HOW IT WORKS
All films screened at Shortcutz Amsterdam take part in the competition and are eligible to be entered into the Shortcutz Amsterdam Annual Awards.
In every session, we screen two shorts by new Dutch talent.
A JURY team made up of some of the most respected names in the film industry watches all the films and votes for the Best Film of the Month.
Monthly winners get the chance to tour all over the world for our International Audience Award.
These winners automatically become nominees in the category of Mr. Zee Best Film at the Shortcutz Amsterdam Annual Awards.
SHORTCUTZ AMSTERDAM ANNUAL AWARDS
Every January sees the best of Dutch short films honoured at the Shortcutz Amsterdam Annual Awards.
All films screened at Shortcutz Amsterdam get the chance to be nominated for any of the Mr. Zee. categories at the event: Best Director, Best Documentary, Best Animation, Best Experimental, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Film.
CAM-A-LOT awards the winner of Mr Zee Best Cinematography with equipment rental worth € 2,500
FILMMORE awards the winner of Mr Zee Best Editing with post-production facilities worth € 2,500 .
BE INSPIRED BY THE BEST
The prizes are presented to the winners by inspiring film personalities, who share a few words of advice for the new talent at the ceremony.
Previous awards ceremonies have welcomed film personalities such as, legendary actor Rutger Hauer; cult film director Béla Tarr, Peter Greenaway, Oscar-nominees Hany Abu-Assad and Paula van der Oest, actor Gijs Scholten van Aschat, actress Monic Hendrickx, director Martin Koolhoven, among others.
Next to the competition, Shortcutz Amsterdam also honours the career of a film professional, whose work has contributed to the promotion of Dutch cinema at home and abroad. Recipients of the Shortcutz Amsterdam Career Award have been: director George Sluizer, director Jos Stelling, actor Rutger Hauer, director / producer Pieter Kuijpers, director Heddy Honigmann and director Frans Weisz.
Check out some videos of our previous ceremonies
SHORTCUTZ AMSTERDAM INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE AWARD
From the beginning of December until the middle of January, we will tour around the world with the 7 films nominated for Best Film of The Year to ask which one is the audience’s favourite film. Last year we were in more than 19 cities, in 4 different continents. To host these special screenings we team up with local partners. In the previous edition of the Shortcutz Amsterdam International Audience Award, we have reached over 2.000 persons and you can read more about it: HERE. The final list of participants cities for the 3rd Shortcutz Amsterdam International Audience Award will be known in the second week of October.
HOW TO SUBMIT
Shortcutz Amsterdam is searching for the coolest short films from the new Dutch film talent!
Shortcutz Amsterdam accepts in competition short films:
related to the Netherlands: Director or Producer must be from the NL or living in the Netherlands for more than 5 years or have an NL production company
directed by an up-and-coming filmmaker: before the first feature film (more than 70 minutes)
produced in the last 12 months to the date of the submission
with less than 15 minutes in length: can be 15 minutes + credits
the Q&A is mandatory with at least 1 member of the main team
Your film must be subtitled in English (if it's in other language than English)
Accepted genres: live action, animation, documentary and experimental
Find out more and apply through film freeway.
* If you want to premiere at Shortcutz Amsterdam, please also use film freeway to submit the edit lock of your movie. Do not forget to mention in the notes of your application that your version is not final, describe the alterations that still need to be made and the estimated time of delivery.