We know how hard it may be, for filmmakers, to produce and distribute their works, especially if those are short films and independent productions. TRANSILVANIA SHORTS [International Short Film Festival] is the useful tool for every filmmaker, in order to further showcase their films, and get their deserved public feedback and recognition. The films selected in the festival competition are further on promoted, screened at the festival, and evaluated by a team of experts in the industry. Transilvania Shorts supports filmmakers in gaining the recognition of the public passionate about cinema, and that of mass-media, and, also, in being rewarded for their work.

Come celebrate and share your passion for cinema! Held in beautiful and medieval cities like Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu, Braṣov, and Târgu Mureș, Transilvania Shorts brings short films, from all over the world, to beautiful Transilvania. In the future, the festival will be extended, in order to be present in all major cities of Transilvania. This year’s Festival Program will showcase a wide variety of international short films, in the categories of: Narrative, Animation, Student, Commercial Video, Documentary, Experimental, Music Video, Stop-Motion.

Selected participants will receive the Official Selection Laurels.
All winners will receive the Winner Laurels and Certificates of Awards.

Our Jury will select the winners of each category:

BEST Director
BEST Screenplay
BEST Cinematography
BEST Editor
BEST Music/Soundtrack
BEST Actor
BEST Actress
BEST Sound Design
BEST Animation
BEST Documentary
BEST Experimental
BEST Student
BEST Music video
BEST Stop-motion
BEST Human rights

The number of awards given every season varies on the basis of the submission we receive. Winning films are announced in our website and our social media page.

Article 1
TRANSILVANIA SHORTS is an international network of distribution, exhibition and promotion of short films. Every short film selected in the TRANSILVANIA SHORTS (International Short Film Festival) will be promoted in great locations from Transylvania, such as Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu, Braṣov and Târgu Mureș.

Article 2
The general objective of TRANSILVANIA SHORTS is to reward films and audiovisual productions by promoting them in Transylvania.

Article 3
Parallel with the Festival, additional events like conferences about film industry, symposiums, exhibitions, thematic parties, workshops or talent camps will take place.

Article 4
All kinds of short films are accepted. Here are some examples: Action, Adaptation, Adventure, Advertising, Animation, Art-house, Black Comedy, Children/Family, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Fantasy, Historical, Melodrama, Crime & Gangster, Biopics, Film-Noir, Road Films, Super-Heroes, Super-Natural, Mockumentary, Independent, Music Video, Musical, Reality, Religious, Romance, Science Fiction, Silent, Sport, Student, Thriller/Suspense, TV, and more.

Article 5
Narrative Film, Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Student, Music Video, Commercial Video, Stop Motion, Human rights.

Article 6
- All genre films will be accepted
- The film production can be from any year
- All films must be under 30 minutes
- Submissions in languages other than English must be subtitled in English
- Multiple entries are allowed. You can submit more than one film to the same category or different categories
- We will not screen your work online
- Only online submission will be accepted through film festival platforms
- All submissions are final. No refunds are provided
- After a film has been selected and the filmmaker is notified, the film will be listed on the festival web site under official selections

Article 7
Each participant is responsible for the content of his/her work and for any possible copyright problems. The participant owns all rights concerning the usage of his/her work according to the regulations. The Festival Committee has no responsibility to third parties. The Festival Committee has the right to reject films, if the content or technical quality does not correspond to the Festival conditions.

Article 8
The official language of the Festival is English.

Article 9
The sender of the submitted film or screenplay is responsible for all copyrights. He is legally authorized to enter his film or screenplay in the festival and, if selected for the festival, authorized to give screening permission.
The applicant has secured all necessary rights for both picture and sound, and the exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights, including but not limited to music, images, and content.
If selected for the festival the applicant acknowledges and agrees that an exhibition quality digital screening file must be made available for screening by the Date of Event.
The film or screenplay, including all copyrights, remains the property of the author.
The films will be handled with the outmost care. However, the festival management will assume no liability for damages or loss.
If screenings or information are inaccurate or flawed, the organizer is only liable in case of gross negligence.
The applicant has to read and accept the regulations and guidelines for participation.

Article 10
The candidates must respect the following rules:
- Each entry will be accompanied by non-refundable fees
- The Festival reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or scheduling
- The Festival reserves the right to shut the festival at any time without any notification
- Any Film, selected or not selected, will be a decision of selection panel which is final and accepted by all
- The decision of jury members will be final and accepted by all
- By Submitting the film, you agree to our GENERAL AGREEMENT FOR PARTICIPATION IN TRANSILVANIA SHORTS and that you have read our Rules and Regulations

I have read and accept the Rules and Regulations of TRANSILVANIA SHORTS. I authorize TRANSILVANIA SHORTS to screen my film at the festival events to compete for the awards given by the festival. I certify that I hold necessary rights for the presentation of this film in TRANSILVANIA SHORTS and that all rights and permissions have been made. This film is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation. By accepting these conditions, I transfer to TRANSILVANIA SHORTS the right to use excerpts of the submitted film, its stills, and trailers, for the purposes of publicity and marketing of the film at the various social networks and on the website of the festival, and for other non-commercial purposes related to the promotion of the festival. I hereby agree to indemnify TRANSILVANIA SHORTS, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.

Overall Rating
  • Very happy to be selected for the second time in this very good festival ! Radu is a very good communicating guy !

    July 2018
  • The festival takes a great risk to program unique, original and truly independent films! A competition of excellent standard. A very good Film Fest!

    June 2016