** UPDATE, 2 May 2020 **

**We have decided to go ahead with our first GlobalGirl Film Festival as a physical event, which will now run in the first half of 2021. We believe it will be a valuable and welcome opportunity for young women filmmakers to network, form collaborations and meet industry speakers and mentors, as well as to enjoy watching our selected short films.

Because of the delay, we have decided to extend our submissions window until 1 October 2020. This could be your opportunity to get filmmaking in lockdown!

Please be sure to check the rules carefully for eligibility!
Keep well and safe, with love from all at GGM UK. **

GlobalGirl Media UK, the charity that empowers young women through digital media training, is proud to announce their first GlobalGirl Film Festival. Our mission is to change the male-dominated media landscape, bringing more young women’s voices to the fore - in front of and behind the cameras.

We invite submissions BY, FOR AND FEATURING GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN that present their unique perspectives and the issues that concern them.

At our short film festival, there’ll also be industry speakers and workshops to inspire and inform you, including a taster session of our GGM UK Summer Academy (which is open to young women aged 14-22. For more information on the 2020 online Academy, contact us at ggmuk@globalgirlmedia.org).

We’re excited to be broadening the festival scene for diverse young female filmmakers. Open our eyes, surprise us, disturb us, move us with your vision and insight into communities and topics that the world needs to know about.

* Films that are over 20 minutes in length will unfortunately be disqualified.
* Please be sure to include gender and age of the director, who should be a self-identifying woman aged 14-30 (not yet turned 31 by the submission deadline of 1 October 2020).
* Student entries will only be accepted if we receive proof of your student status
* Film subject matter should reflect young women’s life experience and concerns, and feature girls or women. We don’t want to be overly prescriptive about this criterion, but at the same time won't accept films that are completely off-topic such as horror or a male-centric story

Best Film
Best Documentary
Best Student Film
Best Director

Prizes to be announced - watch this space!


Our primary focus is on promoting young female filmmaking talent in the UK, but we will also accept international entries.

Films should be up to 20 minutes long (including credits), in drama, documentary, animation, experimental or hybrid form, completed since March 2018.

GGM UK’s focus is on highlighting social issues of concern to girls and young women, particularly those from disadvantaged and BAME backgrounds or from less visible communities. We welcome films that align with this vision.

Films will be judged primarily on the strength of the story and their ability to inspire or move the audience. We like films with the potential for social impact and sparking change. Attention will also be paid to originality, artistic vision and technical quality (though you don't need a special camera - a smartphone [set to shoot at the highest resolution] will do just fine).

The director should be a self-identifying girl or woman aged 14-30 (no younger than 14 and not yet turned 31 at the time of the final submission deadline of 1 October 2020).

Crews and cast may include males, but we favour female-dominated crews, characters and subject matter.


Entries must be submitted digitally. Provide a link to the film on an online platform, such as Youtube or Vimeo, along with a password if applicable.

More than one entry may be submitted. Each must be submitted with its own entry form and fee.

If selected for the Festival, an exhibition-quality digital screening file must be made available for screening by 26 February 2021. This should be in h.264 .mp4 format, via a downloadable link on Vimeo, Dropbox or Google Drive.
Films should be HD 1920 x 1080p, 25 fps format; audio 24 Bit, 48kHz Stereo.

We cannot accept films over 20 minutes in length.

Films not in the English language must have English subtitles.

Entry fee is non-refundable. GGM UK is a UK registered charity, and submission fees help us cover festival costs. In the event of our making a profit, this will be put into our charity funds.

The selection committees’ and juries’ decisions are final.


**If applying as a student, you must email us a copy of your student status (NUS card or similar) along with the director name and film title, to ggmuk@globalgirlmedia.org. **


• All submitted films will be reviewed by GGM UK board for eligibility (to ensure content and technical quality corresponds to the Festival conditions), and then all eligible films will be judged by an independent selection panel.

• The nominees for each award category will be determined by the GlobalGirl Media Festival selection panel.

• If your film is selected for the Festival, you will be notified in advance of the Festival via email.

All non-English language films must be subtitled in English.

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, GlobalGirl Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time, for any reason. GlobalGirl Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.

No film may be withdrawn from the Festival programme after its selection.

Filmmakers will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival, including, but not limited to expenses of any representatives of the film.


The applicant is responsible for all copyrights. She is legally authorized to enter her film in the Festival and, if selected for the Festival, authorized to give screening permission. This includes permission from a distributor or sales agent representing the film.

The applicant has secured all necessary rights for both picture and sound. The exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights, including, but not limited to, music, images, and content.

Submitting a film gives us permission to use publicity stills and film excerpts of up to 1 minute for use in GlobalGirl Media Festival marketing and publicity.


By submitting your film, you confirm that you have read and accept the Rules and Terms of GlobalGirl Film Festival. You confirm that you possess all rights necessary for the screening of the submitted film at GlobalGirl Film Festival. That this film is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation. By accepting these conditions, you transfer to GlobalGirl Film Festival the right to use excerpts of the submitted film, stills, and trailers, for the purposes of publicity and marketing of the film at the various social networks and on the website of the festival, and for other non-commercial purposes related to the promotion of the festival. You agree to indemnify GlobalGirl Film Festival, in the event that such rights have been not proper.