We proudly present to you the ClujShorts 2019 Winners

We proudly present to you the ClujShorts 2019 Winners. Congratulations to all the winners and filmmakers.
All the best from our team.

ClujShorts Trophy
Director: Nicolas Boucart
Belgium, Drama

ClujShorts Trophy is awarded to a film debating one of the oldest and most beautiful dreams of mankind: Flight. The way the subject is presented to us, takes us beyond the flight, and what it means to fly, in fact, makes us think of freedom. And it proves us that freedom can not be achieved without work, without suffering, without dedication, without perseverance, without sacrifice. An extremely contemporary film, a metaphor of the current situation of the people, and of the Romanians in particular, which tend to freedom, often sacrifices.

Best Director
My Best Friend
Director: Catalin Bugean
Romania/United States of America, Comedy
Another year in which the directing prize is awarded to a Romanian film!
This prize comes to complete the idea that we, Romanians, are creative and manage to communicate and be organized. The film, a savory comedy, excellently mastered as a directorial project (scenario, shooting, installation), with a very good coordination of the actors, deserves the full prize.

Best Editing
Editing: Emilie Morier
Belgium, Comedy
The story is told in a series of frames that blend perfectly, creating the continuity and natural flow of action. This short-film is a comedy, and comedy is one of the most diffused genres to achieve, where you need to have exact measures. The irony of the exposed story is therefore due to an excellent fit.

Best Cinematography
Beyond Money
Cinematographer: Alex Catalán
Spain, Sci-Fi
A film of impeccable image quality combined with a flawless post production, which brings realistically a possible future where what is seen is impeccable, but what it feels is anxiety or vacuum.

Best Actors
Under Mom's Skirt
Actress: Françoise Miquelis & Sara Verhagen
France, Comedy
This year, we decided to award a female actress duo who complement each other, embodying extremely credible characters, a mother-daughter couple, creating together delicious moments full of surprises and humor.
RO: Anul acesta am renunțat să oferim premiul pentru cel mai bun actor, pentru a oferi premiul pentru interpretare unui cuplu de actrițe care se completează reciproc, întruchipând personaje extrem de credibile, un cuplu mamă-fiică, ce creează împreună momente savuroase, pline de surprize și umor.

Best Script
Writers: Shirly Sasson-Ezer & Dana Keidar-Levin
Israel, Comedy
A film about family ties, judgement and prejudice, about beliefs, rituals and traditions, with a real documentary value. We see everything through the eyes of a character who is well grounded in today's modern society. All in all, a very convincing film, who makes us wonder "What if this really works?"

Best Sound Editing
No Problem
Director: Jeppe Kaas
Denmark, Comedy
For the way the sound was captured to merge the sound from several types of microphones, creating a perfect contextual unit for attention to sound details and accents.

Best Animation
Gelato - Seven Summers Of Ice Cream Love
Director: Daniela Opp
A fresh animation about friendship, love, people, children, adults, puppies, creativity, war and the history of ice cream. A beautiful love story that lasts for years.

Best Documentary
Directors: Marcos Cabotá Samper & Joan Bover Raurell
Presented as a police film, the documentary introduces us to the world of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, of the steps the two of them do in search of Kyoko. The film is highlighted by the included archive images and testimonies of people from around the world.

Persona Association Award
Director: Christian Stahl
Germany/Ukraine, Thriller
We decided to award this prize to a movie that highlights the diametrically opposed area of everything we have said so far - the technology that replaces the man, the robots or the apps that replace us. In the meaning of this film, they do not want to copy the characteristics / features of man, because often man can be hypocritical, false, petty, cruel.

The Jury Award
The Screenwriter
Director: François Paquay
Belgium, Comedy
An autoironic film that reveals elements behind the scenes of film production and makes us realize that scriptwriters, the better they are, the more crazy they are. We remain to extrapolate these requirements to all artists.

Best Student Short
Dante vs. Mohammed Ali
Director: Marc Wagenaar
Netherlands, Drama
It is a movie about sensitivity, feelings, pain, the poetry of love. The film manages to communicate everything in a skilful way.

Audience Award
My Best Friend
Director: Catalin Bugean
Romania/United States of America, Comedy

Press Award
The Screenwriter
Director: François Paquay
Belgium, Comedy

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 www.clujshorts.ro/official-regulations.

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.

For new and exciting news regarding the festival and surrounding events follow us on our website and www.facebook.com/ClujShorts

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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