The short film festival of festivals!
Global Short Film Awards (GSF Awards) recognizes excellence in highly creative and imaginative short films. These films will be suitable to meet the increasing content demand for intelligent phones, digital and hand held devices as well as the internet, commercial, art, science and educational applications. Global Short Film Awards Festival (GSF Awards) is a world-leading event dedicated to short films. Films may be submitted in multiple categories (see Categories and Entry Fees). In addition to winning films by category, awards will be presented for (subject to change): Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Film.

Additional Awards (subject to change): Lifetime Achievement, Outstanding Humanitarian Award, Festival Director's Choice, Top Model, Best Fashion Designer.

All films submitted will be judged by our panel of experts. Winning films may be screened in New York City or another location (date and location TBA). Winning films or their trailers are screened in Cannes, and awards are presented in Cannes, France annually at a special event. The red-carpet GSF Awards, held concurrently with the Cannes International Film Festival, is attended by film industry professionals, celebrities, VIPs, filmmakers and upscale consumers and executives, and is covered by international press.

GSF Awards continues to expand globally. License to operate GSF Awards Festival is available in selected cities and countries. Please inquire.

Interested in screening your film at our venue in Cannes? Available whether you submit your film to our competition or not. Please inquire for details and availability.

Video overview:

1. Engraved awards presented in each category to winning films at the Cannes event.
2. Ticket for 1 person from each winning film to the awards event to receive their awards in Cannes, France (travel and accommodations not included). Additional tickets available for purchase at filmmaker discount.
3. Social media and internet promotion.
4. Printable certificate to winners (upon request).
5. Official Selection laurels to finalists and Winner laurels to winners for use in promotion of their films.
6. Other prizes and offers at Festival Director's discretion including film distribution, and sponsor prizes or gifts.

HOW TO ENTER: Online submissions only. Submissions accepted through
COST TO ENTER: See fees per film per category. (Entry fees are non-refundable).
ENTRY MUST INCLUDE: Link to a 30-60 second trailer and a separate link to the film, including password if required. Third party download must be enabled, if necessary.
NOTIFICATION: All entrants will be notified of their status once scoring is completed. Winning TRAILERS will be shown at GSF Awards in Cannes, France in May 2024 (subject to change) and posted or linked on social media and website.
ELIGIBILITY: a) Films must be 15 minutes or less in duration including titles and credits.
b) Films must be in English or include English sub-titles.
c) All types of production companies are eligible including individuals, professional or amateur filmmakers, non-profits and educational institutions, public and private entities.
d) Entered films may have already been shown in public before.
SUBJECT MATTER: Please be guided by the categories indicated in this listing. The following content is prohibited: pornographic images and language, slanderous or libelous images and language, and any visual or verbal content that might be considered hate speech, racist, misogynist, overly violent, obscene or offensive.
DEADLINE as announced elsewhere in this presentation.
PRIZES: See above. Additional prizes may be offered subject to sponsorship commitments. Prizes cannot be exchanged for monetary compensation.
COPYRIGHT: Filmmakers retain copyright to their film entries.
PRODUCTION DATE: Entries may have been produced at any time.
MULTIPLE ENTRIES. The same film may be entered in multiple categories, with a separate fee for each entry.
LEGAL: By entering the competition and submitting a film, the filmmaker hereby grants Global Short Film Awards, Aquino Global LLC and their representatives the right to utilize a poster, trailer or clip excerpt from any film accepted for exhibition for promotional purposes. The filmmaker hereby warrants that they are authorized to submit the film for screening and that all participants’ images and voices have been released for publication and screening. Filmmaker further warrants that they have obtained all necessary permissions from off-screen participants involved in the submitted film(s) or video(s), including but not limited to owners and/or managers of property shown, actors, technical crew, stylists, composers, musicians, performers, makeup and hair artists, sponsors, extras, editors, photographers, videographers and other staff. Filmmaker accepts all rules and regulations of the event. The filmmaker indemnifies and holds harmless Global Short Film Awards, Aquino Global LLC and their representatives from any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses, whether real or perceived, including but not limited to attorney’s fees and court costs, which may be incurred as a result of any claim involving credits, copyright, trademark, press coverage, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening of the film(s) or video(s) submitted. In the eventuality of litigation, filmmaker agrees compensation will not exceed the amount paid by filmmaker to Global Short Film Awards or Aquino Global LLC, if any, with the file/video submission(s).
STANDARD DISCLAIMER: Participation in any events produced by Global Short Film Awards and/or Aquino Global LLC does not guarantee any specific volume of sales, specific number of attendees or presence of specific attendees or celebrities, or specific media coverage. Global Short Film Awards, Aquino Global LLC and their representatives and affiliates shall not be liable for any special, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages, whether real or perceived, including without limitation losses, lost revenues, or lost profits that may result from participating in our events. We reserve the right to change venues for better or equivalent venues.

Overall Rating
  • This year's edition was much improved over last year's and was a polished event! The ambience and professionality was all that one would expect of the venue. We hope to be there next year!

    June 2024
  • Rashad Haughton

    Incredible festival. Wonderful communication and a fantastic awards gala. Truly one of the best experiences around for filmmakers across the globe. We are honored that HALF SAMURAI was selected and awarded at such a celebration of cinema.

    June 2023
  • Zahra Torkamanlou

    The festival was very irregular and did not inform anything!

    June 2023
  • Jens Eriksson

    We are happy that our film The Dress Code won an award at the GSF Awards in Cannes! We really enjoyed the award gala and fashion show and hope to be back there again.

    June 2023
  • I am very happy that my film-my partner giraffe- was present in the festival and was chosen by the professional team of the festival, and it made me proud. I hope that my next films will be present in the future periods of the festival.

    June 2023