7th Annual

Short Film Breaks

July 02, 2019 to August 29, 2019

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Best International Short Film
Short films, of any genre, under 30 minutes, from all around the world, except Romania.
Best Romanian Short Film
Short films of any genre, under 30 minutes, produced in Romania or all around the world but having Romanian as the single (or main) dialogue language.
Best Feature Film
Feature films over 70 minutes, of any genre, from all around the world.
Best Animation Short Film
Animation films, under 20 minutes, from all around the world.
Best Documentary Short Film
Documentary films, under 20 minutes, from all around the world.
Best Experimental Short Film
Experimental films, under 20 minutes, from all around the world.
Best Music Video
Music videos, under 20 minutes, from all around the world.
Best TV/Web Series Episode
TV and Web series episodes, under 30 minutes, from all around the world.
Best Human Rights Short Film
Short films of any genre, under 20 minutes, created all around the world, with a theme or story related to human rights, environment & ecology, activism, citizenship and community mobilization, local development, the rights of minorities, migration, global justice, etc.
Best 1 Minute Film
Short films of any genre, having the length of under or exactly 1 minute.
Best Mental Health Short Film
Short films of any genre, under 20 minutes, created all around the world, with a theme or story related to mental health.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

SHORT FILM BREAKS is the only film festival taking place within public, non-profit and for-profit organizations, in a bid to offer smart break opportunities while promoting the independent movie industry around the world.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Festival Description

Short Film Breaks is the only film festival taking place within public, non-profit and for-profit organizations.

For our 7th edition we are waiting for your submissions of films competing in the following categories:

- Best International Short Film:
One of the two main categories, we're accepting short films, of any genre, under 30 minutes, from all around the world, except Romania.

- Best Romanian Short Film:
Main category. We're accepting short films of any genre, under 30 minutes, produced in Romania or all around the world but having Romanian as the single (or main) dialogue language.

- Best Feature Film
We're accepting feature films, of any genre and length, from all around the world.

- Best Animation Film:
We're accepting animation films, under 20 minutes, from all around the world.

- Best Documentary Film:
We're accepting documentary films, under 20 minutes, from all around the world.

- Best Experimental Film:
We're accepting experimental films, under 20 minutes, from all around the world.

- Best Music Video:
We're accepting music videos, under 20 minutes, from all around the world.

- Best TV/Web Series
We're accepting TV and Web series episodes, under 30 minutes, from all around the world.

- Best Human Rights Short Film
We're accepting short films of any genre, under 20 minutes, created all around the world, with a theme or story related to human rights, environment & ecology, activism, citizenship and community mobilization, local development, the rights of minorities, migration, global justice, etc.

- Best Mental Health Short Film
We're accepting shorts of any genre, under 20 minutes, created all around the world, with a theme or story related to mental health.

- Best 1 Minute Film
We're accepting short films of any genre, having the length of under or exactly 1 minute.

We're looking forward to watching your films! Every year we discover new gems we fall in love with!

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Festival History

We started in 2013, with screenings over a three months period for the 1000 Ipsos employees in Bucharest and Brasov. Our first edition also had special events and Q&A with guests from the Romanian filmmaking industry like Tudor Giurgiu, Adrian Sitaru or Tom Wilson, among others.

On our second edition we partnered with NexT IFF (www.nextfilmfestival.ro), the most important short film festival in Romania. Again, we had weekly screenings for three months and special events with guest like Florin Piersic Jr., Vivi Dragan Vasile, Ioana Flora, Dana Bunescu and Gabi Suciu.

During our third edition we continued our partnership with NexT IFF and added a new one with Alter-Native (www.madisz.ro), the most important Hungarian language film festival in Romania. That meant that again, for three months in a row, our employees watched short films during their breaks.

In 2016, we moved to the next level and added a competitive component to the festival, besides our non-competitive partnerships with Next IFF and Alter-Native, while starting a new collaboration, with Onion Films from Katmandú (http://onionfilms.com.np).
From the 1985 films submitted, we selected 7 for the Best Romanian Short Film category and 26 films for the Best International Short Film category.

We've also organized the first public event, a White Night at J'ai Bistrot Bucharest (https://bit.ly/2LaRPNS), which continued in 2017 with a second edition (https://bit.ly/2NbPend).

2017 was also the year when we first organized our amazing Kathmandu Short Film Breaks event and along with our screenings from Ipsos, we started our partnerships with Zitec and Ubis Club, both in Bucharest and Iasi (https://bit.ly/2uhWU0b).

We also opened our doors to a new range of films and filmmakers. From the total number of 2403 films received across all platforms, we accepted 118 films.

What's more, we added an online festival, i-Say Short Film Breaks, to our live screenings! The first edition was won by THE STORY OF 90 COINS, while the 2018 edition was won by TIME 2 SPLIT (http://i-say.co/iSaySFBplaylist).

2018 was a big year for us. We almost doubled the number of received submissions, to 3851, and we've increased our prizes FIVE TIMES, to $1500, while DXC Technology, Casa Pariurilor and eFortuna also joined our list of partners where we're holding weekly screenings during our festival!

For 2019, we're DOUBLING the prizes, reaching a RECORD total prizes of $3000. That's ten times more than the prizes we started with, back in 2016!

And since many of you have been asking, we're also introducing the FEEDBACK DEADLINE. For all the films you submit during this deadline (April 13th - May 3rd 2019) we will be offering 2 letters of feedback, of at least 2 pages each, from two specialized script readers!

ORGANIZERS

George ve Gänæaard (Director)

GENERAL RULES

1) All films must have hard-coded English subtitles. Even the ones with dialogue in English. Our audience also contains speakers of other native languages, so English subtitles offer you the assurance they will understand your film, and them a better experience.
2) Proudly, we have no production year / budget / premiere status or availability restrictions for your film. We do ACCEPT films that have been made available online.
3) Also, entries that have been submitted to previous SFB editions ARE still eligible.
4) The same film can be submitted to more than one category. (Example: Animated film submitted to both Best International Short Film, Best Animation Film and Best 1 Minute Film)
5) For all films submitted during the Feedback Deadline (April 13th - May 3rd, 2019) we will be offering 2 letters of feedback, of at least 2 pages each, from two specialized script readers.
6) Please read the time limit submission rules for each category. Films that don't respect them will be rejected automatically.
7) By submitting your film, you agree that clips under 30 seconds from your film and all other materials related to your project may be used and/or published on our Facebook page / website / event program, or for any promotional purposes which SFB deems appropriate.
8) If selected, all commercial / private property including all trademark / copyrighted materials shown or recorded on the project are the responsibility of the filmmaker. Short Film Breaks will NOT take responsibility for any infringement of copyrighted materials.
9) By submitting your film to Short Film Breaks you confirm that you have the right to distribute the film and take full responsibility of the consequences. Short Film Breaks does not own the films and will only screen and promote them, based on the acceptance of these Rules & Terms.
10) Rules are subject to change at any time with or without prior notice.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1) All films must have hard-coded English subtitles. Even the ones with dialogue in English. Our audience also contains speakers of other native languages, so English subtitles offer you the assurance they will understand your film, and them a better experience.
2) Proudly, we have no production year / budget / premiere status or availability restrictions for your film. We do ACCEPT films that have been made available online.
3) Also, entries that have been submitted to previous SFB editions ARE still eligible.
4) The same film can be submitted to more than one category. (Example: Animated film submitted to both Best International Short Film, Best Animation Film and Best 1 Minute Film)
5) For all films submitted during the Feedback Deadline (April 13th - May 3rd, 2019) we will be offering 2 letters of feedback, of at least 2 pages each, from two specialized script readers.
6) Please read the time limit submission rules for each category. Films that don't respect them will be rejected automatically.
7) By submitting your film, you agree that clips under 30 seconds from your film and all other materials related to your project may be used and/or published on our Facebook page / website / event program, or for any promotional purposes which SFB deems appropriate.
8) If selected, all commercial / private property including all trademark / copyrighted materials shown or recorded on the project are the responsibility of the filmmaker. Short Film Breaks will NOT take responsibility for any infringement of copyrighted materials.
9) By submitting your film to Short Film Breaks you confirm that you have the right to distribute the film and take full responsibility of the consequences. Short Film Breaks does not own the films and will only screen and promote them, based on the acceptance of these Rules & Terms.
10) Rules are subject to change at any time with or without prior notice.