GLOBAL SHORTS is a bi-annual *IMDb-recognized* 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.

***IMPORTANT*** Additional confirmations + notifications regarding your submission will come directly from Global Shorts. Please ensure that e-mails from our Coordinator,, are not blocked by your E-mail client.

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
  • Anna Aleksandrova

    Thank you Global Shorts for giving us an Award at your festival!! I feel proud and honored that our work was recognized in a global festival in LA!! Thank you for the Special Mention!! We all are very grateful and humbled by your recognition!!

    May 2023
  • Thank you Global Shorts.Communication was top notch and the festival is well organised with awesome content! Honoured to receive Special Mention for "Coming Up For Air" All the best !

    May 2023
  • Thank you so much for all the great communication throughout the decision making time. You kept us all informed along the way. Also, of course, THANK YOU for my award for HEY ALEXA! Appreciate the Honorable Mention!

    May 2023
  • Wonderful experience as a first time filmmaker to receive such accolades. These guys are total pros and communicate in a clear and concise way. Well done.

    May 2023
  • Grayson Sebert Antreassian

    Thank you so much for featuring my film "The Master" as a Special Mention; it was an honor! I especially appreciated the pristine communication, for it was much appreciated. Thanks again!

    May 2023