Da Bounce Urban Film Festival ()


07 Aug 2018
Call for entries

05 Oct 2018
Festival closed

11 Oct 2018
Notification date

01 Nov 2018
04 Nov 2018


-ArenA Boulevard 600,  1101 DS, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Festival description
Short Films >1' 30'<

Festival requirements
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 January 2015
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
Dutch English
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Festival start: 01 November 2018      Festival end: 04 November 2018

Da Bounce Urban Film Festival is the Netherlands first urban film festival. With its variety in new releases, classics, narrative, features, shorts and documentaries, the events celebrates the cinematic diversity. DBUFF also organizes Q&A's, panel discussions, workshops and talent development.

This submission segment is specifically for novices filmmakers with medium or low budgets, film made by and/or about people of African descent (Urban), filmmaker needn’t be of African descent. However the lead actor/actress must be of African descent or a predominantly black cast. DBUFF offers a fantastic opportunity for undiscovered filmmakers from all over the globe to showcase their Short Urban Film/Documentary at “DBUFF Talent Award”. However only Dutch participants are eligible for an award & prizes.

DBUFF offers a platform to initiatives that stimulate the landscape of urban film. We build bridges, stimulate growth and offer insights into the great potential within the urban film segment. Aside from our annual festival, our film related activities include distribution, marketing, PR and events. Last year 5.000+ people from both the industry and the public attended DBUFF. The 5th Annual Da Bounce Urban Film Festival will take place in Theater Pathé Arena in Amsterdam, November 1-4, 2018.

We look forward to see your submissions and welcome you to Da Bounce Urban Film Festival!

Best Short
The winning film will receive a:

o Special screening during DBUFF2018
o Trophy/Plaque
o Certificate of participation
o €500.00 to be spent on a next project
o Coaching session with a professional film
o A special screening at the British Urban Film
Festival 2019 in London
o Trophy for Best Foreign Short

The winning Actor and Actress will receive a:
o Trophy

Rules and Qualification

The special screening team of Da Bounce Urban Film Festival and professional judges will select projects which will be presented in the competition and for screening. Each official selection will receive a Certificate of Participation.Only Dutch participants are eligible for awards & prizes.

Only projects that meet the following criteria may be chosen as official selections:

1. The content must be submitted by a creator/producer aged 18 -35.

2. Film made by and/or about people of African-European descent. filmmaker needn't be of African-European descent, however the leading actor/actress must be of African (European) descent.

3. Films that have been produced during the 36 months preceding Da Bounce Urban Film Festival;

4. Films should not exceed 30 minutes in length, including credits.

5. Throughout the duration of the Festival, none of the films selected may be shown outside the Festival’s official theatres before its official screening.

6. Once a film has been selected it cannot be withdrawn from the Festival program.

7. All non-Dutch speaking films must be presented in their original version with Dutch or English subtitles.

All subtitling expenses are to be met by the film’s producer.

8. The Board of Directors selects all members of the jury for competition and screening. No person having taken part in the production or promotion of a film in competition may be on the jury.

9. The jury is obliged to award the: The Best Short, Actor and Actress

10. Films to be submitted for the official selection must be entered by midnight on Oct 5, 2018. An entry form must be completed for all submissions..

11. If your film is selected, a Notice of Official Selection shall be emailed on or before October 11, 2018. to the email address provided by the submitter in their entry form

12. On being selected you must supply to us your work in film, Blue-Ray or digital/electronic copy of the film on disc, jump drive, or external hard drive by October 16, 2018.

13. Any supporting marketing and PR material available for the projects selected must be supplied by the October 16, 2018.

14. Da Bounce Urban Film Festival office can provide you with further details if your project is selected.

15. If your project is selected for exhibit at the Festival, it is the requirement of the Festival that you put forth all effort to attend the festival, at your own travel/lodging expense to promote and support your film, and collect your award.

16. Da Bounce Urban Film Festival office has the power to settle all cases not covered by the present rules and regulations.

17. Participation in the Festival implies acceptance of all the aforementioned regulations and respect of submission and screening conditions. Furthermore by completing the initial online entry form (you/your company) agree to the Festival’s terms and rules

-submitted works must be accompanied by the entry form
-all entries must be received by October 5, 2018
-DBUFF accepts also features; narratives and
documentaries for more information please contact



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