ClujShorts International Short Film Festival

ClujShorts International Short Film Festival

Type: Dedicated shortfilm festival
Location: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Start Month: March


Persona Association

Persona Association began with the premise that art, as part of culture, plays an important role in society through educational and cognitive functions.

We value both the art creator and the audience because the expressive structures created by art are capable of generating and communicating complex emotions, involving both the act of creation, as well as that of the reception, sensorial, intuition, affection and intelligence.

This belief accompanied us throughout the 11 years of cultural and social activity, years in which we worked with various institutions and organizations, local, national and international, in many artistic projects (theater, short films), social films (public interest issues such as drug use or suicide) and charity events (events for people with disabilities, donations).


Persona Association is the producer and organizer of ClujShorts International Short Film Festival.

ClujShorts is about love for the short films.

Because a short film is still a complete movie, it needs to be enjoyed for its artistic value, its complexity and its ability to express the film-makers vision in a shorter amount of time.

Therefore, as of 2013, during every spring, ClujShorts brings together in Cluj Napoca film enthusiasts, film festivals, talented directors and actors, bold producers and a large number of good films. ClujShorts encourages uprising directors and is also promoting already established ones. During the ClujShorts International Film Festival we also organize workshops, master classes, exhibitions, meetings between the public and our guests.

ClujShorts International Short Film Festival reunites the central elements of the Persona Association: the passion for art and the passion for people.

Submission Requirements:

Films previously submitted to ClujShorts International Short Film Festival are NOT eligible.

Running time should be under 20 minutes for entering the competition. Longer short films are accepted as part of the official selection, but not longer than 35 minutes. Ending credits should be included in the running time .

Non-English language works must have English subtitles at the time submitted. Non-English entries submitted without subtitles or with subtitles in other language than English are not eligible.

All short films must have an English dialogue-list (necessary for subtitles translation).

All submitted films must be accompanied by:

a) English synopsis

b) English dialogue-list

c) Three high resolution stills

d) Publicity materials (poster, trailer – if available)

Publicity and press materials will not be returned.

Works-in-progress will be considered, provided they will be completed prior to the Festival: While entrants are permitted to submit films that are not fully complete (i.e., without final color correction and sound mixing), please note that the selection committee will only consider the version submitted; subsequent cuts or replacement copies will only be accepted at the request of the programming committee.

You may enter more than one film, but each one must be submitted separately and must have its own completed submission form .

You will receive a confirmation e-mail after completing the submission form(s).

Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.

Entrant will allow usage of clips from the film for promotional use on television, radio, internet, in print, and at live Festival events.

All the submitted films must be available in HD format (preferably H264, 1280 x 720p).

All the submitted films must be normalized at -3 dB. Otherwise, they will be hard limited.

Submission Deadline: October



Awards / Prizes:

Following awards can be presented:

ClujShorts Trophy, The Audience Award, Best Student Film, Best Animation, Best Documentary, Best Director, Best Picture, Best Editing, Best Soundtrack, Best Script, The Jury Award, The Press Award, Persona Association Award

– The Audience Award will be chosen exclusively by the public. Each viewer will chose the favourite short film by ticking the title of the short film on the voting ticket (ballot). Organizers will centralize all ballots and calculate the percentage number of votes awarded to each short film. The short film with the higher percentage wins.

– The Jury Award decision belongs exclusively to the jury

– The Press Award will be chosen by the committee whose members will be decided by media representatives. The press committee members will view the short film during the festival.

– The Festival organizer reserves the right to offer the Persona Association Award to the short film they consider most eloquent in terms of the issues discussed and the artistic and technical quality

Prizes for each category of the competition will be announced during ClujShorts’s Awards Gala.

Results will be posted online at and

The winners will be contacted to arrange the details regarding the handing of their prizes. The winners are responsible of providing a correct postal address for delivery.

Contact: Rares Stoica (


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