Courts Mais Trash (15)



15 Mar 2019
Call for entries

15 Oct 2019
Final deadline


15 Dec 2019
Notification date

15 Jan 2020
20 Jan 2020


Rue des Riches-Claires 24,  1000, Bruxelles, Bruxelles, Belgium

Festival description
Short Films 40'<

Festival requirements
 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 
 Any language
French English
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Festival start: 15 January 2020      Festival end: 20 January 2020

We are a regular independent short movie program in Brussels (Belgium-january - 5 days - 15differents films sessions) called 'Courts Mais Trash'. The program has been running for 13 years now with increasing success. We screen mainly independent films, not specially trashy movies. we love originality and creativity. Cheapness and Beauty !

Films that fail to meet conservative cinematographic standards are mostly snubbed by festival programmers and legitimate audio-visual venues. Trash is often just perceived in the provocative sense of the word; shocking and equally alternative, political, cheap and offbeat… .

Every category of film will be projected, from experimental to animation, through video clips and documentaries. No genre is left unexploited. The shorts don’t have to be ‘trash’ per se, but we do encourage work that is ‘out there’, on the cusp of the cutting edge and stimulating to the spectators interests. To avoid any possible confusion: the screenings are strictly adults only.

Other festivals have since welcomed ‘out of competition’ Courts Mais Trash screenings, such as: Festival du film européen de Lille, Festival du court métrage de Bruxelles, La faites de l’image, des Vidéophages à Toulouse and the BIFFF,…

Do you wish to participate in the biggest blowout alternative, underground and independent cinema has to offer, then act now! What are you waiting for?

Our partner "La SABAM" offers 500 euros for each competition (national and international) and a special prize for the best cheap film (The Born 2 Be Cheap award). (1500 euros)


The ‘Courts Mais Trash’ organisation (hereinafter referred to as ‘the festival’.) is operated by the Born 2 Be Cheap association (hereinafter referred to as ‘the organiser’.) whose head office is currently located at 41/31 avenue de la Couronne - 1050 BRuxelles, presided by Mister François Marache.


The festival will take place at the Riches Claires (24, Rue des Riches-Claires in Brussels) and at Cinéma Palace (Boulevard Anspach, 85 in 1000 Brussels) fom January the 15th till January the 19st 2020.


3.1. Registrations must be submitted between the 15th of March (from 00h00) until November 1rst 2018, using the following digital platforms:Festhome, at the inscription cost of €1.

3.2 The participant must submit a movie of undefined duration, independent and self produced. Sponsored and subsidised entries are ineligible.

3.3 The actual running time of the film can be no longer than 40 minutes.

3.4 The film may be entered by its author or production company. The participant has to be of legal age (18 or more). The participant is allowed to make multiple entries in the competition.

3.5 Films have to be presented in its original language with the inclusion of French and or English subtitles.

3.6 Films that were produced 48 months prior to the opening of the festival are ineligible for the competition.


4.1 The list of selected entries will be revealed on December 15 2019. Selected entries will be projected during the festival’s screenings.

4.2 Participants whose entries are selected will be contacted with a request to provide the festival with a digital copy of their work (H264 or ProRes) and accompanying information to be used for publication and communication. A written synopsis, the author’s (short) bio and an image to represent the film are requested.

4.3 Representatives of the selected entrie(s) will receive an accreditation for the entire duration of the festival including privileges for the festival and other events that are tied in with Courts Mais Trash.


5.1 Participants waiver the rights (free of charge / non exclusive) of their selected entrie(s) for any subsequent form of exploitation, worldwide and for a duration of three years following their enrolment, to the festival’s organiser. The aforementioned condition includes publication of the author’s name and unlimited reproduction and broadcasting of the film and its accompanying data in any media form the festival sees fit (not specified upon the participant’s enrolment), notably on social media, internet, intranet, the press and television.

5.2 Participants waiver the rights (free of charge) to their selected entrie(s) to the festival’s organiser to have an audio/visual extract of their film broadcasted (with a maximum duration of 1 minute) worldwide and for a duration of three years following their enrolment with regards to any promotional activity of the festival. This may be the case, among other media, on: the organiser’s website, Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo, Daily motion, Youtube, mobile application tools, tablets and other media partners of the festival, as well as other media selected by the festival.


6.1 Participants stand a chance to win: « Prix du Public – compétition Nationale», «Prix du Public – compétition Internationale » (both voted for by the public) and a prize for the best ‘cheap’ movie in the category ‘Born 2 Be Cheap’, chosen by the festival and its collaborators.

6.2 The prize (in all categories) consists of 500 euros. A total of 1500 euros is sponsored by partner Sabam for Culture. Prize winners will receive the total sum directly from the festival’s partner (i.e. Sabam).

6.3 The Festival declines any form of legal responsibility with regards to any potential disagreement between Sabam and the winner.

All participants acknowledge ans accept these rules and regulations in its entirety.



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