SHORT TO THE POINT (STTP) is an international network of distribution, broadcast and promotion of short films. Since 2009, SHORT TO THE POINT has gone through several steps and right now it has gathered some awesome projects under its umbrella offering professionals and amateurs the opportunity to see their short films projected in unconventional cinemas across the world.

SHORT to the Point - Monthly Awards and Screenings
This is our main project and it is dedicated to filmmakers from all over the world. Our jury selects every month the winning short films for each category:

Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Narrative, Best Production Design, Best Leading Actor, Best Leading Actress, Best Short Comedy, Best Short Drama, Best Short Horror, Best Short Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Best Narrative Short, Best Student Short, Best Young Director, Best Children Short, Best Animation Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Experimental Short, Best Music Video, Best Mini Short, Best Mobile Phone Short, Best Amateur Short, Best Series (Web/TV), Best Fashion Short, Best Commercial/Ad/TVC, Best Stop-Motion/Time-Lapse, Best Trailer.

How it works
First of all you have to choose one or more categories and submit your short film.

Usually, our submissions start on 4th-7th of the month and end on the same day next month.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We don't screen the films online! The members of the jury watch the films online and they choose the Official Selections.

In maximum one week after the deadline day for submissions we publish the Official Selections list and we notify the filmmakers via e-mail.

During the next 10 days our members of the jury watch the selected short films again and they decide the winners for each category. After that we publish the Winners list and we notify filmmakers by e-mail. The lists are published on social media and on our dedicated website: theshortfilmfestival.com.

Your nominations and awards can be listed on IMDb. (http://www.imdb.com/event/ev0003900).

This is a short tutorial about How To Get Your STTP AWARD Listed On IMDb - http://theshortfilmfestival.com/how-to-get-your-sttp-award-listed-on-imdb

In the last week of the month we screen the awarded films. The event is organized by our partners Short Film Factory and it takes place in more than 20 cities across the world. We aim to bring short films not only in cinema theatres but in the most unconventional places where people get used to spend time like pubs, bars, cafes, bookshops, hubs, university clubs etc.

We have 3-4 months delay between the monthly awards and the monthly screenings. So the films which get an award in February for January edition will be screened in May-June. You can find out more about the screenings on our webpage: theshortfilmfestival.com.

All the awarded films enter the competition for the Annual Event which is held in the autumn. The winners of the Annual Event will receive our official trophy.

First of all, the JUDGING PROCESS
Submissions are judged and scored based on criteria including: quality of screenplay (story, dialogues etc), acting, production quality, originality, technical proficiency, cinematography, sound design, editing, location/s used and set design. We support indie filmmaking and we will award additional points to shorts produced on a micro budget and/or minimal crew.

The AWARD CATEGROIES are:
Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Narrative, Best Production Design, Best Leading Actor, Best Leading Actress, Best Short Comedy, Best Short Drama, Best Short Horror, Best Short Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Best Narrative Short, Best Student Short, Best Young Director, Best Children Short, Best Animation Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Experimental Short, Best Music Video, Best Mini Short, Best Mobile Phone Short, Best Amateur Short, Best Series (Web/TV), Best Fashion Short, Best Commercial/Ad/TVC, Best Stop-Motion/Time-Lapse, Best Trailer.

We are trying to satisfy all filmmakers who submit their shorts to SHORT to the Point ISFF. We know how difficult is to make a film and this is why we want to offer you a good experience with our festival. So here are our awards and prizes.

NOT SELECTED:
+ 50% discount for your next entry at SHORT to the Point ISFF (the waiver is valid till the end of the year).

SELECTED:
+ Official Selection laurels.
+ Entry fee waiver for submitting your short film to PRESELECTION category in our partner festival ‘rolling ideas’ [Short Film Channel].

SEMI-FINALIST:
+ Semi-Finalist laurels.
+ Entry fee waiver for submitting your short film to TRAILER PROMOTION category in our partner festival ‘rolling ideas’ [Short Film Channel].
+ Entry fee waiver for submitting your short film to PRESELECTION category in our partner festival ‘Short Film Factory’.

FINALIST:
+ Finalist laurels.
+ Entry fee waiver for submitting your short film to TRAILER PROMOTION category in our partner festival ‘rolling ideas’ [Short Film Channel].
+ 20% discount of registration fee for submitting your short film to SCREENING FEE category in our partner festival ‘Short Film Factory’ (it means that you are already selected for screenings).

MONTHLY AWARD WINNER:
+ Award Winner laurels.
+ Live Screening of your short film in more than 20 locations across the world.
+ Digital Certificate (printable).
+ Automatic entry for the annual awards competition.
+ Two published interviews with 2 members of the film crew in SHORT CLOSE-UP [Film Magazine].
+ One short review of the film in SHORT CLOSE-UP [Film Magazine] – usually we write it before the screening event (3-4 months after the monthly award announcement).
+ promotion of the short film (trailer, photos, behind the scenes video etc) on SHORT CLOSE-UP [Film Magazine] and ‘rolling ideas’ [Short Film Channel] websites.
+ Promotion of the short film (trailer, photos, behind the scenes video etc) on Social Media.

ANNUAL AWARD WINNER:
+ Award Winner laurels.
+ Digital Certificate (printable).
+ SHORT to the Point Trophy.

Please read these Rules & Terms carefully before you submit your film. By submitting your film into competition in the SHORT to the Point (ISFF), you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of these Rules & Terms.

Article 1
SHORT TO THE POINT (RO: SPUNE PE SCURT) is an international network of distribution, exhibition and promotion of short films.
Every short film included in the SHORT TO THE POINT festival will be promoted in the monthly events, such as SHORT FILM FACTORY, an event developed in Bucharest and other major cities from Romania and abroad. Other means of distribution and promotion of the films submitted to SHORT TO THE POINT are the open air projections (STTP TOUR) organized in different cities from Romania, and also the talent camps held annually.

Article 2
The general objective of STTP is to reward films and audiovisual productions by promoting them worldwide.

Article 3
Parallel with the Festival, additional events like conferences about film industry, symposiums, exhibitions, thematic parties, workshops or talent camps will take place.

Article 4
SHORT to the Point categories include Short Comedy, Short Drama, Short Horror, Short Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Narrative Short, Student Short, Children Short, Animation Short, Documentary Short, Experimental Short, Music Video, Mini Short, Mobile Phone Short, Amateur Short, Series (Web/TV), Fashion Short, Commercial/Ad/TVC, Stop-Motion/Time-Lapse, Trailer.
Each short film must be entered for one of the competitions named above. In some cases, though, the selection committees reserve the right to assign it to another competition or special programme.
Film Genres: All types of short films are accepted. Here are some examples: Absurdist, Action, Adaptation, Adventure, Advertising, Art-house, Biographical, Black Comedy, Classic, Children, Comedy, Crime, Dance, Detective, Drama, Cult, Epic, Family, Fantasy, Gangster, Horror, Independent, Indie, Noir, Historical, Kids, LGBT, Magical realism, Musical, Mystery, Melodrama, Road Movie, Philosophical, Political, Romance, Satire, Science Fiction, Silent Films, Slice of Life, Social, Sports, Superhero, Supernatural, Surreal, Suspense, Thriller, Urban, War (Anti-War), Western, Zombie etc

Article 5
There is no restriction about the date of the production of the films.

Article 6
The running time of films entered for the competitions should not exceed 33 minutes (we have no minimum length limit).

Article 7
Each participant is responsible for the content of his/her work and for any possible copyright problems. The participant owns all rights concerning the usage of his/her work according to the regulations. The Festival Committee has no responsibility to third parties. The Festival Committee has the right to reject films, if the content or technical quality does not correspond to the Festival conditions.

Article 8

The official language of the Festival is English. Films must be subtitled in English.

Article 9

The Executive Committee decides on the Festival schedule including the sequence of the screening of all the films. It also decides on the exclusion of any participants and their film in case of any breach of conditions and decides on all issues not included in these Regulations but related to the organization of the Festival.

Article 10
The participation in the Festival is subjected to agreement with these conditions and keeping to these terms.

Article 11
The directors of submitted films that are accepted will be notified via e-mail in the beginning of each month. There will be a list of accepted films on our website theshortfilmfestival.com at the beginning of each month.

Article 12
SHORT to the Point (ISFF) works hard to recognize quality filmmaking and tends to offer awards to 100+ short films per year.
SHORT to the Point will screen a 150 minutes selection of awarded films every month during Short Film Factory by STTP.
SHORT to the Point will screen over 200 awarded short films during the annual event.
We may also screen some shorts outside these awards selection that deeply impress our selection committee.

Article 13
We work hard to keep our submission fees as low as possible – consequently we cannot provide fee waivers.

Article 14
SHORT to the Point has no festival premiere eligibility requirements. Shorts that have screened at other festivals are still eligible.
SHORT to the Point has no public or internet broadcast eligibility requirements. If your short has screened on Vimeo etc, it is still eligible.

Article 15
Changes to submitted films will only be accepted if accompanied by a new submission fee.
The decision of the selection committee is final.
All entry fees are non-refundable.

Article 16
Stills of selected films may also be shown on the Festival website and publicity/promo material including press releases, festival brochures and other materials.
Entrants are responsible for securing all rights and permissions from copyright and other holders relating to their short.
SHORT to the Point reserves the right to update or modify these terms and policies without prior notice.
The SHORT to the Point (ISFF) is hereby granted the rights to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted for promotional purposes of the festival. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements, rules and regulations.
The SHORT TO THE POINT (ISFF) reserves the right to refuse entries.

Article 17
The person or institution submitting the film is responsible for clearing all rights to the content of the work relevant to the film’s use by the festival. By submitting, they state that they are authorized representatives thereof, i. e. that screening or other use of the film by the Festival does not infringe rights held by third parties (e. g. copyrights, personality or trademark rights), and that especially the rights to any material produced by others (music, film footage, photo- graphs, text etc.) used in the film have been cleared. They furthermore shall indemnify the SHORT to the Point ISFF against all third-party claims in connection with screening/using the film in the course of the Festival. This includes covering any legal costs that might be incurred.

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  • Zak Mir

    Thank you for selecting our short film, The Safe House and giving indie film a great platform and exposure.

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Zak! Hope to see your work in the future!

  • Jure Bušić

    Great festival! We are very proud that we got award.

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your review Jure! Congrats for your award!

  • Devendra Kumar

    Thanks for selecting my short film for March 2019 edition. Good communication 👍

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks a lot Devendra! Good luck with your film!

  • Mara Kassin

    A fun, supportive festival! Thank you!

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Mara! We are honored to have filmmakers like you in our festival!

  • Honoured to have had Ghosts in the Ink Officially Selected for the March awards.

    Sadly, we did not win, but there were some amazing films that did.

    Outstanding festival. Easy to communicate with and they always keep you in the loop.

    Thanks for giving us a chance.

    May 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words Phil! We hardly wait to see your work in the future! Best, STTP Team.