SHORT FILM FACTORY is a network of short film screening locations and events, part of the SHORT to the Point International Short Film Festival.

Short Film Factory [by STTP] is promoting short films and its creators for more than 10 years. We are screening short films 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.

SHORT FILM FACTORY [by STTP] venues are divided in 4 categories:

ROMANIA - 10+ Locations in the following cities: Bucharest, Iasi, Cluj, Brasov, Craiova, Baia Mare, Piatra Neamt, Bacau, Sighetul Marmatiei, Targu Mures.
EUROPE - 10+ Locations in the following cities: to be announced in January 2020
UNITED STATES - 10+ Locations in the following cities: to be announced in January 2020
REST OF THE WORLD - 10+ Locations in the following cities: to be announced in January 2020

HOW IT WORKS

Every month we select 8 hours of short films which are going to be screened in our partner locations. It means that we choose between 20 and 60 short films per month. The awards are not available on a first come, first served basis. We will choose the films by their quality no matter when they are submitted.

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 suggest you to submit your short film to PRESELECTION category first. If your film will be selected we will notify you and guide you through the next steps. Your fee is paid for your film to be considered. By no means does submitting your film guarantee that your film will be accepted for SHORT FILM FACTORY screenings. If your film is not accepted, your submission fee is not refunded. In order to get your film screened in all our partner locations you have to pay the SCREENING FEE. You can submit your film directly to this category but unfortunately we cannot refund a submission fee in case your film will not be selected. Please make absolutely sure you want to submit your film before doing so.

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 30 minutes (we have no minimum length limit).

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

Every month we select around 8 hours of short films for the live screenings held by our partner locations. So somewhere between 20 and 60 short films will be awarded by SHORT FILM FACTORY [by STTP].

All monthly selected films will receive the winner laurels of the festival. Being selected it means that your film is considered for the screenings. You just have to pay the screening fee to become a winner. So if you are selected you are already a winner. Simple as that.

All monthly awarded films will be screened in 10-41 locations across the world. Filmmakers can choose the venues where their films will be screened.

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 categories 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 30 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 in the beginning of each month.

SCREENINGS
The selection and award classification will be posted on our website. SHORT FILM FACTORY works hard to recognize quality filmmaking and tends to offer Awards to 60 short films per month. SHORT FILM FACTORY will screen all selected films at our monthly event, in more than 10 locations.

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 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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  • A great film festival, thank you!

    November 2019
  • Anne Lakhdar

    Thank you for showing our film on biodiversity and wetlands to people in Romania in different venues. We appreciate it greatly! I hope the public enjoyed it ! If possible, it would be great to get some sort of feed-back on that. Wishing you much success on your future screenings!

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Anne. Thank you for your review (even if it is not the best for us). But I guess you misunderstood our format. We are not working exactly like a classic festival. We are more like a cinema theatre chain. We have a number of venues which are screening weekly short films. We don't participate in our screening. We work behind the scenes to make sure that we can get as many screening locations as we can for the benefit of our filmmakers.

    Regarding your second issue, we don't offer feedback for the selected or not selected films due to the big amount of films we receive. At the end of the day we want to promote short films not to feed filmmakers' ego, right? :)

    We have our partners from rolling ideas who are writing reviews and interviews with filmmakers. You can submit your film there. We can give you a fee waiver if you send us an email.

    Thank you again for your review and we wish you all the good luck with your future work! Best, SFF Team

  • Carolyn Dekkers

    All of us from 'Staying with Penny' are loving being part of Short Film Factory. The staff have been a pleasure to deal with - great communication, super helpful and supportive. Many thanks to the entire team and all the best with the months ahead! :)

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Carolyn! All the best from our team!

  • Steven Gebert

    A great festival, a well organized friendly crew.

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Steven!

  • Bruno Fregosi Productor

    Short Film Factory is for me a great festival.

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Bruno!