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 be screened at Eye - before feature films - and promoted across the Shortcutz Network. 

These winners automatically become nominees in the category of Best Film at the 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 categories at the event: Best Director, Best DoP, Best Screenplay, Best Post-Production, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Animation, Best Experimental, and Best Documentary.

The category Best Film is exclusively for the winners of the month. These nominees compete for a prize of €10,000 worth of rental gear at Cam-a-lot and post-production services at Filmmore.

The prizes are presented to the winners by inspiring Dutch filmmakers, who share a few words of advice at the ceremony.

Previous awards ceremonies have welcomed film personalities such as, director 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 and director Heddy Honigmann.

Check out some videos of our previous ceremonies:


Shortcutz Amsterdam is searching for the coolest short films from the new Dutch film talent!


Shortcutz Amsterdam accepts in competition short films:

. from directors before their first feature film,

. made in the last 12 months to the date of submission,

. with less than 15 minutes,

. Director or Producer must be from the NL or living in the Netherlands for more than 2 years or have a NL production company.

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.