Shortcutz Amsterdam provides a platform for emerging film talent to showcase their work, engage with their audience, and connect with the established professionals of the industry. Every week, we screen two short films by up-and-coming directors and the work of an established Dutch director, actor or producer. At the end of each screening, the filmmakers engage in a discussion with the audience.

The sessions take place every Tuesday, between 20:00 and 22:30 in de Kring (Leidseplein). The sessions are open and free. All the movies are subtitled in English and the Q&As are in English too in order to connect the city’s international community with Dutch cinema.

Our sessions are paused in July, August, December, January and February.

### JURY TEAM ###
actor Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner); producer Jan Harlan (The Shining), actor Tygo Gernandt (Van God Los); director Hany Abu-Assad (The Mountain Between Us),director Roel Reiné (Marvel's Inhumans); actress Willeke van Ammelrooy (Antonia's Line); director Eddy Terstall (Simon); producer Pieter Kuijpers (Van God Los); Marina Blok, Head of Drama ntr; actor Vincent van Ommen (Amsterdam Heavy), Nederlands Film Festival programmer Claire van Daal, EYE senior programmer and head of acquisitions René Wolf, actress Sigrid ten napel, and street-artist Laser 3.14.

Every year we select the Best Film of the competition at Shortcutz Amsterdam Annual Awards, where we award the winner with €10.000 towards the production of a new short film. Next edition will be in January 2018. The winners of nine other film-related categories are also announced by top names of the film industry. Check out the videos from the previous editions:

Please read carefully before submitting your movie.

We accept movies that follow all of these rules:

. films related to the Netherlands (Director or Producer must be from the NL or living in the Netherlands for more than 2 years or have an NL production company)
. directed by an up-and-coming filmmaker (before the first feature film - more than 70 minutes)
. produced in the last 12 months to the date of the submission
. with less than 15 minutes in length (can be 15 minutes + credits)

// the Q&A is mandatory with at least 1 member of the main team

// please mention how your film is related to the Netherlands in your submissions if you are submitting from another country, otherwise, we cannot accept you in competition.

your film must be subtitled in English (if it's in another language than English)

Submission fee is not reimbursable.

Overall Rating
  • Casper Lambeck

    I had a great time! Warm atmosphere and interesting questions. Thx casper

    May 2018
  • Julian Hancock

    The most friendly, informal and informative festival I've been to.

    May 2018
  • Wessel van Wanrooij

    An awesome please for young and upcoming makers who want to network, show their work and have a terrific evening!

    November 2017
  • Arjan Wilschut

    Yes that's right, the full 5 stars for SHORTCUTZ Amsterdam. I love this festival. Very relaxed atmosphere but also very professional and well organized. The jury are industry professionals with a keen eye and a solid motivation. (I was very happy to be nominated for Best Short but the competition -Nymphet- clearly deserved to win). Try for yourself and enjoy the wonderful shorts, the great atmosphere and the interesting guest speakers, all brought to you by the lovely and amazing hostess Alexa Rodriguez. See you soon SHORTCUTZ!

    September 2017
  • Harvey Kadijk

    It's a fantastic film festival, keep up the good work.

    July 2017