Each month we award the best film in each of the following categories:

*City Life – Any type of short film which takes place in a city, or which has its main theme related to urban life (fiction, animation, documentary, experimental and so on).

*Nature – Any type of short film which takes place in the nature, or which has its main theme related to rural or wildlife (fiction, animation, documentary, experimental and so on).

*Social Theme – Any type of short film which has its main theme related to the exploration of social issues, human rights, inclusion, or diversity (fiction, animation, documentary, experimental and so on).

*Digital Art – Experimental or animation films, audiovisual projects, video installations and so on.

*Music and Dance - Any type of short film which has its main theme related to music or dance (fiction, animation, documentary, experimental and so on).

*Underground - Any type of short film that is out of the mainstream either in its style, genre, or financing (fiction, animation, documentary, experimental and so on).

*Cheerful Short - Any type of short film which brings a smile on our faces, or gives us an optimistic mood (fiction, animation, documentary, experimental and so on).

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During the summer of 2022, we screen the winners at the Foto Summer Garden, an open-air cinema in Transylvania.

Short Film Factory is a network of short film screening venues, part of the SHORT to the Point International Short Film Festival.

Short Film Factory has been promoting short films and its creators since 2009. During the first 12 years of the festival, we’ve organized more than 45 independent events, including short film screenings, workshops, conferences, exhibitions, video mapping shows, music concerts and DJ live sets.

Now, we organize short film screenings in all kind of places, from cinema theatre to pubs, from conference halls to concerts and festivals, from university forums to film workshops, from indoor to outdoor, from cities to villages, camping, seaside, delta, or mountain. In other words, we are screening shorts almost anywhere. The next events will take place in Transylvania, during the summer of 2022.

HOW IT WORKS

Every month, our judging team selects the best films of the month (for each category), and we screen them during the next summer in the awesome place from Transylvania, called Foto Summer Garden. It’s a cultural space adapted in an abandoned factory. The interesting thing is that this factory was producing film for photo and video cameras before the digital era started to grow. Till 2004, Azo Mures was one of the biggest film production factories in the world, alongside Kodak and Fuji. The Foto Summer Garden includes a lot of activities: short film screenings, conferences, digital museum and exhibitions, workshops, street art, stand-up comedy, video mapping shows, music concerts and DJ live sets.

Selection criteria for films may include the point of view or innovation of the screenplay, the technical or professional quality of filmmaking, the groundbreaking or cutting-edge theme of the film, the film’s length, its’ educational and/or entertainment value, the film’s insight into a way of life or culture, film reviews and/or awards garnered by the film, its official selection by film festivals, or the viewpoint of Program Committee members of SHORT FILM FACTORY.

All types of short films are accepted: narrative, student, experimental, animation, documentary, music video, mini short, children, amateur, commercial, fashion, vlog, stop motion, series, web etc. Here are some examples of accepted film genres: 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

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

Films in languages other than English will only be accepted with English subtitles.

Your nominations can be listed on IMDb here: https://www.imdb.com/event/ev0014259/2021/1

Each month we award the best film in each of the following categories:

*City Life
*Nature
*Social Theme
*Digital Art
*Music and Dance
*Underground
*Cheerful Short

All selected films will receive the winner laurels of the festival and will be screened in Transylvania at the Foto Summer Garden open-air cinema during the next summer.

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

ELIGIBILITY
1. We accept international short films.
2. SHORT FILM FACTORY genres include narrative, student, experimental, animation, documentary, music video, mini short, children, amateur, commercial, fashion, vlog, stop motion, series, web etc.
3. Films in languages other than English will only be accepted with English subtitles.
4. 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
5. The running time of films entered for the competitions should not exceed 33 minutes (we have no minimum length limit).
6. There is no restriction about the date of the production of the films.
7. The SHORT FILM FACTORY reserves the right to refuse entries.

JUDGING PROCESS
Selection criteria for films may include the, point of view or innovation of the screenplay, the technical or professional quality of filmmaking, the ground breaking or cutting edge theme of the film, the film’s length, its’ educational and/or entertainment value, the film’s insight into a way of life or culture, film reviews and/or awards garnered by the film, its official selection by film festivals, or the viewpoint of Program Committee members of SHORT FILM FACTORY.
We support indie filmmaking and will award additional points to shorts produced on a micro budget and/or minimal crew.

NOTIFICATION
The directors of submitted films that are accepted will be notified via e-mail.

SCREENINGS
The selection and award classification will be posted on our website.

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

MISCELLANEOUS
1. SHORT FILM FACTORY has no festival premiere eligibility requirements. Shorts that have screened at other festivals are still eligible.
2. SHORT FILM FACTORY has no public or internet broadcast eligibility requirements. If your short has screened on Youtube, Vimeo etc, it is still eligible.
3. Changes to submitted films will only be accepted if accompanied by a new submission fee.
4. The decision of the selection committee is final.
5. Stills of selected films may also be shown on the Festival website and publicity/promo material including press releases, festival brochures and other materials.
6. All entry fees are non-refundable.
7. Entrants are responsible for securing all rights and permissions from copyright and other holders relating to their short.
8. SHORT FILM FACTORY reserves the right to update or modify these terms and policies without prior notice.
9. After selection, notification letters will be sent electronically.
10. SHORT FILM FACTORY does not accept trailers or rough assemblies or work-in-progress cuts (picture lock with temp sound, color, etc.). Please be aware SHORT FILM FACTORY will not view multiple updates/versions of your film for programming consideration.
11. The SHORT FILM FACTORY 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.

LEGAL MATTERS
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 FILM FACTORY 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.

Overall Rating
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  • burak berke erdem

    I never see my movie in internet page and they didn’t contact me.

    March 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Burak! Your film will be screened during our next edition. We notified all the filmmakers regarding the reasons of the delay. Maybe you haven't received our email in the inbox. You are not the first one to have this issue.

  • Thank you for having our movie "Dream Store"!

    February 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Pawel!

  • What a great experience, great communiction and great people. Keep up the good work.

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Angel!

  • Oscar Michel

    Cheap festival not even worth it. They said I was a finalist and then never organised anything. Didn't even try to communicate with me.

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Oscar! Probably you haven't received our notification. We notified all the filmmakers regarding the postponement of our screenings due to the current situation around the world. In case you will get our answer here, be sure that your film will be screened during our next edition. Best, SFF Team.

  • Kateryna Tiurina

    Thank you, guys for your festival!
    We are really happy be a little part of Short Film Factory festival, you are make good things for creative people.
    Hugs!

    July 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your feedback Kateryna !