Short film competition

Many young talented directors take their first steps in filmmaking through short films. FFO also gives new creators the chance to present fresh, surprising and aesthetic productions to the general public. Since 2018, FFO has been organizing a Flemish short film competition. Submissions for FFO23 are now open.


The following short films are eligible for the competition: all short films (fiction, animation, documentary or experimental) that are officially recognised as predominantly Flemish (hereinafter called film), or whose director is Flemish. Both professional work and graduation films have a chance of selection.

Eligible short films are a maximum of 30 minutes long and have not yet had their Flemish premiere at another film festival or online platform in Flanders. 

How to participate?

Screenings of the Short Film Competition will be held on Saturday, 28th of January and Wednesday, 1st of February 2023. The awards ceremony will take place on Friday, the 3rd of February. The deadline to submit your short film is the 1st of October 2022.


Every year, a jury is composed of a diverse group of professionals active in the film industry. The jury chooses its favourite from a selection of eight short films.

Amongst others, director Cecilia Verheyden, actresses Emilie De Roo and Nora Dari, and screenwriter Angelo Tijssens fulfilled the role of jury member in the past.

The award ceremony takes place on Friday the 3th of February 2023. After the award ceremony, the jury members provide a short motivation text in which they substantiate their choice for the award-winning film(s).


The eight people selected will not only see the premiere of their film on the big screen. Thanks to our partners, they also have the chance to win numerous prizes: 

  • a cash prize of 2,500 EUR donated by Amplo
  • a post-production package donated by Flow
  • a material support of 12,000 EUR donated by Camalot
  • an honorable mention for exceptional cinematography given by SBC

Moreover, the winners will also be programmed during the festival. That way, everyone can get to know the work of both Flemish up-and-coming talents and established names.


Amplo is proud partner of the Short Film Competition.


Camalot is proud partner of the Short Film Competition.


Flow is a proud partner of the Short Film Competition.


SBC is proud partner of the Short Film Competion.