The BUDAPEST FILM AWARDS is an internationally highly regarded independent short film festival held in the heart of Budapest.


It is a great opportunity for filmmakers to showcase their short films and expand their careers. We nurture new talent and the most succesful will be offered an unparalleled opportunity. (See more at the Awards section.)


The BUDAPEST FILM AWARDS are held twice a year: the end of July and mid-December. Our special awards are distributed to high quality projects. (See more at the Awards section.)


The Festival is managed by the BUDAPEST FILM ACADEMY in partnership with EÖTVÖS LORÁND UNIVERSITY, Department of Film Studies (Budapest) and LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY, School of Film and Television (Los Angeles).

BUDAPEST FILM ACADEMY has designed a curriculum of practical film courses to provide an extensive cross platform education in all the major fields of filmmaking. In these varied courses, students receive theoretical and practical training at the same time. They will be able to gain hands-on experience in screenwriting, cinematography, directing, creative producing, editing, sound recording and more. Our students wrote, produced, directed and shot short films, which have so far won several prestigious international film festival awards. See some of these films here.

About Us Pic - Making of a Short film
About Us Pic - Studying the making of a Short film

EÖTVÖS LORÁND UNIVERSITY (ELTE) is the oldest continuously operating University in Hungary. At present, the Department of Film Studies offers five degree programs (two undergraduate and two postgraduate) in Film Studies: BA in Practical Filmmaking and BA in Liberal Arts with optional specialization in Film Theory and Film History, and MA in Practical Filmmaking, MA in Film Theory and Film History, and a PhD program in Film, Media and Contemporary Culture. 

BUDAPEST FILM ACADEMY and ELTE joined forces to offer a common, high quality and comprehensive filmmaking training to students who aspire to become industry professionals. BUDAPEST FILM ACADEMY courses can be claimed for credit under ELTE BA/MA degree programs.

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY (LMU) School of Film and TV is ranked 7th among best film schools in the United States. Located in Los Angeles, LMU SFTV offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in production, animation, screenwriting, and recording arts. State-of-the-art facilities and equipment and an extremely knowledgeable professional staff provide students with an immersive hands-on experience using the most current industry-preferred tools.


In 2016 BUDAPEST FILM ACADEMY became the European partner of the LMU.


Since then, students from the US regularly join the film academy’s study abroad program, accompanied by a LMU writer/professor who teaches screenwriting courses at the BUDAPEST FILM ACADEMY.