European Short Film 2021

Short films allow for creative experiments and provocation and invite artists to play with cinematic styles – for many filmmakers the starting point of their career, others stay and explore the format's possibilities. It is important for the European Film Academy to support and promote young and talented newcomers and to celebrate this variety in European film culture.

The short film selection and nomination procedure is organised by the European Film Academy and EFA Productions in co-operation with a series of film festivals throughout Europe. At each of these festivals, an independent jury presents one of the European short films in competition with a candidacy in the short film category of the European Film Awards. Once the list of candidates is complete in September 2021, the participating festivals will nominate five short films from this list.

Afterwards, the more than 3,800 EFA Members – film professionals from all over Europe – will vote for the overall winner that will be presented at the 34th European Film Awards Ceremony in Berlin.

How to submit …

To be considered for a candidacy for the award EUROPEAN SHORT FILM 2021, a short film has to screen in competition at any of the participating festivals (see list). Eligible are directors born in Europe or with a European* passport whose films (eligible are fiction, documentary, animation and experimental films) were produced or co-produced in at least one European* country in 2020 or 2021, do not exceed a running time of 30 min. and match the general regulations of the respective festival. At each of these, a jury selects a single candidate.

* European, in the sense of the European Film Academy, means both EU and non-EU, and shall include Israeli and Palestinian.

European Short Film Candidates 2021

– as of 20 July – further candidates to follow –

Candidate of Motovun Film Festival
ARMADILA
Serbia, fiction, 11 min
DIRECTED BY Gorana Jovanović

Candidate of Vienna Shorts – International Short Film Festival
BELLA
Greece, 24 min
DIRECTED BY Thelyia Petraki

Candidate of Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival
BEYOND IS THE DAY
DALEJ JEST DZIEŃ

Poland, fiction, 25 min
DIRECTED BY Damian Kocur

Candidate of Cork International Film Festival
BLUE FEAR
France, animation, 10 min
DIRECTED BY Marie Jacotey & Lola Halifa-Legrand

Candidate of Festival de Cannes
DISPLACED
PA VEND
Kosovo, documentary/fiction, 15 min
DIRECTED BY Samir Karahoda

Candidate of Winterthur Internationale Kurzfilmtage
DUSTIN
France, fiction, 20 min
DIRECTED BY Naïla Guiguet

Candidate of Berlin International Film Festival 
EASTER EGGS
Belgium/France/Netherlands, animation, 15 min
DIRECTED BY Nicolas Keppens

Candidate of International Film Festival Rotterdam
FLOWERS BLOOMING IN OUR THROATS
Italy, experimental, 9 min
DIRECTED BY Eva Giolo

Candidate of Krakow Film Festival
HIDE
Hungary/France/Canada, animation, 11 min
DIRECTED BY Daniel Gray

Candidate of Uppsala Short Film Festival
MAALBEEK
France, documentary, 15 min
DIRECTED BY Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis


Candidate of Leuven International Short Film Festival
MARLON BRANDO
Netherlands, fiction, 19 min
DIRECTED BY Vincent Tilanus

Candidate of Hamburg Short Film Festival
MINNEN
Sweden, documentary, 14 min
DIRECTED BY Kristin Johannessen

Candidate of Tampere Film Festival 
MISSION: HEBRON
Israel, documentary, 23 min
DIRECTED BY Rona Segal

Candidate of Black Nights Film Festival – PÖFF Shorts
PRECIOUS
France, animation, 14 min
DIRECTED BY Paul Mas

Candidate of Riga International Film Festival
PUSH THIS BUTTON IF YOU BEGIN TO PANIC
UK, animation, 13 min
DIRECTED BY Gabriel Böhmer

Candidate of Valladolid International Film Festival
THE MARTYR
EL MÁRTIR

Spain, fiction, 18 min
DIRECTED BY Fernando Pomares

Candidate of Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen
THE NATURAL DEATH OF A MOUSE
DER NATÜRLICHE TOD DER MAUS          

Germany, animation, 21 min
DIRECTED BY Katharina Huber

Candidate of International Short Film Festival of Cyprus
THE NEWS
Albania/Spain, fiction, 23 min
DIRECTED BY Lorin Terezi

Candidate of Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival
VO
France, animation/documentary, 20 min
DIRECTED BY Nicolas Gourault