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] has been promoting short films and its creators for more than 12 years. 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.

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

ROMANIA - 5+ Locations in the following cities: Bucharest, Iasi, Brasov, Craiova, Baia Mare, Oradea, Bacau, Suceava.
EUROPE - 5+ Locations in the following cities: Antwerp, Tallinn, Budapest, Helsinki, Vilnius, Reykjavik, Frankfurt, Milan.
UNITED STATES - 5+ Locations in the following cities: New York, Boston, New Orleans, Chicago, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, Santa Monica.
REST OF THE WORLD - 5+ Locations in the following cities: to be announced in December 2020

The full list of cities and venues can be found here: http://shortfilmfactory.info/venues

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.

Notes:
-The monthly screenings schedule can be found on SHORT to the Point Eventbrite page: http://shorttothepoint.eventbrite.com.
-Our schedule for 2020 looks like this:
Screenings: February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November
Breaks: July, August, December, January 2021
-It can happen that one or more locations cannot host the screening on a specific month. We are not responsible for this matter but we will try to reschedule the specific screening for a later date.

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 5-40 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.

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

    November 2020
  • 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
  • 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
  • Great concept. The most unique festival out there!

    July 2020
  • Homayoon Mobaraki

    We were delighted to be selected and Award winner of such an excellent film festival. As a filmmaker "Short film Factory Festival" exceeded my expectations and really inspired me. Thanks to the fantastic Short film Factory team for putting on such a great festival. Great organization and communication. I would absolutely submit to this festival again. Highly recommended.

    March 2020