The Budapest Short Cut Film Festival showcases the finest films from Europe and around the globe. This competitive event offers awards and sponsored prizes across a myriad of categories.

The festival unfurls over three exhilarating days at various locations across Budapest, the capital city. This is an exclusive and engaging event where audiences and filmmakers can easily convene and exchange ideas. Screenings are often complemented with a social element that includes forums, Q&As, and naturally, a few celebrations.

We collaborate with a range of distributors, consistently offering them the best narrative short and documentary films! If your film sparks interest among various investors or distributors, we are here to assist you with film distribution.

Our judges are on the lookout for everything beautiful, bizarre, horrific, or joyous. We desire our audience to be transported and deeply moved by your films.

The festival conducts three selection rounds each year, giving filmmakers numerous opportunities to submit their work for consideration, the festival welcomes films in various categories from Hungary and beyond. All submissions are scrutinized by an academic committee.

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Full-fledged Winners: All winners of the selection rounds are considered full-fledged festival winners. They're eligible to receive the official laurels, trophy, and electronic certificates that commemorate their achievement.

Prizes and Sponsor Awards: In addition to these honours, round winners can also receive prizes provided by the festival's sponsors. These might include cash prizes, filmmaking equipment, or other benefits that can aid in their future cinematic pursuits.

Submission Method: All entries must be submitted via FilmFreeway with a secure online screener. Throughout the examination process, this protects the security and integrity of your work.

Format Requirements: Accepted works must be submitted in.mp4 format. While we prefer these formats for their adaptability and quality, if your film is in another format, please contact us.

Rights Confirmation: By entering the competition, you certify that you own or have obtained the essential film rights. This includes, but is not limited to, copyright, trademarks, and publicity rights.

No Minimum Running Time: We believe great stories can be told in a minute or an hour. As a result, there is no minimum running duration for entries.

Completion Date: Projects must have been completed on or after January 1, 2019. This allows us to present recent works that represent current filmmaking trends and viewpoints.

Genre Diversity: Our event welcomes all genres. We value variety in storytelling and welcome submissions in all forms and types of short film.

Multiple Submissions: Filmmakers may submit multiple entries. Each project, however, must have its own Entry Form, online screener, and paid Entry Fee. This guarantees that each entry is recognized as a distinct entity and is judged on its own merits.

Non-refundable Entry Fee: There are no refunds for entry fees. Fees pay the festival's administrative and operational costs and are required for the management and assessment of your film.

Festival Date and Location Change: Please note that the festival administration reserves the right to change the date and/or location of the event at their discretion. This may occur due to unforeseen circumstances or requirements. In the event of such a change, all entrants will be notified in a timely manner, and the necessary accommodations will be made to ensure the continued smooth operation of the festival.

Language and Subtitles: If the film's original language is not English, we require English subtitles. This ensures that our diverse panel of judges can fully understand and appreciate your work.

Film Length: While there is no minimum running time, the maximum running time for any submission should not exceed 59 minutes. We believe this duration is optimal for our format and allows for a rich diversity of films to be showcased.