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
  • Laura Hermanides

    Shortcutz is the most amazing festival; so intimate and yet so grand!

    September 2018
  • Jasper Bronkhorst

    ShortCutz is an incredible platform to show your short film. The time and energy that the ShortCutz team is voluntary putting in, is nothing short of amazing and inspiring. Thanks!

    September 2018
  • Guillaume Versteeg

    Great festival with the most involved and kindest organisers you'll ever meet. Highly recommended!

    August 2018
  • 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