Global Shorts is a bi-annual Los Angeles-based online international awards competition that recognizes and promotes short films with a runtime of 50 minutes or less. Films are judged by in house staff and industry professionals. Some of the countries we have received Winning submissions from include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, UK, USA. Past competition Winners have also won or been nominated for: BAFTAs, British Independent Film Awards, Cannes Film Festival Awards, Emmys, Genie Awards, Golden Globes, Saturn Awards.

Winners are announced twice a year. Competition deadlines are March 31st and September 30th of every year.

All submissions will be considered for Best Short Film as well as Awards of Excellence, Merit, Honorable Mention and Special Mention.

Our Best Short Film winner will receive our Custom Global Shorts statuette, manufactured by the same company that manufactures the Emmy and Golden Globe! All Winners will also receive Winner laurels and an indefinite online Winner listing on the Global Shorts website. More Awards & Prizes to be announced. For updates, please consider subscribing to our newsletter or following us on social media.

• Submissions must be 50 minutes or less (including end credits).

• Submissions in other than English must be submitted in subtitled in English.

• The primary Best Short Film category (required) is $60USD. Additional subcategories (Best Actor, Actress, Director, etc) are $40USD.

• Please provide an online link to your film and be sure to include the password on our submission form if applicable. DVDs and other physical media are not accepted.

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  • Jacques Lipkau-Goyard

    Grazie! as we say in Italy. Thank you very much Global Shorts for the Special Mention award for our film "CIAO ANITA". Thank you to Jeff and the Global Shorts team! Jacques & Marco

    May 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Jacques and Marco! We really enjoyed CIAO ANITA and hope to see more short films from you in the future!

    - Jeff, Organizer - Global Shorts

  • Bernie Masterson

    Delighted to have been selected as an award winner in the micro shorts section for my work. Great communication and follow up from Jeff made the experience that extra special. Thank you so much from one filmmaker in Dublin, Ireland.

    May 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Bernie,

    Thank you for this kind review! We're glad you had a positive experience and we hope to see more of your work in the near-future.

    Thank you and congratulations once more on your placement!

    - Jeff, Organizer - Global Shorts

  • Thank you to everyone at Global Shorts for the marvelous opportunity to share my film with a wider audience. I'm thrilled that my storytelling has touched others!

    May 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Alan,

    Thank you for taking the time to write this kind review and congratulations once more on winning Best Short Film - well done! We really enjoyed DESERT WALTZ and hope to see more of your work in the near-future.

    Thank you once more!

    - Global Shorts Team

  • Absolutely thrilled to have Shane win Best Actor for our film Quiet. Thanks to Jeff and the Global Shorts Team for taking the time to consider our film. Cannot wait to submit our next film. Amazing Festival!!

    May 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Hazel,

    Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We're glad you had a positive experience and we look forward to seeing your next short film!

    Thank you once more!!

    - Jeff, Global Shorts Team

  • Honestly such a great festival. They always stayed in contact and appreciated my film.

    May 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Desmond,

    Thank you for taking the time to write this kind review! We're glad you had a positive experience and we hope to see more of your work in the near-future.

    Thank you and congratulations once more on your placement!

    - Global Shorts Team