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.

Overall Rating
  • Great communication with staff!
    Answered all my questions leading to and after the awards!

    January 2020
  • Grégoire Vaillant

    Very nice organisation, great communication, friendly people. Honored to have won an award for a first participation.

    December 2019
  • Global-shorts is professionally run and Jeff is a great communicator. All of my questions were answered in a timely manner. They updated their website to include all the winners and it was easy to navigate. I paid the extra to get the scorecard with the judges names omitted. The feedback was well worth the small fee it cost to get it. I highly recommend this festival.

    November 2019
  • Peggy Lane ORourke

    Wonderful festival! Thank you for awarding Donna On The Go Best Web Series.

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Peggy,

    Thank you and congratulations on your placement! We hope to see more of your work in the future.

    - Global Shorts Team

  • jaye alison moscariello

    Global Shorts (Jeff) was great at communicating. It was so wonderful to have our film acknowledged. Thanks Global Shorts!!!
    Hope to have another film sent their way soon :)

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Jaye,

    Thank you for your kind words and congratulations on your placement. Yes, we hope to see more of your work in the near-future! Congratulations once more!!

    - Jeff
    Organizer, Global Shorts