ClujShorts 2019 Official Selection

This year’s selection process has come to an end.  Here  is the Official Selection for ClujShorts 2019.

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Call for entries ClujShorts 2019

ClujShorts International Short Film Festival is excited to announce its Call for Entries in all categories starting 1st of October. Submit your Short by the 30th of November 2018.  For more information concerning rules and regulations please access

In the Spring of 2019, ClujShorts is coming back for its 7th Edition and it’s welcoming directors and film lovers from all around the world. With a full week of screenings and events, including Q&As, workshops and networking receptions, ClujShorts will bring a more youthful and vibrant vibe to the city’s well established cinematographic scene.

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Please read the Rules and regulations page before you complete the online entry form.


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS for ClujShorts 2019

  • Films must have been completed after JANUARY 1, 2017 for entering the competition
  • All non-English films must have English subtitles.
  • All films must be submitted via online screener.
  • Works-in-progress will be considered, provided they will be completed prior to the festival.
  • Please do NOT send stills or press kits.  If your film is selected, we will ask you to email us a still image at that time.
  • You may enter more than one film, but you must complete a separate entry form and pay entry fee for each film.
  • Films previously submitted to ClujShorts International Short Film Festival are NOT eligible.
  • Running time should be under 20 minutes for entering the competition. Longer short films are accepted as part of the official selection, but not longer than 35 minutes
  • For more information about the rules & regulations, please access the assigned page.


  • November 30, 2018


Shorts under 35 minutes, for each entry. Open to all filmmakers around the world

  •   Standard fee: 10 Euro/entry


  • Film selection for the Festival will be made by our screening committee.
  • All filmmakers will be notified via email of acceptance.


The following awards will be announced:

ClujShorts Trophy

The Audience Award

Best Student Film

Best Animation

Best Documentary

Best Director

Best Picture

Best Editing

Best Soundtrack

Best Script

The Jury Award

The Press Award

Persona Association Award


* Note: if any category does not meet the standard deemed award worthy by the judging committee, it’s possible that there will be no award announced in that category. 


Submit your film online by providing a secure link with password. Pay entry fee online using your credit card, you do NOT need to mail us any physical materials.

ClujShorts 2018 Award Winners

The 6th edition of ClujShorts International Short Film Festival has come to an end. This means we also have a list of winners. Congratulations to all of them and thank you for being part of this event.

ClujShorts Trophy

Director: Ian Hunt Duffy
Ireland, Drama
An exceptional short-film, full of tension and surprises, great cinematography and a perfectly folded editing on the film’s subject and script. A film in which viewers are caught in a cat and mouse game, being forced to put their certainties into question.

Best Director

Director: Camelia Popa
Romania, Drama
Excellently mastered as a directorial project (scenario, filming, installation) with a very good coordination of the actors. This film fully deserves the awarded prize

Best Editing

Monday – A German Lovestory
Editing: Vincent Tirpitz
Germany, Comedy
For the subtlety with which the arrangement subordinates all the expressive means of the five minutes of film and for the way the editing strategies become forms of irony.

Best Script

Script: Sergio Sarrión
Spain, Comedy
This film has a perfectly sophisticated script, with a scientist dosing of narrative tension, with brilliant replicas and an overturning situation that is very entertaining for the audience.

Best Cinematography

Cinematographer: Dávid Hartung
Hungary, Drama
For exceptional graphic quality and the use of intense, saturated colors, strongly contrasting with each other, but creating chromatic harmonies that are in line with the story’s bizarrerie.

Best Sound Editing

Real men don’t cry
Sound: José Luis Toral
Spain, Drama
For clarity and sophistication in treating sounds, for the extraordinary intelligence of using intra-dietic sound, but also, most importantly, for how the sound emphasizes or contradicts the affective states of the characters.

Best Animation

Director: Radheya Jegatheva
A dynamic, subtle, lyrical, animation that criticizes the consumer society and the abundance of information using the very tools the contemporary world puts at the disposal of filmmakers.

Best Documentary

Humans of Christiania
Director: Elena Rubashevska
Ukraine & Denmark
This film shows, using rhythmical and dynamic editing, that there is the possibility of building communities based on equality and equity, in which every person is guaranteed the right to free expression of his creative possibilities.

Persona Association Award

Trauma Industries
Director: Jethro Massey
France, Drama
For the sensitive way in which it questions the alienation of the human being, here it is both the child entering the adult world and, especially, the individual crushed by repressive, totalitarian societies

Jury Award

Director: Alberto Viavattene
Italy, Horror
From a conquering strangeness, this horror film speaks with the help of high-impact mnemonic images of the issue of multiple identities and personality transfer.

Best Student Short-Film

Night call
Director: Amanda Renee Knox
United States of America, Crime
For the perfect mastery of all the means of cinematographic expression and for the simple and direct way in which a story with a high moral load is told.

Best Actress

Mariona Casanovas
Old lease
Spain, Drama
For the sympathy that the actress playing the main role arouses, that of an elderly woman who does not hesitate to resort to crime to build a new life.

Best Actor

Sergey Kempo

The Monk
Russia, Drama
The actor in this film manages to represent, with highly concentrated expressions and posts, a whole inner drama.

The Audience Award

Director: Niels Bourgonje
Netherlands, Comedy

The Press Award

Hard Way: The Action Musical
Director: Daniel Vogelmann
Germany, Musical
For the virtuosity that imitates classical genres, in particular the musical genre and B-series action, but also the “tender” irony to political correctness. Hard Way is a small gem.

Cluj Shorts 2018 Programme

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