Budapest Debut Film Forum

Friss Hús Budapest International Short Film Festival is the most significant short film event in Hungary. Every important Hungarian short film made its debut here over the last few years, among others Sing, which went on to win an Academy Award.

In 2019, the organisers of the festival have announced a new initiative to help emerging filmmakers to make a step further ahead. They are proud to announce the call for entries for the first edition of the Budapest Debut Film Forum, to be held in March 2019 in Budapest, Hungary in the framework of the film festival.

BDFF is looking for first feature film projects that are in development stage but already have a producer and/or director on board. The submission deadline is 20 February 2019.

The purpose of the Budapest Debut Film Forum is to offer a platform to film directors and producers preparing their first feature to network and to exchange thoughts with their colleagues from all over the Central-Eastern European region, and to receive professional guidance from the mentors of the programme.  

The Budapest Debut Film Forum accepts submissions from the following countries: Albania, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

The BDFF offers:

  • Workshops and panel talks
  • Professional feedback
  • Networking opportunities with the representatives of the region’s experts

Eight projects will be selected to take part in the Budapest Debut Film Forum.The selected participants will get the chance to present their projects and participate in group sessions, panel talks and masterclasses held by internationally recognised industry professionals, e.g. script doctors, producers, distributors, and financing and marketing experts.

At the end of the two-day series of events, the tutors will choose the project they find “the most promising film idea”. This project will receive a development grant of 1000 EUR.

In order to apply, please click here: Budapest Debut Film Forum – submission form