting programmation, I highly recommend and hope to attend again in the future!

    March 2023
  • Marijn Liek

    Couldnt be there ourselves, but communication was great and even gave us the chance to get into other festivals

    March 2023
  • Léone Pierre Estingoy

    INCROYABLE! Accueil au top! Des films qu'on a pas l'habitude de voir de super qualité! Des bonnes discussions engagées ! Des gens vraiment sympas ouverts et bienveillants! Des soirées de malade avec de la musique au top! Meilleur festival ever! Merci du fond du coeur pour faire vivre le cinéma ainsi

    February 2023
  • Such a great fest, ran by lovely people, the only thing I wish was different is if I was able to attend in person! ( ° ͜ >°)

    February 2023
  • Anthony Pieck

    We were so happy to be involved for both the 'Queer Mais Trash' and 'Courts Mais Trash' festival editions, and have my Documentary Short be selected alongside so many great films.
    Thanks again for the all the love, support and acknowledgment. <3

    February 2023