The Clapperboard Golden Festival is a unique international film competition - It is an international festival that seeks to assess the creative spirit, cultural strength and diversity in the production of short films made by directors from around the world.

We are not interested in super productions, but in films that stand out for their artistic qualities.

A group of critics and audiovisual technicians will analyze and judge the best of the season – some through reviews.

The event includes the exhibition of the best short films of all categories, among which will be proclaimed: The Clapperboard Gold, The Clapperboard Silver, The Clapperboard Bronze, “Best Short Film”, “Best Director”, “Best Screenplay”, “Best Best Cinematography", "Best Makeup and Hair", "Best Actor", "Best Actress" and others.

All winners, official selections and finalists will be contacted and will receive laurels and certificates. Filmmakers can still participate in the select Clapperboard Golden Hall of Fame.

The best ones will be analyzed through reviews.

Art. 1 - Filmmakers from around the world are invited to submit films.
Art. 2 - Entries are accepted exclusively through FilmFreeway.
Art. 3 - Entry fees are non-refundable.
Art. 4 - The films MUST include English subtitles (unless the spoken language is Portuguese)
Art. 5 - Films must have been produced after January 1st, 2019.
Art. 6 - All filmmakers will be notified by email.
Art. 7 - All winners, official selections and finalists will be contacted and receive laurels and certificates. Everything will also be listed on our website and social media.
Art. 8 - Short films must not exceed 30 minutes in length, including credits.
Art. 09 - Submitting in Students category must provide and ID that certifies student status.
Art. 10 - We do discount codes for distribution companies. To request, please contact us by e-mail.
Art. 11 - Films containing pornography, fascism incitacion, advertising material or propaganda are not allowed.
Art. 12 - There is no strict rule for premieres. All works are accepted.
Art. 13 - The CGF will not be held responsible for any unauthorised inclusion of: any copyrighted and/or trademarked content or materials within or relating to the submitted project, including any content or materials that are or may become the basis for any Third Party Claim/s for copyright infringement and/or trademark infringement, trademark dilution or unfair competition. It’s the sole responsibility of the Submitter to secure permission from the rights holders of any and all copyrighted and/or trademarked content or materials included within the film.
Art. 14 - The festival has the rights to utilize excerpts of it (trailer / teaser / poster / stills) for promotional purposes only. We will not in any circumstances make your movie available online.
Art. 15 - They grant full and unrestricted permission for The CGF to screen the film/video at times of the festivals.
Art. 16 - The director, or producer, accepts and understands that the festival will do everything possible to present the video in the best possible manner.
Art. 17 - By submitting your project you declare that you have read, understood and accepted all rules & terms.
Art. 18 - Main categories:

Best Short Film
Best Short Doc
Best Short Experimental
Best Horror Short
Best LGBT Short
Best Video Music
Best Sound
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Make-Up & Hairstyling
Best Soundtrack
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Screenplay
Best Poster

The Clapperboard Gold
The Clapperboard Silver
The Clapperboard Bronze

Overall Rating
  • Alireza Saboori

    It is a professional festival that is very enjoyable to participate in and the awards are honorable

    June 2023
  • Caique Copque

    Vida longa!!
    O festival torna-se um importante ambiente de troca e valorização do trabalho e trabalhador do audiovisual!

    March 2023
  • Mohammadreza Kafi

    تشکر میکنم از تمام عوامل برگزار کننده این فستیوال

    December 2022
  • Great Festival ⭐️ Big thank you to hosting our film JUST LIKE WATER💧 Greetings from Greece 🇬🇷

    November 2022
  • Thank you very much for everything

    October 2022