All short films submitted under these Terms must be submitted in accordance with the procedure outlined herein. 

BUDAPEST FILM AWARDS may, but is not required to, disqualify or reject any Film that is not submitted in this way.

In order to be eligible for consideration, submission screeners must be submitted online via FilmFreeway, with a FilmFreeway registration completed and all fees paid, by the deadlines outlined below.

FALL FESTIVAL: October 2022

☞ Early Bird Deadline: From now till May 30th

☞ Regular Deadline: August 31st

☞ Late Deadline: October 1st


☞ Early Bird Deadline: December 31st

☞ Regular Deadline: February 28th

☞ Late Deadline: April 1st


Due to the ongoing pandemic and its changing landscape, the nature of the 2021 Budapest Film Awards Festival has not yet been determined. We are exploring all options and anticipate a hybrid of digital and theatrical screenings. The scale of the Festival may affect the number of films officially selected.

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In order to submit a film, you must own the rights or have permission from the owner.

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The Festival relationship will exclusively be related to the film submitter.

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Any Foreign film that is not in English must have English subtitles. We accept Hungarian films without subtitles, but prefer to have them with English subtitles.

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A fee is required for submission. For payment visit (Filmfreeway website, see our SUBMIT section). The fee is non-refundable.

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Budapest Film Awards will not be responsible for damaged copies.

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A DCP copy of the film might be required for the theatrical screening.

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Students must present a valid Student ID in order to receive the student discount.

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Not all the submissions are selected for the official competition. Our Judges are free to make their own choices and no answers will be given about not selected films.

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Budapest Film Awards can consider any film to be disqualified if the festival considers the content inappropriate. If you have any question regarding this decision you might contact us at our email address:

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The applicants (submitters) must accept Budapest Film Awards’ Rules and Terms.

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All submissions in personal categories required the name of the person and the category. You can easily send us this information in the cover letter at Filmfreeway website.

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Submitting your movie, you authorize Budapest Film Awards to use, distribute and share the film poster, trailer, synopsis and movie stills in our social media.

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Maximum length allowed is 30 minutes.

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Budapest Film Awards will present the winners of the main categories with a cost free opportunity for joining Budapest Film Academy’s international program. (See more at the Awards section.)

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All short film scripts should be submitted only if the submission is made by the person who owns the copyright to the screenplay.