Short Film Breaks (9)


12 Feb 2020
Call for entries

25 Mar 2020
Early deadline

06 May 2020
Standard deadline

08 Jul 2020
Late deadline

09 Sep 2020
Extended deadline


18 Sep 2020
Notification date

19 Sep 2020
20 Sep 2020


Rezervelor 54,  077041, Chiajna, Ilfov, Romania

Festival description
Short film festival
Feature film festival

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 Production date: Any
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films 
 Feature Films 
 Any language
 Any language
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Festival start: 19 September 2020      Festival end: 20 September 2020

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.


Festival Description

For our 9th edition we are waiting for your films, who will compete 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 No Dialogue Film:
We're accepting short films of any genre, under 30 minutes, with no dialogue or spoken words, 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!


Festival Mission

Created by filmmakers and human resources people, Short Film Breaks had its mission statement, from the start, to create a bridge between hard to distribute films (especially independent short films) and hard to reach audiences (employees and beneficiaries from our partner companies and NGOs and people living in remote villages around the world).
During our first nine years we’ve managed to screen over 600 films to audiences totaling around 50000 people, from 7 countries.

Festival History

We started in 2013, with screenings over a three months period for the 1000 Ipsos employees in Bucharest and Brasov. Starting with our first edition we organized 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 (, 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 (, the most important Hungarian language film festival in Romania. That meant that again, for three months in a row, Ipsos 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 Kathmandu (
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 (, which continued in 2017 with a second edition ( and will continue in 2020 with the third.

2017 was 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 (
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 (

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!

In 2019 we DOUBLED the prizes, reaching a RECORD total prizes of $3000. That's ten times more than the prizes we started with, back in 2016!
And after a few years of testing, screening films in 19 communities from 7 countries (Nepal, Indonesia, Kenya, Tanzania, Romania, Senegal and Guatemala) in 2019 we launched our Patreon page ( with the aim to create recurrent cinema experiences in 50 communities from 17 countries.
We’ve also organized an event for the Romanian Mental Health community, in front of a full house, in partnership with The Estuar Foundation and Mental Health Europe, at ARCUB Bucharest (

And the cherry on top, for the first time in history, we organized a film screening at 5,364 meters, in the Everest Base Camp, in October (! Most probably, the highest films were ever screened!


Best International Short Film - $1000
Best Romanian Short Film - $400
Audience Award - $400
Best Feature Film - $400
Best Documentary Short Film - $100
Best Animation Short Film - $100
Best Experimental Short Film - $100
Best Music Video - $100
Best No Dialogue Short Film - $100
Best Human Rights Short Film - $100
Best Mental Health Short Film - $100
Best 1 Minute Film - $100

1) If selected, 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. For the judging phase, if you submit films with English dialogue, they can miss the subtitles, but we will ask for a version with hard-coded English subtitles for the festival.

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. Our only criterions for selection are the quality of your films and their fit with our festivals values.

3) Also, entries that have been submitted to previous SFB editions, but have not been selected, 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) Please read the time limit submission rules for each category. Films that don't respect them will not be selected.

6) 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 website/social media channels/event program, or for any promotional purposes which SFB deems appropriate.

7) If selected, all commercial/private property including all trademark/copyrighted materials shown or recorded in the project are the responsibility of the filmmaker. Short Film Breaks will NOT take responsibility for any infringement of copyrighted materials.

8) 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.

9) Rules are subject to change at any time with or without prior notice.



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