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24th Edition: 28.08 > 05.09.2021

First time at the Festival or Short Film Expert? Every roads will lead you to the BSFF, the most important short film event in the spring!

A short film programme is 90 minutes and 5 or 6 films to take you on a trip through different universes, genres and emotions thanks to the thematics chosen by the festival.

On the programme in 2021: competitions, comedies, boxing, a focus on Portugal, Latin-American short films, the Night of the Short Film, and above all, a lot of Belgian, trash, fun and rock ‘n roll…

To discover everything about short film there is only one solution ! Take a leave and enjoy the programme we made especially for you !

COMPETITIONS

Nearly 180 films will compete in the 3 competitions:
International, National and Next Generation.

COMPETITIONS
International Competition

This year, the International Competition hosts 98 films out of nearly 6800 films received (in 2020 + 2021)!
In addition to the films selected in 2021, the 24th edition of the BSFF also welcomes the films selected for the International Competition in 2020 which had to be postponed.

⇒ Discover the selected films

National Competition

To gather and discover films from North and South of the country.
From nearly 300 films received, 46 films will compete in the National Competition.

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Next Generation Competition

Each year, the Next Generation competition presents a selection of films made by students in Belgian and international film schools.

56 films were selected amongst more than 1700 films received (in 2020 + 2021).
In addition to the films selected in 2021, the 24th edition of the BSFF also welcomes the international films selected for the Next Generation Competition in 2020 which had to be postponed.

⇒ Discover the selected films

EVENTS

The "Events" bring together exceptional evenings.
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EVENTS
Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony proposes a best-of programme composed of the best short films from the out-of-competition categories of this 24th edition.

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Night of the Short

Since 2008, BSFF has been opening its doors for an electrifying and exhilarating night.

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Closing Ceremony & Awards

To applaud the choice of the jury of the Brussels Short Film Festival, on the closing ceremony or, from the following day, during the screenings of the Awards.

MUSTS

For a first visit to the Festival, we recommend
the "must-see" screenings!

MUSTS
European Short Film Audience Award - ESFAA
A selection of the very best European short films of last year awarded with a national audience award. After winnning the favour of their national audience, 10 short films are now on a quest to win the hearts of 511 million Europeans, frist stop : Brussels! You, Belgian public, are the first one to vote !

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Short Comedy Club

The festival puts comedy in the spotlight with a compilation of short films from all over Europe! Welcome to the 'Short Comedy Club'!

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European Film Awards | Short Matters!

Discover 3 programmes composed of awarded shorts at famous film festivals such as Berlin, Venice or Rotterdam.

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Oscars

Discover all the shorts that were nominated for the last Academy Awards Oscars® Ceremony.
The Brussels Short Film Festival is now listed among as an Oscars® Qualifying Festival!

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Free Open Air Screenings

Go to the Mont des Arts and sit comfortably while contemplating the fabulous sight of the city. On the menu: free “best of” sessions under the stars!
All you have to do is enjoy …

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ROCK'N'ROLL

More trashy and crazy, here are some focuses
for the most rebellious of our spectators.

ROCK
Short Rounds

With films like Raging Bull, Rocky, When We Were Kings, boxing is one of the most cinematographic sports ever. The BSFF proposes this year to the audience to discover how short film grabbed this noble art.

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The Very Short

The Très Court International Film Festival will offer us a special programme of films that last less than 4 minutes
Short but powerful. Awesome.

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Short but Trash

Watch a programme full of truly independent, funny and quirky short films, proposed by the Festival Courts Mais Trash.
Are you ready? Children won’t be allowed to this screening!

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TRAVELLING

The "Travelling" section takes you on a journey around the world. Immediate boarding!

TRAVELLING
Focus on Portugal

In 2020, the ‘Travelling’ section takes you to discover Portugal! To celebrate the Portuguese presidency of the Council of the European Union, the BSFF dedicates a programme to the Portuguese short films.

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Carte blanche at SESIFF

Discover new paths! Let’s go to Korea with a programme of the awarded short films from the Seoul International Extreme Short Image & Film Festival (SESIFF).

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Latino made by Biarritz

We offer a ‘carte blanche’ to the Latin American Film Festival of Biarritz. A unique chance to get a sense of Latin American shorts they selected last year and a good way to celebrate two cities which have teamed up since 1959: Ixelles and Biarritz.

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KIDS

The short film is from 7 to 77 years old...
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KIDS
Family Screening

Short films on the big screen! A programme filled with animation masterpieces, soul-stirring, captivating, stunning, fun and educational films… Come and discover the universe of shorts with the whole family!

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THE BSFF 2021 in pictures:

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