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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  • Henry Baker

    A perfect festival for indie film makers. I'm not sure if it's mentioned that this is an IMDb qualifying event – what a great way to preserve your film's legacy. Good communication from the festival. Guidelines and expectations are clearly stated.

    July 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Henry,

    Thank you for this kind review! We really enjoyed your work and hope to see more of it in the future. In the meantime, stay healthy and stay safe...

    - Global Shorts Team

  • Since this was online I can't really give a rating for the networking category. I really appreciated the quick and clear communication throughout the process. I particularly valued the feedback/scorecards from all three judges. With some festivals I really questions whether they watch all the submissions let alone fill out a score card. This is a quality festival to be a part of. Thanks so much.

    June 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Grace,

    Thank you for taking the time to write this kind review! We're happy to hear you had a positive experience. We really enjoyed GATEWALKER and hope to see more short films from you in the near-future. In the meantime, thank you once more and best of luck with your filmmaking.

    - Global Shorts Team

  • Thank you for the prestigious award. A real honor.

    Great festival despite the quarantine environment that's challenging for everyone. Excellent communication and support. The trophy is AWESOME!

    Highly recommend.

    May 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Aaron,

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

    Stay healthy and stay safe!

    - Global Shorts Team

  • Marlene Szczesny

    Great communication throughout the competition.

    May 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Marlene,

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

    Stay healthy and stay safe!

    - Jeff, Organizer - Global Shorts

  • We love that this Festival focuses on quality Shorts of all kinds. GLobal Shorts chooses wonderful, creative, mainstream and provocative possibilities really encouraging the filmmakers. We loved being part of it! Thanks very much!

    May 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hello Sondra,

    Thank you for the kind words! We're pleased you had a positive experience and hope to see more shorts from you in the future.

    Stay healthy and stay safe!

    - Global Shorts Team