Still from Call Me Mommy by Tara O’Callaghan

We are an annual independent and underground short film festival based in Brussels, Belgium, end of January, 2025 (DTA). The festival has been running since 2005, increasing its success every year ! Around 7 000 visitors come to attend our events during this week. We select over 100 short films and invite more than 40 filmmakers from all around the world.

The idea for Courts Mais Trash originated from a lack of a proper platform for alternative short films to be screened. Films that fail to meet conservative cinematographic standards are mostly snubbed by festival programmers and legitimate audio-visual venues. We love originality and creativity, cheapness and Beauty ! Trash is often perceived in the provocative sense of the word, we also use it in the alternative, political, cheap and offbeat way.

Since 2019 Courts Mais Trash declines as Queer Mais Trash, its non binary version focusing on LGBTQI+ communities. We also have “The Female Trouble” Section : a feminist program byfemale directors focusing on the inequalities women face in various professional fields, from entrepreneurship to the academic world, sports and culture.

Every category of film will be projected, from experimental to animation, through video clips and documentaries. No genre is left unexploited. There is also no limit of duration, some feature films will be part of the selection (out of competition though). To avoid any possible confusion: the screenings are adults only, except for screenings that are specially targeted for scolar audience +15 years old.

Around a hundred films will be chosen with love and divided into fifteen selections. We’ll be awarding a total of 5 prizes, worth €500 each, all voted for by our beloved audience at the end of the screenings ! 5 competitions: National, International, Best Queer Film, Best Student Film (our newcomer) and the Born 2BE cheap prize for Best Broke Film (our favorite), for a total of €2,500.

Do you wish to participate in the biggest blowout alternative, underground and independent cinema has to offer, then act now !