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Bucharest ShortCut Cinefest is a monthly film competition focusing on international independent cinema. It takes place in one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in Europe.    

Our goal is finding and promoting talented and emerging filmmakers. Here’s how we do it:

  • Online presence - Website, Social Channels

  • Film Screening Events

  • Access to worldwide audiences through our partner

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The process



Every month all the projects submitted go through a meticulous process where our programmers watch, rate and define the curatorial list which will further be published on our website and social media channels during the next month. 

The Curatorial Programme is defined by two main categories converging as follows: 

  • The Official Selection - A shortlist of films that scored the highest in our selection process

  • The Official Competition (Winners & Nominees) - The ‘Best Of’ from every category

Why two main categories?



The Official Selection is a necessary extension of the Winners & Nominees list, our experience proving that nearly every month the number of submissions with a high rate exceeds the available competition slots. Eliminating it would create injustice to incredibly talented filmmakers who deserve to be acknowledged.  


The film competition runs on a monthly basis. The final deadline for our next selection, as well as the notification date are posted on our FilmFreeway listing. Make sure you check our festival there. 

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Perks of getting selected



All Films accepted in the Official Selection will be given an awesome benefits pack worth 250$, very useful for future projects:

✶ Official Selection Laurel

✶ Filmstro 1-Year Pro Licence Exclusive discount worth up to 125$ 

✶ DCP2GO Exclusive Discount for mastering services worth 125$

By having the 250$ services discounts guaranteed for every film accepted in the Official Selection, we make sure that you get rewarded and your benefits of joining the Bucharest Shortcut Community exceed by far your submission fee.



One of the key benefits of joining us on is a Special Filmmaker Pack consisting in 10 1-year fully paid subscription accounts with a total worth of 1200$.

Time Machine



Joining the Bucharest Shortcut Community will provide you all the perks and benefits, regardless of the moment you happened to submit. Therefore, all the partner benefits for the Official Selection & Competition are available to any filmmaker who submitted at any date in the past, per request.

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