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, as well as social media and monthly newsletter. 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.

Overall Rating
  • Aisling McGrogan

    Awesome festival! I was very happy to be a part of it. Clear communication and great feedback.

    November 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Aisling,

    Thank you for taking the time to write this kind review! We appreciate the positive feedback and hope to see more of your work in the future.

    Thank you once more!!

    Jeff Hudgins, Organizer - Global Shorts

  • It has been a unique experience with a professional festival that cares about the participants and communicates with them regularly to keep them up to date.

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Orwa,

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

    Jeff Hudgins - Organizer, GLOBAL SHORTS

  • Robert T. McDorman

    I really appreciate just being considered for this festival. Fast feedback and great communication from the festival runners. Thank you!!

    May 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Robert,

    Thank you for your kind review and congratulations on your placement! We are honored to have had the opportunity to recognize your work and hope to see more of it in the future.

    Thank you once more and best of luck with your writing + filmmaking!

    - Global Shorts