The festival was established in 2004 by a group of young Hungarian filmmakers in order to fill a gap in the category of short film, but over the years it became clear that it was about much more.
The international breakthrough came rapidly on the 3rd festival in 2007 when shorts were screened from 45 countries. The name “BuSho” has come from a pun (Budapest Short – budapesti rövid), but it refers to a traditional popular custom of winter-send-of from Southern Hungary called “busójárás”. One of our main goal is to develop, present and caught up the cultural identity of the Eastern European audiovisual sector helping it to give more experts to the market.
Organizers aim to give ground to young filmmakers for they can introduce, create and together we can make a new European Value. The number of entries in fiction, animation and experimental category is gradually increasing, in 2011 there were 962 shorts to be slected by the pre-jury of which 90 can make it to the competition. Beside the competition and informational program organizers have plenty of festival screenings, selections of film universities, feature films, film-, and all-art workshops in the program. Everyone welcome at the first week of September each year in the heart of Europe in Budapest.