LET YOUR SHORT BECOME GOLDEN!
Get notification and a free scorecard in 48 Hours.

The Golden Short Film Festival rewards the best and most outstanding short films from around the globe. We consider the art of filming an essential component of our lives and encourage works that use powerful narration in order to create a unique vision. The cinema as a tool of fiction relies on an easy, central assertion: to tell is to feel empathic. There is no story to tell without the "Other". Because the audience empathizes with the characters, within the vast universe of all the stories that can be invented, he/she can experience those patterns of emotions that otherwise would be lost.

The Golden Short Film Festival is a three-month contest repeated four times for one year, dedicated to finding those remarkable works that may otherwise be overlooked or snubbed. We accept short films of all genres. Our mission is to encourage and support filmmakers throughout the world in order to provide the recognition they deserve.

All the quarter winners are nominated, awarded, and honored on our website and will receive certificates along with exclusive laurel and dedicated promotion. Every submission can also add additional categories, increasing the chances to become multi-award-winning. The overall winner will be awarded live during the ceremony at the stunning city of Avezzano in July 2023.

⭐ Golden Short Film
⭐ Golden Animated Short
⭐ Golden Documentary Short
⭐ Golden Student Short
⭐ Golden Experimental Short
⭐ Golden Drama Short
⭐ Golden Sci-Fi Short
⭐ Golden Comedy Short
⭐ Golden Horror Short
⭐ Golden Thriller Short
⭐ Golden Romance Short
⭐ Golden Director
⭐ Golden Screenplay
⭐ Golden Producer
⭐ Golden Actress
⭐ Golden Actor
⭐ Golden Editing
⭐ Golden Cinematography
⭐ Golden Soundtrack
⭐ Golden Music Video

All genres are accepted with a maximum length of 40 minutes.
The Festival committee will notify submitters in 48 Hours.
The Festival committee will provide a free scorecard.
Scorecards are only for short film categories.
​Scorecards will be obtained according to objective criteria.
Scorecards are not necessarily related to the jury's final decision. 
The jury will assign the awards for each competitive section.
All decisions of the jury are final.
All quarter winners compete for the overall Golden Awards in July 2023.
The overall Golden Short Film winner receives an exclusive trophy.
Any foreign films must include English subtitles.
All fees are non-refundable.
Students must present their valid Student ID.
GSFF can use short's material for promotional purposes.
GSFF will not release, under any circumstances, the full short film.
Submitters must own all the rights of the short film. 
Submitters cannot withdraw the work after the official selection.
Not all submissions received are selected for GSFF.
Multiple entries are allowed.
GSFF has no obligation to disclose information about the committee.
Submitters must be 18 years of age or older.
All work's ownership and rights remain with the original holders.
GSFF reserve the right to refuse inappropriate works.
GSFF has the right to add, change, or delete guidelines at any time.​

🕗 DEADLINES AND FEES:

📣 EARLYBIRD DEADLINE: November, 16/2022 - $10
📣 REGULAR DEADLINE: December, 16/2022 - $15
📣 LATE DEADLINE: January, 16/2023 - $20
✅ FINALISTS NOTIFICATION DATE: January, 20/2023
✅ WINNERS NOTIFICATION DATE: January, 23/2023
✅ OVERALL AWARD EVENT: July 2023

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  • SEJ SARAIYA

    For indie filmmakers looking for a home away from home, this fest is the perfect choice. The Golden Horse Short Film Festival welcomes moviemakers whose films speak from the heart. --John Henry Richardson

    October 2022
  • Christina Araujo

    Great festival. Will submit again.

    October 2022
  • Philippe SFEZ

    What a warm welcome for our film SURVIVAL! We are so happy to have participated in the Golden Short Film festival.

    October 2022
  • SIQI LI

    Thank you very much for the recognition of my short film! It's also a great pleasure to promote Chinese music to the world!

    October 2022
  • Wonderful festival. Thank you for selecting my short screenplay. I see a great future for this festival!⭐️🎬

    October 2022