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 add also additional categories increasing the chances to become multi-award-winning. The overall winner will be awarded live during the ceremony at the stunning Castello Orsini - Colonna in Avezzano in August 2022.

⭐ 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 August 2022.
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.​


📣 EARLYBIRD DEADLINE: April, 22/2022 - $10
📣 REGULAR DEADLINE: May, 23/2022 - $15
📣 LATE DEADLINE: June, 23/2022 - $20

Overall Rating
  • Zsuzsanna Katona

    This festival was super for me

    May 2022
  • Mark Hoffman

    I was please to have my film selected for this festival, surprised to receive notification of selection well in advance of the stated notification date, and to receive some generic judging feedback. Disappointed not to have received any further communication about attending the festival or viewing it remotely, or about any of the results. Consequently, no networking opportunities were realized.

    April 2022
  • Yolanda Belvis

    Muchísimas gracias al festival por tenernos en cuenta en su selección. Siempre es un placer que se reconozca el trabajo de alguna manera y con cualquier categoría. Saludos desde España.

    April 2022
  • Karla S. Bryant

    Terrific film festival! Professional, friendly communication...everything runs smoothly. I'm honored the have had two short scripts included in this film festival. Well done!

    April 2022
  • This is one of the best Festivals I have attended, they care about quality.

    April 2022